Dec 28, 2005
Ever wondered what the picture of all of the connections you have made while traveling would look like? That’s what Jeff Axup, author of a new University of Queensland research study has been working on and he is asking for our help.
Which one makes the most sense to you? Get involved in defining the future of social networks. It’s a quick sign-up and contributors will be entered into a contest to win quality TP gear. (Details to follow.)
|THE VERY BEST
Dec 23, 2005
|5 TAKES Wants Your Video
Dec 21, 2005
Calling all TravelPod V-loggers! Discovery’s Travel Channel wants to audition your best travel video. If you make the cut, you’ll become a first-hand travel journalist (TJ) for the hybrid internet/television series 5 Takes. Very cool.
Now, we know that TravelPod video hounds are among the best anywhere so hurry on over to the 5 Takes at the Travel Channel site page and get your entry into the hat.
|Scheduled downtime for upgrades
Dec 16, 2005
It’s time for another upgrade ( yup, another one ). We expect about 1 hour of downtime during this upgrade which will occur tomorrow at 9am EST ( Saturday December 16th ). Apologies for the inconvenience, Cheers!
|Right here! Right now!
Dec 13, 2005
What does this mean for you? For one thing, it means no more waiting for a spot at the internet cafe before you can “send” photos home. If you travel with a camphone, you can now upload your photos complete with captions right from your mobile communications device.
Learn more about the TravelPod.com Mobile Photo Uploader and get snappin’.
|New easier registration
Dec 12, 2005
|New TravelPatch Style Available
Dec 9, 2005
To grab your own TP TravelPatch now, login to your TravelPod account. On Your Profile page, you’ll see the Extras frame in the upper right hand corner. Click on Your TravelPatch and follow the simple instructions.
|Post To WIN
Dec 2, 2005
We’re running the Post To WIN contest during the entire month of December. All you have to do to enter is post to your TravelPod.com blog. With every post your name will be entered into the big draw in January 2006 when we’ll select five winners of $100 each.
But hey, maybe for you it’s not about the money. Maybe you do it to share, warn, and inform fellow travelers. Maybe you value the first-person accounts of the people, places, and wonders that have meant so much to you in planning your own travels.
Nothing new to write about? How about sharing some stories from your past travels. Let your readers know what to look for and what to avoid.
Whatever inspires you to write, just Post To WIN in December!
|The TP TravelPatch – New and VERY Cool
Nov 29, 2005
When preparing to set out on one of my travel adventures, I often patch a flag onto my backpack to let people know that I’m from away. It’s a great way to invite folks to approach me and ask about my journies.
I started wondering if an online version of a backpack patch wouldn’t be a great way to invite people to visit my travelogues and get the answers to their questions, and here’s what we came up with – the new and very cool TP TravelPatch.
The TP TravelPatch is like an on-line calling card that you can leave on a personal website or the special interest blogs you keep somewhere other than TravelPod. It’s a miniature webpage alive with thumbnails of your travel photos and maps. It even comes in four different versions so you can select the one that works best for you.
How to get your TP TravelPatch:
1. Log in to your TravelPod.com account
2. Click on Your TravelPatch
3. Follow the simple instructions to Select one of the four TP TravelPatch types and Copy the supporting code to your clipboard.
4. Switch to your personal website maintenance environment or alternate blog site, paste that code into place, upload and…
5. Viola! You have created your first TP TravelPatch.
Hope you’ll agree that this is the coolest way ever to attract attention to yourself and your TravelPod.com travel blogs… and what a great cross-community bridge-builder, too.
|The New York Times and TP
Nov 26, 2005
TravelPod in the New York Times
|New Country Info Capsule
Nov 24, 2005
The TravelPod enhancement team is still working overtime. (We’re very serious about TravelPod being the best travel writing place on the web.) Some changes are small but helpful (we hope) like the additional info you now get when you use the Destination tab (at the top of the page) to start your research on a country you would like to experience. You can even see how many others have written about that country on TravelPod.com.
Remember: some TravelPod members have upgraded their accounts to keep their blogs private for family and friends. They will still be counted as travelers to that country in the Country Info Capsule, but their blogs might not be accessible to you.
|From Search to Slideshow
Nov 22, 2005
We’ve added a very cool capability to see the results of a TravelPod Photo Search in a slideshow. It’s a great way to get a hands-free view of every TravelPod photo that matches your search criteria. Using the Search (upper right-hand side of the TravelPod.com header), enter your keyword (city or country, usually), select ‘travel photos’ and click on the Search button. You’ll get a photo Album View of the results of your search. To switch to the slideshow view, click on the Slideshow View button, sit back, and enjoy the show.
Nov 15, 2005
Sometimes we build our own great travel blogging widgets. Sometimes we build in the great stuff we find and that’s the case with our new Google satellite maps. Haven’t noticed? Go to your blog or that of one of your Favourites and check it out. We’ve added more satellite maps and are going to be slowly adding the satellite option to all of our maps.
NOTE – If there are more than 50 ‘been there’ pins in a map, the default will be the TravelPod classic map. Why? Well, without getting too technical about it, it simply takes too long to load a 50-pin satellite map and we don’t like to make you wait. If you have the patience, though, you can click on the map header to switch back and forth between classic and satellite maps.
Nov 10, 2005
|Who Are Your Favourites?
Nov 7, 2005
Is there a fellow TravelPod blogger you would like to recognize as an inspiration or a good writer or just plain fun? Add them to your new Favourites list by going to their profile and clicking the “Add to favorites” link. You have to be logged on to your account of course, but that’s all there is to it. Go ahead. Make their day. (Note: You can always change your Favourites through your Admin page where you’ll find the option to remove links.)
|All That We Survey
Nov 1, 2005
We Need Your General Feedback
We like this stuff the best. We read it over and over again. Some of you are eager communicators and you let us know what you think without hesitation. Others not so much. We’re asking for general feedback in the survey because if we don’t ask, some of you won’t tell us how we’re doing.
We Need To Stay On Top Of the Advertising Thing
Advertising is a necessary part of TravelPod and every other free-to-use website. The survey results will give us the kind of information that helps us decide who gets to advertise on The Web’s Original Travelblog.
We Do It All For You
The survey results will tell us what kinds of features and enhancements are important to you and help us prioritize them. The fact is, we’ve been getting some positive comments on the things we’ve added in the last month or so. Besides making us feel good, these comments tell us we’re on the right track and your survey reponses will help us stay on the right track.
Sincerely hope you can take the time.
|Just say I DO with TravelPod
Oct 28, 2005
|Upgrades on TravelPod
Oct 25, 2005
|Match your travel styles in your neighbourhood
Oct 24, 2005
You may have noticed our new Neighbourhood feature. It’s the first of a bunch of neighborhood-builders we have planned; ways to help make connections between TravelPod members. To check it out, login to your account or have a look at your profile. You’ll see “Your Neighbourhood” followed by a personalized list of others whose TravelStyles are a close match to your own: it’s your own neighbourhood of fellow travelers you might find interesting
And future neighbourhoods will be even cooler. Be on the lookout for the neighbourhood that is literally a neighbourhood. That’s right. You’ll be able to see the list of TravelPod members who are physically nearby right now. (This makes us wonder if on-line technologies aren’t finally catching up with traditional social structures like neighbourhoods. If you have any thoughts on how you would define your own TravelPod Neighbourhood, we want to hear them.)
What’s a neighbourhood? Your neighbourhood is made up of people with similar travel styles which you may find interesting. Everyone’s neighbourhood is unique and reflects your own personal travel tastes.
We use various bits of information which you’ve given us to find your neighbours. The more information and entries you post, the better we can do to find other travelers which match your travel style just right.
Your neighbourhood is a dynamic place, as you submit more entries and do more, we’ll update your neighbourhood to show you other travelers.
So go ahead and check out your neighbourhood often, you never know what interesting adventures and travelers you may find!
|TP on TV in the Bay Area
Oct 20, 2005
TravelPod on Bay
News 9 TV
Here is a little snippet they wrote on their site about the review:
“Great site for the traveler or the traveler want to be.
While you’re on the road you can post a travel diary for your friends and family to follow. If you’re trying to put together a great travel vacation of your own read the blogs from other word travelers just like you. The pictures and stories are real, not hyped like some travel magazines.”
|Mobile Travel Blogging with Rabble & TravelPod
Oct 16, 2005
TravelPod Map on a Rabble enabled Verizon phone
Rabble is a leading mobile blogging application that enables its subscribers to post blog entries and photos from their mobile phones on selected mobile networks.
We’ve partnered with Rabble as part of our big push to bring mobile technology to you, our members at TravelPod. By integrating with Rabble’s mobile application, you can now synchronize your TravelPod travel blogs with a Rabble blog.
|Travel Blogs + Rabble = Mobile Travel Blogging|
| Rabble is a leading mobile blogging application that enables its subscribers to post blog entries and photos from their mobile phones on selected mobile networks. We’ve partnered with Rabble as part of our drive to bring mobile technology to our members. By integrating with Rabble’s mobile application, we’ve enabled our members to synchronize their travel blogs with a Rabble blog.
If you have a Rabble.comaccount, it’s easy to set it up to work with your travel blogs, just login to Rabble.com and setup your Rabble blog to synchronize with your travel blog from there.
If you aren’t signed up for Rabble yet, when you download and register Rabble on your phone, you will be asked for an offer code, be sure to enter “travelpod” so that you will be able to take advantage of all the special features offered to our members.
Click on the links below to find out how to get it on your mobile phone.
And there’s more to come! For starters, we are supporting synchronization from TravelPod to Rabble but we’ll be rolling out more features and capabilities in the coming months that will allow you to update your TravelPod blog from Rabble, too. Stay tuned!
|How to upload photos while you’re on the road
Oct 13, 2005
|Google Maps are here!
Oct 12, 2005
Click “Satellite” to see your map in satellite mode. You can still view your original map by clicking “classic map”.
Oct 10, 2005
One of the biggest new enhancements is the ability to search all of TravelPod’s photos. Did you know that we have over one quarter of a million photos on TP? And that number is growing by thousands every day! To search for photos, just select “travel photos” in the search tool and type in your search keywords. Give it a shot, but be warned – it’s a little addictive…
You’ve always been able to search for members through TP’s advanced search and also in the “Our Travelers” page but to make it drop-dead easy to find a member, we also added this search to our new search tool.
Several members noted that searching by keywords wasn’t always producing the most useful results, so we have changed all of the ‘under the covers magic’ and searching TravelPod now produces much more accurate and relevant results. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
|USA Today Weekend Edition
Oct 9, 2005
TravelPod in today’s USA Today Weekend Edition
Three of the more popular sites — TravelPod.com, MyTripJournal.com and TravelPost.com — feature automatic itinerary mapping, address books to notify friends when you’ve posted a new entry, as well as photo galleries for browsing.
Most sites are free (they make money from ads that appear on your page) but may charge for extra photo storage. Others have yearly fees. MyTripJournal.com costs $59 to $89 annually after a 45-day trial, but your page is ad-free and has ample storage.
Oct 8, 2005
|New slideshow photo albums!
Oct 3, 2005
Sep 19, 2005
|New browsing and searching
Sep 17, 2005
Aside from adding the latest entries on TravelPod to our homepage and a few new “top members” lists to the “Our Travelers” page, we’ve also added a new tab in the toolbar which let’s you browse our photos and stories by clicking on maps. Click the “Travel Blogs” tab to reach the new browsing.
|Car Rentals – Find the best deals on the Web
Sep 14, 2005
|Donate to TravelPod
Sep 9, 2005
Note: Donations are appreciated but do not enhance your accounts priviledges. If you would like to go ad-free or to enable private travelogues, please purchase an enhanced membership.
|FireFox syndication supported
Sep 7, 2005
Download Travel Stories with FireFox Syndication
When you use FireFox on TravelPod, you should now see a new orange icon at the bottom right of your browser.
Click this to subscribe to our TravelStreams™ directly in your FireFox browser.
|Upload unlimited photos @ TravelPod
Aug 31, 2005
One resounding request came through in our survey which was for higher upload limits. So, we decided to remove the upload limits all together. We now allow all of our members to upload as many photos, mp3s and videos. Yippee!
This FAQ should answer most questions, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you still have some questions you would like answered.
Frequently Asked Questions:
In a nutshell, we’re no longer accepting donations and have removed the upload limits for everyone! That’s right, upload as many photos, MP3s and videos as you want. We’ve also added an enhanced account for members who would like ad-free and private travelogues.
What can we expect next from TravelPod?
Expect the same ferocious rate of innovation, new features and an even better service. Here are some examples of what we’ve done in the past months:
– Moved our servers to a new home with very FAST Internet connections,
– Added TravelStreams ( RSS/ATOM ) feeds to your travelogues,
– Added tons of new features like “Our Travelers” and the “New Photos Gallery”,
– Reworked our interface based on your feedback,
– Added a new Travel Search Engine,
And there is much, much more to come!
We’ve also beefed up the team and brought in a few key industry leaders like Stowe Boyd from corante.com to help us out and to make TravelPod even better for you.
Why is TravelPod doing this?
It’s our intent to continue to offer the best travel blogging service without having to charge our members for it. We don’t want to become a pay site. The one time donations we received in the past helped but really didn’t make much sense in the long run.
For members who rather not have ads on their travelogues, we understand and now offer an enhanced account which removes ads from member travelogues.
Hey, I donated already, what happens to me?
We recognize that our members who originally donated are very important to us and are considered our founding members, we truly value them. If you donated in the passed 8 years, you’ve been given a special status on TravelPod and here is what you get:
– Unlimited uploads,
– “Founding Member” badge on your account for all to see,
– A place on our founding members hall of fame,
– If you donated over $20, we’ll never show ads on your travelogues,
– If you donated over $50, we’ll never show ads on your travelogues and you’ll also be able to create private travelogues forever without ever having to give us another penny.
We think it’s a pretty sweet deal and a great way to acknowledge those of you who helped make TravelPod what it is today!
Will my special “Founding Member” status ever expire?
Nope, you’ll always be special to us :)
What am I losing with this change?
Nothing, nada, zip… Actually you’ll be gaining an unlimited supply of disk space to document your trip in every way, shape, and form. This includes unlimited photos, videos and mp3s!
So, if you aren’t accepting donations any more… how are you making money to support the site?
Through advertising, paid memberships and a few wacky ideas we have. It’s our goal to continue offering the best free travel blog service on the Web.
Does that mean that TravelPod will be loaded with annoying ads now?
No way… we believe that a few tasteful, travel-related ads are ok but are dead set against pop-up ads and other annoying advertising tricks.
Members who rather not have any ads at all on their travelogues can upgrade to the new enhanced membership.
Will I lose my privacy privileges?
Of course not. We respect your privacy and will never disclose your private information without your explicit consent.
How many MP3s or movies can I post?
As many as you want.
Can I pay in monthly installments?
No. Currently you’ll need to pay for a yearly upgrade.
How will this affect my current involvement with TP? It won’t… in fact, other than being able to upload as many photos, MP3s and videos as you want, you won’t notice a difference.
You mean I can put as many pictures as I would like? Yep, no more limits. Upload away!
What kind of advertising will go on my travelogue?
If you donated $20 or more in the past or are an enhanced member, no advertising will appear on your travelogue at all.
Otherwise, TravelPod will continue to show the ads it always has and we may consider adding in new non-intrusive ads where appropriate.
TravelPod has been, is and always will be “for the travel community” service.
|Flights & Hotels – Find the lowest priced deals on the Web
Aug 11, 2005
|TravelStream™ – Have TravelPod streamed right to your PC
Aug 11, 2005
|Texas Upgrade completed!
Aug 7, 2005
Aug 3, 2005
|TravelPod @ the World Youth Congress 2005
Aug 1, 2005
Travelpod @ the World Youth Congress 2005
|The TravelPod Toolbar
Jul 29, 2005
The TravelPod Toolbar
We’re happy to offer a customized TravelPod Toolbar to our guests and members. We’d like to ask our community to download the toolbar and install it. Not only is it a great toolbar which will let you quickly access TravelPod, search Alexa and block pop-ups, when you install it and visit TravelPod, it helps us out by letting Alexa know just how much you love our site :).
So, if you’d like to install a cool new search bar ( even if you already have one installed ) and you’d like to help out TravelPod, please take a minute or two to download and install the TravelPod toolbar.
|New “top” travelers page on TravelPod
Jul 26, 2005
This new page allows you to search for TravelPod members and, most importantly, features 4 new “top” traveler lists.
1) Top Traveler by # of visitors
2) Top Traveler by total countries traveled
3) Top Traveler by # of photos uploaded
4) Top Traveler by # of entries
Have a look to see where you are on the list!
|Winners! The TravelPod Survey ends.
Jul 19, 2005
Amazon.com Gift Certificate Winner
We were happy to see that both randomly selected winners were TravelPod members. Again, thanks to all for participating.
Congratulations Julie & Alicia!
|New Look @ TravelPod
Jul 18, 2005
|Get a chance to an iPod by taking our survey
Jun 18, 2005
|New search type
Jun 15, 2005
This should help your friends and family find your blogs :)
|CNN & TravelPod
May 27, 2005
“Forget sending postcards back home while on vacation. Specialized Web sites cater to the traveler who wants to create an online journal that includes pictures, maps and more. Before signing up for one, it’s best to know how it works and who has access to your writings.
Online journals are often referred to as blogs. There are certainly many places online where you can set up and maintain a blog. Travel blog sites, however, provide tools generally not available on generic blog sites.
For example, visitors can follow your itinerary as you write and upload pictures during a trip. There is also a mapping feature that traces your route. Some sites also let you upload video and audio files. And you can do all this from the road with a Web-connected laptop or from an Internet café. More about that later.
At TravelPod, you can upload video (MPG, AVI, WMV and MOV files) and photo (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP) files. You can also upload MP3 audio files. Storage space is limited to 5 megabytes. TravelPod claims this is enough for 600 compressed photos.
TravelPod is free to use as long as you like. However, if you make a one-time donation, your storage space increases. Each $1 gets you another megabyte of photo storage. For $20, the ad banners go away. If privacy is important to you, spend $50 for a password-protected travel blog. This way, only people you authorize can view it.
You can send automatic notifications to friends and family when you post a new entry. Visitors can post comments, but they must register first. Comments can be disabled and posts deleted, if you choose. In the site’s terms, TravelPod retains the right to use your travel blog for promotional purposes. ”
|TulsaWorld News & TravelPod
May 17, 2005
Not only was the article published in TulsaWorld but, through syndication, it also appeared in dozens of North American newspapers such as the Asbury Park Press, the Denver Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer.
|Comments on your entries
May 16, 2005
What are entry and photo comments?
Comments are short messages which allow your guests to give you some feedback regarding your entry or photo. Each photo and entry you create can accept comments, which are shown at the bottom of your entry or photo.
If you select “Open” as your comment status then you will be notified of any comments made on your photos or entries. However, if you prefer to not allow your guests to post new comments, you can change your travel blog’s comment status to “Closed”.
Thanks to all of our members who wrote in to request this new feature.
|USA Today & TravelPod
Apr 29, 2005
“Web logs, or blogs, have become indispensable to travel enthusiasts planning a vacation or seeking a quick escape during their workday. More personal than Fodor’s, some travel blogs provide unique, irreverent reviews of lodging, restaurants and sights. Others are more like a diary, inviting readers to join adventures vicariously as writers post from the road. Romantically juicy or richly informative, the following blogs are recommended by USATODAY.com travel writers:
TravelPod.com: This is one of the first travel journal sites and an excellent start for someone new to the blogosphere. TravelPod.com has “Top 5” lists, a “quick search” list of 199 countries, clickable maps and more. ”
|Add more contacts to your address book
Apr 22, 2005
|Earn extra money from your travel blogs!
Apr 15, 2005
|What is Support My Travels™?|
| Support My Travels™ is a system that assists our members in raising funds for their travels, soliciting donations from friends and family, making extra money while traveling and to also earn some cash after a trip is over. Let us explain how.
Believe it or not, people want to give you money! It could be friends, family or simply fellow travelers reading about your experiences. By enabling Support My Travels™ on your travel blogs, you can begin to accept donations from these people who want to give back and also want to help support your travels.
The better your travel blog, stories and photos, the better of a chance you have that someone will donate so it’s important to put a little extra effort into your travel blog too.
All you need to do is create a PayPal account and Donation Button ( detailed instructions are available to help you do this ), and then you can enable Support My Travels™ on one or all of your travel blogs. When your guests send you a donation, you will receive an email informing you of the amount.That’s it, we’ll take care of the rest for you!
|Cool site of the day – The Kim Komando Show
Apr 13, 2005
The Kim Komando Show, a popular US based radio show, has selected TravelPod as their “Cool Site of the Day”.
Check it out!
“Summer’s approaching quickly, and many of us will be taking a much-needed vacation. Why not use technology when you share your experiences with friends and family? For instance, you can post your very own travel blog – for free!
Once you get it set up, you can upload pictures, audio and video, and send notifications to friends and family. They’ll be able to view what you post immediately. Plus, they can trace your route on an interactive map. It just doesn’t get any cooler than that!
My mother is taking my nephew to Europe this summer for a six-week cruise. I have asked Chris to keep one of these travel blogs. So, if you know someone who might want to do something like this, pass this Cool Site on.
I’ll see you tomorrow with another great site! Kim :)”
|Top 100 – TravelPod is a PC Magazine pick!
Apr 11, 2005
“Read the diary of someone who drove across the Sahara from Tombouctou to Addis Ababa – or about a confrontation with a balky customs computer in Kazakhstan. You’ll find it all in this compendium of travel blogs.”
|TechTV talks TravelPod!
Apr 1, 2005
Amber talks TravelPod!
>> Leo Laporte: IF YOU’VE EVER SUFFERED THOUGH A BORING FAMILY VACATION SLIDE SHOW, AMBER’S HERE WITH A NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAY TO PUT PEOPLE TO SLEEP. KEEP YOUR FRIENDS UPDATED WHILE YOU’RE AWAY AND SHARE YOUR WILDEST ADVENTURES BY CREATING A TRAVEL JOURNAL ONLINE.
>> Amber MacArthur: EXACTLY, SO IT’S A DAILY JOURNAL, SO THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT YOU COULD USE SOMETHING LIKE BLOG, BLOGGER OR TYPE PAD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO CREATE A, JUST A DAILY JOURNAL WHERE YOU HOST YOUR OWN PICTURES ON YOUR OWN SITE, OR — BUT THIS ALLOWS YOU, THIS IS, IS CUSTOMISED SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAVELLING, SO IT HAS A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE AT HOME KEEP TRACK OF WHERE YOU ARE, LIKE PINS IN A MAP —
>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, I KNOW, PEOPLE TRAVELLING IN MEXICO, TWO WANDERERS WITH THEIR BACKPACKS IN BANGKOK, THAILAND, LITTLE BIT OF VOYEURISM HERE, BUT IT’S KIND OF FUN TO CHECK IT OUT, SO HERE IS MY TRAVEL BLOG FROM —
>> Amber MacArthur: AND IT PLOTS THE COURSE, SO — AND ALSO YOU CAN KEEP A PHOTO ALBUM HERE, SO WE’VE UPLOADED A PICTURE OF US, THIS IS ACTUALLY ON UNION STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO, WE WERE SITTING ON THIS BENCH, I THINK WE WERE THERE FOR 2« HOURS AT JAVA JUICE OR SOMETHING RIDICULOUS LIKE THAT.
>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, JUST A LITTLE BIT, NOT, NOT TOO MUCH. SO YOU CAN CONTINUE THROUGH HERE, AND THIS IS THE HOME PAGE OF MY TRAVEL BLOG, SO I HAVE A PICTURE HERE AND MAPS OF PLACES THAT I’VE BEEN ON MY TRAVELS, SO THIS IS KIND OF A NEAT FEATURE, AS WELL. AND THEN ALL YOU DO HERE TO UPDATE YOUR TRAVEL BLOG IS, IS ADD A NEW ENTRY OR EDIT THE EXISTING ENTRY OR SEND A LINK TO FRIENDS AND EVERY TIME YOU DO THIS AND YOU UPDATE YOUR BLOG, YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET AN EMAIL SENT OUT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SIGNED UP TO RECEIVE YOUR TRAVEL BLOG.
>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, SO THIS IS A REALLY GOOD IDEA, SO YOU JUST ADD A NEW ENTRY, ANYONE CAN USE THIS, IT’S REALLY SIMPLE, SO YOU DON’T NEED A LOT OF TECHNICAL SKILLS, YOU DON’T NEED TO BE AFRAID OF ANY OF THAT, SO YOU BASICALLY ADD IN YOUR DATE, THE TITLE OF YOUR ENTRY, YOU CAN ADD IN PICTURES OF WHERE YOU’RE TRAVELLING —
>> Amber MacArthur: AND IT HOSTS IT ON THEIR WEB SITE, SO YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ANY OF THAT. I JUST WANTED TO SHOW QUICKLY, A FRIEND OF MINE, ANJALI AND ROBERT, WHO ARE MARRIED AND WHO ARE TRAVELLING THROUGH ASIA RIGHT NOW, THEY’VE CREATED A BLOG AND THEY ACTUALLY DO UPDATE IT, SO, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE ACTUALLY MAKING AN EFFORT TO UPDATE IT ON TIME.
>> Amber MacArthur: STARRING ROB “WHERE’S MY PASSPORT” SAWATZKY. SO THIS IS A MAP, THIS IS REALLY FUN, BECAUSE ALL OF OUR FRIENDS ARE SIGNED UP TO RECEIVE THIS TRAVEL BLOG, SO YOU CAN SEE HERE THAT THEY’VE STARTED IN TORONTO AND THEY’RE TRAVELLING ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND THEY’VE ACTUALLY UPLOADED A TON OF PHOTOS AND RIGHT NOW WE KNOW THAT THEY’RE IN, IN THAILAND. SO THAT’S WHERE, THAT’S WHERE THEY ARE AT THIS TIME AND THIS IS THEIR ENTRY FROM THAILAND AND WE’RE ABLE TO POST COMMENTS HERE THAT THEY’RE ABLE TO READ WHILE THEY’RE AWAY, AS WELL.
>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, IT’S REALLY NEAT AND THEN AGAIN, SO THIS IS THE, THIS IS THE, THESE ARE THE ENTRIES DOWN HERE ON THE LEFT OF ALL OF THE DIFFERENT POSTING THEY’VE DONE, WHEN THEY LEFT TORONTO, FRANKFURT, KUALA LUMPUR, GEORGETOWN, AND THEY’VE GONE ALL OVER THE PLACE AND THEY ALSO HAVE PHOTOS ASSOCIATED WITH EACH OF THEIR ENTRIES. SO YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PHOTOS AND YOU CAN CHECK OUT WHERE THEY’VE BEEN AND AGAIN, YOU KNOW, POST COMMENTS AND THERE’S A LITTLE STORY OF ALL THE PHOTOS THAT THEY’VE TAKEN AND SO IT’S A REALLY FUN WAY, ‘CAUSE THEY’RE GONE FOR SIX MONTHS, TO BE ABLE TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEM AND KNOW WHERE THERE ARE AND SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO SEND INDIVIDUAL EMAILS TO ALL OF THEIR FRIENDS.
>> Amber MacArthur: EXACTLY, EXACTLY, SO WE’VE ALL BEEN POSTING HERE AND IT’S, IT’S BEEN A LOT OF FUN, SO IT’S travelpod.com AND IT’S REALLY EASY, IT TAKES PROBABLY FIVE MINUTES TO SET UP AND WHEN YOU GO AWAY, YOU CAN JUST GO TO AN INTERNET CAFE AND UPDATE YOUR BLOG.
|Community Article – “Updating your Travelogue on the Move”
Mar 28, 2005
If you are looking for a little fame and would like to contribute to TravelPod by writing a Community Article, write to us!.
|TechTV and TravelPod
Mar 28, 2005
On the show ( Episode 169 ), Amber MacArthur spends some time telling its viewers about TravelPod and all of the great things it can do. We’ve been hunting down the video for you but for now, here is the TV Guide style description:
When you sign up for your own account on Travelpod, you can create an online travel journal so you can post adventures and pictures of your travels. If you’re stuck at home you can search through thousands of stories and dive into a world of wanderlust!”
|Team Canada & TravelPod in South Africa
Mar 18, 2005
Team Canada & TravelPod
|Show off your best travel photos with TravelPod
Mar 6, 2005
If you have some great shots you would like featured, you can recommend them to us by simply logging into travelPod and navigating to your photo. There, you’ll see a new button called “Feature Request”.
|WebSoup’s Spotlight on TravelPod
Mar 3, 2005
WebSoup.org has selected TravelPod.com as its March 3rd 2005 spotlight website.
|A long awaited mapping enhancement has arrived!
Feb 28, 2005
You can now add every little pit stop and side trip you visited to your TravelPod travel maps. TravelPod has enhanced its mapping engine to allow members to create multiple map pins which do not contain entries and photo albums.
|TravelPod in Travel + Leisure Magazine
Feb 28, 2005
| TravelPod was spotted in this month’s Travel + Leisure Magazine.
Here is a sample from the article:
“Dispatches from bloggers in 192 countries are sortable by place, popularity, keywords, or newest post. Bloggers pin a map so you can follow their progress. Readers rate entries; TravelPod editors pick favorites, too.”
|Bandwidth upgrade success
Feb 21, 2005
Feb 20, 2005
|The TravelPod Guided Tour is ready!
Feb 12, 2005
liquidPearl Design Studio
|The TravelPod Guided Tour is ready! A big thanks goes to the talented people at liquidPearl Design Studio for putting this very impressing demo together for TravelPod.|
|“Web Site on edge of big time” Ottawa Citizen
Feb 7, 2005
Photo from the article
|The Saturday Feb 5th edition of the Ottawa Citizen featured a flattering full color story about TravelPod on the front page of the business section.
Here is a sample:
“Ottawa website on edge of big time
It was an idea that was ahead of its time, but time has finally caught up with a once-globe trotting Ottawa man’s brainstorm, writes Andrew Mayeda.
Luc Lévesque was blogging before blogging was even on the map.
Nearly eight years ago, when nobody had heard about web logs, or blogs, the young computer engineer went backpacking across Europe.
Before he left, he built a makeshift website so he could recount his travels to friends and family.
“I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if I can put a website together so I can post stuff from abroad,” said Mr. Levesque, 29
These days, barely a month passes when he doesn’t get a call from newspapers or magazines looking to tap into the blogosphere.
The site, TravelPod.com, has become a mecca for travellers who want to chronicle their adventures, and a window to the world for the Internet denizens who want to live vicariously through them.
The story goes on to talk about the site and it’s features.
|TravelPod in the Bottom Line Personal
Feb 7, 2005
| Thanks go to a new TravelPod member, Eldon, for letting us know about a recent feature in the Bottom Line Personal magazine.
Here is a sample from the article:
“TravelPod.com for enthusiastic postings about the joys of travel.”
|The January Newsletter is out!
Jan 29, 2005
|TNT loves TravelPod
Jan 14, 2005
| TNT, once again sings the praises of TravelPod.com, check it out:
“Blog websites, and especially travel ones are 10 a penny nowadays, but six year-old Travelpod looks like one of the better ones. Sign up so you can tell everyone at home how AMAZING!!! your adventures in Australia are – ha. Visit http://www.travelpod.com”;
PS: We’ve been around for 8 years, not 6 :)
|TravelPod Messaging is here!
Jan 9, 2005
Finally, it’s here!
The first release of the TravelPod Messaging System. What is it? It’s your very own trip forum which will let your guests communicate with you and amongst each other.
Check out your travelogues today to have a look. Use the 3rd tab at the top of your travelogue page to reach it.
We aren’t 100% sure about the name “Guest Book” and are open to suggestions. We wanted to pick a name which would let people know what exactly it was without having to educate them ( ie: TravelPodium was a great suggestion but didn’t really let people know what it was. )
We are considering “Message Board” and others… suggestions are welcomed.
Thanks for all of your feedback.
|TravelPod in the latest Lonely Planet guide
Jan 7, 2005
|TravelPod needs your help, donate today!
Jan 5, 2005