First up, my apologies that what was supposed to be a two hour Saturday-morning interruption to your coffee slurping turned into a two day delay-plagued upgrade.
So this is the new Travelfish and let this become the bug thread!
Let's start with the "things Stuart still has to do"
a) The background pattern doesn't line up properly
Yes I know, and quite obviously you should cancel your trip right now. Next week.
b) You can subscribe to forum discussions, but they don't show in the Me ...
Yesterday I launched a new newsletter called Couchfish. The name kinda says it all—with so many travellers now stuck at home (or worse) I wanted to come up with a with to bring travel to you—on your couch—and Couchfish is the result!
You can read all about it here.
Now this is a paid newsletter (it costs US$5 per month at the moment) but it is free for all Travelfish members. So, if you are interested in receiving it, please simply reply to this post saying so and I’ll a ...
The title says it all really. As is obvious we’ve launched a redesign—and I’m now busy fixing all the broken bits. Including, as I just found out, posting on the forum!
So, what you see is a first step, the one big change is our new “long reads” section, which carries the features we funded through our crowdfunding. You can see the lead story here.
Secondly, have added a two-day free membership, essentially a taster, a week-long one and a lifetime one. You can see the options here.
According to this post from a Throntree moderator Lonely Planet’s Thorntree is going “read only” (so no new posts) from this coming Monday—strikes me as completely bonkers as they have one of the last remaining travel forums with a fair degree of activity, but whatever—these are indeed crazy freakin times.
The forum here has quietened down an awful lot, and there are plenty of reasons for that, but me paywalling the forum is probably the biggest one. Paywalling it stopped forum spam ( ...
So the Travelfish Reader survey closed at the end of the month, and here are most of the results.
A big thank you to all 749 of you who took the time to fill out the survey, much appreciated!
There were also hundreds and hundreds of detailed comments, rather than list them all I’m just going to list some of the main points—there was plenty of valid points to take on board.
So, without further ado, here are the results, along with some thoughts on each chart.
A FE ...
As a part of a major redesign of the site that is (slowly) underway, I’ve put together a reader survey for all you Travelfish readers.
Depending on how much feedback you have, the survey should take between five minutes and 18 hours!
The survey is here.
Just a quick note to say that while we sent the last newsletter of the year earlier this week (miss it? You can read it online here), next year we’re planning on having a new section in the Travelfish newsletter profiling Travelfish members.
Don’t worry, when we say profiling we’re not talking about your home address and next of kin, but rather what you like about travelling in Southeast Asia, where you’re heading to next, what you like (and/or hate) about the region, and so on ...
Just a quick note to advise we have altered our signature links policy at Travelfish. In the past, anyone could add a link to a website in their "signature", which meant it showed up at the base of all their forum posts. Our only requirement was that the site had a link back to us.
The new policy is as follows: Links to non-commercial websites are welcome. So if you're got your own travel blog or information website that you'd like to link to, then that is fine. A link back to Travelfish is N ...
Just a quick not to let you know we may see some server downtime across the next 24 hours as we move the server from the US to Singapore.
Luckily we’re not needing to transfer anything by tuk tuk, songtheaw or longtail, but, well, you ,know, there are always a hiccup or two along the way.
Upside, once this is finished, you should find the site even faster once you are in the region, as the electrons will just be needing to hop across the South China Sea (or whatever we are calling t ...
So as mentioned in today’s newsletter, we have a bunch of Travelfish stickers we’re giving out to members for free.
If you’d like a few, please email me your member name and postal address and we’ll send them off to you. (Please don't forget the member name as we’re just distributing to members)
Please don't post your address here in the forum, rather email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
They look like the below
I was pointed to a thread over on the LP Thorntree about how Travelfish now costs $35 to join and I thought was appropriate to report my post here.
Realise this is an old thread, but was just pointed to it and thought would just clarify the situation.
Travelfish membership for all new members is now A$35 per year. For that the main points of value are:
a) Access to the 250+ PDF guides (essentially PDFs which largely replicate the site content on a per destination basis)
b) Ability to ...
We're five days into launching Travelfish Premium, the new subscription-based membership to Travelfish. Before anything else, thank you. People have jumped at the chance to upgrade. So once again, thank you.
A few questions have come in by email, especially by newer members, asking for more guidance on how to get the most value out of their A$35, hence this post.
I'm going to cover a bit of ground here with a bunch of screenshots to help explain what is going on. Should you have furth ...
We’re slowly working through some changes on the site and are asking for feedback on how pages could be more useful to you as a reader.
We’ll be working through the templates one at a time, and I'll add a post asking for questions each time. All suggestions and thoughts are much appreciated!
So we’re going to kick off with the transport pages, an example of which you can see here (for Ayutthaya)
So how do you think this page could be more useful? Some thoughts off top of head:
I’m making a raft of changes to the site at the moment and unfortunately what I had hoped to finish last night, has spilled over into today (and probably tomorrow).
This means you may encounter some slightly weird looking pages, and the occasional broken page. This is temporary!
If you encounter broken pages (that just give an error) or pages that look like they are perpetually stuck on the rinse cycle, please post the links in this thread and I'll take a look.
The changes are main ...
I very much appreciate the guides, which I use a lot.
However I have been unable to download the Muang Sing guide onto my mini iPad 4, despite trying several times.
I am redirected to a web page which appears to load, but I am left with a grey blank page. If you can sort out the problem I shall be very grateful.
As you may have noticed the site was offline for about the last 36 hours.
This was not a scheduled downtime!
We have now fixed the issues (we think) and the site is back up. If you happen to notice any quirks on the site, please let me know so I can take a look.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
I would like to download a guide for Phnom Penh onto my iPad so I can read it when I don’t have a WiFi connection, but I see only 2 guides for side trips from Phnom Penh in the guides section, and none for Phnom Penh itself. Is there a way to get the PP guide onto my iPad so I don’t need an Internet connection to read it? ...
I noticed awhile ago that the "Before You Leave" section was missing, and assumed that it would make it's way back, so I didn't say anything. But the link at the top is still a dead one, and the category no longer exists. It's been a couple of months- what's up? I think it's been informative for people before they set out.
Just a note to let you know a couple of changes we're putting through the site at the moment.
New more useful maps
Around 60% of readers—sometimes as high as 75%—now read Travelfish on their phone. As such we've decided to make the maps a good deal more useful, taking advantage of some of the magic of phones.
Destination maps are now accessed via the new “map” icon to the right of the transport icon. Clicking on it opens a map on top of the page you are already on and we mark ...