It’s very addictive. A popular discovery engine that’s been going for a decade now, it has over 25 million members registered. It works like a web search engine to find and suggest websites that are tailored to your specific interests. You can also rate the web pages and define pretty well what you want to see.
Things you’ll need
To use Stumble Upon, you need web access, preferably with a high-speed cable; Mozilla Firefox web-browser and then after installation, the “StumbleUpon Toolbar add-on for Mozilla Firefox”; a Stumbleupon.com account and username; a Facebook account is optional but makes signing-up easier and helps show your friends what you like and gets their views on the sites you like.
You can join for free by going to www.stumbleupon.com. Once you’re registered, you can select your areas of interest. By entering ‘travel’ in ‘Explore an interest’, this will bring up suggestions for travel-related topics.
The “Stumble” button takes you from page to page. You can select a category from a drop-down menu to choose certain topics.
Accessing travel websites
Hit the ‘Follow’ button on http://www.stumbleupon.com/interest/travel to access travel related websites. You will see a comprehensive list (which is being updated all the time). This is a quick and easy way to scan the sites that come recommended. You also have an option to select to just see videos too.
Every time you click “Stumble”, you get shown the way to access user rated websites rather than relying on any artificial algorithm search results like Google would serve up to you. You can refine the “Stumble” button by searching for any keyword that is relevant to what you’re looking for. Click the button “Stumble pages about this” to get keyword related searches.
In the search box, typing in ‘travel articles’ will produce a stream of websites that might be of interest.
One of the useful websites suggested by StumbleUpon is ‘The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet’ which leads you to other sites.
Be aware that you might run a risk of finding a virus-laden page. Make sure you always keep updating in real-time your virus-protection software. From time to time it’s a very good idea to clear out Internet Cookies to free up space which you can do by using CCleaner that can be downloaded from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner.
Be careful not to get too carried away! Once you start, you’ll see how easy it is for the hours to pass as StumbleUpon is a really great way to find websites that you might otherwise miss. Don’t forget to sign up to receive their weekly emails that notify about interesting sites that are based on specified viewing habits and your current categories.