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What would you expect to see on a travel website? by futuretraveller on 3 April 2007 11:44pm
 
Hey,
Like most others on this website, Palin has inspired me to travel and see the world. Au lieu de creating a travel blog, i've decided to go all out and create a full website where hobbyist travellers can share their experiences and memories (being a web developer as I am).
However, I was wondering what sort of things people would like to see on a website such as this? I was planning on creating a forum where people could chat and share ideas and a photo-upload section, but I can't think of anything else.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks!
 
Re: What would you expect to see on a travel website? by tucsonmike on 4 April 2007 6:54am
 
Fairly broad topic. You have started out well. I would want stuff organized my country, area of country, places people stayed, what they dealt with, I guess that is a start.
 
Re: What would you expect to see on a travel website? by Lounge Trekker on 4 April 2007 4:51pm
 
Maybe you could have links to divide opportunities on each area by budget:

High rollers can select a link showing world-class dining, arts, sports, car rentals, villas etc.

Low-budget people want hostels, bike rentals, free stuff and places to hang out. How does a low budget guy live in the area in question? How does he stay clean and comfortable?

Middle-money guys want to see moderate accomodations and food. They still want good value.

The obvious tourist stuff is probably easy to find. You might want to suggest some less popular sights that may be interesting, and how to get there. And relaxing places where people aren't pressured by crowds, green places to lie on the grass, sit by the water, etc.

Input on the climate could be nice so people may be more prepared for it. If it's hot and humid, for example, people would know to get their hassling done early in the day then suggest a cool place where they could relax in the heat of the day.

Good luck with it!

Lounge Trekker
 
Re: What would you expect to see on a travel website? by futuretraveller on 4 April 2007 8:41pm
 
Some great suggestions, thanks! Construction of the site is now underway, and i'll keep you all informed of progress :)
Thanks again!
 
Re: What would you expect to see on a travel website? by peripatetically on 6 April 2007 1:02am
 
In the "Share Ideas" section you could have packing, tips on what to take where, tips for hiking, biking , etc. Maybe tips on hotels/inns/B&B's etc. Of course, you"d have to make it clear that these are personal opinions and you aren't responsible for content or validity. Some people get a kick out of telling fibs about places. But as long as the reader understands this, a section dedicated to things mentioned above would be good. However, trying to keep up with airline regulations and laws would be risky. They might change at any time and you wouldn't want to be responsible unless of course, you just included links to which people could refer. Not a bad idea either, really.

You might refer people to some books about geogra[phic regions or articles written elsewhere besides in books and also novels that one might enjoy with a certain region as it's setting.
 
Re: What would you expect to see on a travel website? by KikiO on 11 April 2007 9:08pm
 
Any tips or resources for parents traveling with children of various ages would be very appealing. I would bet that most online versions of parenting magazines cover this topic, so you could provide the appropriate links on your site.

Most parents learn from experience while traveling with their kids. Providing a forum dedicated to the sharing of those experiences would be very helpful. A hotel may promote themselves as being "family friendly" but may not provide the services you expect from such a claim. One parents personal experience at said location would be very beneficial to other parents.

Knowing where baby gear can be rented at ones destination rather than having to drag all your own things around from place to place would be fantastic!

Tips for non-parent travelers, or those easily annoyed by the sight of a baby/toddler boarding a plane or other mode of public transportation...such as "Rolling your eyes or making nonsupportive gestures to the parents will only create a more tense situation for all"...might be in order. Parents have a hard enough time traveling with their youngsters without having to worry about upsetting their fellow travelers. Not all traveling with children is done for fun, but is often a necessary means of simply getting from here to there. Those who make judgements towards parents who "choose to travel with an unruly child" should keep that point in mind.

That sort of stuff.

 
Re: What would you expect to see on a travel website? by kazzzz on 12 April 2007 1:35am
 
I'd find it quite handy being informed of where the nearest creme egg retail outlet is located.
 
Re: What would you expect to see on a travel website? by tucsonmike on 12 April 2007 6:18am
 
Travel stuff? Sorry could not resist being silly. Yerbie is with me. It is contagious.
 



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