Social Media 101

Road-tested: Renting an XCom Global MiFi device, which turns you into your own mobile hotspot.
MiFi personal hotspot mobile device

Keeping up with my constant stream of email and social media while traveling internationally has been the bane of my semi-nomadic lifestyle. As a freelance writer with constant deadlines, I need to be able to answer questions from editors quickly, no matter what the time zone.  I have yet to master the art of the […]


Looking for help sharing your vacation photos on Facebook? A few tips that will have you using Facebook like a pro.

This post previously appeared on Pre-Internet, few invitations were more tedious than ones soliciting you to look at vacation photos. Now Facebook allows you to view your friends’ trip pictures from a safe distance, without having to pretend that you’re interested. Sharing photos on Facebook still comes with social mores, however. Just because you have the […]

{ 1 comment }

How to Use Social Media to Share Vacation Photos

by Don Faust on November 9, 2011

Want to share your travel photos using social media. Some tips to help you get started.

No one enjoys flipping through hundreds of disorganized vacation photos. Follow these tips to organize your best photos and learn how to share travel photos effectively with friends and family. This post previously appeared on Everyone gets a little snap-happy on vacation, some people more than others. On our recent Alaska Inside Passage cruise […]


In which I try – and fail – to digital detox for a week.
Alaska, digital detox for a week

 My biggest challenge on my InnerSea Discoveries expedition cruise in Alaska wasn’t the extensive kayaking or glacier hiking or even fishing (which I did for the first time in Wrangell). No, I knew I’d have the most trouble with unplugging, in what was about to become a weeklong digital detox.  The InnerSea Discoveries website makes […]


Tips for finding travel deals on Groupon and other coupon sites.

This post previously appeared on The LivingSocial Escapes ( deal that appeared in my e-mail inbox sounded appealing: A two-night stay for two people at Crystal Lodge in Whistler Village, Vancouver, for $299. The coupon included a three-course dinner and two gondola lift tickets. Then I read the fine print. Turns out that the package went up […]


Tips for getting the most out of travel forums and travel message boards

This post previously appeared on Back in 2007, I planned my three-week honeymoon to Southeast Asia relying solely on information I found on online travel forums. The detailed tips I received from mostly anonymous members proved to be invaluable: Advice on the best rooms at the Bangkok Shangri-La, an outline of customs procedures at the […]

{ 1 comment }

How to use Twitter for travel planning and deals: Tips for beginners

This post previously appeared on Talk about bargain shopping: Scanning her Twitter stream last fall, Vancouverite Diane Button discovered an promo code tweeted by @YVRdeals that offered $300 off flight and hotel packages to several cities in the United States, including Las Vegas. “I was not planning a trip to Vegas, but the deal was […]


Tips and tricks for using Facebook to help plan your travel.

This post previously appeared on When Holly Jespersen’s parents needed a Savannah restaurant for their 40th anniversary dinner, she did what is second nature to those who use social media: She asked her 800+ friends on Facebook for ideas. “I got some great recommendations,” said Jespersen, a public relations professional based in Darien, Conn. […]


Do you have a Foursquare account? Some tips for using social media geolocating service when you travel
Using Foursquare

This post previously appeared on When foursquare ( — a GPS-based mobile app that pinpoints and shares your location — first hit the social media scene, Marla Cimini wasn’t a fan. “I didn’t want people to know where I was,” said the Philadelphia-area travel writer. Her feelings changed during a recent stay at the Eventi Hotel […]


Checking in on Foursquare, on 4SQ Day

by Chris on April 16, 2010

It’s Foursquare Day and users of the location-based game are enjoying discounts and freebies from participating vendors. Should you join in?

It’s Foursquare Day and users of the location-based game are gathering in various cities, enjoying discounts and freebies from participating vendors. (On Twitter, the hashtag is #4sqDay). I’ve been playing around with Foursquare over the past few weeks, just to see what the fuss is about. My verdict is that while the service doesn’t have […]