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littlera  
#1 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
littlera


Posts: 685

Love the new "My Travel Mates" feature shown on your Facebook site.  A couple of suggestions to make this feature easier to use:

(1) Put the link on your main web site, not just FB, or at least a link.  More people will see it and usage should increase.

(2) Once you are signed in with your trip and want to see updates on who is joining you, you have to go through the entire menu, entering all four pieces of data to get back to your trip.  This surely can be shortened - suggest giving the option of entering your booking number for your trip.  You could use your name, but some people have multiple tours booked.  In that case, a pop-up window could list your trips and allow you to choose which one.
Randy and Deanie
Up next:
14 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka. 3/21
14 day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls 11/20
12 day Kaleidiscope of Scotland 7/20; rebooked 7/21
Been there, done that:
11 day Classic Colombia 3/20
14 day Majestic Balkans 5/19
16 Day Spiritual Southern India 11/18
14 Day Holland. Germany,Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris. 5/18
15 Day Indonesia: Java & Bali 10/17
13 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio 2/17
18 Day Nepal & Bhutan 9/16
13 Day Kasbahs and Deserts of Morocco 5/16
15 Day Classic India with Ranthambore 11/15
11 Day Classic Baltics 6/15
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala and Honduras 1/15
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland 9/14
14 Day Israel and Jordan - 5/14
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai 11/13
16 Day China with Tibet and 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise  5/13
8 Day Classic Ecuador and Amazon Adventure 10/12
13 Day Turkish Treasures 5/12
10 Day Affordable  Peru  10/11
16 Day Affordable Bangkok, Cambodia and Vietnam 10/10
15 Day India's Majesty with Nepal  10/08
10 Day Greece with cruise 3/04
LuvToTravelWorld  
#2 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
LuvToTravelWorld


Posts: 681

So far I see no one on this site except you and me!
Sharon ~ Florida, USA
LuvToTravelWorld
https://youpic.com/LuvToTravelWorld

Next: Vietnam&Cambodia 2017, Russian Cruise 8/17, Baltics 8/2017
Done (and rated): 
17 day Discovery China&Tibet 10/16 3 1/2*
Ethiopia, on own, & 10 day Tanzania 6/16 5*

10 day Copper Canyon and Mexico 12/15, 3 1/2*
11 day Guatemala/Honduras 1/2015, 4*
14 day Greece 9/2014, 3* 
7 day Dubai 2013 11/2013, 4* with
15 day Thailand, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 11/2013, 5*
11 day Ecuador and Amazon 5/2013, 4*
10 day Costa Rica w/ Tortuguero, 11/2009, 4*, & 2/2013, 3*
10 day Affordable Peru, 5/2012, 5*
15 day France, 9/2012, 3 1/2*
15 day Turkey , 9/2011, 5* 
15 day Egypt/Nile Cruise, 2/2009, 4*
Globus trips..... Scotland Highlands, Norway, U.K., Ireland, Alpine Countries, Italia, Spain, Morocco, Portugal
 Independently toured South America- Chile, Argentina, Iquazu
littlera  
#3 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
littlera


Posts: 685

*Sigh...*  It appears that you are right.

Is there ANYONE out there that has connected with at least one other traveler for their upcoming tour??
Randy and Deanie
Up next:
14 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka. 3/21
14 day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls 11/20
12 day Kaleidiscope of Scotland 7/20; rebooked 7/21
Been there, done that:
11 day Classic Colombia 3/20
14 day Majestic Balkans 5/19
16 Day Spiritual Southern India 11/18
14 Day Holland. Germany,Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris. 5/18
15 Day Indonesia: Java & Bali 10/17
13 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio 2/17
18 Day Nepal & Bhutan 9/16
13 Day Kasbahs and Deserts of Morocco 5/16
15 Day Classic India with Ranthambore 11/15
11 Day Classic Baltics 6/15
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala and Honduras 1/15
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland 9/14
14 Day Israel and Jordan - 5/14
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai 11/13
16 Day China with Tibet and 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise  5/13
8 Day Classic Ecuador and Amazon Adventure 10/12
13 Day Turkish Treasures 5/12
10 Day Affordable  Peru  10/11
16 Day Affordable Bangkok, Cambodia and Vietnam 10/10
15 Day India's Majesty with Nepal  10/08
10 Day Greece with cruise 3/04
Sueb  
#4 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Sueb


Posts: 25

We haven't connected with anyone either.
Admin  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Admin


Posts: 100

We are happy to hear that you love the new My Travel Mates via Facebook!  The feature was released just a short month ago, but has already received participants without hardly any marketing.  We recently began emailing our clients to inform them of My Travel Mates and definitely plan on advertising more, which makes us confident that more users will join the groups soon enough.  Thank you for your suggestions - keep them coming!
Gate 1 Travel
More of the World for Less!
Mary F  
#6 Posted : Monday, September 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Mary F


Posts: 40

I wish there was a way to make it private, only accessible to other group members?. I joined an event, but immediately began getting "likes". I don't want people to know that I am away from home, so I deleted it.
Mary 
15-day Kaleidoscope of Spain
Sept 2013
13-day Turkish Treasures, Sept 2014
17-day Ecuador and Peru, Aug 2015
18-day Kaleidoscope of South Africa, Sept 2016
Italy and Sicily, April 2017
Israel and Jordan, October 2017
Annual spring trip to Akumal, Mexico
mad_scientist  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
mad_scientist


Posts: 7

I strongly agree with Mary's suggestion about making the Travel Mates section private. When I looked up my Baltics trip, there was only one "travel mate" listed and it was clearly a fictitious account to advertise/spam an African safari service. I looked it up after the trip, so I knew this "travel mate" wasn't on that trip. It discouraged me from putting my info out there in case anyone else on that trip wanted to connect.
littlera  
#8 Posted : Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
littlera


Posts: 685

I'm seeing quite a bit of push back from travelers about personal security issues with the use of My Travel Mates.  With "likes" and commercial spam showing up within the specific tour dates, many are concerned with posting travel dates for all to see.

I believe Gate 1 should allow access only by tour members for that date - and the best way to do that would seem to be to use one's booking number.  That key number is not published for anyone to see other than the traveler, who must sign in to his account to get it.  It would make access to the Travel Mate site easier, also, for instead of going through the multiple step menu to log in as you must do now, you would enter one number to get there.
Randy and Deanie
Up next:
14 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka. 3/21
14 day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls 11/20
12 day Kaleidiscope of Scotland 7/20; rebooked 7/21
Been there, done that:
11 day Classic Colombia 3/20
14 day Majestic Balkans 5/19
16 Day Spiritual Southern India 11/18
14 Day Holland. Germany,Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris. 5/18
15 Day Indonesia: Java & Bali 10/17
13 Day Classic Costa Rica with Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio 2/17
18 Day Nepal & Bhutan 9/16
13 Day Kasbahs and Deserts of Morocco 5/16
15 Day Classic India with Ranthambore 11/15
11 Day Classic Baltics 6/15
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala and Honduras 1/15
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland 9/14
14 Day Israel and Jordan - 5/14
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai 11/13
16 Day China with Tibet and 3 Day Yangtze River Cruise  5/13
8 Day Classic Ecuador and Amazon Adventure 10/12
13 Day Turkish Treasures 5/12
10 Day Affordable  Peru  10/11
16 Day Affordable Bangkok, Cambodia and Vietnam 10/10
15 Day India's Majesty with Nepal  10/08
10 Day Greece with cruise 3/04
charlenegal  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
charlenegal


Posts: 5

I agree with the other posters who wish we could make it private.  On one hand I would love to get to "know" some of my trip mates before we leave, but I also hate publicly announcing I will be gone for two weeks.  We generally don't post anything about our trips until we are back home for that reason.
simpjo  
#10 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
simpjo


Posts: 9

I agree with all the above.  Why can't it be on this site and not Facebook and limit it to individuals who have an account with gate 1?   I am a member of cruise critic and it is public (not facebook) but you have to have an account and don't have to post your personal information you use a screen name so no personal info is listed unless you want to.
Anyone heading to Dubai on March 26?  Me and my sister in law are going.
Daddieo418  
#11 Posted : Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
Daddieo418


Posts: 20

I couldn't even connect with my wife on her Facebook page through "My Travel Mates". I KNOW she is connected and going... The link has a few bugs!

Ireland in April is FAST approaching.
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