Our Journey Is Coming to an End

Fellow travellers and bloggers, we have some sad news to report. After 20 years of leading the travel blogging revolution, we’ve made the difficult decision to close TravelPod on June 19, 2017.

We realize that this will probably come as a surprise to some, but for others it may seem like a natural development, as the nature of sharing travel experiences continues to evolve in unexpected and exciting ways.

From the start, TravelPod led the way in helping people share their travel experiences with friends, family, and the world. Over TravelPod’s 20-year history, our members logged over 2 million blog entries and shared tens of millions of photos and videos, sharing short road trips, multi-year trips-of-a-lifetime, and everything in between. We’re incredibly proud of TravelPod, and the amazing contribution to connected travel that Luc Levesque made when he founded it in 1997, when travel blogging was new and blogging services were still just an idea. We’re equally proud of the many talented people who helped to make TravelPod the best way to share your journey on the web, whether you were on a laptop, in an internet cafe, or on your tablet or phone.

However, as all great journeys eventually end, we’ve decided the time is right to bring this amazing adventure to a close.

Our top priority is that members are able to back up their blogs, photos, and address books quickly and efficiently, so we have built an easy-to-use tool to do just that. All you have to do is request the backup archive using the tool found on your TravelPod Dashboard, and we will handle the rest. We’ll email you when your archive is ready for download.

The archive consists of a .ZIP file that you just double-click to install a folder on your computer. Inside this folder, you’ll find :

an HTML version of your profile page, including your Address Book. You can link to the other html files in the archive by opening this page in a browser.

an HTML version of each of your travel blogs, viewable locally on your computer in any browser

an XML version of each of your travel blogs specifically designed to upload easily into WordPress, which is a free and excellent blogging platform. (We’ve posted instructions for importing your TravelPod content into WordPress here.)

– within each blog folder, a folder containing all of your photos as they were saved on TravelPod

You can learn more by visiting your Dashboard, or by reading the blog post here.

We have also published an FAQ for quick answers to your questions about the archive tool and more.

 

A community-driven alternative: TravelArk

We would also like to mention that one very dedicated TravelPod member has started a project called TravelArk to create an alternative online copy of travel blogs for members who are interested. In addition to using our backup tool, we recommend you check out the site here: http://www.travelark.org/

Thank you for being a part of our journey and for using TravelPod to share your travels with the world. It was an amazing adventure!

The TravelPod Team

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WordPress Import Intructions

With TravelPod closing, some TravelPod members may wish to move their blogs to an active blogging platform to continue writing or to keep their travel blogs on the web for others to read. While there are many great services out there, the most popular is WordPress.

First, you’ll want to download your TravelPod archive by visiting your TravelPod Dashboard. (See our post about the archive and download process here.) In your archive, you’ll find XML files that can be used to import your blog content into a new blogging platform. These files have been optimized for WordPress.

WordPress offers both a hosted option (which runs on the wordpress.com domain) as well as an easy installer that allows you to run the WordPress software on any Internet Service Provider that supports PHP. On their hosted version, WordPress has both free and paid products, one of which should suit your needs.

The importing of TravelPod blogs to WordPress will be relatively straightforward for someone with medium experience with blogging tools. On WordPress, as with TravelPod, each of your TravelPod trips would become its own separate blog. You can import as many of your trips as you like, by creating a new blog and importing the content to it.

The following instructions should help you get started with your TravelPod content on WordPress.com:

WordPress Import Instructions

First, if you haven’t already, create an account on WordPress.com. You’ll be asked for basic login information and asked to pick a name for your blog and a template. Pick any template you like, you can always change it later.

Next, you’ll see an admin screen similar to this one:

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The “First blog post” is a placeholder post that you can leave alone for the time being. Later, you’ll want to delete it.

 

For importing, go to Settings (lower-left menu option).

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If you click on Import at the top, you’ll see this page, where you can choose which type of import file to use. We have optimized the import file for WordPress, so choose that option by clicking Start Import.

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Now you can either drag the appropriate XML file from your TravelPod archive to the big empty rectangular target area, or just click there to navigate to the file on your hard drive.

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WordPress will recognize your XML file as an import file, and let you know that all content in the blog will be assigned to you. (Since TravelPod blogs only have one author, this should make no difference to you.) Click Start Import again to begin the import process.

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The next step is the longest part of the process, where WordPress imports the file and turns your entries into WordPress posts. It may seem like nothing is happening, but in fact, WordPress is processing your file in the background. When you see the message Finishing up the import, you can go do something else as it processes. WordPress will email you when the import is complete.

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Once you get the confirmation that the import is done, click over to your new blog and check it out. You’ll see that we have included both published entries (now called “posts” in WordPress lingo) as well as drafts, which have been marked as draft in WordPress.

Next, import your images. For technical reasons, we are not able to import images to your WordPress blog from the XML file in the archive. You will need to insert them in your WordPress blog from the Images folder that is part of the archive.

There are many ways to do this, but the fastest way to get started is to upload all of the photos at once to your WordPress Media Library. Go to your blog and click on Media in the left hand column.Screenshot 2017-05-11 14.46.36.png

The photos from your blog are stored within the blog folder in your archive. You can simply drag and drop all of the photos into the Media Library page, and they will automatically start uploading to WordPress. Once there, you can use the WordPress blog post editor to place photos into your blog entries from the Media Library.

A word about videos:

TravelPod saves your videos as flv files, and this format is unfortunately not supported by WordPress.

You can use a third-party tool like Handbrake or Adobe Media Encoder to convert your flv files into a format accepted by WordPress, such as mp4.
Please note that you must pay for a Premium account on WordPress to upload videos to the Media Library. Video uploads are not supported in the Free or Personal plans. You can, however, embed videos from other sites such as YouTube.

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TravelPod’s End of Journey FAQ

If you haven’t heard, TravelPod will be closing on June 19, 2017. Refer to this FAQ to find answers to archive questions and more. We’ll keep this updated as questions come up.

 

How can I save my travel blogs?

We’ve created a tool for you to easily create an archive of all of your blogs, photos, and address book.
Follow the instructions at this link:

 

I paid for Enhanced Membership. Will I be reimbursed?

Yes! We are issuing a refund for any unused portion of current Enhanced Memberships as of May 15, 2017. We will send these refunds via PayPal within one week of this date. If you paid for an Enhanced Membership that is still active, you will receive an email to your PayPal email address notifying you of the credit back from PayPal.

 

I have clicked the “Start Archiving my Blog” button, but I don’t see my archive. What happened?

It takes our servers some time to compile all of your work into one file. We notify you with an email when your archive is ready for download. The email contains a link to your archive.

 

I received the email, and it contained a list of links. Why multiple downloads?

A small number of members have a large amount of content that will not fit into a single ZIP archive, so we have split those archives into several smaller ones. They work just like the normal archives.

 

If I download my blog, how can I keep blogging on a different platform?

We will include two versions of each trip in your archive. One version is a file that ends with “.html” and is great for viewing your blog on any computer. We also included a version of your blog that can be used to import your writing into WordPress, a free and excellent option for blogging. You may also use the file to import to other blogging tools that can read a WordPress import file. We have instructions for importing into WordPress here.

 

Are there any other options for keeping my blogs content online?

Yes! A community-driven archive site called TravelArk can help you preserve your blog online. Visit the following link to learn more: http://www.travelark.org/

 

I received the email with my archive link. Now what?

Most members will see a single big green button that says “Download file,” but members with several large blogs will see a list of download links. (This is due to size restrictions on ZIP files.) Click the link to start downloading an archive and your browser will begin the download process. When it’s complete, locate the .ZIP file in your Downloads folder and open it. It will expand into a folder containing HTML versions of all of your TravelPod blogs that you can view on your computer, a folder containing all of your photos and videos as they appeared on TravelPod, XML versions of your travel blogs (for importing into WordPress), and a file called READ_ME.TXT, which contains instructions for using all of these things.

 

I am on a phone or tablet, how will I get my archive?

We advise you to be very cautious when downloading using a mobile device. Some blog archives can be quite large and unless you are on a free wi-fi network, you may incur charges for downloading such a large file.

Some phones and tablets will download the zip archive, but in most cases you will need to copy it on to a computer to open the archive and view your offline blog.

 

My photos aren’t high resolution like they are on my camera/phone/hard drive

This is because TravelPod saves your photos at a lower resolution. We do not store full resolution photos, but we include the highest resolution photos that were used on TravelPod.com when you uploaded them.

 

I tried uploading my videos to WordPress, but they won’t upload. Why?

TravelPod saves your videos as .flv files, and this format is not supported by WordPress, unfortunately.

You can use a third-party tool like Handbrake or Adobe Media Encoder to convert your flv files into a format accepted by WordPress, such as mp4.

Please note that you must pay for a Premium account on WordPress to upload videos to the Media Library.

 

I want to host my own WordPress site instead of using their hosted solution on WordPress.com. Will my import file work on my WordPress installation?
Yes, it should work fine.

 

I followed the instructions for uploading my blogs to WordPress. It worked, but there are no photos.

For technical reasons, we are not able to create an import file that moves photos from TravelPod onto WordPress. You will need to manually place your photos using the admin tools on WordPress or whichever online blogging tool you may decide to use.

 

I clicked the link and instead of downloading a file I was sent to a page with a list of links.

Some members have created so much content that it cannot be zipped into a single archive file. For those members, we’ve created a page to allow for multiple, smaller archive files to be downloaded.

 

I have a question about my PayPal refund. Who can I talk to?

We can help you if you send an email including your TravelPod member ID to support@travelpod.com.

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TravelPod Archive Instructions

While TravelPod will be closing on June 19, we wanted to make sure you have the ability to save your blogs, photos, and address book to your computer for safekeeping, viewing later, and even importing into a new blogging platform (such as WordPress) if you wish.

Please follow these simple instructions to create and save an archive copy of your blogs that you will download to your computer.

Please note that the TravelPod Archive Utility will be available only up until our closing date of June 19, 2017. While you may create as many archives as you like, you can only create one at a time. Once you have requested an archive, you may make changes to your blog, but those changes may not be present in your downloaded file. You would therefore need to re-create your archive once the first one finishes.

If you have questions, please get in touch at support@travelpod.com.

Instructions:

  1. Sign in to TravelPod at http://www.travelpod.com/dashboard.
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  2. Click the big green “Download my blog content!” button. This will take you to the “Archive & Download” page.
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  3. When you are ready to create the download, click the big green button called “Prepare my blog archive.” TravelPod will then begin creating the archive of your blogs. You will not be able to create another archive until the current process has completed.
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  4. This process may take some time, so we will notify you by email when your archive is ready to download.
  5. In the email notification you receive, you’ll find a link asking you to login to your TravelPod dashboard to download your .zip file to your computer. This link leads to a page with a link to your .zip file. Click it to start the download process.
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  6. This download can take a while, depending on the number and size of your blogs and the number of photos you have uploaded to TravelPod.
  7. Once you receive the download, which will be a “.ZIP” archive file, find the file on your hard drive and double-click the .ZIP file. This will expand your archive into a folder on your computer containing all of your your content, including your blogs in html format, all of your photos, and XML versions of your blogs that you may use to import into WordPress or another blogging tool of your choice.
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  8. If you make subsequent changes to your blogs after creating your archive, you may go back to “Archive & Download” and create a new one by clicking the “Prepare my blog archive” button again. You can do this as many times as you need to up until our closing date. However, once one archive has been requested, you’ll need to wait until it is finished to start another.
  9. Double-click on the file that looks like [memberid].profile.html to start browsing your trips within the archive.

Once you’ve downloaded your archive, you can either keep it on your computer or you may choose to import the blog into WordPress, using the XML versions of your blogs. We have created a set of instructions for how to get started on WordPress here.

Alternatively, you can check out the TravelArk project, founded by a TravelPod super-fan, which will save an online copy of your blog in a different location. This is not a TravelPod project and is supported by the travel blogging community. For more info, see http://www.travelark.org.

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Making TravelPod Better: August 2015 edition

Autumn is nearly upon and August has come and gone, so here’s a list of some of the most important things we improved on TravelPod last month:

  • We’ve (finally) removed the flash requirement for all of our photo-uploads, so you can now upload profile photos, trip photos, and do mass-uploading of blog photos directly from your mobile device!
  • The TravelPod iOS app has been updated to work with iOS 9. The new version hasn’t yet been released, but should be out in time for iOS9’s autumn release.
  • Blog photos now occupy the full width of the display when reading on mobile devices.
  • Comment-notification emails now include image thumbnails and snippets of blog content to provide a little more context.
  • As usual, we’ve also made a number of bug fixes and visual tweaks.

TravelPod is a big site, and we absolutely depend on your input for deciding what to give the most love. Please keep sending your feedback and tell us how we’re doing and what you’d like us to do better.

** Photo by TravelPod member oandb

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A Year of TravelPod Travel Blogs

With new TravelPod blogs appearing every day as our members travel the world, we thought it would be interesting to see what what all the blogs from one year would look like when we mapped them out together. You can watch the results in the video below, as a year’s worth of blog entries unfolds in 1.5 minutes. To build this, we made every entry a dot based on its location and used lines to connect entries within trips. Viewed all together, the result is kind of magical, and some obvious trends emerge. Lots of travel between Europe and Australia, for example, and the vast distances covered by travelers in Asia, South America, and Africa.

It’s great to see the wide variety of trips being saved and shared on TravelPod. Keep traveling!

This visualization was produced using Processing.
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Holi: A Burst of Color

Who wouldn’t love taking a day to fling handfuls of colored powder and water at friends and strangers alike in a jubilant celebration of spring, forgiveness, and renewal? Perhaps that’s why the ancient Hindu festival known as Holi is celebrated not only in South Asia where it originated, but throughout the world as well.

Luckily for us, TravelPod bloggers risk their cameras during the color fest and have grabbed some great shots for us over the years!

If you have any great photos of Holi, be sure to start up a TravelPod blog and share! We may be able to feature some more Holi shots in a future post.


Photo credit: TravelPod member allmytravels


Photo credit: TravelPod member hanjolo


Photo credit: TravelPod member tsd-india


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Some participants even take before and after photos.

Photo credit: TravelPod member lou-and-ian


Photo credit: TravelPod member hanjolo

Photo credit: TravelPod member hanjolo

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Top 5 South American Cities for Travel Bloggers in 2014

TravelPod members share their adventures from incredible destinations all around the globe, and South America is of course no exception. While our bloggers usually find themselves in tiny villages, jungle trails, and salt flats, they eventually make their way to the great cities as well for some urban exploration.

Following are quick glimpses of the five most popular South American cities among TravelPod bloggers based on 2014 trips. Be sure to check the links for the latest and greatest photos from these travel hotspots.

1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Not only a leader among TravelPod members, this capital city is in fact the most visited city in South America! A thriving arts scene and a high standard of living make BA one of the great cities of the world.


Photo credit: TravelPod member mattyjordan


Sunday San Talmo Markets
Photo credit: TravelPod member fae-neilvsworld


La Boca
Photo credit: TravelPod member mattyjordan

Check out more photos from Buenos Aires on TravelPod.

2. Santiago, Chile

Santiago, on the Mapocho River, has a third of the population of Buenos Aires and is growing quickly.


Inside the main cathedral of Santiago
Photo credit: TravelPod member ericjon97


Wine cellar
Photo credit: TravelPod member ericjon97


Fresh strawberries from the market
Photo Credit: TravelPod member the5wynns

See more photos from Santiago on TravelPod.

3. Cusco, Peru

If you’re looking for Incan history, you’ll find it here in Cusco, which served as the Inca capital until the Spanish conquest.


Photo credit: TravelPod member pietrasanta


Photo credit: TravelPod member ellengoeseast


Cusco at night
Photo credit: TravelPod member jamieking


Photo credit: TravelPod member ellengoeseast
Find more photos from trips to Cusco on TravelPod.

4. Lima, Peru

Another Inca city before the Spanish arrived, Lima was once a religious center. It’s now a city with more than 10 million residents and a thriving tourism and arts scene.


Mire Flores, Lima
Photo credit: TravelPod member katyflo


Photo credit: TravelPod member ebzh


Central Lima by night
Photo credit: TravelPod member jdtrip

Be sure to check out photos from recent trips to Lima on TravelPod.

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

There’s a reason why almost 3 million travelers find their way to Rio each year: beach life, arts, culture, Carnival, and beach life all come to mind. Did we mention the beaches?


Lapa sterps take 2
Photo credit: TravelPod member mattyjordan


Coucher de soleil sur le Corcovado
Photo credit: TravelPod member marie-claude.g


Rio from Christ the Redeemer
Photo credit: TravelPod member spoonball


Sunday at the beach
Photo credit: TravelPod member eoinshirl

See more photos from Rio de Janeiro on TravelPod.

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10 Classic Leaning Tower of Pisa Photos

Pisa’s famous bell tower has been leaning since its construction began in the 12th century. For all we know, this tower would have toppled years ago had it not been for the valiant efforts of fearless travellers doing their part to hold it up–and snapping a photo while they’re at it. Naturally, TravelPod members are eager to help, as you’ll see below. Here isyour guide to the many ways you can get a great photo of yourself doing your part!

The Classic Save
Just helping out a tower about to fall!


Photo credit: TravelPod member europeinajar

The Finger Save
Useful in an emergency when no one else is around.


Photo credit: TravelPod member marmarwong

The Finger Push
The more mischievous cousin of the Finger Save. This one makes us very nervous.


Photo credit: TravelPod member iancarmen

The Hug
If there was ever a tower that needed a hug, it’s this one.


Photo credit: TravelPod member ashnbrieurope

The Team Save
Some things can’t be handled by just one person!


Photo credit: TravelPod member daisylou71

The Top Grab
A little to the right, please.


Photo credit :TravelPod member bigbanana

The Bollard Stand
Yes, that is what they’re called, and yes, that is why they were put there.


Photo credit: TravelPod member trishfr

The “Where Do You Want This?”
Anywhere is fine but whatever you do don’t drop it!


Photo credit: TravelPod member chris-roisin

The Header
Technically more difficult than it seems, this move may in fact draw a whistle from the ref.


Photo credit: TravelPod member edevalla

The Remote Save
Surprisingly, this one is not as common, but we like the resourcefulness!


Photo credit: TravelPod member dylanandliz

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How to Write a Great Travel Blog

So you’re all set for your next big adventure: the tickets have been purchased, your itinerary has been carefully planned out (or not!), and your new luggage is just waiting for you to start packing!

On this trip, you’d like to keep a great travel blog to share your adventure with friends, family members, and anyone else who loves a good travel story. So, what are the best ways to go about it? Here are some quick tips from TravelPod:

1. Start yesterday!

People love to read about the trip even before it starts. What is motivating you to go exploring? What are your plans and expectations? Often your readers have travelled to the same country or faced similar issues and can offer great advice before the trip starts for real. Remember, when it comes to travelling, information is key, and your readers may have lots of it to share.

A couple of entries during the planning phase of your trip will also help you get the hang of blogging while you’re still on home turf. You don’t want any technical surprises while you’re out on the road, so learn the ins and outs now.

2. Set up your blog on TravelPod.

TravelPod is the oldest free travel blogging platform around, and we have tons of experience to help you get the most out of your trip without requiring you to have any technical expertise or a friend-of-a-friend who is “good with computers.” During the TravelPod blog setup, you can create an itinerary showing where you plan to be on every day. This can help you organize your blogging and is a great way to start planning your trip.

Once your blog is set up, figure out how you’re going to update your blog. For example, TravelPod can be updated using any connected web browser, an iPhone or iPad via the iOS app, or even by sending posts as emails to a special email address. Pick the method that is right for you. Remember, you may not have access to mobile data or wi-fi many times during your trip. If blogging when you are offline is important to you, have a plan to either type your blogs into a note-taking app for transfer later, or use TravelPod’s iOS app, which works offline and synchs back to the blog when you have wi-fi access again.

3. Try to write every day.

Even a short post will help keep your readers interested and up to date on your journey. Also, it will make remembering your trip all the better many years from now if you can see what you did and what you thought about it on any day in your trip.

4. Include highlights and try to be as descriptive as possible.

The highlights will be the moments that stood out to you as something you’d want to tell a story about later. More mundane facts about the day, such as what you wore or what time breakfast was served, may seem more interesting while you’re writing them than they will to the average reader. Now, if you accidentally wore shorts and sandals to a formal wedding because you misread the invitation, that is definitely a highlight!

You want to recreate what it felt like to be in the location you’re writing about, so I’m going to channel my 10th-grade writing teacher and remind you to use descriptive language in your entry. Descriptive words that recreate the sights, sounds, and even smells of your experience are like popcorn to the hungry travel blog reader. Get inventive if you must, but the more descriptive detail, the more your comments will fill up with praise.

5. Take photos and include the best ones.

In this day and age, every blog entry should have at least a couple of photos. Uploading photos is super easy if you are using the TravelPod mobile app, but you can also upload them using the web dashboard. If you’re using TravelPod’s email blogging feature, just include them as attachments to the entry email and TravelPod will take care of attaching them to the entry. Try to include photos that relate to the events you wrote about, if you can. This really helps make the whole blog entry more cohesive and satisfying to read. Include details you want to remember about the photos in the caption of the photo, such as the name of that great pool bartender. Don’t go overboard on the photos, though! After a while, looking at too many photos starts to feel like viewing someone’s three-volume wedding photo album. Safe bet: include your best shots, and leave them wanting more!

6. Review places you stay and visit.

TravelPod has tools for leaving reviews of hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, and even attractions. By leaving a review you’re helping the next travellers to come after you, so take the time to share your thoughts. This is a great way to give back to the TravelPod community.

7. Wrap it up.

Remember that all important “Home at last!” entry at the end. Some great travel blogs end with a quick synopsis of the trip highlights, and perhaps a reflection on what you got out of the trip. For anyone interested in following in your footsteps, this is definitely the icing on the cake. Once you’re back you can continue to tweak and fine tune your blog, adding or removing photos and maybe filling in some blank days. Once it’s done, you can even order a printed book of your TravelPod blog for a tangible keepsake of the adventure.

Above all, relax and have fun writing your travel blog. If at any time it feels like a chore, take a break and enjoy the amazing sights and sounds going on all around you. The more you enjoy your trip and truly live in the moment, the better your blog will be whenever you choose to write!

Bon voyage from TravelPod!

Photo credit: TravelPod member alice-and-will (http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/alice-and-will/1/1371216741/tpod.html)
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10 Hilarious Photos From Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia is not only home to the worlds largest salt flats, but apparently also to the world’s largest concentration of travellers taking wacky perspective shots. Something about the light, the endless white salt deposits, and perhaps a fair bit of tradition has made the forced perspective photo a required activity for visitors to this ancient briny plateau.

TravelPod members visit Uyuni every year and we think they take some of the best forced perspective photos. Here are some fairly recent examples to inspire you to dust off your SLR and your miniature dinosaur toys and hit the road for Bolivia. Just remember to share the results on TravelPod!


Photo credit: TravelPod member djmorton

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Photo credit: TravelPod member vagabonddrift
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Editor’s Choice – Great Museums for Your US Trip – Part 2

If you missed part 1 in our series about museums to visit on your USA summer trip, we’ve been going state-by-state to find some shining examples of can’t-miss museums to add to your vacation plans no matter where in the United States you’re headed. In part two of the series, we’re covering the remaining states from Montana to Wyoming and highlighting some of the best sites to see on your summer holiday. We’ve whittled it down to just one favorite per state, but rest assured that there is a wealth of things to do regardless of where you’re going. If you try out our recommendations or find your own travel gems, don’t forget to share your memories on your TravelPod blog! Part 2: Montana – Wyoming

  1. Montana – Montana Museum of Art and Culture (Missoula)
  2. Nebraska – Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha) Blogger ModernNomad67 wrote “The Joslyn is well worth a stop on a cross country drive on I-80 or to be included in a Midwest travel itinerary.”
  3. Nevada – The Neon Museum (Las Vegas)
  4. New Hampshire – Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (Dover)
  5. New Jersey – The Old Barracks Museum (Trenton)
  6. New Mexico – New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe) Recommended for fans of the art style by johnrandall. “I got a great introduction into the Southwest school of art. I’ve always liked this style and I saw some of the greats on display.”
  7. New York – Museum of the City of New York (New York City)
  8. North Carolina – North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh)
  9. North Dakota – Fargo Air Museum (Fargo)
  10. Ohio – Taft Museum of Art (Cincinnati)
  11. Oklahoma – Science Museum Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) TravelPod user pndcadena loved the variety at the Science Museum, noting “There is literally everything under the sun for science-minded individuals. Interactive exhibits and unique displays make the museum a truly amazing educational experience”
  12. Oregon – Oregon Historical Society (Portland)
  13. Pennsylvania – The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia) “The new building that housed the Barnes collections was beautiful!”, wrote roadscholarorg. “We had a lot of time there, but I confess I probably could have stayed another hour or two.”
  14. Rhode Island – Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence)
  15. South Carolina – Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia)
  16. South Dakota – South Dakota Art Museum (Brookings)
  17. Tennessee – National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis) TravelPod blogger tonestar described the museum as “by far one of the best museums I have ever been to in my life… The attention to detail was phenomenal and you had chills when you saw the Martin Luther stuff. I will never forget it as long as I live.”
  18. Texas – Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas) alaskalucas97 loved what the Perot museum had to offer. “This museum was too cool – everything from the solar system, to dinosaurs, to weather, robots, oil, animals…this museum had it all. It is absolutely NOT what I remember museums to be when I was a kid, No Way. It was totally cool, totally modern. Outstanding!!!!!”
  19. Utah – Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City)
  20. Vermont – Billings Farm & Museum (Woodstock)
    Blogger dseals included this operating dairy farm and museum in their visit to Woodstock and called it a “must see if visiting the area.”
  21. Virginia – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond)
  22. Washington – Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle)
  23. West Virginia – Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of Western Virginia (Charleston)
  24. Wisconsin – The National Mustard Museum (Middleton)
  25. Wyoming – National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson) orlandoanne made sure to include the museum on her trip across the United States.

Looking for must-see museums from Alabama to Missouri? Check out Part 1 of our Editor’s Picks series.

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Editor’s Choice – Great Museums for Your US Trip – Part 1

Summer road trip season is right around the corner! Whether you drive, cycle, or fly, you may find yourself looking for a great museum to visit in the U.S., and we’ve got a list of options to get you thinking, planning, and hopefully fitting some great American culture into your trip.

In this two-part series, we’ll give you a jump start on summer museum season by highlighting a unique, intriguing, inspiring, or just plain fun museum option from every state in the USA. Of course, it’s difficult to pick one out of an entire state, but these choices are sure to give you a unique and memorable experience, and we highly recommend them. (In many cases, you can find out more by seeing what our members had to say.) If you’re able to work any of these great destinations into your itinerary, grab your comfortable shoes and get in line for your ticket.

And of course, don’t forget to share your visit on your TravelPod blog!

Part 1

  1. Alabama – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham)
    TravelPod member georgenpoli called BCRI the “highlight” of their Birmingham visit, and noted that “two hours is not enough” at this “top notch facility.”
  2. Alaska – Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (Anchorage)
    Recommended by blogger louclaire as “a great introduction to Alaska.”
  3. Arizona – Children’s Museum of Phoenix (Phoenix)
  4. Arkansas – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville)
  5. California – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles)
    According to nathantorpie this contains “one of the most extraordinary dinosaur exhibits” he has ever seen!
  6. Colorado – Clyfford Still Museum (Denver)
  7. Connecticut – New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain)
    Blogger modernnomad67 stopped by and took some pics.
  8. Delaware – Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Wilmington)
  9. Florida – The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg)
  10. Georgia – Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University (Atlanta)
  11. Hawaii – Bishop Museum (Honolulu)
    TravelPod member c.i.222 included it on his 2013 trip.
  12. Idaho – Idaho Potato Museum (Blackfoot)
  13. Illinois – National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago)
    Check out the blog entry and great photos from terredeshommes on TravelPod.
  14. Indiana – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis)
  15. Iowa – Figge Art Museum (Davenport)
  16. Kansas – Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center (Hutchinson)
    TravelPod blogger cody_max made it a stop on his massive U.S. road trip.
  17. Kentucky – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (Louisville)
    Michellejo86 and fellow travellers made it a part of their coast-to-coast US tour.
  18. Louisiana – The National WWII Museum (New Orleans)
  19. Maine – Portland Museum of Art (Portland)
    Stop by for a culture break like mndlx did, and be sure to take a tour of the Winslow Homer Studio.
  20. Maryland – Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (Baltimore)
  21. Massachusetts – Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum (Boston)
    Recommended by tannoreth, this eclectic museum is “like visiting all of Europe, China and Japan rolled into one.”
  22. Michigan – Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (East Lansing)
  23. Minnesota – Mill City Museum (Minneapolis)
  24. Mississippi – Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale)
  25. Missouri – City Museum (St. Louis)
    To quote rmadventures: “Words and even the pictures we got can’t explain how awesome this place was!”

Looking for our recommendation for Nebraska, Virginia, or maybe Tennessee? Check out Part 2 of the series, which features our Editor’s Picks from Montana to Wyoming!

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Osama vs Travel – The post 9/11 effect on travel

The 9/11 attacks have had a long lasting effect, particularly on travel. Here is a look how travel has changed in the past 10 years.

Osama vs Travel Infographic

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TripWow and TravelPod get a mention on TV!

Wow! Did we ever get a great Christmas’s present this year!

The tried and trusted TravelPod was highlighted on a TV talk show, Steven and Chris. We’re thrilled that TravelPod can still turn people’s heads after 10 years.

But the main focus of the piece was on our new slideshow creation tool, TripAdvisor TripWow!

In the introduction, Chris mentions that he usually sits everyone down at home and bores them with his vacation pictures, to which the presenter answers:

“Well, you’re not going to bore anyone with this!”

Great stuff!! Glad you guys like it!

Watch the clip here!! The relevant bit starts at 35:30.

If you’re not in Canada, use this page to view the video.

Once you’re done watching be sure to head over to tripwow.tripadvisor.com to see what all the fuss is about.

Happy New Years!

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