TravelPod Blog Archive: All posts from 2005

by Luc Levesque
Visualize!
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.

All TravelPod members are invited to weigh in on several fascinating approaches to visualizing personal travel connections. I’ve looked them over and every one of them has fantastic possibilities.

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

In case I haven’t said it loud enough or often enough, THANK YOU – each and every one of you – for supporting TravelPod.com through another fantastic year.

Whatever your celebration, the TravelPod team joins me in wishing the very best to you and yours “at this festive season of the year…”

Cheers!

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.

Cheers!

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

It’s here! We’ve launched the new MOBILE PHOTO UPLOADER.

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.

No more I was there. Now it’s I am right here! Right now!

Learn more about the TravelPod.com Mobile Photo Uploader and get snappin’.

Cheers!

New easier registration
Dec 12, 2005

Thanks to some of the feedback we’ve received from our members, new TravelPod members only need to enter their:

- User ID
- Email address
- Password

We no longer require that they give us their first & last name, gender, city, country, etc…

Thanks for the feedback!

New TravelPatch Style Available
Dec 9, 2005

Having trouble getting your TravelPatch to “stick”?
Try the latest TP TravelPatch Style 5, the pure HTML version!

We’ve received reports that there are still some blogs out there that don’t support javascript. That’s the technology we used to develop the 4 styles of the TP TravelPatch released in November.

We fixed the problem by releasing a 5th TravelPatch style. It is available now, it is pure HTML (no javascript involved) and it should do the trick.

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.

Patch a blog today!

Post To WIN
Dec 2, 2005

Been meaning to put some of your travel thoughts down on virtual paper? Looking for a little motivation to freshen up your TravelPod presence? How about cold hard cash? Would that help?

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.

The catch? No catch. Just a few simple rules: Post To WIN Contest Rules and more.

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.

Here’s what one of my TravelPatches looks like.


Get your free
travel blog.

Visit my travel
blogs.

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.

Enjoy!

The New York Times and TP
Nov 26, 2005

TravelPod in the New York Times

Did you see the piece about TravelPod in the Sunday (27 Nov) New York Times?

It’s a terrific acknowledgement of the inspired and inspiring snaps and stories TP members bring to the world of travel.

The Sunday Times is read by more people than you can shake a walking stick at so don’t be surprised if some friendly strangers show up on your blogstep. check it out.

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.

And while I’m on the subject, is there any other high-level data you think might be good to include in the new country capsule? Let us know. We’re here for 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.

Satellite Maps
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.

We love it.

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.

Travel on, friends!

1,000 Videos
Nov 10, 2005

That’s how many videos all you aspiring documentary makers have uploaded to TravelPod.com. Actually, there are more than 1,000 but we have to admit that it has been a little hard to tell… until now.

Video searches are now live on TravelPod.com.

Find videos of your favourite travel destinations with the toolbar Search or browse through our Destinations where all matching videos are now included. Happy viewing!

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

Yes, we are running another survey and we really, really need your reponse. Why? 3 good reasons…

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.

Ohh yeah did I mention that you can win some cool stuff too? We’ll be giving away some TravelPod clothes and gift certificates for amazon.com.

Take our survey

Sincerely hope you can take the time.
Thanks,
Lucky

Just say I DO with TravelPod
Oct 28, 2005

As if getting married weren’t adventure enough!
Thanks to TravelPod members Andy and Jill for attracting attention to themselves and TravelPod in the Dec/Jan issue of Modern Bride magazine.

Check it out! MODERN BRIDE Article

Upgrades on TravelPod
Oct 25, 2005

You may have noticed that we’ve been offline a few times in the past days.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we upgrade TravelPod. Your patience is appreciated.

Thank you.
Lucky

Match your travel styles in your neighbourhood
Oct 24, 2005

Ever wondered how many TravelPod members share your your travel style? Curious to know who they are? Where they’ve been? Where they’re headed next?

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

We stumbled onto a neat review of TravelPod on Bay News 9 TV this morning. The video is available online too, so you can check it out on their site here!

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

We’re happy to announce our partnership with Rabble.com today!

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.

More information:
What is Rabble?
Rabble & TravelPod

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!

Press release

How to upload photos while you’re on the road
Oct 13, 2005

Scott Woz, a dedicated and long-time TravelPod member, wrote a great community article which describes how to upload photos from your digital camera while you’re on the road.

Thanks Scott!

Check out the article here

Google Maps are here!
Oct 12, 2005

Now you can view your profile map showing all the places you’ve been on a satellite image of the planet earth. (If you’ve actually been to other planets, let us know.)

Check it out!

Click “Satellite” to see your map in satellite mode. You can still view your original map by clicking “classic map”.

Search enhancements
Oct 10, 2005

Have you noticed that we’ve launched some major enhancements to the TravelPod search facility? Most of the improvements are thanks to our members’ feedback.

New Search Tool
The new TravelPod search tool (find it in the header) now gives you a convenient way to search blogs, photos, and even locate other members.

Photo Search
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…

Member Search
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.

Search Accuracy
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.

Browse the World
For those time when you don’t really know what you are looking for, try the “Destinations” tab in the toolbar and browse by country through our world of photos and blogs.

USA Today Weekend Edition
Oct 9, 2005

TravelPod in today’s USA Today Weekend Edition

We were still waking up this morning when we caught wind that USA Today Weekend posted a nice little article about travel blogs including TravelPod.

Have a read:

Keep an online journal

Share your vacation photos and stories online while you’re still on the road.

No need to wait until you’re home to share your vacation with family and friends. Online travel journals keep everyone informed while you’re on the road.

Dozens of websites now offer easy-to-build pages where you can upload trip photos and log day-by-day journal entries others can access online. The best part: Programming knowledge is not required.

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.

And best yet, the journals don’t expire after your trip, so you can relive your travels again and again.”

Forums upgraded
Oct 8, 2005

Yesterday we released our upgraded and enhanced forums which have a whole bunch of new features.

Check it out!

New slideshow photo albums!
Oct 3, 2005

Check out our new snazzy slide show feature. It’s available on all of our photo albums as of today.

This new feature shows a photo album in a very slick animated slide show.

Check out one of my old photo albums in slideshow mode to see what it looks like.

Lucky’s slideshow

More goodies
Sep 19, 2005

We’ve rolled out a few goodies for you tonight.

I won’t go over them all but you might like these:

– When you roll over the latest photos on our homepage, a preview should now show up without having to click the photo.

- Thanks to a member’s feedback, when you create a new entry, the default map pin location is now set to your previous entry. This should save you some time when adding new entries.

– We’ve reversed the order of your travelogues on your profile to list the most recent first.

- We’ve changed the look and feel of your entry pages to use more of the available space. The new layout is easier to navigate and lays the ground work for some really cool stuff which is coming up.

Cheers!

New browsing and searching
Sep 17, 2005

We’ve fixed up our browsing and searching on TravelPod to make it easier for you to find our travel stories and photos!

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.

We’ve also shnazzed up our search results to look prettier and get your more relevant information.

Cheers!

Car Rentals – Find the best deals on the Web
Sep 14, 2005

We’re happy to announce that we are now offering car rental price comparisons through our partner Kayak.com.

Our new search tools will search the web’s best car rental sites to compare and find you the best rates.

Give it a try:

Find the lowest priced car rentals

Donate to TravelPod
Sep 9, 2005

Some members have expressed that they would still like to donate to TravelPod even though we are giving away unlimited disk space now.

What can we say… thanks :)

If you would like to donate, you can do so here:
donate

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

We’ve updated TravelPod to allow our guests and members to use our TravelStreams™ with the FireFox web browser.

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

Hello,

You may have noticed some cool new changes on TravelPod. Based on our survey a few months back, we’ve made some enhancements we’re sure you’ll love.

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!

We’re also no longer accepting donations and have added a new enhanced membership for members who want ad-free travelogues.

This FAQ should answer most questions, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you still have some questions you would like answered.

If you’d like, post comments you have in our forums and read what our other members are saying.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What’s changed?
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

We’re happy to announce that we’ve partnered with Kayak.com to help you find the best deals on flights and hotels.

Our new search tools will search the web’s best airline and hotel booking sites to compare and find you the best rates.

Give it a try:

Find the lowest priced flights
Find the lowest priced hotels

TravelStream™ – Have TravelPod streamed right to your PC
Aug 11, 2005

We’ve just released TravelPod’s new syndication feeds which we’re calling our “TravelStreams™”.

You can use our RSS/ATOM direct feeds to have TravelPod’s latest entries pushed to your PC directly or, use a member’s stream to have their latest entries pushed to you!

Check it out!

Texas Upgrade completed!
Aug 7, 2005

As of 8:30am this morning, we’ve successfully moved the TravelPod servers to our upgraded facility in Texas.

For the next 12 hours or so, as the changes propogate to the new servers, you may experience mild a degradation in service.

** Please note, that you may have difficulties logging into the forums during this period.

Please let our support staff know if you are having any problems.

Cheers!

Maintenance Alert
Aug 3, 2005

Please be aware that we’ll be performing a major system update Sunday August 7th at 7am EST and expect there to be some downtime from 7-9am EST and also spuratically through the day.

TravelPod @ the World Youth Congress 2005
Aug 1, 2005

Travelpod @ the World Youth Congress 2005


Follow
Cobi along as she sends her TravelPod travel dispatches from her experiences in Scotland at the World Youth Congress.

Check out Cobi’s travelogue

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.

Install the TravelPod Toolbar Today!

New “top” travelers page on TravelPod
Jul 26, 2005

You may have noticed that we’ve added a new tab to the toolbar which goes to our new “Community Page“.

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!
Cheers,

Winners! The TravelPod Survey ends.
Jul 19, 2005

The TravelPod survey ended yesterday, thanks to all who participated. The information we were able to gather has already started to help us in our evolution of TravelPod.

So, the big question is… who won the prizes??!?!?!

Drum roll please… and the winners are:

iPod Mini Winner
Julie Cooke
http://www.travelpod.com/members/jrcooke7

Amazon.com Gift Certificate Winner
Alicia Young
http://www.travelpod.com/members/aliciay98

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

Getting our look and feel redesigned has been high on our priority list for some time now. Specifically, updating our old header’s style has been a recurring request from our members.

Thanks to your feedback during the TravelPod survey, we were able to put together a new header design which should make TravelPod much easier to navigate.

The new look and feel is a lot easier on the eyes too :)

Cheers!

Get a chance to an iPod by taking our survey
Jun 18, 2005

In a never ending effort to improve our site, we are running a survey to know more about our members and visitors.

We’ll be using this information to help us decide which features to add to TravelPod and would love your feedback!

As a big thank you for taking 2 minutes to fill out our short survey, you’ll be entered into a draw to win an iPod mini or a second prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Take our survey

New search type
Jun 15, 2005

Based on member suggestions, we’ve added a new search by last name option to our search engine.

This should help your friends and family find your blogs :)

CNN & TravelPod
May 27, 2005

More good news from CNN this time. Here is the article:

“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.

With that in mind, here are three travel sites:

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

We have a bit more propaganda to share with our community. Last week TravelPod was sighted in an article in the Tulsa Work newspaper.

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

Based on your feedback, we’ve added the capability for your guests to add comments to each of your entries. You can configure how you want this to behave from your trip properties.

By default, all of your entries now have this enabled. Have a look at one of your existing entries to check it out ( look at the bottom of the entry ).

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.

Check out some sample comments.

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.

Cheers!

USA Today & TravelPod
Apr 29, 2005

Here is an extract from yesterday’s USA Today which recommends TravelPod to its readers:

“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

Based on a member request, TravelPod now allows members to store 300 contacts in their address book.

Earn extra money from your travel blogs!
Apr 15, 2005

Raising funds for an upcoming trip?

Want to make some extra cash from your previously or soon to be written travel blog?

Why not make a little extra money!

We’ve just launched our patent pending Support My Travels™ fund raising tools to help you raise and sustain travel funds!

We’ve been dying to release this new feature but we’ve been patiently waiting for our patent pending status before releasing it.

This new feature will let you quickly and easily accept donations from visitors to your travel blogs! This means that you can now collect and raise cash from your guests to help fund your travels.

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.

( Comment on this new feature )

Overview of Support My Travels ™


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.

Support My Travels ™ is ideal for…

- raising funds for upcoming trips,
- receiving funds to help sustain ongoing travel,
- earning extra cash from existing travel blogs,

It’s perfect for anyone who could use a little help to fund their traveling spirit!


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!

Comment on this new feature

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


TravelPod.com holds a proud listing in PC Magazine’s “Top 100 sites you didn’t know you couldn’t live without” this year!

Here is a sample from the article:

“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!

We did a little searching and managed to get our hands on the transcipt from the episode of Call for Help which talks about TravelPod. It’s a great read. Check it out!

>> 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: WE’RE NOT GONNA PUT ANYONE TO SLEEP.

>> Leo Laporte: NO, THIS IS MUCH MORE EXCITING!

>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, THIS IS MUCH MORE EXCITING, THIS IS A SITE CALLED travelpod.com, WHICH IS A FREE SITE WHERE YOU CAN GO AND —

>> Leo Laporte: SO WHAT — BLOG IS A DAILY JOURNAL OF YOUR —

>> 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 —

>> Leo Laporte: OH NEAT.

>> Amber MacArthur: YOU CAN SEND EMAILS AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS.

>> Leo Laporte: AND IF YOU CAN GET TO AN INTERNET CAFE, WHICH YOU CAN NOW, EVERYWHERE —

>> Amber MacArthur: EXACTLY, EVERYWHERE, YOU CAN JUST UPDATE YOUR, YOUR TRAVEL BLOG REALLY EASILY, SO —

>> Leo Laporte: YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS ON YOUR TRIP TO CALIFORNIA.

>> Amber MacArthur: I, I DID.

>> Leo Laporte: YOU DID?!

>> Amber MacArthur: YES, I STARTED TO DO IT. SO WE’LL TAKE A LOOK HERE, SO YOU’LL SEE, UM, SOME OF THE TRAVEL BLOGS ARE ACTUALLY PUBLIC, SO IT’S KIND OF FUN, ‘CAUSE YOU CAN ROAM THROUGH THEM —

>> Leo Laporte: I LIKE THAT IDEA.

>> 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 —

>> Leo Laporte: YOU MADE IT PUBLIC?

>> Amber MacArthur: I MADE IT PUBLIC, YEAH, I DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH ON IT RIGHT NOW, BUT SO YOU CAN VIEW IT, SO —

>> Leo Laporte: YOU WERE TOO BUSY HAVING FUN.

>> Amber MacArthur: I WAS TOO BUSY — I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA UPDATE IT EVERY DAY, THAT WASN’T HAPPENING, I STAYED FAR AWAY FROM COMPUTERS. (Laughing) SO I WROTE A LITTLE THING HERE ABOUT —

>> Leo Laporte: “THELMA & LOUISE”.

>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, THIS IS KIND OF FUN. (Laughing) SO WE TRAVELLED DOWN THE COAST AND —

>> Leo Laporte: DID YOU MEET BRAD PITT, BY THE WAY?

>> Amber MacArthur: YOU KNOW WHAT, I DIDN’T, BUT I’M STILL OPTIMISTIC THAT ONE DAY IT MIGHT HAPPEN. (Both laughing)

>> Amber MacArthur: OKAY, MAYBE NOT, BUT ANYWAY, SO WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND THIS IS WHAT WE’VE DONE, YOU JUST BASICALLY DO YOUR START AND FINISH —

>> Leo Laporte: AND IT PLOTS THE —

>> 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.

>> Leo Laporte: ON THAT BENCH?

>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, ON THAT BENCH, WE JUST SAT THERE.

>> Leo Laporte: AND YOU DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO UPDATE YOUR TRAVEL BLOG?

>> Amber MacArthur: NO, YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS WAS OUR FIRST DAY THERE, SO WE WERE REALLY EXCITED AND IT WAS SUNNY AND WE HADN’T HAD SUNSHINE FOR A WHILE, SO THAT’S US THERE.

>> Leo Laporte: YOU WERE JUST WATCHING THE BOYS WALK BY, I KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING.

>> Amber MacArthur: (Laughing)

>> Leo Laporte: I KNOW THAT BENCH VERY WELL. (Both laughing)

>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, IT’S A GOOD BENCH IF YOU WANNA DO THAT.

>> Leo Laporte: IT’S A GREAT BENCH!

>> Amber MacArthur: SO IT’S REALLY — (Laughing) IT IS. ANYWAY, SO YOU CAN LOG IN TO UPDATE, I’M JUST GONNA SHOW YOU QUICKLY HOW TO UPDATE YOUR TRAVEL BLOG.

>> Leo Laporte: OKAY.

>> Amber MacArthur: SO YOU CAN LOG IN WITH YOUR I.D., AGAIN, IT’S ALL FREE, SO YOU’RE ABLE TO GO IN AND THEY HOST ALL YOUR PICTURES —

>> Leo Laporte: DO THEY — THEY MUST PUT ADS OR SOMETHING ON THE PAGES OR SOMETHING —

>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE’S SOME ADS, AS YOU CAN SEE UP HERE, ONLINE HOSTEL —

>> Leo Laporte: JUST A LITTLE BIT.

>> 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.

>> Leo Laporte: OH, THAT’S A GOOD IDEA.

>> 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 —

>> Leo Laporte: I SEE, THAT’S WHERE THEY GET THE MAP, YOU SAY WHERE YOU ARE.

>> Amber MacArthur: EXACTLY AND THEN YOU GO IN AND YOU ADD IN SOME TEXT AND THAT WILL BE YOUR JOURNAL ENTRY. CHECK SPELLING AND THEN YOU HAVE SOME OPTIONS TO FINISH IT UP AND, YOU KNOW, AND —

>> Leo Laporte: HOW DO YOU GET PICTURES, IS THAT HARDER TO DO?

>> Amber MacArthur: YEAH, YOU CAN JUST GO BACK INTO YOUR ORIGINAL POSTING AND JUST UPLOAD PICTURES, SAME WAY, YOU JUST PICK THE PICTURE AND UPLOAD IT.

>> Leo Laporte: OKAY.

>> 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.

>> Leo Laporte: OH, THAT’S — WE MET THEM JUST BEFORE THEY LEFT, AT, AT CHRISTMAS TIME.

>> Amber MacArthur: EXACTLY, EXACTLY, SO WHAT THEY’VE DONE IS THEY’VE CALLED IT “THE MEDIOCRE RACE”. (Both laughing)

>> 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.

>> Leo Laporte: OH, I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA.

>> 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.

>> Leo Laporte: RIGHT, YOU’RE REALLY PARTICIPATING IN THEIR TRIP WITH THEM.

>> 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.

>> Leo Laporte: travelpod.com, MORE INFORMATION ON THE TRAVELOGUES AMBER FEATURED, CHECK OUT OUR SHOW NOTES AT callforhelptv.com.

Community Article – “Updating your Travelogue on the Move”
Mar 28, 2005

Scott Woz, a devoted TravelPod member has posted a TravelPod Community Article describing how he has used a portable ( or PDA ) to update his travelogue while on the road.

Find out how updating your travelogue with a portable device can be a great way to update your travelogue while you travel in this great article.

Scott Woz’s Community Article – “Updating your Travelogue on the Move”

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

To our pleasant surprise, we woke up this Saturday with a slew of new members streaming in based on a broadcast of a show called “Call For Help”.

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:

“Create a travel journal online!

Share your wildest adventures with your friends and family.
By Amber MacArthur

Travelpod
www.travelpod.com

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

We are pleased to announce that TravelPod will be helping Team Canada at the upcoming International Kickboxing Team Championships in South Africa!

While in South Africa, Team Canada will be using TravelPod to stay in touch with their family and friends back home.

They’ll also be posting their experiences during the events on their Travelogues for all to see.

Good luck team!

Michelle Braun, Mary-Beth Stanistreet, Victor Provost, Sali Zeidan, William Houtart-Masse, Leigh Crawford, and Samantha Wall-Provost

Show off your best travel photos with TravelPod
Mar 6, 2005

We want to show off our member’s best travel photos. Starting today, we’ll be featuring a new travel photo from one of our members every day on our main page!

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”.

Click this button to submit your photo to be reviewed.

Cheers!

WebSoup’s Spotlight on TravelPod
Mar 3, 2005

WebSoup.org has selected TravelPod.com as its March 3rd 2005 spotlight website.

Cool!

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.

If this doesn’t mean anything to you… read on!

More information

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

We’re happy to announce that our Internet connection upgrade was a success today. This should mean faster and more reliable downloads for you and your guests. Enjoy!

Maintenance Downtime
Feb 20, 2005

Hello,

We will be upgrading our Internet connection Monday February 20th from 9am – 5pm. During this period TravelPod may be offline intermittently.

Cheers.

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.

// Check it out!

“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

Check out the January 2005 Newletter

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

(Give us your feedback on this new feature!)

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.

Sample message board

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 was recently spotted in the latest Lonely Planet (LP) guide book. Being avid LP guide book readers ourselves ( collectively we must own over 50 guide books ) we are honored by the mention.

TravelPod needs your help, donate today!
Jan 5, 2005

Did you know that TravelPod runs solely thanks to your donations? That’s right, servers, bandwidth and all those technical gadgets that make TravelPod run would grind to a halt without your help.

If you are one of the thousands who have taken advantage of TravelPod.com, consider giving back.

If you haven’t donated yet ( or even if you have! ) please consider helping out. You get some great benefits!

Find out more about the benefits of donating and help the TravelPod wheels continue to turn!


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: