It doesn't matter if you're on a red-eye or you just pulled an all-nighter: You can either sleep on flights, or you can't. The luckiest among us can drift off to the soft sounds of other passengers boarding and a rumbling, idling engine pre-takeoff—the rest spend the flight wide-eyed and restless, staring at the seatback TV . There’s little gray area. For those of us who fall in the latter camp, blame a busy brain that, in a new environment, has trouble relaxing.
It appears absence does make the heart grow fonder in 2018. The Economist reports that "about 3.9 million married Americans aged 18 and over live apart from their spouses, up from around 2.7 million in 2000"—for many, out of financial necessity. But at Traveler , where about three-quarters of our staff has been in—or is in—a long-distance relationship, we think there's a lot to be said for the flight-fight-and-FaceTime routine.
Apart from its more common uses in aimless browsing and perfecting the art of the humble brag, Facebook has always been a handy travel tool: a platform for soliciting recommendations for a first-time visit to New Orleans , or a way to realize that your long-lost friend from middle school actually lives in Cape Town , where you happen to be heading to escape the Northern Hemisphere's winter.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".