November 13, 2011
Do you scour the Internet looking for car rental deals, only to spend time idling your engine and wondering whether you could have found a better price if you had waited a bit longer? Name: AutoSlash.com What it does: After you book your car rental with AutoSlash, it continues to look for a better deal for you. Every day. Four times a day. If it finds the same type of car, on the same dates and at the same location - for a cheaper price - it will rebook you at the lower rate.
November 27, 2011
Plan your next vacation as if you were designing a feature story in a glossy travel magazine. Name: Travel by Handstand Available for: iPad What it does: The app highlights travel destinations with original content, photos, advice and curated news features from around the Web. Cost : Free. What's hot: I love the drag-and-drop layout for customizing your journey. Go to "hst journeys," create a new journey, then insert maps, notes and photos.
November 22, 2009
You share travel tips with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and other social media sites, but what if your reviews read like a magazine article's list of best places? Nextstop.com is an online travel cafe where visitors can get good advice without amassing hundreds of friends or followers. What's hot: It's very visual. You have the immediate gratification of photos and short reasons why a particular restaurant, hotel, shop or attraction is worth checking out. If you're the one recommending a travel gem, Nextstop makes it easy to build a guide.
December 13, 2009
Are you buying a gift for a traveler who has everything or wants nothing? Step away from the neck pillow and look for something fun, unusual and/or handcrafted at UncommonGoods.com. What's hot: Once someone is labeled a traveler, that person inevitably gets gifts that are never used. Spare your traveling friends (or yourself) and head to UncommonGoods.com's Travel section for gifts that are both humorous and handy. I found pop-up towelettes ($12), a solar-powered backpack ($230)
October 19, 2008 |
Don't you hate it when travel gets in the way of watching the big game? You can liven up any trip with SportsFanLive.com, a website that helps you meet up with other fans who are excited about watching the same game. What's hot: I was immediately drawn to the FanFinder. Here's how it works: Enter your favorite team, date and the ZIP Code you'll be traveling to, and a Google map displays sports bars that will be showing your game. I swapped "pizza" for "sports bar" and found new results.
August 10, 2008 |
It's easy for kids to get caught up in the excitement and fervor of the Olympics, which began Friday. But what's the best way for parents to tie in some educational travel elements about China while they're stuck to the boob tube? National Geographic Kids ( www.kids.nationalgeographic.com) has a "Kids-Eye View of Beijing" for the Olympics. What's hot: David, a 12-year-old American who lives in Beijing, is blogging at least twice a week.
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.
March 29, 2009 |
There's a budding travel giveaway trend on Twitter.com. The micro-blogging tool on which users send messages, or "tweets," of 140 characters at a time to their followers has become a hot networking tool for the Web-savvy travel community. What's hot: Airlines and hotels reach out to their customers and offer personal service and tips, travel bloggers befriend and keep tabs on colleagues -- even convention and visitors bureaus have joined the Twittersphere to stay connected.
August 3, 2008 |
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.