Web 2.0 & traveling
I love to travel – now if I could land a job that pays me to travel and write reviews on the lay of the land, the tourist attractions and stuff that lay off the beaten path, I would probably think that I have died and gone to heaven. So if anyone knows of any job openings with these perks, please …. point me towards that direction.
However, that is not what this post is about. I am a fairly active web2.0 user – I maintain a presence in FB, twitter, Linkedin and I have 3 different email accounts that I check almost every day. I skype, tweet and blog as well as update my status on FB since it regularly poses the question “what’s on your mind”. I used to be very active in discussion boards concerned with child rearing and german shepherds and dog training of all kinds. The point is, all this inter-connectivity has facilitated the bonding between friends and has allowed me to meet some wonderful people who live in distant lands but are an integral part of my life.
So every time I travel whether its for work or pleasure, more often than not, I end up knowing someone at the destination whom I do not have any business with on that trip. But I do make it a point to get in touch, to call up and say hi, or meet up for a cup of coffee or drinks if time permits. More often than not, I have been wonderfully entertained and introduced to local delights in these meetings.
Keeping in touch with people from your professional circle is networking – specially when you are not in any particular need for anything from them. You keep in touch, you meet up, sit down and discuss the business scene and if the opportunity presents itself, offer to help out with something or the other. You may not be able to do all that you hoped to be able to do, but you will be able to keep your network alive. Nurturing relationships is an art form in itself and to some it just comes more naturally.
Web2.0 and traveling together are a match made in heaven. There are hundreds of reviews on everything from the place, hotels, food, activities, attractions etc .. you name it.. you got it. And that makes difficult choices so much more easier. Combine that research with a check up on the people in your network on that area.. whether it is old friends or colleagues or people you have done business with before … and you are in line for a wonderful and fruitful trip. Happy traveling 🙂