Welcome to TravelMuse

Nearly a year after the idea for our company was hatched, we're finally ready for our test flight.


Ah…we’re here.

Similar to the exclamation often proclaimed at the beginning of a vacation, we at TravelMuse are glad we’ve finally arrived.

Only we’re not on vacation (as much as many of us on staff would like to be). We’re at the beginning of a new venture where we hope to make the process of online planning and booking travel easier.

The site you’re visiting is our private alpha product and has been made available to a limited number of users. Please keep in mind that there are many things we’re in the process of testing and adding and fixing—which means we’d love to receive your feedback on TravelMuse as it evolves to let us know how we’re doing.

So what is TravelMuse?

We’re a site where you can get inspiration and information from our travel guides, photography and articles. We have 150 city guides for places around the globe. Learn about a destination you plan to visit, or discover a new one to add to your travel wish list. You can also browse our Themes and Activities sections to get ideas of where to go based on the type of vacation you want to have.

Our magazine will feature original content written by established journalists and travel writers as well as new voices. One thing all our writers share in common: They’re avid, passionate travelers. The initial focus is on family travel, but we’ll be adding coverage geared toward other demographics throughout the year.

Each issue (biweekly to start, weekly come April) will highlight a destination and feature general travel articles and regular columns. Alaska, one of this country’s great wilderness destinations, kicks off Issue 1 with five articles by writer Deb Vanasse, who lives in Anchorage and is the author of several children’s books and travel articles, as well as the Insiders' Guide to Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska (Globe Pequot Press, 2007). Be sure to read her take on the top glaciers to see in Alaska, recommended wilderness lodges and how best to get around Denali National Park—a requirement for any Alaska itinerary. I’m itching to book a trip there now.

This issue’s columns include reviews of two family travel guides, non-electronic game recommendations for backseat passengers, a Teen Voice piece on the best roller coasters in Orlando—written by an Orlando teenager—and two articles by our regular columnist Amy L. Hatch: one on how to find good family dining while on the road, and her Back Page debut on how to handle children (and irate passengers around them) while 32,000 feet in the air.

What else is there to the site?

TravelMuse also is a place where you can book air and hotel stays. We have access to all the major airlines’ inventory and more than 70,000 properties around the globe. In the coming months we’ll introduce additional features, including our planner, which will allow you to store, organize and post your travel resources, and TravelMuse communities, where you’ll be able to share travel experiences, itineraries, advice and more.

Once again, we welcome your opinions. Rate and review our articles, guides and points-of-interest. Hit the designated “feedback” button and tell us what you like, what you don’t, what works, what doesn’t. Our goal is to make the online travel experience better, for you.

Before signing off, I'd like to include a big thank you to our editorial and production interns who proved to be a tremendous help in getting TravelMuse off the ground: Jessica Stillman, Aaron Butzen, Carla Villarreal Montes, Ashleigh Nushawg, Calista Chandler, Maya Curry and Becky Tsadik. We couldn't have done it without you.

Thanks for visiting, and happy travels!

Donna M. Airoldi
Editorial Director

Destinations: Alaska, Anchorage, Denali National Park and Preserve

Themes: Family Travel

User Comments

Hat Tip to TravelMuse Hey Donna, A Hat tip to you and the folks at TravelMuse. I learned of your site from a Bootsnall review, as my What a Trip blog is hosted on Bootsnall. I also read a nice review of TravelMuse at Welcome. I look forward to reading and contributing to your blog.

Very Nice I hope to get lost in this site and find my way around the world.

Wow! Impressive site, will be visiting often. Congratulations.

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