As we approach the July 4th weekend, the best summer travel deals are shaping up in big cities and breezy mountain towns. Even if you’ve been dreaming of sand and surf, these urban and hilltop getaways should entice you to try something new. Washington, D.C., is a summer favorite because you can roam between the heat of monuments and a variety of air-conditioned museums – all free.
Struggling for a Father’s Day gift idea beyond the typical tie or grilling accessory? How about the gift of travel? Give your dad a gift card with explicit instructions to use for airline tickets, hotel rooms or attraction passes. I recently returned from a one-on-one, father-daughter trip to Dublin and London, and I treasure the time spent with my daughter more than any material widget or gizmo.
Got time to kill between your flights? You’ll want to make sure your phone is loaded with these essential apps, which help you navigate the airport, skip long lines and more. LoungeBuddy (Free; iOS and Android). Need a shower? Want to relax with a drink? Airport lounges offer Wi-Fi, charging outlets, food and drink and even places to freshen up or nap. With LoungeBuddy, you can find the airport lounge that meets your needs, and book it on your phone.
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".