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A Tiny Cruise Line With A Big Impact

A Tiny Cruise Line With A Big Impact Like them or hate them, travelers have heard of cruise lines that travel around the world on city-like ships, ply the rivers of Europe or sail from convenient home ports around North America. Some have ships designed to be destinations in and of themselves, while others have...

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea When we review travel apps that actually do something, they often tap crowd-sourced information that is as rich (or not) as the number of users who have contributed their opinions or reviews. GPS-based travel apps take existing technology and manipulate it in one way or...

Travel Credit Cards Promise Savings, But At What Cost?

Travel Credit Cards Promise Savings, But At What Cost? Travel Credit cards that offer a sign-up bonus or cash back, or accumulate points that can be translated into savings on travel are surely worth a look. If just changing from one card to another will bring free flights, hotel stays, car rentals or funds to buy gear, why...

Nature Valley Trail View Adds Sequoia National Park To Virtual Hikes

Nature Valley Trail View Adds Sequoia National Park To Virtual Hikes In March of last year, Nature Valley launched their Trail View website, giving deskbound outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to take a virtual hike through three of the most popular national parks in the U.S. The website employed technology similar to Google's Street View to...

USA Today Enters the Travel-Guide Game

USA Today Enters the Travel-Guide Game With its signature bold visuals and mainstream sensibility, USA Today has entered the travel-planning arena. A new online-only series called Experience Travel launched last week, aggregating the media giant's deep bank of travel content into easy-to-use overviews of...

Drive Nacho Drive: Bloggers Navigate China By VW Bus And Kickstarter Campaign

Drive Nacho Drive: Bloggers Navigate China By VW Bus And Kickstarter Campaign We've heard of camping excursions and perhaps the occasional extended road trip in retrofitted buses, but what about an around-the-world adventure? That's exactly what's planned for Brad and Sheena Van Orden, an Arizona couple who has already trekked from the United States...

How To Spend Your Airport Delay: In-Airport Online Dating

How To Spend Your Airport Delay: In-Airport Online Dating In today's digital age, online dating is almost commonplace. Match.com even purports that one in five relationships now begin online. But what about meeting someone in the airport? Sure, we've seen "Up In The Air" and know that some trashy women and men avid travel...

National Park App Maker Back With Better, Free Offer

National Park App Maker Back With Better, Free Offer Last year, in celebration of National Park Week, Chimani Apps gave away their suite of National Park apps. Normally, the apps sell for between $4.99-$9.99 each with an average rating of 4 1/2 stars, but the company gave away one million downloads. Now, Chimani is back with...

Memorial Day Travel Ideas: Consider The Source, No Cheating

Memorial Day Travel Ideas: Consider The Source, No Cheating Memorial Day weekend begins Friday, May 24, and marks the start of the summer travel season. One of the most popular times of the year to travel, finding a destination that fulfills our three-day weekend dreams can take some work. Considering a visit to the Upper East Coast?...

New Quantum Of The Seas Cruise Ship Is A Quantum Leap Forward

New Quantum Of The Seas Cruise Ship Is A Quantum Leap Forward When Royal Caribbean International debuted their Oasis-class ships, complete with dual Flow-rider surf simulators, a zip-line across the deck and a host of other over-the-top features, they created an at-sea travel experience like no other. As the world's largest cruise...

Jetsetter Purchased By TripAdvisor, What Does This Mean For Flash Sales And Travel?

Jetsetter Purchased By TripAdvisor, What Does This Mean For Flash Sales And Travel? Flash sale site Gilt Groupe has unloaded its lagging travel brand Jetsetter, which was quickly snapped up by TripAdvisor, news outlets reported this week. Despite offering a well-respected reputation in the industry for decent flash sale deals for consumers interested in...

Hyperlapse Tool Takes Google Street View To A Whole New Level

Google Street View was a boon to desk- and couch-bound wanderers when it debuted back in 2007, but even the most fervent Street View explorers would agree that the endless clicking is a bit of a chore. Enter a free online tool that uses Street View images to create...

Saving On Travel: New Reasons To Use A Travel Agent, Wisely

Saving On Travel: New Reasons To Use A Travel Agent, Wisely We have debated the notion of using a travel agent in a number of ways here over the years. The general consensus of opinion verifies some of the strategies you may very well use to book airline tickets, rental cars, hotel rooms and more. But a recent move by a major...

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map When it comes to planning my next trip, a pretty photo only inspires me half as much as a good map. I'm particularly partial to UNESCO's interactive World Heritage List map, which I spend more time clicking on than I'd care to admit. The map identifies the List's 962...

Arthur Frommer Will Again Publish Guidebooks

Arthur Frommer Will Again Publish Guidebooks Last week, I wrote a lengthy tribute to guidebooks and the sad news that Frommer's guidebooks would cease publication, and many readers here and on Twitter shared in my grief. Well, it's time to remove the black armbands, because Arthur and his trusty guides are back! Don't...

Photo Of The Day: Plane's Wing In The Air

Photo Of The Day: Plane's Wing In The Air OK, so it may be one of the ultimate Instagram cliches. But sometimes, the right plane wing set against the right sky can really make you appreciate the joy of travel. Take this mobile photograph from Instagram user beriggio, taken from an airplane window at sunrise....

A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks

A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks It was with a heavy heart that I read the news last week that Frommer's guidebooks will cease to be printed. The guidebooks were purchased by Google last summer, and as of this year, the entire future list of titles will not be released. With the takeover of digital apps,...

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots If you are traveling in a big city and want restaurant recommendations, it can be overwhelming to turn to online review sites like Trip Advisor or Yelp that list hundreds of places, many of which are irrelevant to your tastes and preferences. A new website launches today,...

Venice Landmarks Are Just Steps Away From Restored Hotel

Venice Landmarks Are Just Steps Away From Restored Hotel Travelers often associate famous destinations around the world with iconic landmarks. In Paris, it's the Eifel tower; Seattle has the space needle; New York has the Statue Of Liberty; and San Francisco is associated with the Golden Gate Bridge. Think "Venice" and the...

Use Your Smartphone Abroad As You Do At Home And Have No Surprises Later

Use Your Smartphone Abroad As You Do At Home And Have No Surprises Later While traveling to several destinations in Europe in the last few weeks, I bumped up my calling plan for a period of time. Adding global messaging and an international data plan helped with reducing possible overage charges but it didn't solve all of my problems. Often,...

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