|TravelPod Flood Relief
Dec 30, 2004
As you have all heard by now, a terrible earth quake and an ensuing Tsunami have devastated much of the coast from East Africa to Indonesia. It’s estimated that the death toll may be as high at 100,000.
|TravelPod in the Washington Post (Dec 12, 2004)
Dec 24, 2004
| TravelPod was spotted in a recent edition of the Washinton Post.
Here is a sample of the article:
“On TravelPod.com (www.travelpod.com), visitors can trace bloggers’ journeys on clickable maps that take you right to the entries about that particular destination. Now here’s a valuable warning to travelers who’ve been wearing the same pair of socks for 83 days:
Milan is like the Beverly Hills of Italy. Very rich and very fashionable. This is no good when you are a backpacker and your nicest pants are a pair of jeans and your nicest shirt has a Nutella stain on it and smells like B.O.”
Thanks go to Andrew Lance Beath for taking the time to send in this news snippet.
|Maps now wrap around the Pacific Ocean!
Dec 16, 2004
|Hide lines on busy maps
Dec 1, 2004
|TravelPod review at Lovemark.com
Nov 19, 2004
|New “Silent Update” feature
Nov 18, 2004
This enhancement was brought to you thanks to feedback sent to us by tina.
When you update an entry or a photo, it is flagged to your guests in your Table of Contents with the label “Recently Updated!”. This informs your users of recent changes which they may be interested in reading.
Although this is informative for your guests, sometimes you may want to make minor updates to your entries ( like fixing a typo ) that you rather not alert your guests of.
The “Silent Update” check box, allows you to do just that. When you submit changes to an entry with the Silent Update check box selected, TravelPod will not show the “Recently Updated” label when guests view your travel blog.
|New Quick-save option
Nov 16, 2004
|TravelPod in the Sydney Morning Herald (Nov 4, 2004)
Nov 9, 2004
| For the second time, we’ve been spotted in the Sydney Morning Herald!
Here is a sample of the article:
“TRAVELPOD is one of the best sites around for travellers. Set up by an itchy-footed Canadian called “Lucky” it offers free web space to log your adventures and favourite travel photos. …”
TravelPod in the Sydney Morning Herald
Thanks go to Mal Colledge for taking the time to scan and send in this news snippet.
|Fresh map enhancements!
Nov 5, 2004
Entry-level maps now show all of
your travels, not just your
Thanks to your feedback we’ve changed the zoomed-in maps which are shown inline with your entry. They now not only show your current location, but a also your other travels relative to your current location.
When you select your map pin placement, you’ll also see your other pins on the map. This will make it easier to see where to place your pins relative to your others.
|New photo upload tool!
Nov 5, 2004
Our new progress bar gives you accurate
information on your upload progress!
We have received many requests for a new upload tool which provides accurate feedback of your upload status over the past months.
Thanks to a recent request from plasticrover we’ve realized just how much this was needed and moved this enhancement to the front burner. We are happy to say that we’ve now added a new advanced tool which gives you accurate feedback on the progress of your uploads!
No more waiting around in Internet cafes, wondering when your upload will be finished!
|New tools for placing map pins!
Oct 30, 2004
Thanks to your feedback, we’ve been packing in tons of tweaks and enhancements to the map system.
Today, we’ve released yet another enhancement which let’s you copy map pins between entries. This allows you to place new map pins to the exact location of an existing map pin.
This can be very useful if you have visited the same place multiple times in the one trip and want the map to show this accurately.
When you add a map pin, a popup is shown with a map where you can select the exact location of your entry. This provides a quick and easy way to place a new map pin.
This flexibility can also make it very difficult to place a map pin at exactly the same place twice. For example, if you start a trip in Paris and end it in the same city, you probably want the two pins to be exactly at the same spot.
To make it possible to do this, when you place a map pin for a trip which has other entries from the same country as the entry you are working on, TravelPod will present you with a list containing these entries. By selecting one of these other entries, you can quickly copy the exact same pin to your new entry.
This “copy a pin” feature also enables you to quickly place pins by simply selecting the placement from the list rather than placing it onto the map yourself.
Note: The list is only shown if you have other entries within the trip you are working on with already placed map pins from the same country. If you do not, the list is not shown.
|Country-level maps are here!
Oct 29, 2004
Expect more maps to trickle in over the next 12 months until we finally finish them all off.
If there is a specific country you would like to see sooner than later, let us know and we’ll put it at the top of the queue!
|More cool maps!
Oct 29, 2004
|Mapping system is 100% live! Update your map pins today!
Oct 22, 2004
With the new “Set Map Pin Button” you can set the precise location of your entry!
This final upgrade to the mapping system gives TravelPod members the ability to set the precise location of their entry on travel maps. This is easily done by simply clicking on localized maps which sets your map pins for your entries.
|What is a map pin?|
When you create an entry, a map pin is automatically placed on your travel maps to indicate your location.
These pins are used by TravelPod to plot your trip on the travel map shown with your travel blog and also on the map which is shown with your profile to show a summary of all of your travels.
By default, TravelPod will place a pin on the capital city of the country you select when you create the entry. If you prefer, you can change this at any time.
By making the location of the pin more precise, TravelPod can better illustrate your travels to your guests. We highly recommend updating your maps to the exact city of your travels.
If you prefer, we’ve also left the option for members to default the entry location to the capital city of the country which your entry is from. So, if you’re slightly geographically challenged, don’t worry, simply keep your entries set to the capitals and your maps will still be generated for you!
So, it’s finally time for you to do some work :), all of your entries need to be updated. We suggest that you update your entries to specific map locations. This will give your travelogue guests a much more precise view of your travels.
In true TravelPod-style, we’ve done our best to make this easy for you. The next time you login, you’ll be shown a menu which let’s you easily update your existing entries.
|The October Newsletter is out!
Oct 20, 2004
|TravelPod in National Geographic Traveler ( October 2004 )
Oct 1, 2004
|TravelPod named “Best for inspiring wanderlust” by the Wall Street Journal!
Oct 1, 2004
|TravelPod gets a speed boost after a successful upgrade!
Sep 19, 2004
As we mentioned in our past newsletters, we have been working at increasing the bandwidth of TravelPod’s connection to the Internet for a few months. After a lot of hard work, we have successfully upgraded our link to give you a much more reliable connection and DOUBLE the original speed!
|TravelPod makes it easier to find updated entries!
Sep 17, 2004
|New advanced photo optimization feature
Sep 16, 2004
|Can I disable the automatic photo optimization?|
|WARNING: This is an advanced feature! Choosing to disable the automatic optimization is not recommended and will result in larger file sizes which means that you will be not be able to upload as many photos. Only enable this option if you are very familiar with photo compression and are sure that you do not want TravelPod to compress photos for you.
TravelPod automatically optimizes the JPG photos you upload in several ways:
– removing useless information attached to your photos which digital cameras add ( like exposure and camera type )
JPG photos store a lot of information and can be compressed at various levels ( 0-100% ). As a best practice, photos compressed at levels above 95% are considered to be wasteful in the file size they consume. As an example, an photo compressed at 90% compared to the same photo compressed at 100% will have minimal difference in quality but a huge difference in file size.
Although photos compressed at 92% retain a very high quality, if for some reason you prefer to compress the photos yourself before uploading them and not have TravelPod compress them for you can disable this feature by selecting the “Do not optimize photo” option when uploading the photo.
When this option is selected, TravelPod will not optimize the photo, leaving the original compression ratio intact. This may result in photos consuming more space than they need to and taking a longer time to view. Make sure you are knowledgeable in this area before disabling optimization.
|More new dynamic maps on TravelPod!!!
Sep 3, 2004
Woa! We didn’t expect to roll out these maps so quickly but it took us a lot less time to put them together than expected.
TravelPod is proud to announce the release of the dynamic travelogue maps on your travelogues today! That’s right, what you’ve asked for is finally here… a dynamic map, on your travelogue which visually shows your travels.
This is only the first release of the maps, expect more accurate map points and localized ( continent, region and country level ) views soon.
|TravelPod spotted in another newspaper!
Sep 1, 2004
|New maps on TravelPod!
Aug 30, 2004
| ( Give us your feedback on this new feature! )
As you know, we are rolling out our mapping system in small phases to make sure that you have access to the new features as quickly as possible ( ie: not waiting until it’s done in all of it’s glory before releasing it ).
We are happy to say that phase 2a is ready and live!
In this phase, a new world map which shows hyper-links to your travels is shown on your profile page, just like the map on the right!
One thing to keep in mind is that TravelPod will put a little circle on the capital of each country you have an entry for ( not the actual city you visited! ). Don’t be worried if the map seems slightly off ( ie: an entry to Vancouver would show a dot on Ottawa, the capital of Canada ). This is temporary and we’ll be rolling out the next phase that will let you pin point your entry location to a specific city. This will let you make the map more accurate.
The next phases will also bring some awesome maps which will show your travels on localized maps!
|TravelPod in Art Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine
Aug 5, 2004
|TravelPod in The Economist Magazine
Aug 5, 2004
|Better handling of failed uploads at TravelPod
Aug 2, 2004
Dodgy Internet connections and crusty old computers at Internet Cafes sometimes cause image uploads to your travelogues to fail. Although we can’t do anything about that, we’ve added a new feature to TravelPod which maintains your upload settings ( Title and story ) should such an event occur.
|Better image compression at TravelPod
Jul 21, 2004
|SpamSafe messaging at TravelPod
Jul 19, 2004
We’ve implemented a new web form ( here is a sample ) which replaces the previously shown link to member email addresses on their travelogues ( This is only shown when enabled from the “Trip Options” menu. )
This makes your email address safe from crafty spammers who harvest the Internet looking for email addresses!
|TravelPod takes a member out for pints!
Jun 19, 2004
Last year, Justin Breen ( modernoddyseus ), a long time member, and 3 of his friends crashed at TravelPod HQ ( My apartment ) while hitch hiking across Canada. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting up with Justin Cormack ( jrcormack ) in London, England as we criss-crossed each other’s paths while traveling.
So when Joey Rayner ( mrjoey ) emailed to let us know he would be in Ottawa as part of his 20 month trip, I jumped on the opportunity to show one of our long time members some hospitality and gladly met up for pints.
Check out mrjoey’s travelogue for more on his travels.
Are you going to be passing through Ottawa, Canada on your trip? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and, we’ll be glad to show you some Canadian hospitality as well!
|Easier Image Editing
May 18, 2004
|New TravelPod Mapping system ( phase 1 ) completed
May 15, 2004
Be on the lookout for dynamically updating maps ( which show your travels ) this summer. Cheers!
May 4, 2004
Some of the new enhancements are:
- 1500%+ speed increase
- Enhanced security
- Enhanced backups
- Increased capacity
- New functionality which will make it easier to add your suggested features into the site.
|Improved Searching at TravelPod
Apr 11, 2004
|Import your Outlook Express contacts to TravelPod
Mar 21, 2004
|Can I import my current address book into TravelPod?|
| To keep your friends and family updated, TravelPod can send out notification messages when you update your travel blog. To do this, simply fill in your TravelPod Address Book and we will prompt you to send out notifications when you finish your entries.
To add addresses to your address book you can type them in manually ( 10 at a time ) or you can import them from your email system. TravelPod uses a great import wizard from Plaxo that is able to import addresses from most email systems, including Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, Outlook, and Outlook Express.
|WMV movies now supported at TravelPod
Mar 19, 2004
|TravelPod in USA Today newspaper article
Mar 18, 2004
TravelPod in USA Today
|Add bold and underlined text to your entries!
Feb 4, 2004
|Spell Check your photo stories
Feb 3, 2004
|New feature: TravelPod now let’s you save your entries as drafts, you choose when your entries are ready to be published
Jan 31, 2004
|What is a “Private Draft” entry?|
| Entries that are set to “Private Draft” are not readable by visitors to your blog. Set an entry to “Private Draft” if:
- Your entry isn’t finished yet ( once your entry is ready you can uncheck this option )
- Your entry if your eyes only. Sometimes, you need to write some things that aren’t for your guests. This could be some private feelings, thoughts or opinions that you rather keep to yourself.
When you check the “Private Draft” option, instead of showing your entry when your guests select it from your travel blog, we’ll show a message indicating that it’s a “Private Draft”.
This way you can make sure your entry is just perfect before making it viewable to your guests or, you can keep it like this is you rather not share that one entry.