Good time to review a few projects I’m associated with or working on now, and thank folks (esp. FoolsGold) for the many excellent suggestions provided over the years to improve the websites.
Over at the Online Highways empire we’re working on a mobile application for travel along the Oregon Coast that will be located at OHWY.mobi and will feature a very simple mobile optimized architecture that branches out to Coastal Cites, Coastal Lodging, Coastal Attractions, and more. I’m still not convinced that .mobi websites will take off as much as many believe they will because I think smartphones will get better fast and we’ll see a lot more optimization on the fly for regular websites, but it’s a good base to cover. I’ll be trying out the dot mobi “mobi translation” routine soon which will allow me to create some .mobi sites from my Airports and Airlines information at QuickAid.com Airport Directory and and the Airport City Codes site.
Meanwhile, after failing for a very long time to find a good and inexpensive Drupal developer to finish Retire USA, a Retirement Information Database, website, blog, and more including the most followed Retirement related account on Twitter. I’m taking it on myself as an HTML project. I’ll be extracting the Drupal data to a regular database we can enhance over time, and then use HTML templates and a merge routine to get a site that will look a lot like the Drupal site we had planned. I could be wrong but I think I’ll have a simpler and faster site with almost the same functionality as Drupal.
MedicalTraveling.net is another new blog that will have a database of high quality hospitals around the world that do procedures, operations, exams, etc for lower costs than here in the great old USA. Medical Travel and Medical Tourism articles and news will also be featured.
But wait…… there’s MORE!
Drama here at the mini web empire over the past few days. I was critical of Godaddy for taking down several of my sites after an advertising traffic surge of about 9800 unique visits to the new medical tourism blog MedicalTraveling.net put a strain on the shared server. After the blog post / tweet and intervention by CEO Bob Parsons my issues were very quickly resolved and now I’m on a much better server setup that should be able to better handle the high traffic I expect at that blog.
Still trying to figure out why it took Dr. Bob’s clout to resolve this. The tech folks I talk with at Godaddy are usually very capable and attentive, yet two of them had insisted to me there was no way to expedite things after what they seemed to believe was a “network violation” caused by the traffic surge to the new blog. Uptime was particularly important to me on my new Medical Tourism blog because it’s being reviewed by Thai tourism as my entry in their Medical Tourism blogging contest where finalists will be flown to Thailand for an introduction to the country and to their very advanced medical tourism infrastructure.
So … we’ll see if there is a happy ending to another installment in the great lifetime blogging adventure, and I do want to thank Godaddy for coming through with a fast fix after the initial frustrations of having sites taken down.
Medical Tourism – where folks travel to other countries to obtain medical care – has always intrigued me both as an economic and travel subject. I’ve generally heard glowing reports about folks who have travelled to Thailand for procedures like lasik and colonoscopies which are done there for a fraction of US costs in hospitals that are like resort hotels. As US health costs continue to skyrocket and continue to be far more than the cost of comparable care in other countries, the idea of combining fun and health becomes more and more appealing. I’m even considering this idea for my trip to Vietnam in January.
Surprising to me was this report about the Medical Travel Industry which suggested how common it is for folks to travel to the USA for care. The report also suggested that currently there may be some exaggeration of the number of people travelling overseas for care since some statistics include emergency and expatriat care in foreign hospitals.
Thanks to a blogging contest sponsored by the good folks at the Tourism Authority of Thailand I’m going to put some time into this topic, hoping to get better informed and maybe even be chosen to participate in the “fam tour” where bloggers will travel to Thailand to see several cities and facilities that represent this new and rapidly growing approach to medical care.
I’m starting a new page called “Medical Tourism” and will be adding to that content over the next few months.
Update: Who needs a page when you can start a NEW Medical Tourism blog? I’ve done that here.