August 17, 2008 |
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.
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.
August 31, 2008 |
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.
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.
October 5, 2008 |
Birders rejoice. BirdPost.com is a new website that unites birders the world over. Keep track of birds you've spotted and view Google satellite maps to discover what types of birds you may see on your next trip. What's hot: Even though this is a niche website, it doesn't feel like a clique. Even non-bird enthusiasts like me can participate.
December 25, 2011
Pay for coupons? Sure, for a fiver it's fine - if you'll use them. Name: http://www.whereyatravelin.com What it does: It's a new deal platform that lets you choose five restaurant, activity and/or tour coupons for Hawaii, San Francisco and Seattle for a $5 fee. What's hot: It's terrific for those who buy entertainment coupon books. The deals are similar, with $5, $7, $10 or 15% savings. Keep an eye on it - you could find some deals worthy of your Abraham Lincoln.
July 20, 2008 |
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.
March 13, 2011
A new audio-themed website that archives location-based content and makes it easy for you to share it with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Name: Broadcastr.com Available for: website; iPhone and Android app coming soon. What it does: Provides an audio platform for users to record and tell (or simply listen to) short stories. Search for tips and tales pertaining to a specific location, or scroll through a long list of topic categories such as history, love, family, funny, architecture and more.