Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

How Airlines Use Twitter [Infographic]

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Twitter users frequently see airline twitter handles when something great happens or when an airline really messes up. Whether being used as a channel to connect with customers or merely as a way to push flight sale updates - Twitter is becoming an important tool for airlines.

According to Tnooz‘s reports: “TAM in Brazil is the newly crowned most prolific airline on Twitter but is not the most engaging, according to to data from Eezeer for April 2011.”Delta is a close second in ‘Talking Champions’ and holds down first in ‘Listening’ champs. Sounds like they agree with the old saying ‘You have two ears, one mouth for a reason.”

So which airlines win in your Twitter stream? Let us know on Twitter or our *newly minted* Fan Page (we couldn’t resist connecting closer with our friends and fans).

Click for the full airline twitter infographic:

Flynet: Lufthansa finally offers wifi

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Whether you prefer the disconnected feeling or loathe it during long-haul flights - Lufthansa Airlines now gives you the option of broadband access if you want it. Now wifi on a plane isn’t exactly novel. The announcement of SkyNet, er, we mean FlyNet, leads us to believe that long flights, that are usually out of range for current wifi technology, will now be equipped to fulfill any internet addiction.

The best part of the FlyNet launch is the interactive video Lufthansa put together on how useful access to the internet can be. Of course, if you are a social network loving traveler like most gtrot members, we’re guessing you don’t need any advice on how to burn 6 more hours on the internet.

Click to watch:

If you try out FlyNet - let us know if it lives up to the hype. You can find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Infinity and Beyond: Endeavour’s last launch

Monday, May 16th, 2011

What’s it like in outer space? We’re still thinking about ways to get on-board a space flight. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the views from 35,000 just like Stefanie Gordon. Although, Gordon’s views are a little more memorable than most…

Today was the Endeavour space shuttle’s last launch out of Florida. Gordon was flying from Palm Beach where she got some great photos and video using of the shuttle’s launch using her iPhone.

Check out the shuttle launch video here. If you want to learn how these photos launched Gordon to Twitter fame read here.

Have great photos you want to share? Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Starwood Partners with Foursquare

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Starwood Preferred Guests who use Foursquare are now getting more than just badges. SPG’s latest partnership now awards Starpoints for members who link their account.

To avoid non-hotel guests from racking up points in their closest Starwood Hotel lobby, the program only awards 250 points when you have a confirmed reservation at the hotel.

We’ve seen a growing number of gtrot members linking their Foursquare accounts to gtrot to help track the places they’ve been. It will be interesting to see if more travelers sign up for Foursquare to get rewarded. This notion of earning travel awards in exchange for place check-ins is nothing new.

Travel rewards site TopGuest which rewards hotel guests ‘just for being there’ has supported multiple top check-in services and hotel loyalty programs since 2010.

So, would this make you sign-up for Foursquare if you haven’t before?

Starwood Preferred Guest | foursquare.

Where did the earth come from? - Big Bang Video

Friday, May 13th, 2011

We’ve been fortunate to travel this great world of ours. And I think we rarely give it enough thought on when it was created, how and why. Now we’re not here to debate the evolution vs. creationism. We’re just here to show you cool videos!

What do you think of the graffiti representation of BLU’s Big Bang video?

Yee Peng Festival, Thailand

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Yee Peng, or Lantern Festival, in Thailand is one of the most incredible visual of lighted lanterns. Traditional belief has it that when these lantern hot air balloons are set adrift and float away, so do the troubles of the persons who launched the balloon.

According to Thai tradition, “the festival is northern Thailand’s version of ‘Loy Kratong’ celebration.” The event also include a Lantern contest, light and sound presentations, raft competitions, row boat races and various kinds of local plays and performances.

Yee Peng literally means the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month and the Chiang Mai ‘Yipeng’ and ‘Loi Krathong’, the Festival of Lights is organised annually by the Chiang Mai Municipality in Thailand. On the full moon night, the “krathong” or banana leaf boat contest is being organised by the Youth Club from various temples in Chiang Mai. While traditional krathong were made exclusively from banana leaves, today the krathong come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a broad range of material including coconut and banana trees. Following the contest, the krathong are set afloat on the Ping River in Chiangmai.

“Yee Peng Festival, Thailand” photo by Sanchai Loongroong.