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April is National Travel Writing Month!

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Get the job you’ve always dreamed of – no, sorry, this is not another chance to live on Hamilton Island - get paid to write about your passion for travel!

National Travel Writing Month (NaTraWriMo) is mirrored after National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which occurs in November. The goal is to write one travel story or at least pitch an article to one travel magazine every day for 30 days!  (One of them has to say yes, right?)

No one’s going to hold your hand through this month, yet you can work alongside a support group of other would-be freelance travel writers. For more info, and to get officially involved visit the official website.

And, don’t forget: get started on your writing by entering to win a FlipMinoHD from tripwolf.

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tripwolf Stupeflix’ed

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Our friends over at Stupeflix, which is an amazing tool that enables you to create stunning video animations including Sound, created a video of tripwolf impressions. Definitely worth checking out what’s possible with their technology

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Greece’s Independence Day – March 25th

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Happy Independence Day, Greece!

On this day in 1821, the Greeks gained independence from the Ottoman Empire after signing the Τreaty of Constantinople.

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tripwolf CEO Sebastian interviewed at Phocus Wright

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tripwolf on TechCrunch again – Come to our Francaise Launch Party

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tripwolf is growing quickly – we have recently made public the French version of our free travel guide, and our good friends at TechCrunch have already featured the sight. See the full article here:

Don’t hesitate to read the TechCrunch article – they are giving away 30 invitations to our French launch party on the 15th of April!

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Offtopic: Canonical – a powerful SEO Concept

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Hi, my Name is FranzSeo, I’m the SEO Manager of triwpolf.com. SEO (the abbreviation of Search Engine Optimization) is basically the art of getting found. (So that you get to see all the wonderful tripwolf info at Google). Some weeks ago Google announced the so called canonical element. It is a small, enny, weeny HTML element (invisible to human users) that you put in the head of the webpage to tell the search engines what the best URL (Uniform Resource Locater, the stuff with http:// in front) for the webpage is.

It’s really a new concept, so nobody knew how Google would handle this. We found out the hard way: we made a tpyo typo in the URL – and to put it shortly: Google does not like us anymore like it did before. We fixed it. And now we wait for Google to make his move. (Come on Google, it was a typo! Mistakes happen in every relationship!).

Anyway: this mistake could only happen, because it is an invisible element in the head, so nobody sees it. For testing this element we coded a simple Greasemonkey Script. (First install Greasemonkey for Firefox, then click on “Show Canonical Script“).

It now shows you the canonical URL (if specified).

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And links it if it is different from the current URL you are on.

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Makes testing, life and enhancing tripwolf easier. No more typos.

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More tripwolf Updates

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tripwolf is constantly improving to make all of our beautiful content easier to find and utilize. This week, we bring to you a new guide navigation system!

To the right of the map, you can now easily find everything you will need to plan your trip – or at least daydream about the possibilities of your next adventure. Find and book hotels, see the best places to eat, drink, party and shop, and even browse through photos and blogs – just by clicking on the appropriate link.

‘destinations’ is the key – this is where you can see all the places to go; cities, villages, neighborhoods and islands!

Also, don’t forget tripwolf is launching in three more languages very soon – check out the French page and see what we are working on!

Cheers,

Adena/tripwolf

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Happy Holi – Spring Festivals in India

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Yesterday was known as ‘Holi’ amongst Hindus. This holiday is a celebration of color and the coming of Spring, and it is always held on the day of the full-moon in early March or late February.

The night before, bonfires are lit in the streets (and sometimes the forests, most dangerously) in reference to a Hindu myth. The day after, devotees hit the streets and throw colored water and paint powder on anyone and everyone. This is what makes for the famous display of color that Holi is known for. The festivities last for up to five days, the ‘five days of the full moon,’ which end in what is called ‘Rangapanchami .’

The states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in India are some of the best places to be during Holi. In West Bengal and Bangladesh, this festival is called ‘Dolyatra.’ It is also extensively celebrated in Nepal. * Women travelers beware; men can be a bit more aggressive during this Holiday.

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A new tripwolf footprint

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Great news for tripwolf users. Footprint, publisher of the longest running travel guides in the English market, and tripwolf will cooperate. The first act of the new partnership is integrating Footprint’s Peru Handbook into tripwolf’s web platform and mobile version.

“It is fantastic to see Peru content from our Footprint Handbooks on tripwolf.com and on the beta version of the tripwolf iPhone application”, says Footprint Marketing Manager, Liz Harper. “We looked at various potential partners to make Footprint content available through new channels and tripwolf has clearly convinced us with their innovative approach and unique offerings for users.”

We strengthen our strategy of combining professional editorial travel content with user-generated content from thousands of globetrotters worldwide. On tripwolf.com individual travellers can create their personalized travel guides, based on recommendations from expert “trip gurus,” friends and other travellers.

More info on the tripwolf Social Media release

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Saint Patrick’s Day – Go Green on March 17th

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It is said that on Saint Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish! Falling on March 17th, Ireland’s most famous holiday is celebrated in much of the Western World. Tradition calls for wearing green, parading in the streets, and often drinking heavily. The humble Saint Patrick never knew his legacy would spread so far and be celebrated so merrily.

Many cities hold Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, the most important event being a parade. Some of the largest are held in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and of course, Dublin, Ireland. Dublin’s parade is part of a five day music and arts festival which runs from March 12-17th. Some of the best places in Dublin to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day are the pubs, but be sure to get out into the streets for traditional music, culture and craic – the Irish word for fun.

Love Dublin? See what’s on our list, and vote for your own favorites.

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