It was the the autumn equinox on Saturday, the point in the year when days become shorter than the nights. We know what’s coming: fog and frost, cloud and gloom. Clearly, it is time to be thinking about winter sun and, if you want to be sure of reasonable value and reliable weather, you need to plan now. This means thinking not just about when and where you might want to travel, but when to book to get the best choice and the best prices.
First the bad news. Earlier in the year I was putting a relatively positive gloss on the value of the pound against the euro. Even though sterling was languishing around 1.15, it was still about the same as it had been for five of the past 10 years. But the last few weeks have seen another dip – with the pound buying fewer than 1.10 euros – and that makes things as bad as they have been since 2009.
Once again, the issues surrounding car hire are in the news. I was asked to comment on the subject on Radio Four on Wednesday because the consumer programme You and Yours was highlighting complaints they had had from listeners who had had a bad experience with rentals this summer. It spurred me to think again about the feedback we receive from Telegraph Travel readers and I’m beginning to wonder if a new trend is developing across the industry.
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".