Posts Tagged ‘gtrot’

How Big is Social Travel?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011


What countries are most likely to want to use social travel websites? | Tnooz.

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.

The Future of Travel

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

We’re all still waiting for commercial jet packs, flying cars and regular trips to the moon but what does the future of travel really have in store for us? The folks at Google UK put together their thoughts in the following short video.

It looks like a lot of customization, sharing and use of mobile check-ins are in store. We would argue that all of these things are super important today. That’s why we’re working to add more personalized suggestions for your trips and tailored offers to save you money while traveling. I can only hope that we won’t even need mobile phones to get to the moon. Mobile chips embedded in our skin, maybe?

The future starts now. So start sharing your trips on gtrot today!

YouTube - Future of Travel.

gtrot makes travel sharing social

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Want to learn more about what’s next in Social? Check out Margaret Yekulis’s piece on Keeping Up With Social in NYC.

“Gtrot Around the Globe If you’re like me, nothing makes you more excited than an impending vacation. That’s why my ears immediately perked up upon hearing about Gtrot. You can add and share information about the upcoming trips you have planned and tag friends you’ll be traveling with. For example, I entered my upcoming trip in April to Liverpool, England and tagged my husband as well as a friend that lives in the Liverpool area. I’m also able to share a little about what we’re doing, and can post more information while we’re there. Friends can click on the link I’ve shared on Facebook to find Gtrot’s site and discover more information about my trip. They can also see what trips I’ve previously taken and any information I’ve shared about the cities I’ve been to. The information you share can be whatever you took from your experience, from neighborhoods not to miss to my holiday favorite, what the guidebooks don’t tell you!

Besides the social aspect of sharing your trips with your friends, and also finding out where your friends are going and what friends will be in the cities you’re traveling to, you can book your next trip as well. Yup, all of your travel sharing and booking needs in one spot. The flight and hotel search is powered by Kayak and works in the same fashion, taking you to an outside site to get the booking done. You can even go a step further and share your booked flights. I may be very into social sharing, but this part might be a step too far for a simple vacation! On the other hand, it could come in handy for that next business conference or event you’re traveling to. ”

via IT’s Happening .

gtrot at SXSW 2011

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Love travel? Love Technology? Come meet like-minded travel lovers for drinks, music and more.

Add your SXSW trip to Austin on your gtrot profile and tweet the shortlink to get a VIP invitation.

RSVP on Eventbrite now.

Fine print: You must be 21 or older to attend, and IDs will be checked at the door to verify your name and age. This VIP invitation does not guarantee access to the party given capacity constraints. Follow us on Twitter @gtrot for real-time updates during the party. If you’d like to attend with friends, have them share their trip to Austin on gtrot; we’ll send an invite to anyone who shares their trip before 5pm on Sunday. No +1s at the door. There will be an open bar for VIP attendees until we hit our max, then cash bar. Drink responsibly: we are not liable for any injury, loss, theft, or damage to property related to your attendance. Get ready for an awesome party!

Travel Photo: Costa Brava, Spain

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Costa Brava, Spain, by Sharyn Cairns for Gourmet Traveller via Interview – Sharyn Cairns – The Design Files.

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