Blogs and Destinations
Blogs are the primary way to organize travels on Jauntlet. A blog is usually created for a journey consisting of multiple destinations. If you're only going to one destination such as a package resort, Jauntlet is probably not for you.
A destination is a single location on a journey. It is usually a city but includes other types of places like national parks.
Example: The blog "Eurotrip 2016" includes the destinations London, Paris, and Amsterdam.
Most of the time, Jauntlet works best if you add a single destination for the entire time you are in one place. Sometimes people like to add a separate entry for each day of their trip even if they are staying in the same place. This approach probably works better if you like to write a lot for each day.
Some people like to put their hometown as the first destination, but your travel map will generally look better if starting from your first travel destination.
Starting a Blog
From the Blogs tab, click the button "Start a New Blog".
On the next page, enter a title and short introduction for it. You can choose a custom web address for your blog or leave it blank to have one automatically created. After this you will be able to add your first destination.
After you have created a blog, you can add a main photo for it using "edit information". This photo will be shown on the first page introduction of the blog and used when shared to social media.
Adding a Destination
From the blog page, click "Add Destination". You first select the city by typing the beginning of the name and selecting it from the list. Next, enter the date and other information about it.
You can plan your journey in advance to share it and then go back and update each destination as you travel.
Editing Blogs and Destinations
Form the blog list, you can click edit to change the information about a blog. From the list of destinations, you can click edit to change the information about a destination. The pages are the same as when creating a new journey or blog.
Adding Links and HTML
You can use the following HTML tags in your blog: <b> <i> <sup> <sub> <em> and <u>. You can also use <iframe> to do things like embed YouTube videos. If you include a url that starts with http:// it will automatically be linked.
When you create or edit your blog, you can select its language. This will be used to display the dates on the blog in that language and to display the text in the proper direction. You will still see the dates in English when you edit your blog as the Jauntlet interface is only in English at this time.
You do not need to add an end date to a blog. If you wan to specify an end date, select the blog and click "Add End Date". You will then be able to select the date and enter a final journal entry.
If you do not add an end date, Jauntlet assumes your journey ends the day after you arrive at your final destination.
You can include a journal and check-ins on the end date as an epilogue of your journey, or you can leave it empty in which case, it won't appear on your blog and will only be used to display the days you spent at the final destination.
Sharing Your Travel Blogs
From the page for a blog or destination, you can click on "Share" and then select the site or service where you want to share it.
When editing a blog, you can click "share" to share it to Facebook or Twitter. When viewing a blog, more share options are available and you can copy and paste the link from your web browser.
Your travel blogs can include stories of where you've been as well as plans of where you will be. Share them before and after you've traveled to a destination.
When editing a destination, you can also select the buttons to automatically share it to Facebook or Twitter. If you don't want it shared at that time, make sure the buttons are unselected.
You can make a blog private by selecting "privacy" then click the button to "make blog private". You will need to enter a list of email addresses of people whom you want to see your blog. They will need to create and account on Jauntlet using one of these email addresses and be logged in to see your blog. Be sure that the people you want to share it with are going to make the effort to create a Jauntlet account otherwise they won't be able to see your private blog.
In order to make blogs truly private, you will not be able to use the Flash or HTML widgets to embed it on other sites. The RSS feed will also not work.
You can allow other people to have access to your blog by going to their profile and clicking the "Co-Blog" button. You can select the blogs you want them to access. They will be able to add or delete anything including destinations and photos.
You can add photos to your blog several ways. Each photo can optionally have a caption, date, and location. Each photo is associated with one destination on your blog.
You can add a single photo are the same time, by clicking "Photos" on the bottom tab bar then "Add a Photo".
You can upload multiple photos are the same time, by clicking "Photos" on the bottom tab bar then "Upload Photos". On the Android app, this is limited to the 200 most recent photos on your camera roll. To upload individual photos, including older photos and photos from sources other than the camera roll, you can use "Add a Check-In". This will also allow you to specify a time and location.
If your device stored the time and place with the photo, Jauntlet will automatically add it.
You can manage all the photos you made from the "Photos" tab on the bottom.
You can manage and edit your photos by going to Add Photos & Locations.
Automatically Adding Photos
You can set up Jauntlet to automatically add photos that you post to Facebook, Swarm, Instagram or Twitter.
Click "Photos" on the bottom tab then the button to "Connect Future Photos", then select the blog you want to connect.
Go to "Connect from Future Photos" then select the blog you want to connect.
Automatically adding photos works best if you plan your trip ahead of time. If you don't have a destination in your blog for an automatically imported photo, Jauntlet will make a best guess and add a destination to your blog.
If you have past photos that you made while traveling and want to import them into a blog, go to "Import Past Photos".
Your travel bucket is like a notepad of places around the world. Use it to keep track of places you're thinking of visiting or to help you plan your trip.
You can keep notes for each place and change the order to help your visualize your route.
When you have a specific plan, you can easily add the places from your bucket to your travel blog.
You get to your travel bucket from "Blogs" on the bottom tab bar.
Connecting to Other Sites
You can log in to Jauntlet through Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram or Twitter. You can even add multiple sites to the same account. Go to "Edit My Info" then "Connections to Other Sites" and log in to the sites you want associated with your account. If you are logging in with a different account than you want, disconnect, go directly to Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram or Twitter and log out there, then come back to Jauntlet on reconnect.
You can explore popular travel destination and blogs created on Jauntlet from the "Explore" tab on the bottom.
You can explore popular travel destination and blogs created on Jauntlet from Explore Journeys and Destinations.
From a profile, you can click to "Follow" that person. You will now have them in your friends list.
From a profile, you can click to "Message" that person. Enter your message and send.
You can see a list of all your messages from "More" on the bottom tab bar.
You can see a list of all your messages from "Message" in the top menu.
Messages are always one-to-one. Please be respectful with your communications.
From a profile, you can click to "Block" that person. They will not be able to see most of your profile or message you.
Look for this button on various pages to get relevant help:
If you need more help, post a comment below or email info AT jauntlet DOT com.