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September 13, 2009 | Jen Leo
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.
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September 14, 2008 | Jen Leo
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.
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October 25, 2009 | Jen Leo
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.
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November 23, 2008 | Jen Leo
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.
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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.
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August 30, 2009 | Jen Leo
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.
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March 4, 2012
Now that cruising is undergoing great post-Concordia scrutiny, this new website shines like a beacon. Name: http://www.CruiseWise.com What it does: Gives the independent traveler more power to book a cruise online. If you like what Hipmunk has done for flight search, you will love what CruiseWise will do for cruises. What's hot: It's all about the visual map. Select your destination, departure port and dates, then watch as your search results appear on a map on your screen.
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December 11, 2011
Hmm … which do I like more: discounted ski tickets or buying them in advance online? Name: http://www.liftopia.com What it does: Aggregates ski resort deals and discounts, then lets you search by dates and regions. Expect to find ski resorts from Alaska to Austria. What's hot: This site is great for occasional skiers and snowboarders who don't have season passes and are willing to try different resorts if they find the right deals. Note that the discounts go beyond cheaper lift tickets.
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October 18, 2009 | Jen Leo
The spotlight is on Rio de Janeiro now that it's been chosen as the host city for the 2016 Summer Games. If you are researching a trip to Brazil, don't miss Hiddenpousadasbrazil.com, an accommodations eye-opener that will inspire you to trade your hotel for an eco-trip, farm stay or hideaway in a colonial mansion overlooking the ocean. What's hot: If you know nothing about Brazil, HiddenPousadasBrazil will at the very least tell you what a pousada is (a place to stay)
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