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Thursday, March 29, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- Zillow.com


Zillow.com
This website is not really travel-related. However, it's cool to see the prices of real estate (including your own house) in any area. Warning: Not all areas are accurate.

Monday, March 26, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - OZOcar.com


ozocar.com If you care about the environment and are traveling between Manhattan and the city’s main airports, you can now use the nation’s first hybrid car service. OZO picks up passengers in either a Toyota Prius or RX Lexus. These hybrids emit up to 90% fewer emissions and use 70% less fuel than standard town cars. The trunk might not be as large, but there’s an iBook in every back seat (with high-speed internet and Sirius satellite radio). Rates to/from: LGA $45, JFK $65 Reservations: 866-696-5966.

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - jiwire.com

Jiwire.com I just realized I've never made jiwire.com website of the day. It's one of the first places I go when looking for a wireless signal. Just type in your destination (domestic or international — it serves almost 100 countries), then click on the more than 60,000 free and commercial hotspot locations. Find out the address, cost and provider.

Friday, March 23, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK - AtcMonitor.com

AtcMonitor.com In honor of passing through the world’s busiest airport a couple weeks ago, I'm linking a website that monitors the airspace around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Users can view current radar depicting the location of every plane, type of aircraft, and where it’s headed to or coming from.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - Festival Finders


Festival Finders: Want to know what’s going on in the USA? Europe? Or the rest of the world? This week three websites help you find out what's happening, when and where, to help you plan your vacation.
European Festivals Association The European Festivals Association (EFA) is an organization representing more than 100 quality festivals and 11 national festivals associations in 38 European and non-European countries. On this site you can find a general view in the Festival section. There is also a detailed, up-to-date list of thousands of events and performances in the Calendar section.
Festivals.com Festivals.com includes over 40,000 community events worldwide. They specialize in the U.S.
Whatsonwhen.com This is my favorite of the three. Whatsonwhen can help you find out the best events around the world!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A380 Makes a Big Impression in Los Angeles


Because of my emergency landing I missed QANTAS’ A380 party last night. To cover the historic landing we sent Marc Meredith into the field. Here’s his report:


Airbus' A380 jet landed this morning at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), it was the first ever visit to the west coast and as it touched down, another A380 was arriving in New York at JFK.


The plane was met by a huge crowd gathered on the north side of the airport. Visible while it was still more than a mile away, it grew larger by the second and came into full view just before set down, seemingly without effort. I was amazed at the plane's graceful landing and how quiet the engines were.


Immediately after arrival the A380 taxied to the south side of LAX for a private arrival ceremony though it was still visible from Imperial Highway. It ended its first day in Los Angeles by taxing to the Tom Bradley International Terminal where it will spend the night before departing tomorrow evening at approximately 7PM local time. Other news outlets have reported that its take off will be visiable from Dockweiler State Beach.


More than two years overdue to its "lauch" customers, which include QANTAS (the sponsor of LAX's plane), Lufthansa, Singapore and Malaysian Airlines, the A380 is a marvel to see. In a three class configuration it will seat approximately 555 passengers. Not since the introduction of Boeing's 747 series has a new "jumbo" jet made it into production.


The first commercial flights to Los Angeles are scheduled to begin in 2008.


By Marc Meredith who lives and works in Los Angeles. When he's not thinking about planes or the next place he wants to travel he's the Dean of Admissions at Otis College of Art and Design.

Monday, March 19, 2007

My second emergency landing in 8 days

Can you believe I had my second emergency landing in 8 days. How crazy is that? Listen to this crazy day: I left my hotel in Rio at 4pm yesterday. I was delayed 1.5 hours in the Rio airport due to weather in Sao Paulo. Flew to Sao Paulo to catch my flight to Miami. I then took the Tri-Rail to Fort Lauderdale Airport for a 2 pm departure to L.A. Took off on time and ten minutes later the captain made an announcement saying “we just ingested something and it’s messing up our instruments so we are going to need to divert to Miami!” What are the odds? I'm now staying in Florida for 2 nights

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - EarWormsLearning.com

EarWormslearning.com
Here’s a great way to learn German (or Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, Japanese -- and soon Portuguese). Ear Worms is a musical brain trainer that puts 200 essential foreign words and phrases to groovy music. The music helps you remember them better. It's like a commercial that implants itself in your head, except these are worth memorizing. You can buy the CDs for $30, or purchase a download ($18), which is both easier and cheaper (there is no shipping charge).

Friday, March 16, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - TravelKleen.com

TravelKleen.com

Have you ever taken your seat on a plane (or a train) and just before plopping your head back, you spot a long black hair dangling from the headrest? Yuck! It’s happened to me more than once – including in first class. Obviously, the airlines don’t change these covers for every flight because of their bottom-line budgets. So, if you want to be sure to keep your head sanitized from who knows what, you can now buy your own head covers. Travel Kleen sells these disposable headrest covers that easily attach to fabric, leather and synthetic materials without marring the surface and can be quickly removed for future use. They come two to a package, cost $9.95 and as a guerilla marketer myself, they make for fantastic promotional opportunities, as people/companies can brand them themselves!


Thursday, March 15, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - WorldAirlineAwards.com

WorldAirlineAwards.com
Skytrax' annual World Airline Survey, boasting over 13 million responses, measures 35 aspects of passenger satisfaction with airlines' products and service standards. It includes business and leisure travelers, in all airline cabin types.

Blame it on Rio

Sorry for missing a post - but a s you can tell from the picture I just arrived in Rio de Janeiro.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

SafeSkiesLocks.com

Worried about your belongings being stolen from your checked luggage? First, of course, you should never put anything valuable in checked luggage. But if you still want to feel secure, purchase a lock from Safe Skies. They're officially recognized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), so if screeners need to go through your bags they can open the locks without breaking them. After inspecting your bags, they can re-lock them. Safe Skies Locks come in a variety of shapes, designs and colors; prices start at $4.95 Now you have one less thing to worry about this holiday.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY- FreeConference.com

FreeConference.com
Here’s a great service for business travelers. I have been using this free service for over a year now and it occurred to me that others could benefit as well. All you have to do is sign up for an account – it’s free. Anytime you have a conference call with your colleagues (or friends), simply insert everyone’s email and a blast will be sent to notify them of the date and time, and request an RSVP (though RSVPing is not required). It’s an Iowan phone number, which is free for many U.S. telephone providers since they include long distance (it is for me since I use Vonage). If I’m abroad, I call in using Skype so it usually just costs a couple of cents a minute. The sound is crystal clear and the connection is secure and private. Up to 100 callers are allowed and the maximum time is 3 hours.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

I had a long day of flying yesterday. I will give you a hint to where I am-- I had to transfer planes in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Pictured).

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Emergency Landing In Tucson

I just arrived in South Florida. Thank God! I flew from LAX to FLL this morning at 7am (yes, it was really 6am). About an hour into the flight I heard a flight attendant say to another – do you smell something burning? Like “electrical?” Not the words you want to hear when you are 37,000 feet up. A minute later the pilot announced over the PA that since a few passengers smelled smoke we are going to divert to Tucson just to play it safe. That’s all he said and it was in a calm voice– as if we were driving down the road and got a flat tire. No one panicked. However, the next twenty minutes or so on descent everyone was calm and quiet as the plane made sharp turns. Then out of nowhere my knucklehead seatmate says to me “there goes our on time arrival”. I looked at him like he was an idiot and said – look buddy – all I want to do is arrive. We did and 7 fire trucks greeted our Boeing 757 American Airlines plane. Everything turned out to be fine and American did a great job getting us another 757 to us quickly. The whole ordeal just added 3 extra hours to the day and looking back it was a good experience but one I hope to never have again.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY --- U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Entry Requirements

Since I am going to be traveling all day Monday I will feature March 12th's “Website Of The Day” today. U.S. Det. of State’s Foreign Entry Requirements When I am preparing for travel to international destinations, one of the first websites I check out is the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Entry Requirements page. Although, it hasn’t been updated since December, 2005 (is that pathetic or what?) it still has a good listing of what’s required for U.S. citizens traveling to foreign countries for work or vacation. I also always check out the country’s embassy webpage as well, which is listed on this website. Be sure to find out what’s required well in advance because entry to some countries requires visas, immunizations, medical insurance, and/or your passport needs to be six months or more before its expiration.

Friday, March 09, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- FamilyWatchDog.us

Are you a planning to rent a house for a family vacation? Ever wonder what the neighborhood is like or, even worse, if there are any sex offenders living nearby? Well, thanks to FamilyWatchDog.us you can find out. All you have to do is enter an address and FamilyWatchDog shows registered sex offenders in detail, including the criminal’s mug shot, their address and a description of his or her crime. You have to love technology – except of course, if you’re a sex offender.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- PlaneSheets.com

It seems like these days everyone is paranoid about germs. I'm guilty too. When I enter a hotel room, the first thing I do is wipe down the TV remote control and door knobs with a disinfectant sheet. I do the same when I sit on a plane. One of my biggest fears while traveling is getting sick. Now there is a new product to help calm your fears: airline seat covers that are either disposable or machine-washable. God knows how many people sit in those seats before they clean them, and who knows what the heck people wipe on them (I'd rather not think about it). But if that does cross your mind and you want to stay fresh, get the new PlaneSheets. They come in a variety of designer prints and fabrics, and cost $12.99 for two. Just specify whether you want either a coach or first class seat. If you do try these out, please send us an email. Let us know how you liked them -- and don’t forget to take a picture so we can post it.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - GotVoice.com

GotVoice.com
I don’t think these guys planned for this to be a travel website, but it’s definitely useful to travelers. Thanks to GotVoice you can now have voicemails from either your home or cell phone sent to your email in a .wav file. That means you can listen to all your messages without calling your phone! Brilliant – sort of like what Vonage does with my home phone. Just log on to GotVoice.com, put in your kind of phone (cell or landline); your service provider; your phone number, pin, and which email to send the voicemails to. You can set it up to check your voicemail daily, on weekends, or just once. What I love (besides it being free, and that I don’t have to waste time or money calling my voicemail while overseas) is the simple fact that if someone leaves me a special message I want to keep forever, I can easily download it to my computer. Brilliant!

Monday, March 05, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - AirTreks.com

AirTreks.com
In honor of traveling around the world, this is a perfect time to make AirTreks.com our Website of the Week. AirTreks.com has been in business since 1999 (the same year JohnnyJet.com launched). It's now one of the best online resources in providing customized, efficient and affordable air tickets for complex international trips. It's easy to plan a trip around the world, and price quotes are fast. I played around making a dream trip with 31 stops -- and it took me less than 2 minutes! The site also has city info for each destination you click. BTW: Sometimes round-the-world tickets are cheaper than flying just to Asia and back. So before you book, find out if you can throw another continent in. Here’s AirTreks.com in a Flash version (my favorite); here’s the HTML Version.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - GetHuman.com

GetHuman.com

If you're like me, you probably go batty when you call an airline for a reservation and the automated phone system makes you wait forever just to find out which numbers to press to get in touch with a human. Thankfully Paul English, a co-founder of Kayak.com, has created a website that lists which buttons to press so you don’t have to waste time listening to annoying automation. There are over 500 categories, including credit cards, finance, government, hardware, insurance, internet, mobile, pharmaceuticals, retail shipping, software, stores, telco, and of course travel.


Friday, March 02, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - YouSendIt.com

Have you ever been on the road, but the file you're trying to send is too big for your email? Thanks to YouSendIt, you can now send files up to 2 GB in size. What’s great is that they don’t put any annoying ads in the email, it comes with tracking so you can see if your mail was opened or not (you have 14 days from the time it was sent before it expires), and it can be downloaded up to 500 times! YouSendIt = YouGottaLoveIt!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

GeoNames.org

GeoNames.org
I’m always looking for a cool online map. I love Google Earth for its detail, but I've just discovered geonames.org. They incorporate Google Earth, and even make it a bit simpler to search. Just put in the city name or Zip code, and voila!