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August 3, 2008 | Jen Leo
If reading a guidebook to find the trendiest restaurants and nightclubs is too archaic for you, Thrillist.com can help you maintain your hipster image. What's hot: Getting its free daily e-mail newsletter and feeling cooler every time you read it. Even better: taking your friends to the latest happening sushi joint in L.A. Thrillist has city-specific information on what to do and what to buy in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Boston. Las Vegas gets a weekly mention.
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August 17, 2008 | Jen Leo
Kayak.com, the travel website aggregator, has a new gas calculator in its car rental section so travelers can figure out the total cost of renting a car, not just the daily rates. What's hot: Kayak's Fuel Cost Calculator considers a vehicle's mileage by using data from its manufacturer and info from FuelEconomy.gov. Input the miles you think you'll drive each day and it adjusts the cost of the daily rate in the search result.
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October 12, 2008 | Jen Leo
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.
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May 2, 2010 | By Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times
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.
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August 31, 2008 | Jen Leo
The map-centric HappyMedian.com, recently listed in PC Magazine's "Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites," plots destinations for friends in various locations to meet, whether they're angling for a restaurant, coffeehouse, movie theater or other venue. What's hot: In trying to find a middle ground, users can enter up to four addresses, and they'll get more than one destination in the search results. Locals and travelers who know the area can quickly decide among towns and then flip among types of meeting spots from a pull-down menu.
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October 25, 2010
TrimbleOutdoors.com is an online mobile trip-planning tool for outdoors lovers. Never heard of the company? Trimble has been in the GPS business since 1978. What's hot: A massive network of hiking and bicycling recommendations. Use your GPS-enabled smart phone to find great trails, geo-cache or manage your workout performance. From the website, you can find detailed trips shared by other adventurers. Or you can create your own, whether you're up for a run, a hike or a day of mountain or road cycling.
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July 20, 2008 | Jen Leo
Your dream of getting the exact hotel room you want has nearly come true. Cross your fingers and hope the other guests checking in ahead of you haven't used TripKick.com. What's hot: Trip Kick does for hotels what Seat Guru did for finding the best seats on planes. You can find out which rooms have the best views or greatest bathrooms, which room numbers you need to request to get an oversized corner room and -- most important -- which room numbers you want to avoid and why.
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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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