At this point flying, and airports, are second-nature for my kids and me. We’re on planes so often that we give very little thought to the travel element itself – it’s simply a way to get to our destination. But part of our ease in airports comes from being prepared and planning ahead, whether it’s months before, the night before or an hour before we depart. Here’s my advice for traveling families, based on what’s worked for us. Eventually you’ll have travel issues.
This is a post I said I’d never do. I like writing about travel and inspiring people to take their kids to new places, and I’ve never wanted to write about blogging. But I get a lot of requests for advice, especially after being featured by several media outlets recently, so this is my attempt to consolidate my blogging thoughts in one place. I started travel writing/blogging three years ago when I abruptly quit my healthcare career of 18 years.
Instagram can be frustrating, with ever-changing algorithms and engagement, but I still love it for pure travel inspiration. I have three previous posts with my favorite accounts:I still follow and recommend every account that I highlighted in those posts. But enough accounts have caught my eye in the past year that it seems like a good time for a new list of favorites. What I look for has remained consistent.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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