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Who doesn't love an Instagram update? Every time the app releases a refresh, it comes with some surprise new features to improve functionality and, oftentimes, enhance its uses for travel. In the past, we've seen the introduction of smoother filters, people tagging, emoji hashtags (!), layouts, and improved geotagging. This week, the update introduced a new Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and "more powerful search" that makes it easier to find people, places, and tags.
The key word here is "places," as Instagram now allows users to search for and explore a geotag. The Explore page obviously is an instigator of wanderlust (browse at your own risk!) and has an excellent "remote beaches" category live now. Come other seasons, we expect to see something like "autumn road trips" or "from the slopes features.
Okay, we’ve heard of people going to extreme measures to snag a significant other — but dating your own backpack? Now that's a first. After 10 years of friendship, comedian Genevieve Blau has taken it to the next level with her pink JanSport backpack, sharing all the intimate details on Instagram (follow the hashtag #JanSportDate). You can get the full scoop at Business Insider.
But the short version is that these unlikely lovebirds can be seen dining, sunbathing and even taking a bubble bath together. They work out together. They go to weddings together. They explore NYC together. So romantic.
And now Blau and her backpack are even exploring the world together. They've just returned from an all-expenses-paid trip to Barcelona courtesy of JanSport. Free travel is definitely one way to a woman’s heart! (And you can check out photos from their escapes at her Instagram here.)
“I’m a single person and I don’t want to feel bad about going out and doing all the things I wanna do even if I’m alone,” Blau told The Daily Dot.
We’re all about being properly equipped for any adventure, but have some doubts about the future for these two. Then again, we’re pretty sure a backpack doesn’t fart or snore, so maybe there’s hope for these two yet.
This short video, made by Skyscanner, shows how simple and effective it is to share your journeys with other users on Periscope.
Most savvy social media users know about Periscope by now, but if you’re one of the unfamiliar it’s basically this: a smartphone app that allows you to live-stream whatever you freaking want. It sounds simple (and it is) yet it’s so addictive.
Like most successful social media applications, it allows real-time engagement between users. Viewers can essentially ‘like’ whatever they are watching (multiple times!) and interact with the broadcaster.
After experiencing its ease, we wondered: How this app might benefit travelers? That’s a rhetorical question, because there are seemingly endless scenarios where Periscope can come in handy. We just felt compelled to spotlight a couple of our favorite Periscope methods here, in case you’re curious.
Peep our Periscope proposals below:
Periscope While You Parasail
We just figured we’d keep that alliteration thing going. We’re done now.
Periscope is perfect (we couldn’t help it) for when you’re on extreme adventures (like parasailing). Giving viewers a firsthand account of novel experiences is a treat for everyone involved. You think you’re the only person who would enjoy experiencing a zip line through a rainforest? Wrong. You could easily rack up hundreds of viewers by broadcasting something unconventional like that live.
(We can sort of guarantee you lots of viewers, because this writer was a recent periscope participant for a broadcast called “Two Gays, A Blonde and a Brunette Eat Lunch” and we seriously got like 80 viewers just by eating Brussels sprouts.)
Just make sure you properly protect your phone when engaging in any X Games-style activities.
Wisconsin already dominates the world of dairy, and now it looks like they’re working on ruling social media, too.
Earlier this week The Shorty Awards, which honor the best of social media, announced their winners. For the "Best in Tourism" category, the win went to Travel Wisconsin's #BragBadge Social Listening Campaign.
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I was boarding a plane when it happened, the Nepal Earthquake, that is.
I wasn't in Kathmandu. I was in Abu Dhabi, readying for a 15-hour flight back to the U.S., but I knew that one of my good friends was in Nepal and had been traveling around some of the areas most effected by the 7.8 earthquake and its aftershocks. How bad was this really? Was he safe?
While initial reports of the earthquake's magnitude rolled down my Twitter stream, a Facebook notification appeared just before the crew made the announcement for electronic devices to be turned off for take off. That notification, a green exclamation point icon, instantly shared that my friend had used the social network to "mark himself safe." I sighed with relief and turned off my device, beginning the long flight less anxious with the knowledge that he had reached out, somehow, to share his status.
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This is a public service announcement: the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is hip to social media.
Perhaps you already follow their stellar Instagram account? That's @TSA, naturally, with 263,000 followers enjoying near-daily images of confiscated weapons that'd be more at home in Game of Thrones than in a carry-on bag.
But do you follow their tweets? The game is different on "the twitter" for the TSA, which utilizes the social network to relay important changes in policies, notifications and reminders of rules around heavy holiday travel periods, and other fun facts (depending on your definition of fun).
The news this week may be trivialthe administration's original "@TSABlogTeam" is shutting down to consolidate into the sleeker "@TSA" handlebut it's as good a time as any to remind that the account is worth a follow...if only to read their tweeted regulations on having fruit pies in your carry-ons during Thanksgiving season.
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We have some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: hell hath officially frozen over. This week Ryanair debuted their newest service feature, andhere's the good newsit's not another fee! The addition is actually just an official blog (named "Into the Blue") from the notoriously ultra low-cost airlines based in Ireland.
Why do we say hell's frozen over? Well, for years Ryanair maintained positions of not engaging with their customers, eschewing everything from social media to a website with even a shred of consideration for the user experience. But things have changed, beginning with Ryanair's joining Twitter in late 2013, which was quickly followed by a clean redesign of their site. The airline then ditched their annual calendar of bikini-clad flight attendants, and promised a more family-friendly approach in the future.
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Let's talk about Ryanair for a moment. Hold your groans, as this news from the Irish low-cost airline is actually kind of fun...albeit extraordinarily overdue.
Ryanair has officially joined Instagram.
As part of the airline's campaign to talk with instead of just at customers, they've slowly but surely tested the waters of social media, joining Twitter in late 2013 and ramping up promotion of their low fares via this channel over the couple years since. That must have proved successful enough to pay an employee to post a few photos here on there on Instagram. Welcome, @ryanair.
One day in, it's obvious Ryanair is embracing the channel, making all the newbie mistakes of one enthralled by the app (horizontal cropping, over-filtering, and posting blurry photos of old photos).
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If you've ever googled "how to get a job where I just travel all the time," listen up. Norwayyes, the whole countryis in need of someone who can take two weeks this summer to travel around their country, take pictures of it, and otherwise blog about it.
The position is officially that of VisitNorway Photojournalist, and the requirements are simple:
· Enjoy new cultures
· Live and breathe outdoor activities
· Love photography
· Be available to travel in Norway for two weeks
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Let us bow our heads and take a moment to remember the life of the US Airways twitter account which, over the weekend, tweeted its final tweet.
As part of the ongoing merger with ongoing merger with American Airlines, US Airways’ planes, crew, reservations systems, frequent flyer programs, andyessocial media streams will be folded into AA. February 28 just happened to be the date they chose to be unified under one Twitter account.
So, what does this mean for travelers?
In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we're choosing to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines and flight attendants doing it right. Below, Charyn Pfeuffer, rejoins the Jaunted crew with a seating snafu on Alaska Airlines that went terribly...right.
As a frequent traveler who has often logged 100 flights per year, I've jaunted far and wide and have seen the world’s best sights and attended once-in-a-lifetime events. No matter where I’ve stayed, how I traveled or whom I’ve met, I’ve learned the secret to travel success is to be gracious. In other words, don’t be a jerk.
A simple “please” and “thank you” goes a long way – in every culture I’ve encountered. Such deference served me well last week when I found myself in a bit of a travel snag.
A few of my girlfriends and I made plans to take a dear friend with cancer to Los Angeles for an extra special getaway. We booked flights on Alaska Airlines. Two first class tickets – one for our friend Mary, one for her mother; the rest of us booked tickets in coach.
Due to an emergency, Mary’s mother couldn’t make it. We didn’t want Mary to fly by herself in first class, but a quick call to Alaska Airlines told us it would cost $450 to transfer one of the coach tickets to the paid-for first class seat. FOUR-HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS! Nearly double the cost of the initial ticket. Stunned by sticker shock, we didn’t know what to do.
So, I decided to reach out to Alaska Airlines via Twitter.
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Fun fact: There are over 26,000 Instagams tagged #PDXcarpet.
Not-so-fun fact: The cult-favorite carpet inspiring such photo documentation is making its final departure this month, as Portland International Airport in Oregon lays down a fresh rug with an updated design.
The APEX blog discovered that the new look, due to be installed mid-January, doesn't stray far from the original scheme of the beloved original design. That original, installed in the 1980s, was an "abstract representation of the airport’s runways and aircraft"; the newer design expands upon this, to evoke “organic and man-made shapes found within the surrounding areas of PDX, including airplane wings, runways, leaves, trails, and waterways.”
So what will happen to the 13 acres of graphic funkiness that is the famous PDX carpet? The NY Times hints that actual squares of the rug will be given away: