Johnny Jet's Travel Blog

Travel blog featuring best travel sites, travel deals, travel guides, effective travel tips, daily stories with up-to-date travel information, travel pictures, travel webcams. For more, visit my travel portal, www.johnnyjet.com.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: AnchorFree.com

AnchorFree.com These days, more and more people are getting technologically savvy and locking their servers ... making it more and more difficult to find free WiFi. But there are a number of sites that list places that offer free internet (like JiWire.com) but AnchorFree is another one to add to your list.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Airline Timetables

Airline Timetables Someone asked me yesterday if I knew whether or not there was a nonstop flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Hartford, Connecticut (BDL). I knew American used to offer this service but wasn’t sure if they had done away with it. So I logged on to AirTimeTable.com and put in the names of the two cities. Sure enough, American has nixed that flight but Delta is offering one, though it appears they might only be offered seasonally or it’s about to get the axe because it wasn’t available the following month.
AirTimeTable.com lists almost all the flight possibilities between these two cities and, for that matter, any two cities in the world. So before booking your tickets using an online travel agency (hopefully, you are using JohnnyJet.com to book your trips!), log on to this website to find out what the most convenient and fastest way to get there is ... it lists flight times. Then log on to the travel agency sites to find those same flights. Note: The most direct route could, and probably will, be more expensive.

Monday, November 26, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: RottenNeighbor.com

RottenNeighbor.com Here’s an interesting website that could be a good tool for people who rent vacation homes during the summer – or any time of year, for that matter. Before putting the down payment on your house rental, log on to RottenNeighbor.com to see what the neighbors have to say about your neighbors or about the area. I looked up my hometown and found neighbors complaining about a bar that they say is loud and disturbing to the residents because drunks keep walking by their houses at all hours of the night. Probably something you don’t want to tolerate while you’re on vacation, but something you can avoid with the right information at your fingertips.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: CNN (FOR MY CNN DEBUT)

In case you missed it, I did my very first CNN interview today. It was an amazing experience. It all started when I received an email one night, asking if I was available to talk about Thanksgiving travel on CNN the following day. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity! I was in Connecticut visiting my family and CNN arranged a car service to pick me up and drive me into NYC. Showtime was 1:45pm and I didn’t arrive at the CNN Center until 1:20pm. Talk about cutting it close! The CNN staff was calm, professional and made me feel at ease. After clearing security, I was taken up to makeup and then, without even having time to visit the green room, I was shuttled down to the newsroom. I have done countless interviews over the years but none bigger than this. Nor have I ever spoken directly into a camera before. I was sitting in a director’s chair, with an earpiece in my ear, and all of a sudden I heard a voice, like a higher being saying, “Hi Johnny Jet! This is the CNN Center in Atlanta doing a mic check. Can you please count to five?” One, two, three, four, five ... and before I know it, I’m being broadcast live around the world! I stumbled through the first part of the interview but the host made me feel so comfortable and eventually I warmed up. I think it went well and so far, I’ve received lots of positive feedback from friends, family and even strangers. What a day!

Monday, November 19, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ImIn.com

ImIn.com With all of the user-generated websites available these days, it's easy to do just about anything online. Well, ImIn.com helps you and your friends and family create a free, private page to organize the details of upcoming trips. You don't have to worry about the public seeing it as it requires a password in order to gain access. But you can invite friends and family on group excursions or weekend getaways and then check back to see who's going, for example. It's also handy for sharing photos, discussions and trip documents.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Airline Timetables

Airline Timetables Someone asked me yesterday if I knew whether or not there was a nonstop flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Hartford, Connecticut (BDL). I knew American used to offer this service but wasn’t sure if they had done away with it. So I logged on to AirTimeTable.com and put in the names of the two cities. Sure enough, American has nixed that flight but Delta is offering one, though it appears they might only be offered seasonally or it’s about to get the axe because it wasn’t available the following month. AirTimeTable.com lists almost all the flight possibilities between these two cities and, for that matter, any two cities in the world. So before booking your tickets using an online travel agency (hopefully, you are using JohnnyJet.com to book your trips!), log on to this website to find out what the most convenient and fastest way to get there is ... it lists flight times. Then log on to the travel agency sites to find those same flights. Note: The most direct route could, and probably will, be more expensive.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: FluencyNow.com

FluencyNow.com Are you interested in learning a foreign language, but like me, have come up with every excuse in the book not to do it? Excuses like you don’t have time to enroll in your local community college or being back in a classroom makes you break out in hives? Well, this new service renders those excuses nil and void. FluencyNow.com provides live, one-on-one, conversation-based tutoring sessions with native language speakers. It’s all done via audio- and video-streaming (think Skype). Sessions take place at times of your choosing and in the comfort of your office or home. They even offer basic conversational material designed especially for tourists and travelers. Sessions last 50 minutes and cost $30. Languages currently being offered are: Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JaJah.com

JaJah.com If you don't want to download Skype's free software, then here's an alternative for making inexpensive international phone calls. On Jajah's homepage, just enter in your phone number, your friend's phone number, then click call. Simple, right? Your phone rings, you pick up. Your friend's phone will ring and they pick up. Like Skype, rates are ridiculously cheap and Jajah starts you off with a free test call, then will give you a 25-cent credit. Sign-up is free and easy but the five times I tried using the service, everything went according to plan except for the somewhat crucial fact that I couldn't hear my friend on the other end -- though she could hear me. Jajah is an interesting concept but if you want the real deal, I suggest logging on to to Skype.com. Not only is Skype easier to use, but it works every time. On top of that, if you hook up a webcam (it will cost about $15 to get one at any electronic store and will take just a couple of minutes to hook up), you can not only speak to your friends and family but see them as well, no matter where you are around the world.