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If you follow TPG on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may notice that I’ve been posting a lot more lately, with a lot more pictures and stories of my travels. In the past I’ve viewed social media as an alternate and more nimble way to relay information that was already available on the site. However, I’ve been greatly appreciating how social media creates opportunities for two-way communication, and I’m excited to shift the focus to sharing back and forth with readers instead of just broadcasting. Interaction with TPG readers is my favorite aspect of my job, and I plan to increase that dramatically as we go into 2015.
Better Quantity and Quality
The biggest changes you’ll see are on Facebook, where I’ve replaced the TPG logo with my picture and I’ve been uploading a lot more personal experiences from my travels. I’ve also upgraded my camera to an HD Canon Rebel, so expect to see higher quality photos (it also helps that I’m dating a photographer!).
Start Following My Current Asian Extravaganza
I figured the best way to launch this new focus on social media was on an epic trip, and the current Asia trip I’m on will be one for the record books. I flew JAL first class to Tokyo, I’ll be taking the Shinkansen (bullet) train to Kyoto for a couple days and then flying Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur for an evening. I’ll then fly to Bali for 9 days, checking out both the St. Regis and W hotels, and hopefully getting in a bunch of relaxation and scuba diving, yoga and other Balinese activities.
The trip culminates with Singapore Airlines first class home to San Francisco—using KrisFlyer miles, naturally. On social media you’ll get the inside scoop on all of these travels in advance of me actually writing about them. Plus, these social platforms are a great way to reach me with your questions!
I’ll be blogging, Instagramming, Facebooking and Tweeting along the way, so if you don’t already follow me on those channels, make sure you start now. And if you have a great travel account you think I should follow, don’t be afraid to ask me to follow you—I love getting inspiration from TPG readers who share their travels in social media.
I’ve already been getting amazing recommendations from readers on all of these platforms, and I encourage you to send me yours as well, or comment on my posts if social media isn’t your thing.