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Top 5 Tips for Using Social Media when Traveling

Specific traveling information on the best local spots and pre-travel planning was once only available through your travel agent and via standard travel guides. Thankfully, online social media has blown the lid off of travel information, allowing you to benefit from a variety of media tools for use before and while you’re traveling

Want to avoid tourist traps and scout the best local secrets? The advent of online social media helps you get in touch with the best local destinations, businesses and restaurants through community review sites and travel boards. Thousands of Internet users have flocked to travel review sites and message boards to offer their opinion on the best local destinations. Local reviews will let you know the truth about what locations are must-sees and which ones you’re better off avoiding.

Practically every popular international travel destination is covered and you can quickly access them through wired or wireless Internet connectivity. Best of all, popular travel review sites pinpoint the exact coordinates of each locale via Google Maps, so you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying the local secrets.

Travel logs allow you to upload descriptions, photos and videos of places you’ve traveled too. This can be a great way to keep track of findings as you are traveling or afterwards when you’re sifting through pictures and memories of your travel. The fact that communities are built through these popular travel log sites means that you can look through member’s profiles to help you with your own travels. You can follow the trips, photo journals, reviews and blogs of other members to get a glimpse of what life is like in your preferred travel destination.

Most people use major cities as the focal points in their travels, so it’s not surprising to find out that there are several online social media sites that focus on city profiles. These sites are often embedded with Google Maps, allowing you to effectively plan out your route from beginning to end. The city profiles are usually partitioned into categories based on eateries, places to stay and areas to visit. City profile media sites are most beneficial for quickly planning the next day’s itinerary. They are usually supplemented with small user reviews for specific locales and are linked to social picture sharing sites so you can view pictures of the location taken by real travelers and even upload your own.

Travel related businesses such as hotels and airlines are quickly trying to get involved with social media networks to improve customer relations. The massive popularity of up-to-date social networking systems such as Facebook and Twitter are now great ways for businesses to offer special travel deals. Keeping a keen eye out on the social network pages of airlines, hotels and travel sites may lead to your next budget travel deal. Airlines have become the biggest proponent of travel deals through social media by offering last minute deals on seats that have gone unsold or have been recently cleared for availability.

The ability to get in touch with practically anyone around the world now means that you can essentially plan group travels with local friends or people in far off places by simply using social media. Popular social networks are excellent tools for preparing travel plans with others, befriending future or current buddies, getting in touch with locals you’ve met on previous travels, and keeping your other friends informed about the latest happenings during your travels.

Other sites take it a step further by acting as social travel platforms where you can post travel plans for others to join in on or collaborate with individuals who are traveling in the same area as you. There are even dedicated social media services that allow you to find hospitable locals who are willing to provide you with a couch to sleep on while you’re traveling.

Using social media when traveling is something you should take full advantage of. By staying informed on the latest social media tools, you can keep in touch with others when traveling, find the best local travel spots, snatch your next budget airline ticket and create your own online travel log for friends to see.

If you’re travelling around the UK, Ireland, or Prague and looking for affordable hotel accommodation check out our hotels in London, our hotels in Prague or our hotels in Dublin.

Jack Lynch – travel writer

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Brighton – The Second Home of British Media

Article by Roo Sadegi

When people consider British media, London is the first place that springs to mind. After all, the capital is where the vast majority of popular television show studios, news programme producers, newspaper and magazine publishers and other major media outlets are headquartered. No discussion of the British media would be complete, though, without the inclusion of Brighton. Nicknamed “Silicon Beach,” this popular seaside resort town is also a force to be reckoned with in the media world.

The 1990s: Silicon Beach is Born

Digital media really started picking up with the skyrocketing popularity of the Internet during the 1990s. This coincides with the approximate time when “new media” firms began flocking to Brighton. Similar to California’s Silicon Valley, Brighton became the digital media hotbed of Britain during those exciting years. Some of the hippest and most promising Internet upstarts set up shop in Brighton, and the annual Brighton and Hove Virtual Festival helped cement its reputation.

A Rich Digital Media Tradition

As more and more new media agencies headquartered themselves in Brighton, the city made a smart move by encouraging the phenomenon. The Brighton Media Centre is one exceptional example of the accommodations that were made to make room for creative, cutting-edge digital media firms in Brighton. With its prime location just a few blocks from the beach – and within walking distance to many of the city’s very best amenities – the Brighton Media Centre is proof positive that the city embraces its newfound reputation as a new media mecca.

Major New Media Players Move In

Fledgling technology firms are what prompted the influx of new media companies into Brighton, but bigger names eventually swooped in to snap up some of the limelight. Linden Lab, the company responsible for the popular virtual world known as “Second Life,” built a second office in Brighton in 2007; their headquarters are in San Francisco. Near the end of that same year, media giant Disney decided to headquarter the branch responsible for the British version of its online game, Club Penguin, in Brighton. These relatively new arrivals prove once again that Brighton is still Silicon-by-the-Sea.

Planning a Business Trip to Brighton?

With so many new media and digital technology firms headquartered in Brighton, it’s not unusual for business professionals to require occasional trips there. Fortunately, there are a number of splendid hotels in Brighton that can accommodate business travellers with ease. Many Brighton hotels are geared especially toward businessmen, with affordable rates and central locations. If you end up in Brighton on business, don’t forget to squeeze in a little bit of fun, too. Even if you just include a stroll along the beach, you’ll easily see why Brighton has enamoured so many people through the years.

Roo Sadegi is a travel writer based in London’s East End, although he spends much of his time travelling around Europe’s travel hotspots.







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VRteam Announces New Rich Media Distribution To Over 30,000 Travel Websites

VRteam, an industry leader in producing 360-degree virtual tours, photo slide shows, and digital still photos for the lodging industry, has recently added rich media distribution to its professional service offerings.  This new service allows a hotel to distribute their virtual tours and rich media to over 30,000 travel websites, including popular travel booking websites, travel agencies, travel research websites, search engines, travel portals, corporate booking engines, meeting planner websites, and global distribution systems.  The distribution system maximizes the online exposure of a property, giving potential lodging guests around the world an inside look at where they will stay before they actually book reservations.  Hotel sales & marketing managers know how important it is to get this media in front of people when they are actually making their travel plans.  In support of this common knowledge, according to a recent study, consumers who view rich media on a property’s website are 67% more likely to book than similar consumers who did not view the rich media.  Rich media distribution accomplishes alot, as it is a powerful tool with broad reach, allows for centralized management of digital assets across multiple online channels, and keeps all of the visual content consistent across all of 3rd party websites.

Some of the websites included in VRteam’s rich media distribution network are Expedia.com, Priceline.com, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Away.com, Travelocity, AARP.org, Bookit.com, Zuji, Cheaptickets.com, Hotwire.com, Lastminute.com, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Yahoo! Travel, Superpages.com, AOL Travel, About.com, wCities, TripAdvisor, 10Best, Starcite, SiteVisit, GroupAbout, M.P.I., BusinessMeetings.com, Groople, P.C.M.A., HotelPlanner, Concur, Expedia Corporate Travel, Get There, Meeting Matrix, TeamAmerica Inc., Cvent, Hotelbook, Site59, YouTube, Metacafe, Google Video, Yahoo! Video, Revver, AOL Video, DailyMotion and thousands more.

 

VRteam is an industry leader in the production of professional hotel virtual tours, photo slide shows, and digital still photos for lodging properties looking to maximize their online visual impact and increase reservations. VRteam also offers Rich Media Distribution packages, allowing a property to distribute virtual tours, videos, and still photos to over 30,000 travel websites. For more information, visit http://www.VRteam.com or call 813-217-5781.

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Brand tracking

Track your brand online, every online media mention, social media mentioning of the brand is traced and tracked, and published for you unless you opt to remove or select the ones you want to read. Only when you know what is said when its said and where it said you can take appropriate action and influence the brand reputation in a positive way.