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Interval International Interval International makes it easy for members to spend vacation time at a vast network of nearly 2,900 resorts in over 80 nations. With the flexibility to choose how you vacation, and a wide variety of valuable benefits, Interval membership is the best thing that's ever happened to vacation ownership. Vacation ExchangeSee more, and do more, beyond your home resort network and during different times of the year. Interval gives you many tools to help you make the exchange you want, when you want it! Semantic Travel Search Engine UpTake Launches According to a comScore study done last year, booking travel over the Internet has become something of a nightmare for people. It's not that using any of the booking engines is difficult, it's just that there is so much information out there that planning a vacation is overwhelming. According to the comScore study, the average online vacation plan comes together through 12 travel-related searches and visits to 22 different web sites over the course of 29 days. Semantic search startup UpTake (formerly Kango) aims to make that process easier. UpTake is a vertical search engine that has assembled what it says is the largest database of US hotels and activities -- over 400,000 of them -- from more than 1,000 different travel sites. Using a top-down approach, UpTake looks at its database of over 20 million reviews, opinions, and descriptions of hotels and activities in the US and semantically extracts information about those destinations.

moneyfortherestofus This is the second post (part b) of the series Tips for Cheap Travel. You can follow along in these posts by subscribing to the feed when the site's back up. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Uptake goes social with unstructured Facebook data Uptake joined the social, trip-planning crowd, but it says its new feature is superior because it mines unstructured data from Facebook. You can log-in on the Uptake homepage using your Facebook credentials to access Uptake’s new Travel Q&A feature in beta and get recommendations from your Facebook friends about destinations on your bucket list. But Uptake believes its solution is superior to those of other social travel sites, such as Gogobot, because Uptake’s search technology goes beyond analyzing structured data (i.e. check-ins and places people have lived) and retrieves unstructured data (status updates, photo tags and comments) from Facebook.

The best countries for food Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is the highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. Why Entertainment Will Drive the Next Checkin Craze In recent months, a crop of services have popped up that re-purpose the checkin concept, popularized by Foursquare, and connect it to media and entertainment, as opposed to location. In theory, the idea of checking-in to cultural concepts (like media, music, etc.) and not places is one that doesn't jive in the real-world. It would follow then that the apps that provide this service — GetGlue, Philo and Miso — are silly and far too extreme in ideology to attract anything more than a testbed tech audience. In practice, this alternative checkin behavior is one that is more cultural and familiar than anything the location checkin offers. In fact, it emulates the way we experience entertainment in our everyday lives. The desire to share is unchanging — it's how we share that will continue to evolve with the help of social media and entertainment checkin services.

Wallpaper* City Guides Whether you are staying for 48 hours or five days, visiting for business or a vacation, we’ve done the hard work for you, from finding the best restaurants, bars and hotels (including which rooms to request) to the most extraordinary stores and sites, and the most enticing architecture and design. Wallpaper* City Guides enable you to come away from your trip, however brief, with a real taste of the city’s landscape and the satisfaction you’ve seen all that you should. A selection of cities are also available from the Nokia Store and Windows Phone Marketplace. Social travel: Gogobot gets $15M, new Delta Air Lines app on Facebook A lot of people, including investors in Gogobot and Delta Air Lines management, are betting on social travel — or at least playing around with it. Gogobot, a social travel-planning site, announced today that it completed a new funding round of $15 million, bringing its stockpile to $19 million to date. The latest round was led by Redpoint Ventures, and Satish Dharmaraj, general partner of Redpoint Ventures, joins the Gogobot board.

Get Paid to Travel the World - Travel Writing Tips Travel Writing — By Lost Girls on January 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm Be sure to check out our new Pitching 101 Series, including interviews with: BootsnAll editor, Katie HammelNew York Times’ deputy travel editor, Monica DrakeThe Expeditioner’s founder and editor-in-chief, Matt StabileGalavanting‘s managing editor, Joseph HernandezTravel Belles’ publisher and editor, Margo MillureGo NOMAD‘s general edit Max HartshorneTravel Agent senior editor Joe PikeTravelingMom‘s editor Cindy RichardsRecommend‘s managing editor Paloma Villaverde de Rico Want to get paid to travel? If you’re interested in sharing your travel experiences, there are several travel websites that accept pitches from freelance writers.

Tripline's Use of Google Geo APIs Tripline The Google Geo Developers Blog has a great guest post from Byron Dumbrill, Founder & CEO of Tripline. Tripline was one of my Maps of the Week last month. Tripline allows anyone to easily create an embeddable interactive Google Map of a journey or trip. I particularly like how the map uses animated lines to connect each stage of a user created trip. In the Geo Developers Blog post Byron discusses how Tripline decided to use the Google Maps API for Flash as the best platform to combine the maps, the animations and soundtrack elements in Tripline.

Top 10: Things To Do in Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul is one of the most dynamic, beautiful and exciting cities in the world. You could easily spend weeks there and still not see everything. Located on both sides of the Bosporus Straight (which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara), the city of Istanbul is split across two continents—Europe and Asia. 9 Places Where You Can Retire and Live Like a King Retiring to Boca Raton might might appeal to some aging Baby Boomers, but what about those planning to retire early – due to sound investments, for instance – or, those who are looking for a little post-career adventure? Whatever your age, retirement should be an opportunity to do all the things that you always wanted to do, but were too busy to try. Perhaps you’ll pursue a neglected hobby or even launch another business but this time from a more exotic locale. From changes in scenery to endless recreation, business tax breaks to huge exchange rate benefits, a number of international locations are well-worth consideration as retirement destinations.

Draw Your Itinerary On A Tripline Map Having just returned from a vacation, I’m in the midst of uploading videos and photos so I can send our visual memories of the trip to family and friends. But what if you could create an animated slideshow of sorts that would include an interactive map of your itinerary with photos, videos, Tweets, and even Foursquare check-ins from your trip? Tripline has launched to allow users tell a story of a trip by putting places, images and information on a map.

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