How to keep your mother worry-free -- when you’re 10,000 miles from home
When Martin Parry, Rocky Dhaliwal and Danny Nanavaty of Vancouver, BC were preparing for their 6-month round the world trip, part of the planning included how to manage their mother’s anxiety levels. Each mother made them promise to keep in touch -- as did their extended families and all of their friends.
When the list grew to over 150 people they quickly realized postcards were not going to be practical. Email was rejected as a solution because they wanted to send photos from their digital camera and large email attachments aren’t sent reliably through systems such as hotmail. Plus, as Martin describes, “It is really bad form to send a broadcast email with 150 addresses in the header. Who knows how the email will get resent and there’s a good possibility that a SPAMMER will harvest the addresses. We also want to keep all our writing, and email just tends to disappear”.
Their solution was to set up a travel blog where they could post their photos and write about their travels. To take care of all the technical details, they set up a personal travel website at www.MyTripJournal.com. MyTripJournal is a ‘Personal Travel Website’ that allows travelers to post text and pictures, all linked to a sophisticated mapping system. Visitors to the site can follow the journey on a map, clicking on various map points to read the text and view the photos.
The traveler’s website is updated from any Internet connection. This is not as hard to find as you might think. Internet access has exploded worldwide, and Internet cafés are pervasive in 3rd world countries where people don't have home Internet access. When an update is complete, the traveler clicks ‘Send update notice’ and a separate email is automatically sent to each of the people on their ‘friends’ list. The recipient can then click a special link in the email, visit the website and see the new content.
According to Martin, MyTripJournal also solves another concern. “We’re taking a lot of digital photos. Storing them on cards is expensive, not to mention the possibility of losing them. MyTripJournal stores our photos in their original quality. We’ll be able to download and print them at the end of our trip – in the mean time we don’t need nearly as many memory cards”.
As well as storing photos safely for later retrieval, their entire website can be downloaded and saved permanently on a hard drive or CD-ROM.
While travelers have the option to password protect their websites, Martin, Rocky and Danny have decided not to do so. You can see how they’ve kept their mothers up-to-date and worry free at www.MyTripJournal.com/Martin_Rocky_Danny_WT. You can also try out a free demo for yourself at www.MyTripJournal.com.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Paul K. Melhus
phone: 604.688.0914 (toll-free: 877.842.2507) email: pmelhus@MyTripJournal.com
or Martin Parry
MyTripJournal.com provides personal websites for travelers. Accredited travel journalists can request a free version of the product.
High quality photos from Martin, Danny and Rocky’s journal are also available.
Please contact Paul Melhus.