May 19, 2012 |
SAN JOSE — Wondering where to go on vacation this year, and what to do? A growing number of "social travel" start-ups offer alternatives to the trusty, dusty guidebook. Sites like Twigmore and Triptrotting help you troll your social networks for friends who have friends in new places, then hit those people up for advice from a local's perspective — or arrange meet-ups when you get there. Another new site, Trippy, helps you keep track of all those interesting places you've come across on the Web while researching travel destinations.
November 13, 2011
I appreciated "Not on Board" by Catharine Hamm [On the Spot, Nov. 6] about smartcard credit cards. I am one of those European Union travelers who wrote letters to credit card companies. At best, not having a smartcard is awkward for travelers from the U.S. At worst, it is dangerous being caught in a foreign country with no cash. I travel to the EU a few times a year for extended stays. The situation is getting worse. More and more, places are shaking their fingers at my American Express, and ATMs are accepting European Union cards.
October 16, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO EL PASO From LAX, nonstop service to El Paso is offered on American, United and Southwest, direct service (stop, no change of plane) on Southwest, and connecting service (change of plane) on Southwest, US Airways, American, United and Continental. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $182. TO LEARN MORE University of Texas El Paso, http://www.utep.edu ; http://www.admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=53233 ; libraryweb.utep.edu/about El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau, http://www.visitelpaso.com
July 31, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO WACO, TEXAS From LAX, American and Continental offer connecting service (change of plane) to Waco. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $424. The Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, 300 S. 5th St., Waco; (254) 757-1025, http://www.drpeppermuseum.com . Open seven days a week. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children and students. Special guided tours, including one in which visitors can concoct their own soft-drink flavors, are also available.
March 6, 2011
The "Travel Checklist" in your ultimate travel guide ["Trip Tips? In the Bag," Feb. 27] was great, but you may want to suggest including electrical adapters (plugs) for countries where travelers want to use or recharge their electronics. There are various websites with this invaluable info. You might also suggest that they bring electronics that can accept 120-volt and 240-volt inputs or take a transformer. Good job! Lew Bird Huntington Beach This is not a great, sexy or even fun travel tip, but it could save your life, if not a whole lot of trouble, in an emergency.