New Expert Author-Fueled Travel Site helps answer questions on regions affected by Severe Weather; BinduTrips.com puts users directly in touch with those who know
Caribbean authors are on deck to help sort out traveler questions on whether or not to go, where to go, what’s available, and more
SAN FRANCISCO – September 25, 2017—Just as BinduTrips.com, the new itinerary-based site created by travel authors was getting its web feet wet in the travel space, it has moved to being an expert voice for destinations affected by severe storms.
Repairs and clean up from hurricanes and flooding for the most popular places to visit in Florida and Texas are underway. But Caribbean destinations, geographically removed from immediate help and information dissemination, are a mystery to some travelers with solid plans to visit.
BinduTrips’ veteran journalists, who have covered (and or lived in) these Caribbean locations for years, are the new best ‘right now’ resource for information. Users should bookmark this link for updates: https://bindutrips.com/poi/hurricane-irma-hurricane-maria-caribbean-2017-update/
Whether for a news crew trying to find an island spokesperson, or for news about a small town, or for ticketed travelers looking for details on what resorts have been affected where, BinduTrips.com’s regional editors and journalists are ready to help.
“The site is already set up for individual communication between users and journalists”, says Kim Grant, founder of Bindu Trips and a guidebook author herself. Users simply find the part of the world they know has been affected, click on the journalist who has written the itineraries, and ask to connect. This opens an email form where the user asks the journalist their questions. Here is who is on deck for coverage of areas affected by recent severe weather:
Lynne Morgan Sullivan, the regional editor for the Caribbean, oversees island coverage and is a destination specialist for Puerto Rico, St Lucia, Bonaire, and Aruba. Christopher Baker, arguably the world’s most respected travel authority for Cuba, writes about Cuba for Bindu. Mark Rogers, a longtime observer of the Caribbean, is the brains behind go! Destination Marketing for travel agents representing the Caribbean. Bob Curley, until recently the Caribbean voice at About.com, now contributes his deep expertise to Bindu Trips. Chelle Koster Walton, Bindu’s Bahamas expert, has also served as contributing editor for Caribbean Travel & Life magazine for 15 years.
Good news: BinduTrips.com’s Curacao expert, Jane Ammeson reported no concerns, as did Barbara Ramsey Orr, covering Barbados, just a few of the stable of experts available for answers and advise. (Even those who have reported on a home state (like Bob Curley, who is on Bindu for Rhode Island, but his Twitter account, @GoCaribbean, can help.) Contact these journalists for their expert guidance in planning visits.
Media are invited to connect and stay in touch with these journalists, who often have the most unique relationships with hotels, guest services and attractions in places not always easy to reach. “As soon as is possible, our authors are updating itineraries and their information is also shared on Bindu’s Facebook page, facebook.com/bindutrips” says Grant. “If the journalist doesn’t have the answer at hand, we’ll get it.”
The site fills the void travelers have been seeking: the authoritative voice in travel to allow an authentic sense of a place before the trip begins. The site allows travelers to connect with writers to craft a custom itinerary. Now, the tool is also serving the purpose of providing quick answers to some locations that may have been changed forever.
More than 150 guidebook authors, photojournalists and veteran travel writers – years immersed in their destinations – have contributed to Bindu Trips.
About Bindu Trips
Bindu Trips is a free, responsive website known for its varied, expert itineraries and its trip builder. The site features curated content from more than 150 of the world’s best indie travel writers. Site users may connect individually with those experts for itinerary comments and recommendations. Bindu itineraries help travelers organize and execute a trip depending on their interests, budget, season for travel, length of travel, and the type of traveler they are. Based on research by users looking for valuable content, Bindu Trips emphasizes getting it right for the best trip for a traveler, while leaving the “explore places around you” to the almighty Google and the Starbuck’s app for the nearest location. Founder Kim Grant is also Editorial Director. She is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, a member of the (San Francisco) Bay Area Travel Writers and a media delegate to the U.S. Travel Association’s prestigious IPW. Publicist Susan Wilson is managing publicity, reachable at [email protected], 480-824-3015.
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