October 12, 2008 |
If eco-trips make you feel like a more responsible traveler, wait until you try sustainable travel. WholeTravel.com, still in beta, expands on the notion of caring about the environment and wildlife by listing accommodations that also interact with nearby communities, support the local culture and make efforts to educate customers about sustainability.
May 2, 2010 |
If you're packing for a trip, save yourself a headache or two and visit Pitstopsforkids.com before you zip up that last bag and throw it in the car. What's hot: This travel resource is written for parents by parents, because who knows better than a parent when a kid's naughty alter ego might emerge? Pit Stops for Kids is not just for road trips. The site reviews airport play spaces, parks besides and kid-friendly motels and restaurants you would encounter on the interstate.
September 13, 2009 |
TripSay.com is a fun tool that lets you rate destinations around the world, then offers trip suggestions based on the places that like-minded travelers enjoyed. What's hot: I loved getting travel recommendations for cities I've never heard of in countries I've yet to visit. To make TripSay work for you, just start marking places you loved or hated, click "proceed" and it will match you up with travelers who have similar tastes. You also get a list of top 5 destinations that are a good fit and three places to avoid.
September 14, 2008 |
If you keep the details of your frequent-flier programs in an e-mail at the bottom of your inbox, don't feel bad. It's not as though those numbers roll off the tip of your brain. But if you can, dig them up, just this once, and put them in Placely.com for a consolidated home that's easy to access. What's hot: Placely is a travel social networking site first, but my favorite thing about the site is its ability to house all your frequent-flier log-ins and passwords in one place. It has 26 domestic and international programs available for tracking.
August 23, 2009 |
Practical Travel Gear speaks to the evolving needs of business travelers, parents, adventure enthusiasts and those who try to pack their bags lighter than they did the last time. What's hot: A shiny new makeover breathes life into the 4-year-old travel gear blog started by veteran travel writer Tim Leffel. The key difference: Practical Travel Gear is now written by three travelers who bring personal insight to reviews, whether it's a family-friendly iPhone app that turns digital photos into postcards or a handy cellphone power extender.
October 25, 2009 |
This is not your average online news aggregator. Eugen Beer handpicks timely, travel-related news articles from a variety of well-respected media sources and highlights them on one page at the website 27Clouds. What's hot: The front page of 27Clouds engages readers with travel news headlines, corresponding photos and links to travel news articles from big media players such as NPR, the Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald and more.
November 23, 2008 |
Look out, Rentalo. HomeAway.com is taking over the online vacation home rental market. A new round of $250 million in financing and the acquisition of 11 vacation rental websites make it a serious competitor. For those who haven't been to the site -- it's attractive, has more than 120,000 listings and is user-friendly to boot. What's hot: The "Travel Deals" section is a natural magnet for travelers.
March 7, 2010
If you're a do-it-yourself traveler who prefers unusual activities, Ooh.com offers fresh inspiration with ideas as varied as classes, day trips and adventure tours. What's hot: When I surfed the U.S. section of Ooh, I found trips or classes I wouldn't have thought to look for — such as a fishing trip to catch and release giant mako sharks in Southern California or a food forage tour to learn about edible plants in New York. Click on "Find Things to Do" to see all the categories they have on a map – or "Inspire Me" to see a list of categories you might not have considered, such as cheese tasting or a trip involving paranormal activity in Britain.
August 30, 2009 |
Photosynth is a digital Rumpelstiltskin -- spinning an ordinary bunch of photos into a golden "synth" of cinematic art in 3-D. What's hot: Seeing the intimate details of a particular place, item or person's space at a particular point in time. Trusting your creative side, use the search box to roam the globe for synths from a destination or topic you already know you love. First-timers might want to check out the "greatest hits," where I found the Great Pyramid of Giza and Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic.