News & Features by Katie Hamlin

  • Show Us Your Argentina Photo Contest Kicks Off

    What were some of the top moments of your trip to Argentina? Share your favorite photo from a trip you've taken to Argentina, along with the story behind it, for a chance to see your photo in the next edition of Fodor's Argentina, a full-color guide.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on August 03, 2009 at 10:54:40 AM EDT Tagged: Community
  • 12 of Chicago's Best Photo Opportunities for Visitors

    Could Chicago be one of America's most photogenic cities? Recent entries to our Show Us Your Chicago Photo Contest lead us to believe so. Its towering architectural giants and iconic skyline give photographers plenty to capture. The contest, sponsored by Chicago's own Shedd Aquarium, runs through July 31st. Here are a dozen photos (of the many submitted so far) that show off the Windy City's camera-friendly side.... Submit your photo for a chance to win tickets to Shedd Aquarium and a Fodor's guide, or view the contest slideshow.... Navy Pier
    "There are lots of rides, shops, restaurants, boat tours, bikes, skates & Segway rentals... more than enough to do at The Navy Pier to entertain the whole family for the whole day."
    Submitted by bainso


    Adler Planetarium
    "My favorite spot in Chicago, day or night, is looking back on the City from the Planetarium area."
    Submitted by bsnyder67

    ...From the Forums: Romance in Chicago...on a Budget...

    North Avenue Beach
    "We rode south to Museum Campus and beyond

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on July 23, 2009 at 7:30:21 AM EDT Tagged: Chicago, Illinois
  • 8 Ways to Rationalize Returning to Your Favorite Destination Again and Again

    Experienced travelers know that it's practically impossible to take the same trip twice. If you return to a destination, chances are you'll see, eat, and experience different things than you did on your previous visit.... This week in our Forums, Fodor's member MAP shared a pleasant dilemma—should she return to a city she adores (Paris) or visit someplace new and unknown (Provence)?... Fellow members had little trouble relating to her reluctance to seek out the new destination when she already had a firm attachment to the old. Their encouragement to take time for at least a few days in her favorite city utilized logic that can be applied to many destinations beyond just Paris. Here are just a few of the reasons they choose to sometimes return to places they've already been.... Talk Travel in the Forums: What destinations do you return to again and again? ... 1. It's my money "If Paris gives you a satisfactory amount of bang for your buck, then I, for one, say go where you get the most enjoyment...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on July 16, 2009 at 3:41:56 AM EDT Tagged: Community
  • Tour New York City's Central Park with a Celebrity

    According to an article in today's New York Times, a new program by the Central Park Conservancy allows visitors to see the park through the eyes of the some of the city's most famous locals. By calling a phone number (646-862-0997), which is posted at 40 different sites throughout the park, and entering the appropriate code, visitors will be "led" by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, and Yoko Ono. Anne Hathaway, currently starring in Twelfth Night as a part of the Shakespeare in the Park series, gives a tour of Delacorte Theater. John McEnroe takes visitors to center court at the Central Park Tennis Center....View all the sites and tour codes at the Central Park Conservancy site...Plan your visit: Central Park Guide...Save money: 12 Best Free Summer Events New Yorkers Know About That Tourists Don't...From the Forums: What is the best part of Central Park to see if we only have 2 hours?...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on June 24, 2009 at 11:20:07 AM EDT Tagged: New York City
  • Fodor's New Forums: A Quick Tour

    We're extremely excited to introduce our new forums today. Below is a short summary of the community's new features and functionality. As you click around and browse the new offerings, you can leave us your comments by clicking the feedback form link featured in the top left-hand corner of the page. You are also welcome to email me at ... Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for this unique community over the last 13 years!... Member Profiles...All members have their own profiles in the new design. Your profile shows the topics that you've posted and commented on and any reviews you've written in our online destination guides. Profiles also include an optional place to share a bit about your travel style, including favorite destinations and those you hope to visit one day. You also have the option of uploading a photo of yourself or a favorite snapshot from a trip. Profiles are linked to member names and can be viewed by simply clicking a name (your own or another member's)...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on February 18, 2009 at 12:01:40 PM EST
  • A Sneak Peek at the New Forums

    Since 1996, our forums have been a trip planning resource and gathering place for those eager to share their passion for travel. Everyday in our forums, questions are asked, answers and advice given, trips taken--and in the process connections are made. We're proud that our community has become one of the web's most active and engaged travel communities, and we are constantly impressed by the wealth of knowledge our members share every day. Your participation and support have nurtured this community and shaped its growth. We appreciate everyone who has been a part of the 13-year journey.... We realized early last year that our forums had come to a crucial crossroads. Their underlying infrastructure limited their functionality and made it difficult for us to make improvements and implement new technology.... We identified priorities and goals for an upgrade to our forums and other community-related site offerings, keeping in mind the feedback we've received from members. Below is an overview of...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on January 30, 2009 at 4:48:25 PM EST
  • Is Fodor's Really Going to Send Me a Free Guide Book?

    If you were quoted in a recently published guide---you'll be hearing from Fodor's this month! In every Fodor's Gold Guide we included recommendations and tips from travelers posting in our Forums and in the review sections of our online destination guides. These delightful tidbits are a part of a feature we call "Word of Mouth". For the first time, we are actively emailing included members to let them know that they have been quoted. We are offering quoted members a complimentary Fodor's guide of their choice. A link to this page appears in all of these emails to assure folks that this offer really isn't too good to be true. Thank you to everyone who plays a role in making the Fodor's community as strong as it is---whether you happen to have been quoted this time around or not. Congrats to everyone that was! Best, Katie Hamlin Community Manager,

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on December 01, 2008 at 4:15:43 PM EST
  • Become a Fan of Fodor's on Facebook

    Yesterday Fodor's launched its official fan page on Facebook, the social networking site. The Fodor's fan page includes a slideshow, our newest titles, and RSS feeds with the latest Fodor's news, including popular topics from the Forums. Come stop by and see who has already "fanned" us. While you're at it, check out the Fodor's Friends group, a Facebook group started by Fodor's members who became friends through posting on our popular Forums. If you have any suggestions for things you'd like to see on our fan page, feel free to drop us a note at

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 13, 2008 at 10:05:44 AM EST
  • 9 Tips for Families Visiting College Campuses

    The college application process might involve a dizzying whirlwind of tests, essays, and applications, but actually visiting the prospective colleges and universities on your teen's wish list doesn't have to be a grin-and-bear-it exercise in tough love. Sure, with a little nimble maneuvering you can see five college campuses in two days—but just don't expect to get out of your car. For parents and their college-bound teens alike, touring prospective colleges and universities can be exhausting, expensive, and stressful---but it doesn't have to be. Even though the task at hand is a serious one, college campus visits can be a great excuse to enjoy a mini-vacation with your busy grown-up kid. We've noticed a steady stream of members posting questions related to their family's personal college touring odyssey in our Forums. Some of these trips involve travel to "the middle of nowhere" (Wooster, Ohio), while others include visits to "college towns" that double as major metropolitan areas

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on September 24, 2008 at 4:41:18 PM EDT
  • Downtime Notice 9/23 will be down on 9/23 from 12 AM to 3 AM (EDT) due to a server upgrade. Thank you for your patience.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on September 22, 2008 at 12:34:10 PM EDT