If you got an email saying you'd received a message on Travel Buddies but logged in to find it wasn't there it's likely you were contacted by someone sending spam. The user's spammy emails would have been reported by another user, we'd have performed our investigations and the spamming user would have been deleted along with all the spam emails they sent.
Yes, Travel Buddies is completely free! It's free to signup and free to contact other members.The registration process only takes a few seconds, or even less if you register via Facebook.
The Public Wall is for posting general questions, sharing travel advice and seeing what's going on with the rest of the Travel Buddies on the site. The wall is public, but only members can post. This means your requests for information get public exposure without the wall being spammed.
If no one registers how would you contact each other without publicly posting everything? How would you stop people that spam?
Travel Buddies uses a very simple registration process to get just the basics - a username, email address and password. We don't display your email on your profile and we don't sell any information.
Users get in touch via internal messaging, we use your email to confirm your registration and alert you of new messages.
We've created our very own email system, accessed from the "Inbox" button on your profile.
Having a purpose built email system serves two primary purposes: Firstly, we can configure how the message is shown, allowing us to show you the users profile picture which can be clicked to take you to the user's profile.
Secondly, it allows us to very effectively combat spam. As emails are stored in the database, it allows any reported emails to be checked for spam. Not only that, but as all emails sent are directly linked to the sending users profile, they only remain while that user is active.
It basically means if a spammer joins the site and sends 50 spam emails, we can simply delete their profile and all their sent emails vanish with them.
You add Travel Plans to your profile so other people can see where you're going. This is a pretty essential part of the site, but it's still possible to use Travel Buddies without entering these details (ie: if you're still planning your trip).
When you or other users search for a Travel Buddy, it's these details that are searched through, so if you haven't entered your Travel Plans yet, you won't show up in these searches.
Add your Travel Plans one stage at a time. So if you're doing a tour of Asia and going to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia add each one of those countries individually.
This allows you to enter all the details for each trip: vacinations / visa's required for each country, the activities you can do but most importantly how long you will be in each place.
A 6 month tour of 5 countries can't show where you'll be on what date unless each country is entered individually.
We're used in over 130 countries worldwide by all kinds of travellers, from people looking at short breaks away to scuba divers and backpackers off around the world.
Absolutely! We greatly appreciate any help you, the travelling community, can offer. If you've been somewhere you really enjoyed why not write about it? Just take a look at our Travel Writers wanted section.
Just hit the "Report as SPAM" button on the message. This sends us a notification telling us who has been reported and the message ID, we can then go and check the message. Users who send spam will have their profiles and all sent emails deleted without warning.
Travel Buddies prides itself on being a free social network of travellers looking to connect. Users who upload clearly fake profile pictures will have them reset.
The about me section is as it sounds, a section to write about yourself. Filling out this section promoting a company, product or service will end with that section being reset, though you're welcome to enter your company web address as your website link.
If you're looking to advertise on Travel Buddies click the link to find out more.
If you find your profile has been deleted it will usually be because your profile was full of invalid content, left blank for a period of time or that you were spamming other users.
If you'd like to close your account just click on Edit Profile on your profile page, then click My Account, you'll find the option to close your account from there. All your photos and all sent messages will be deleted.
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