Some of you probably do not even know what Travel 2.0 or Twitter is. I don't think I would know about them if it was not for our world tour. Some how it has flung us into a whole new world called web2.0 because we are living lives as a 3 laptop family which makes us traveling digital nomads!
Web 2.0 and Travel 2.0 are about connection, communicating, collaborating and relationships. YOU are all part of our Travel 2.0 world tour! Isn't that fun?
It has been nothing less than astounding for us as we find ourselves touring the web2.0 world as we travel the real world. It has made a huge difference in our trip and makes us on the cutting edge of a new way of being, that becomes even more important in this economy.
Recently I did an interview with Kim Mance a free lance writer with Huffington Post who also is a co-founder of an exciting travel magazine called Gogalavanting. We met on Twitter some months ago. (By the way, Arianna Huffington is an old friend and neighbor of mine from the days I lived in New York City long ago and was one of the first to understand the importance of community on the internet).
There are some glitches in the video because it was a "live" interview with her in Chicago and me in Spain, but it speaks to the way technology is quickly changing how we do business in today's world. I am honored that she chose to include us in her Notable Travelers Series.
"Travel 2.0" is all about how internet connections are changing travel and we are perfect examples!
I joined Twitter about a year ago, primarily to have a way to connect with family while we are on the move as there is not always the time to post things on the blog or call. Both can be expensive if we can not find free wifi, so time is of the essence and Twitter is quick. I found that with Twitpic, it was also a great way to give a "real time" quick peek to our readers on Twitter, letting them know about the stories to come.
We have over 4000 people following us on Twitter and they have been a wonderful help on our travels in so many ways. Recently I was introduced to Benji Lanyado on twitter from another friend who writes about travel @ben_coop ( who is a Web Editor for Roughguides.com amongst other things and has a passion for Andalusia like us).
Benji writes for the UK Guardian and had the fantastic idea to do a TwiTrip ,which translates to doing a cutting edge trip depending on "live" tweets from unknown people via Twitter for places to stay, eat or visit. It was an experiment to see how it would work from London to Paris and since Twitter has been such an awesome tool for us, I was intrigued and happy to jump in to help.
I was thrilled that he stayed at the Paris hotel that we suggested and that he was kind enough to give us a mention and link in his Guardian article ! I have to pass on that credit to @ewanderlustwho along with many others gave me great ideas to answer Benji's question about a "cool/cheap place in Paris for under 75 Euros?".
The circular nature of the web2.0 world is demonstrated by how I shared a highlight of Twitter for us in an online conversation with Benji, about our special Halloween with Wendy Perrin's family that she wrote about on her Conde Nast Traveler's blog, the Perrin Post and then later, she happened to link to that article about his Twitrip.
I love how Twitter helps make the joy of travel easier than ever today through connecting and relationships. Now that is what I call travel 2.0! Feel free to join me if you have not already and make sure you use the @soultravelers3 so I can hear you! Join in the conversation!.