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Twitter & Travel 2.0

February 10, 2009

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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.

We find we are trailblazers in a world where all one needs is a laptop to work or school anywhere at any time while still being able to compete with large corporations or top educational institutions. I see it as opening up more freedom for us all!

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).

I was really impressed with an article Kim wrote about why travel is important & am excited about the Travel Blog Exchange community that she recently started.

 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.

Little did I know that I would also meet some amazing people there like Guy Kawasaki with his superb Alltop Travel (and others), one of my favorite blogs and "must have" new book, Reality Check! Don't you love that smile?

Or the fabulous Wendy Perrin from Conde Nast Traveler and amiable  Elliott Ng from Uptake. There is no way I would have met these people or other innovative people like Liz Strauss, Chris Brogan, Laura Fitton, Mari Smith, Kelby Carr, Lucretia M. Pruitt, Jim Long , Gary Vee  Sarah Evans,  and  so many more that have touched our lives.

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 @ewanderlust  who 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 good news about getting insider hints from around the twitosphere? It is easy for you to have that information now  if you are headed to Paris! If you look at my favorites you will see that now we have a record of them. Thanks so much to  @budtravel, @writingtravel, @prmaria, @thefutureisred, @jaypiddy  AlexBerger @airbnb @emused  @mallorcavilla  and also the people from Facebook that helped ( my Twitter account and Facebook are linked).

 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.

She noted how people like The New York Times' Clive Thompson and MSNBC's Chris Elliott have already explained the power of Twitter. Then while I was writing this, Margaret, a regular reader of this blog, sent me a link via Facebook to an good article about Twitter and Journalism.

The story seemed to zip through the travel cyber community with posts from National Geographic Traveler's Intelligent Travel blog, Make Travel FairShort BreaksAndy Roberts, @brilliantips had several including one that included us!

Most of the top travel people are on Twitter so we have created an exciting community and hashtags like #travel, #paris, #Spain, #twchat and #tbex help when you use twitter search .

Todd Lucier just had a fascinating conversation with three travel blogging network experts (and my friends from Twitter)  @SEKeener , @elliottng and @KimMance about travel, relationships and community. He recently also did an interesting podcast with my  cool  travel writer friends @sheilaS and @nerdseyeview who are doing a travel workshop at SXSW.

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!.

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Kathy Dragon - TravelDragon

Love all the connections you have offered! I know many of these resources and folks but always interested in learning more. Thank you.

I find it interesting coming from two decades in the adventure travel industry that travel companies are are only just engaging with social media and beginning to understand the blogging and twitter community.

Of the 600 small experience based/responsible travel companies on our site, less than half have a facebook page, twitter id or blog. Those who do offer amazing content but have little reach or understanding of how/where to share this content.

The webinars we've offered have overwhelming positive response. Within the next year I believe we will see a major change social engagement from tourism professionals.

It would be wonderful to connect these travel providers, guides and regional experts with with the social media travel community of publishers.

Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated!

Warmly,
Kathy Dragon

TravelDragon.com

Soultravelers3

This is a comment by Kathy Dragon.I'm not sure why it would not post, must be a Typepad quirk, so I'm putting it up myself. I don't really have any answers, but I think she brings up very good points. Time will get more & more people using it as there are many resources now that show people how to use social media for pleasure & business.

It is the wave of the future & as Clay Shirky wrote "Here comes everybody"! ( Should be required reading for all! ).

"Love all the connections you have offered! I know many of these resources and folks but always interested in learning more. Thank you. I find it interesting coming from two decades in the adventure travel industry that travel companies are are only just engaging with social media and beginning to understand the blogging and twitter community. Of the 600 small experience based/responsible travel companies on our site, less than half have a facebook page, twitter id or blog. Those who do offer amazing content but have little reach or understanding of how/where to share this content. The webinars we've offered have overwhelming positive response. Within the next year I believe we will see a major change social engagement from tourism professionals. It would be wonderful to connect these travel providers, guides and regional experts with with the social media travel community of publishers. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated! Warmly, Kathy Dragon TravelDragon.com

Melanie

And...this post keeps on going...

I follow most of these travel people on my various Twitter accounts (including @italofileblog and @usatourismboard). Now I need to go back and double-check those who've added their Twitter accounts in the comments. Hope others will find me as well.

I was skeptical of Twitter before I joined over a year ago. But it really has re-invented travel news and tips for me. It's a resource I could not live without!

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