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October 19, 2008 | Jen Leo
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.
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August 10, 2008 | Jen Leo
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.
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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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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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