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Travelocity Poll: More Than Half of Travelers Share Vacation Information on Social Media Sites

Travelocity’s most recent poll shows more than half of all travelers share vacation information through social media sites. With summer vacations in full swing, many travelers are looking forward to sharing the details of their trips with friends and family. In today’s world, the easiest way to share is through social media, but people should be conscious of when and what they share to avoid giving away too much information about when they’ll be away from home.

Nearly 30 percent of travelers have either never thought about precautions or do not take any precautions when posting about vacation on social media web sites. Twenty-seven percent post limited vacation information; the rest do not allow any vacation posts.

Travelocity’s tips for safe sharing on social media sites:

• Establish rules about how much you’ll share and make sure everyone in your household is on the same page.
• Never share details about dates you’ll be away or children who will be left home alone.
• Switch off the ‘add location to your tweets’ function if you’re tweeting from vacation.
• Deactivate Foursquare from your Twitter and Facebook accounts so it doesn’t update those sites when you check in.

Tips for sharing upon your return from vacation:

• Upon return – post away! Travel sites like IgoUgo.com make it very easy to share photos and reviews of your travels with the world.
• Upload your vacation videos to YouTube and post the link on Twitter or embed on Facebook so friends and family can watch.
• Use the geotag function on photo sharing sites like Flickr to show the world where you’ve been.

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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.

How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.

Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.

Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.

First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.

First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.

Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.

My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.

Comments

Nathan Rodriguez
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I don´t think showing the world where you’ve been is a good idea, better show only to family and close friends.

Alison Chambers
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Rather than be bombarded by the twittertwatterings of social media I would prefer to have a trusted feedback system on individual travel sites. Surely prospective customers considering booking a long haul flight to India would appreciate genuine customer feedback from other passengers experiences of their recent flights to Mumbai?

Susan Kennedy
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Those constant 4square tweets are a real irritation anyway. When someone starts going mad with updating their Twitter with every stupid place they go, I unfollow them. I don’t care if you did get to be ‘Mayor’ of the local coffee shop!

Kathy Shaper
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As a person who doesn’t rely too much on twitter or facebook to send out updates on my life, I never realized that this was even a real concern. I’ll forward this blog post to my younger family members though, thanks!

Sarah
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You can’t. There was a time when a very minute nbeumr of passengers could standby as a pre-approved courier on a few select and rare international flights for very low prices, but since 9-11, those days are gone .Baggage allowances are so low, and excess baggage fees so high, that couriering your own goods seems like a difficult way to make some cash unless you’re importing something like rare feathers, for example.Keep in mind that if your travel is for work, and you actually perform work in another country, you might well be liable for tax on income earned there further complicating the idea.Have you considered going with older people who might need some assistance while travelling? Just an idea.

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