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April Fool 2005/2006 - Slow Travel Tours & Slow Travel Villas
In the four years of running the Slow Travel Message Board we have never done anything fun for April Fool. But April Fool 2005 changed that!!
April Fools 2005 - Slow Travel Tours
Back in January, the message board moderators decided to create a joke website offering guided tours of Italy and Europe. Slow Travel Tours was born!! (Note: This is a joke website!!) We all came up with different tour and website ideas.
Our Joke website, April 1, 2005, Slow Travel Tours
We started April Fool the night before, on March 31. I started to post about our new "commercial venture" and other moderators edited my posts with "commercial content removed", just list we do when businesses post on the site. That was pretty funny as we had a mock battle between the moderators with me posting, them editing, then closing threads.
Then around 11pm, I did the official announcement of the Slow Travel Tours site. I had hoped that everyone would click the "Sign Up Now" button, because that went to an April Fool page with a link to a hidden thread on the message board. But I did not design the site well enough and people started posting on the regular board, so the joke was out pretty fast.
It was great fun and lots of people read our joke site and filled out our "Trip Generator" form .
April Fools 2006 - Slow Travel Villas
Another great April Fool, but this time with a fictitious vacation rental agency!
Our Joke website, April 1, 2006, Slow Travel Tours
Some of the things I added to the Joke website
These are some of the small touches that I thought were pretty funny. :)
What will happen to the site?
I will keep the site going and I would like to add more things to it. Maybe other Slow Travelers would like to write up some joke tours? Contact me.
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