A lot has changed in the way people travel since the Toronto Star launched this Travel section 50 years ago. That was 1967, the year Canada celebrated its 100th birthday, Montreal’s Expo 67 invited the world to visit, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. Commercial air travel had become affordable for the average person with some airliners capable of transporting 200 or more passengers to places 5,000 kilometres and beyond non-stop.
Global technology intelligence firm International Data Corp (IDC) predicts worldwide consumer mobile payments will annually account for nearly $4 trillion in transactions by 2020. Security concerns and loyalty/reward program availability hold some people back, but using credit, debit or prepaid card apps in a mobile wallet is a safe way to pay and manage cards and accounts. Whether paying for a cup of coffee or airfare, doing it with a smartphone is catching on just about anywhere you go.
After Labour Day, the kids are back at school, summer memories begin to fade and most people settle back into familiar routines that lead us into the fall and winter. Yet it’s just the start of some travellers’ favourite time of year — the off-season — when flights and accommodation are cheaper, airports less jammed, and fewer tourists crowding streets, sidewalks, restaurants, and entertainment and cultural venues at home and abroad.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
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)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".