The countdown to Christmas is on – two weeks from today!
We’ve all got a mental checklist of things we want to experience before our number’s called – our bucket list. Places to visit and things to see while we’re traveling are often highest on the list.
Independence Day is just around the corner and it’s shaping up to be a busy one for travelers.
By now you know that a well-functioning, responsive, beautifully designed website is essential to your business. This is especially true for those of us promoting travel destinations. Let’s take a peek at some tourism websites sure to inspire you.
- The Virunga National Park’s (in Africa) new website is gorgeous. It takes full advantage of well-lit, engaging photos, it’s easy to navigate and it puts visitor reviews front and center. Reviews are the big thing right now, so if you’ve got ‘em, use ‘em.
- Less is more for Tennessee. Copy light and photo heavy, this website is images of one fun thing after another.
- Travel Belize’s site literally unfolds as you scroll, revealing exciting adventures and leaving you wondering what will come next.
- Using video as a website background can be super effective at selling a destination, when it’s done right. Australia’s landing page takes you on video adventures throughout the country, from dawn to dusk, before transitioning into a useful navigational tool that breaks the country into different regions to explore. Instead of continuing to scroll, you’ll be stopped in your tracks and end up watching the whole video, which equals more time on site per visit for them.
In honor of Mother’s Day, this Link Friday we’re talking about the fairer sex. Did you know that research shows more than 80% of travel decisions are made by women?
Happy Mother’s Day!
Congratulations. You survived Christmas. Now it’s time to focus on New Year’s travel (and social media, of course!).
You’re thinking about a vacation. You’ve visited the websites, ordered the guides, read the books. But have you ever listened to a travel podcast? There’s one for every different kind of travel and every unique destination.
- A little bit of everything travel-related, the Extra Pack of Peanuts podcast appeals to the financially-conscious traveler, foodies and extreme sports enthusiasts.
- Zero to Travel showcases folks with incredible travel stories. Like the guy who participated in the 546-mile hitchhiking race around Scotland or the wheelchair-bound traveler who completed a 500-mile pilgrimage through Spain.
- If you’re interested in specific destinations, you can find some really thorough audio walking tours of Europe from travel guru Rick Steves here.
- Budget travelers will love the Indie Travel Podcast. You’ll find money saving tips and learn how become a full-time traveler (take that, career!).
We’ve talked a lot about up and coming travel trends on Link Friday. Now it’s time to have a little fun and explore some of the more obscure ones.
- How about this one? “You kill it, we cook it.” Some hotels are offering this service for travelers who want to do some hunting or fishing while they’re away from home. Prices may vary.
- Tiny foodies mustn’t have to compromise while they’re on vacation with mom and dad! That’s why some upscale hotels are now offering gourmet, organic, made-to-order baby foods.
- Have you heard of the “pack it, wear it, leave it” travel trend? Pop some tags at your thrift store back home, wear the clothes on your next travel adventure, then leave them behind for the next person!
- If babies can be catered to on vacation, why not fur-babies? Check out these kennels you might mistake for hotels and some five-star resorts ready to pamper your pet.
For parents, back-to-school time could very well be the most wonderful time of the year. Turns out it’s pretty awesome for travelers too.
We’re one week from the Fourth of July! So far it’s shaping up to be a winner for travel.
- According to AAA, this year’s Fourth of July travel is expected to grow 2% from 2013.
- That’s in spite of the fact that gas and hotel prices are up too. It seems folks are getting more confident in the economy and are more willing to lay down the credit card.
- Behold, the 13 best places to celebrate the Fourth of July. Places that include lumberjack shows, Willie Nelson picnics and monster trucks.
- Did you know the Fourth of July happens to be a great opportunity for marketers? Use the holiday as a great hook for promoting your latest sale, product or contest!