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Monday, April 30, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- Hawaii’s new interisland superferry will launch in July, offering daily service from Honolulu to Kahului, Maui. The boat can hold over 850 passengers and close to 300 vehicles. The trip will take 3 hours; one-way fares begin at $44 (cars cost $59). Service to the Island of Hawai‘i begins in 2009.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


Headed to Venice this summer? Well, don’t waste your time waiting in long lines for entry to popular attractions and museums. Instead, reserve an appointment two days beforehand, by using the service found here: It’s free and straightforward – what could be better? Viva Italia!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- was founded in 2000. To date, over 30,000 jobs have been advertised on the site on behalf of more than 500 companies, ranging from large recruitment agencies and tour operators to independent farms and hotels. Hundreds of job vacancies are filled every week, from snorkeling instructor in Spain to teaching English in Beijing. You can choose to be a barmaid in a hotel in Western Australia, or a fruit picker in the UK. What’s handy about is that they also show the requirements (work visas, permits, restrictions, etc.) necessary to work abroad. Now you don’t have to worry about having enough money on vacation. If you don’t, you can get it the old-fashioned way.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

As I mentioned in this week's story on Rio, a committee has been organized to choose the Seven New Wonders of the World, out of a list of 21 nominees. The results will be declared in a ceremony on July 7, 2007 (07/07/07) in Lisbon, Portugal. If you want to vote for amazing sites like Cristo Redentor in Rio, the Colosseum in Roma, or the Great Wall of China, then log on and cast your vote now.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I just realized I've never made 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 in 133 countries), then click on the more than 140,000 free and commercial hotspot locations. Find out the address, cost and provider.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Are you traveling to NYC? If you're bringing your car (not a good idea, because they have the best mass public transportation in the country), this new website will help you find the best parking garage in Manhattan. You can search by neighborhood, address, cross street, even by attraction. An oversize map displays all your options. Click a garage icon to see detailed information: exact address, phone number, garage capacity and hours of operation (you don’t want your car to be trapped overnight!). The coolest part is that you can compare all garage rates in the city (daily and monthly rates). Indicate your exact date and times, and you'll see what each garage charges for that period. It almost makes you want to drive to NYC!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

This might sound like a basic website, but it's one of the most challenging for many Americans. The moment you click the link above, a 10-minute clock starts to run. Your job is to try to name (and spell correctly) all 50 U.S. states. It was more difficult than I thought – but after some racking my brain I finally figured out the one state I was missing (I won't tell you -- you might have the same problem). I finished with 4:22 left on the clock, and it felt as if I was in a suspense movie trying to break a code before my house blew up. It's tense, but also fun and educational.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY- This is a helpful website for international travelers. When you first log on it will identify what country you're from (if you log on from home). The next page lists every country by region (Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania). Click your destination country, and learn the type of plug, socket, voltage and hertz that's used there. Not only can you see what type of adapter to bring, but you'll know if it’s okay to plug equipment in the wall without a transformer (if the voltage is different, you can’t).

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY --- I’m not sure how accurate the information on this site is or even how useful you'll find it, but it’s still interesting to see who’s sick in the US and what they’ve got (runny nose, cough, fever, headache). If you’re a hypochondriac, then you can avoid traveling to these disease-infested places. Ha Ha HA!

Monday, April 16, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY --- This website allows you to locate a public toilet in 19 countries (The United States, Australia, New Zealand and the rest are in Europe) and obtain detailed information about the quality of the facility. Some entries have photos and even provide the longitude and latitude for Geo Trackers.

Friday, April 13, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- (The Jetlag Calculator)
I may not be a doctor, but I think I have mastered jet lag (at least for me). I try to adapt to local time ASAP. For example, if you're taking a long red-eye flight and arriving early in the morning (for example, Australia), instead of going to sleep when you arrive, go out in the sun (or somewhere bright), and get some exercise or keep yourself busy so you won’t fall asleep. To help get adjusted, I set my watch to local time as soon as my plane takes off. Once I arrive, my goal is to stay awake until at least 10 p.m. The first night of sleep is crucial for me, because it sets the pattern for the entire trip. That first night I sleep with an eye mask and ear plugs, so I won’t be disturbed. For more information, check out this jet lag calculator that advises people when to seek and avoid bright lights.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I get products/gadgets/books in the mail all the time for me to try. The kind folks at Shady Day sent me some new sunscreen wipes the day before I went to Curacao. I put them in my bag to try them out and I was really impressed with them. First of all, it’s kind of a pain for me to put sunscreen on. I always seem to squeeze the tube too hard and sunscreen splatters all over me and on the ground. With this easy application, you just grab one of the wipes and rub it all over your body. Shady Day is apparently one of the first companies to combine hassle-free sun protection wipes with all-natural, high-quality ingredients. All I know is that I did not get burned, nor did I have any messy spills in my bag. Cost $14 for 15 wipes.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Speaking of New York City, this website is dedicated solely to getting around The Big Apple. It offers maps with current traffic conditions, construction alerts, and maps of bus, ferry, subway, and train routes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Here’s a handy tool for any traveler headed to one of Hop Stops five featured cities (Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.). Visitors who are looking for directions via bus, subway or on foot simply have to enter their starting and ending destinations. Then, select mode of transport, departure time, and language; there are 10 different languages to choose from including English, Chinese, French, German, Greek and Russian. I tried it out for a route that I always take from JFK to the Upper East Side and it gave me accurate directions, the distance I would travel and the amount of time it would take. Even better, I could print them out! The only thing lacking was that it didn’t tell me how much it would cost. And, when I entered JFK, it gave me an airport hotel listing – not the airport itself, which should be one of their main focus points.

Monday, April 09, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- This website consists of just one non-clickable webpage. All it does is give the instructions below -- but it's mighty handy for U.S. travelers with cell phones (and who doesn't travel with one these days?). Just send a text message to with the airline code and flight number you're interesting in finding information about. Put a space between the code and number (for example, for American Airlines flight number 1 between JFK and LAX, text "AA 1"). Within seconds you'll receive a reply with updated flight status, including scheduled and actual departure and arrival times, gate number and baggage claim carousel number. It's perfect, whether you're traveling or picking someone up. Flight information is available for most U.S. airlines (except Southwest and jetBlue), and many international airlines. If you don't know your airline code, use these websites: Codes.html or OAG.

Friday, April 06, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- Worldwide Tipping Guide

Worldwide Tipping Guide One of the most frequent questions friends ask me before they head overseas is: How much should I tip? That’s a tough question to answer unless I have just returned from that particular country because practically every country’s tipping policy is different. For example, did you know that tipping in Japan can be insulting? You don’t want to start off on the wrong foot so it’s important to find out before you leave. Being informed can also can save you some money. Let’s say you’ve just finished a nice meal at an outdoor café in Copenhagen and you ask your waiter if you’re supposed to tip. Chances are he’s going to say, “yes”, but he’ll be thinking, “Dumb American!” That’s because in most European restaurants, the tip is already added to your bill. Well, thanks to Magellan’s Worldwide Tipping Guide, that scenario can be avoided and travelers can now find out what the common tipping practices are in over 70 countries — all on one handy website. Just remember that it’s only a guide. Tipping is a reward for good service, and in the end, the value is always up to you.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY - On March 28, 2007, there were 1,930 flights delays. That number could go up this week with all the Spring Breakers. helps travelers by arming them with historical data from the past year, so airplane passengers can get a good idea of which flights, airports and times to avoid. (Air traffic activity follows cyclical patterns, so comparisons with the same month last year are often better predictors of performance than using last month's data). It also shows visitors which flights are the most delayed, and gives real-time information on delays.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Local papers are filled with helpful info for locals and travelers. However, finding that paper's website can be difficult. That's where comes in. You'll find links to over 2,600 daily and weekly U.S. newspapers by just selecting the right state, then scrolling down to the desired city.

Monday, April 02, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- (Live Aviation Radio) This site was launched as a resource for those who enjoy listening to live Air Traffic Control (ATC). ATC audio streams from around the world use MP3 streaming audio technology for high sound quality.