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Jun 26, 2006 08:59 PM

A really cool request

Someone (forgot the poster - sorry!) has a great idea on the Not About Food board - how about a board specifically for travelers needing requests? That way when you know you're going from point A to point B you don't have to spend your time going to each individual board for ideas. I think that's a FANTASTIC idea!!

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  1. sorry - it was on the general topics board

    1. I'm not sure I follow. Doesn't the entire site help travellers wanting good food? Maybe that means having to post on several different boards, but with the new My Chow feature, it's easy to track your own posts.

      Are you saying there should be a board with no geographic definition, where anyone can post any random travel itinerary?

      Here's the original topic:

      1. It would be nice to have a repository for travellers. When I was touring last fall and in a different place each night, I had to post to each individual board for my entire three month tour. Now while touring may not be the average - taking road trips or knowing you're going to be travelling from DC to Boston with no specific idea of where to stop....where do you post that question of where to stop for food?

        I think it should focus on travel. Sometimes you don't know where you're going or where you SHOULD stop - so where do you post that chow question if your choice is based on the food?

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        1. re: krissywats

          Some times you need to look at these things as what is easiest for the knowledgeable people with the information you want to respond, rather than what's easiest for you. If you can't describe where you're going, then maybe a psychic board could be of help . . naw, just kidding. My point is, you should post your question in the spot where it can be found easily by someone who has the answer you need. If it's on a separate traveller's board, most likely you'll get answers from other travellers. The folks who live in the region you're visiting will be hanging out on their regional board and not see it.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Hmmm, interesting. Because I would frequent a traveller's board much like I frequent Home Cooking and other boards that have nothing to do with my region. Why? Because I've travelled a lot and there are places, as a traveller, that I'd love other traveller's to know about.

            If you don't travel frequently, I can absolutely see why this would make no sense to you.

            And I can describe where I'm going. But choosing how to get there is the question and where the chow is along the way. I'd make an unplanned stop for great food.

            1. re: krissywats

              I apologize for misunderstanding "sometimes you don't know where you're going..." For myself, I prefer to go where the locals eat and read, and if that means posting my question where non-traveling locals will see it, all the better for me. That's what I've done on the chowhound boards with pretty good results. And usually the best tips come from reading old posts with detailed reporting and not from asking a new question and getting the luck of the draw on who chooses to answer that day.

              I guess I'd make the comparison to the frequent travelogues about the wine country or San Francisco, places that are in my home region. It's very rare that these articles or programs ever find the best and most typical chow, not even close, but they do highlight places that are likely to be of interest to travellers who don't mind eating out-of-season frozen crab just because they're in SF. I'm not discounting the value of getting information from other travellers. I guess I prefer to get my information from those who are living in the area who are more likely to be current on whether a place is still open, what days the good cooks are there, and what's the best season for eating there.

              I'll emphasize even further what Prof. Salt mentioned to say that chowhounds are always traveling for food. That's what the whole site is about, finding the best eats no matter what it takes to get it. To the other side of town, across the country, or around the world.

              P.S. I'm a million-mile frequent flyer on UA.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I think you're missing my point.

                On chowhound, we are all people who love food. And presumably have some information about the food in our area or areas we've travelled. I have trouble imagining that a new board to help find GREAT FOOD while travelling would suddenly allow for a glut of traveller's only and become a travelogue.

                It sounds as though you are assuming that a travelling board would be populated by people interested in travelling only. Whereas I am suggesting that it would be populated by chowhounds already on this board who also love to travel and would help in figuring out where to stop along the way.

                Considering the number of people that are rabid about devotion to say, the Home Cooking board, I would suggest that people would also be interested in a board on "Road Trips", as Ruth suggested below.

                P.S. Neat. I wasn't speaking to 'you' personally but rather in general. If someone did not travel, they would not be interested in such a board.

        2. I think a traveling/traveler's board might work well. I understand Melanie's objections, but I'm not sure her methodology would work well when, say, folks are taking a long road trip and want to know where to stop in between, say, Seattle and Little Rock, Arkansas. When I've undertaken long treks like this in the past, sometimes I was flexible in my itinerary, and let the Chow destinations dictate my route.

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

            I think it would be cool to have a "roadtrips" board. Not travel generally -- I agree with Melanie that it's better to look at each local board for specific destinations -- but specifically about routes that cross board boundaries and suggestions for good chow routes.

            On a trip across country with my family one year we did some of the route planning based on "Roadfood" (which was newly published then).

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I, obviously, agree. The route was what I was speaking to, not the destination (and I'm fairly sure I made that clear above?) -

              I think you're right 'Roadtrips' would be a better title and more specific about the type of travel. If you travel by plane, then you only are going to be concerned about the destination. But if you like to wander in your car, it's a different kind of adventure.

              1. re: krissywats

                I think a Roadtrips board is a great idea. I am going on vacation in a few weeks, and will be travelling from Boston to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We have mapped out two routes to get there, and I am not sure which route we will take. I posted on the South Board for recommendations once we get there, but would love a place to post about all of the other options we may have. And those recommendations may well help us decide which route to take!