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Travel Safety / Facebook / Social Media / Earthquakes / Nepal Travel / Dangerous Travel / Travel News / Tragedies / → All Tags
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.
Travel Safety / Social Media / TSA / Twitter / → All Tags
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.
Airline News / LCC / Ryanair / Travel Blogs / Travel Websites / Social Media / → All Tags
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.
Social Media / Travel Photography / Ryanair / LCCs / Airline News / Airlines / Instagram / → All Tags
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).
Travel Contests / Travel Photography / Travel Jobs / Norway Travel / Instagram / Social Media / → All Tags
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
Social Media / Twitter / Airline News / Airline Mergers / American Airlines / US Airways / → All Tags
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:
2014 was a busy year for the Jaunted team.
If you've been following our exploits on Instagram then you undoubtably will recall that we've spent the last 365-ish days everywhere from Papua New Guinea to the Brazilian Amazon and from Christmas Island to an ocean liner in the middle of the Atlantic.
Follow us into 2015 @jaunted.
Thank you for being a reader, and for your "likes." Speaking of, here's what Instagrams you liked the most in 2014:
8,237,691. As of 9:30am EST today, that impressive number is the total number of Facebook "likes" for just one airline, Qatar Airways. Facebook may see almost 1.4 billion active users every month, but that 8+ million number for Qatar officially makes them the world's most "liked" airline on Facebook.
Qatar's alliance buddy, American Airlines, only counts 1.8 million likes, and competitor Emirates is at least half-way there with 4.4 million likes (maybe you've seen their recent big push in sponsored Facebook ads?).
First Class Travel / Celeb Travel / Paris Hilton / Instagram / Emirates / DXB / Seats / Social Media / → All Tags
3.5 million people looked at photos of Emirates First Class this week and it's all thanks to Paris Hilton.
Jetting through Miami, Dubai, India, and Los Angeles to play DJ gigs and make appearances in support of her eponymous fashion and fragrance lines this week, Hilton alleviated her in-flight boredom by planning her next photo op. Five times over the course of these travels she managed to post Instagram photos of herself enjoying the comfort of the premium class, and she's quickly becoming a champion for the airline, whether official or not.
Paris has made a habit of documenting her travels via Instagram, posing in her First Class seats when she flies commercial or opting for a full vogue next to the plane when flying private.
These images are immediately shared with her legion of followers, and average over 40,000 "likes" each. Her followers may not be subscribers of Robb Report, but they are young and impressionable, and images of aspirational travel are both memorable and an easy "like."
Considering a single tweet of hers praising the airline in 2009 (to only ~200,000 followers at the time) was valued at $1.5 million five years ago, we shudder to think of a possible valuation for her recent Instagrams, of which there have been five in one week (one a video tour of the First Class cabin).
Emergency Landings / Twitter / Social Media / A380 / Qantas / → All Tags
When Andy Warhol uttered that famous statement about everyone having five minutes of fame, we're pretty sure he didn't foresee those five minutes being dedicated to the live-tweeting of an emergency landing. Since the advent of social media, however, that's exactly what's happened. Every event, especially involving air travel, becomes possible fodder for headlines. This week's big story wouldn't actually be a story at all, if it weren't for a man named Nigel Richardson live-tweeting his flight.
It all began after Richardson tweeted a photo of the Burj Dubai rendered in chocolate at Dubai's Airport, and he then boarded Qantas flight 2, an Airbus A380 that would take 13 hours to travel the distance from Dubai to Sydney, Australia. Well into the flight, the aircraft's air conditioning system malfunctioned and the flight crew performed an emergency descent from 38,000 feet to 9,000 feet.