January 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Google Maps Tricks
Dave Dean over at TooManyAdapters.com has “uncovered thirteen of the most useful Google Maps tricks and secrets for travelers. Theyâ€™ll save you time, money and energy, help find places you didnâ€™t even know existed, keep a journal of your entire trip, and a whole bunch more. Enjoy!”
A big Thank-You to Dick Jordan at Tales Told from the Road for his article about how to get landline messages on your smartphone.
Callersmart offers a directory of international country codes and ISO codes for calling and texting internationally. The company offers a reverse lookup phone book app. The website also provides phone scam alerts and videos of famous songs featuring phone numbers, including the 80s classic “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone, embedded here for your listening pleasure:
November 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment
Users select one of 64 languages supported by Google Translate that they’d like to learn, as well as the level of immersion they need, from “novice” to “fluent.”
The extension then translates random words on whatever you’re reading online into the foreign language. (You can click on the translated words to put them back into your native language.) If you roll over the translated words, you can hear them pronounced by a native speaker.
Oh gosh; calling while traveling gets more complicated all the time. Here are a couple of places you can learn more:
- New York Times article comparing cell phone plans for traveling abroad. (June, 2015)
- Fodor’s Roundup of overseas cell phone plan options, or: To SIM or not to SIM? (June, 2015, with plenty of reader comments.)
Thinking of trading homes with someone in another country? It’s a good way to save money when you’re traveling, and Bradley Charbonneau over at Repossible.com has done it enough that he’s learned the ropes. The image used here is from Bradley’s post How We Stayed in an $8,400 Villa in the South of France for Free. Find that and more in his Home Exchange series.
xxxHere’s a glimpse into one of my guilty obsessions: If only I had the perfect travel wardrobe (my thinking goes), trips would be more … well … actually, they’re already pretty terrific. Every time. Nevertheless, I am sure they would somehow be better if I had The Perfect Travel Wardrobe. Here Kimberly Genschmer Vital Brasil (yes, that’s one person, and she has a wonderful sense of style) has done all the requisite research, and provides travel wardrobe ideas for everything from Santa Cruz to a Mediterranean Cruise. Go ahead and click on through. How can you not want to know how to pack for Paris in the winter with just a carry-on?
xxxThis linked article on Moneyning explains that Best Western,Â Hyatt, Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise all offer discounts or perks for Costco members.
Find out why flying from San Francisco to Dublin, Ireland is easier than ever. I visit with Dave Cooney and Helen Maguire aboutÂ Aer Lingus’ new daily nonstop service from SFO to DUB, comfy lie-flat seats in business class, vacation packages, and an expedited reentry arrangement with U.S. Customs.
While the daily nonstop service and lie-flat seats are impressive, I personally am not likely to take advantage of the added convenience they offer…
But I’m all over the expedited reentry,
Here’s CNN’s list of 9 apps every business traveler needs. It includes such entries as the handy Mynd Calendar, a free iPhone app that syncs with real-time traffic data to calculate drive times. Also on the list: the very scary Refresh, also free, which pulls info from various social media sites to provide tidbits about colleagues, such as whether they recently took a big trip or bought a new car.
Here’s a list of favorite travel resources from Michelle Peng at Educatorlabs, a group of volunteer web resource curators specializing in education.
Find a Doctor While Traveling in the U.S.
UN Women â€” dedicated to gender equality
Air Travel Tips â€” from the U.S. DoT
The International Travel Writers Alliance provides its August, 2014 list of more than 100 essential travel apps (PDF), which help users do everything from finding vegan restaurants to organizing contact information to detecting the UV rating of your current location and reminding you to reapply sunscreen.
August 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment
After Yahoo Travel author Lisa McElroy accidentally flushed her keys down the toilet during a bathroom break on a cross-country trip, she asked two travel experts for their tips on “the best ways to cope should you ever lose your keys, your passport, your luggage, your wallet, your meds, or your phone.”Â The article is here.
“You would love to remember every second of your spring picnics and friend filled adventures, but your old diary is full of unicorn stickers and your cursive handwriting has really gone downhill since 5th grade.
“The Narrative Clip camera is the photographic memory you’ve always wanted! It automatically snaps a pic every 30 seconds, then gathers them up so you can look back over the day’s adventures.
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From National Geographic: “Have you ever wanted to explore uncharted territory, forge a new path, or show the world something completely original? This is your chance! We are excited to announce Expedition Granted, a nationwide competition to discover the next generation of explorers and award one person a $50,000 prize to fund the expedition of their dreams.
“Exploration isn’t just for mountain climbers and photographers. The explorers of the 21st century are musicians and makers, techies and tinkerers, the curious and the courageousâ€”anyone with a big idea and the drive to make it a reality. And that means you. What will you explore?”
Whether they’re attempting to save energy or freeze you out, hotel room thermostats rarely achieve the ideal temperature. Here’s how to hack your way to comfort using the VIP or Bypass mode.
February 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment
Here’s Lifehacker’s most recent article about keeping your laptop (computer) safe while you’re traveling. It includes ideas for both physical and software security, and even has a surprisingly effective tip for using glittery nail polish, suggested by a pair of security researchers at the Chaos Communication Congress and based on a technique astronomers use called blink comparison.
And speaking of used suitcases, if you’re flying on a small airline (Vim Airlines? Malmo Aviation? Sata Air? Anyone?) and need to check on missing baggage, you’ll probably find the appropriate link on this Airline Baggage Links site from Travelport.
January 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment
Ever find yourself traveling without a corkscrew (it’s happened to the best of us) and craving a gulp of the grape? Here’s an easy solution from Mirabeau wines.
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Win a trip to Morocco: Enter now and “you can win a 5-Night Hotel Accommodation for Two at the La Mamounia Hotel, Royal Air Maroc Round-Trip Airfare for Two, a Private Tour led by Indagare, plus a $3,000 L-atitude.com Shopping Spree!”
Contest entry deadline is Thursday, December 19th. All they want is your email address.
“If you’ve ever been in the middle seat in an airplane, and nearly had your earbuds yanked out when your headphone cords get snagged by a neighbor, or if you just want to get control of those swinging wires while walking with bags in your hands, then the clever Klingg magnetic cord holder is a handy accessory….” Here’s the rest of Bill Fink’s review of the Klingg Earphone Magnet on SF Gate.
Another gift idea for the person who has everything: citizenship in another country: “Countries donâ€™t like to trumpet it, but itâ€™s often possible for wealthy people in need of strategic re-location from troubled countries, or just trying to lower their tax bill, to purchase residency or even citizenship by investing in the country.”
Travel writer Andrea Granahan’s blog includes accounts of rounding Cape Horn, learning temple values in a Balinese banjar (“Laughter is also considered an offering to the gods and most of the dramas included bawdy humor to provoke it.”), and tips for making long-distance traveling more comfortable.
“Onefinestay gives you the chance to stay in an unhotelâ€”someoneâ€™s place while theyâ€™re out of town. You get to live their life for a few days and nights. See what theyâ€™d see and, if you like, do what theyâ€™d do.
“You get all the advantages of a hotel, like the nice smelly stuff in small bottles. And with none of the downsides, like somebody bothering you at 8.53 a.m. to fold your toilet paper into a triangle.
“Weâ€™ve sifted through some of the most decadent, elegant, quirky and surprising houses and apartments,