Using social media for travel information

happybirds4MediumI love social media.

I particularly like twitter. The 140 characters you’re allowed in tweets might be restrictive sometimes, but generally you can get your point across. Particularly – and here’s the important point to all of you in the tourism industry – if I want to find out something about where I’m headed.

On my last outback trip I did an interview with ABC radio in Broken Hill about my use of social media on the road. They picked up the story because they also use social media and had come across me on twitter – see, it does work!

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How to eat well while you’re camping

First-attempt-at-cooking-bread-in-the-camp-ovenI’m getting to the point in planning the trip where I’m starting to think about food.

For those of you who missed it, last time we were at the farm I started practicing cooking with the camp oven. Shall we say, my first efforts wouldn’t get me on a reality television cooking show!

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Holiday planning – the new competitive sport

Boy-running-sunset-DarwinHow long does it take you to plan a holiday?

Despite my work background as a planner, in my own life I’m the perennial “non-planner”, at least I thought I was until I met Helen – my Two Sheilas in a Ute travelling companion. She’s so laid back that her first call to me about our first trip started with “Where are we going again?”

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Camel races, desert races, long lunches and Poddy Dodgers – a festival for everybody

1-O002Now that my little rant yesterday is over, it’s time to get back to the business at hand. Planning my next trip away.

I can’t believe how fast the time is going. In three weeks we’ll be off again, and I still have so much to do. Not for the trip – that’s the easy bit – but in working out how I’m going to make money while I’m out there.

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Can you find your soul mate on the internet?

June-2012aHave you ever tried internet dating?

I ask because every time I turn on the television it seems I’m bombarded with ads for a certain company that promises to match you up with your soul mate.  Apart from the obvious question of how they would be able to come up with a computer program that could find such a person, what happens if your soul mate isn’t signed up to the same company????

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Underground in the limestone cave

Disappearing-through-a-tunnelFor somebody who gets claustrophobic in the M5 tunnel, I’ve done my fair share of exploring deep, dark places. And not all inside myself!

The area between Yass and Wee Jasper has quite a few limestone caves, and there are a couple on the farm. When there’s a lot of water around the caves can be difficult to access, and even if you do get inside exploring can be restricted because of the creeks running through them. So of course now that everything is very dry, we had to go and explore the big cave.

It’s called the big cave to distinguish it from the small cave – we have a unique naming system at the farm.

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