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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wakerupper.com

Wakerupper.com Now why didn’t I know about this site all those times when my hotel wake-up call never came? Well, now I do and that won’t happen anymore because this free service will be my backup from now on! All you have to do is log on to their website and plug in the date and time (in Eastern, Central, Mountain or Pacific) you want to be awakened. It even allows you to type a message, which will be repeated back to you when you pick up the phone. The automated voice that greets you is kind of creepy. When I answered the phone, the Freddy Kruger voice freaked me out until I realized what he was saying. But hey ... at least I got my wake-up call and my reminder message! You can also use it to call attention to important events, as a reminder to take medication or my favorite – you can use it as a great escape from a boring date or meeting.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Entertainment.com

Kev's Website of the Week:
Entertainment Book I don't know about you, but I love to save money while I’m traveling! I always want to do more and eat more for less. I have found a great way to save money ... not only on dining, but on a variety of other activities as well. Log on to Entertainment.com and check out the incredible savings that await you. Type in the city that you’re traveling to, buy the entertainment book for that city and you can save 50% on the things you always do while you’re traveling. Now that's what I’m talking about! For example, if you’re traveling to San Francisco, log onto Entertainment.com prior to your trip and buy the book for $30. The San Francisco book is filled with over $16,200 in savings, 241 dining discounts, 72 attraction discounts, 170 shopping discounts and lots more. This book will pay for itself after one or two meals alone. When my wife and I travel to Hawaii, we buy the book and use it for almost every meal that we eat. There are 2-for-1 coupons for our favorite restaurants, so we eat at Kobe's Steak House and save $20, Don Ho's Island Grill and save $27, etc. By using the book just once, we’re able to pay for it ... and the rest is gravy (no pun intended). The savings are not limited to just food. You can save up to 50% on some of the most popular tourist destinations, plus get lots of other discounts. The price of the books range from $25 to $48 and they are good for one year (November 1st through October 31st). Tip #1: If you’re traveling in the summer of 2008, wait until a couple of weeks before your trip to buy the 2008 book; you may be able to get a great discount because the closer you get to the end of the year, the lower the cost of the book. Tip #2: When you leave the city that you’re staying in, give the book to someone who has given you great service during your stay. You won't need it anymore and they can save a lot of money for their friends and family. Tip #3: In addition to the book you’ll receive, you can log onto Entertainment.com while you’re traveling and print out more coupons, including duplicate coupons that you may have already used once. The Entertainment Book is available for the majority of domestic US locations, some parts of Canada and Puerto Rico. Go to Entertainment.com and get ready to save big bucks on your next trip.

Friday, December 14, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Care.com

Care.com If you travel with kids, you can no longer use the excuse that you don’t have a babysitter for a night out on the town. That’s because Care.com has just started an extensive childcare directory, which gives city-by-city listings of reliable babysitters. They offer free background checks and video references. Care.com's daycare directory provides a listing of resources at the local level, searchable by zip code. Perfect in a pinch.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Blue Angels

Blue Angels Ever wonder what it’s like to take a spin in an F-18? Well, here’s your chance to get the feel of a Navy Blue Angel.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Pearl Harbor

Today marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I was in Honolulu this morning and visited the USS Arizona Memorial a couple days ago. Pictured above is one of them 5 remaining attack survivors. What an honor it was to have been in his presence. For more see this url http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-12-05-PearlHarbor_N.htm

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TechBargains.com

Kev's Tech Website of the Week:
TechBargains.com
When I get that urge (which is often) to buy a new tech toy for my next trip, there's one place I always go first to research the best prices and latest bargains. Techbargains.com, updated every few minutes, is a great resource for the latest tools of the travel trade! If you are looking for a new digital or video camera for your next trip, a great pair of noise canceling headphones for that noisy airplane, or a portable GPS so you don't get lost while you are driving, Techbargains.com is right for you! The site has both the best online and in-store deals on technology products for your travels. For the business traveler, the site has some great deals on the best and most portable external hard drives for your laptop as well as great deals on cell phones, PDAs and Blackberrys. You can also set up an RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") feed so you can get the latest deals e-mailed directly to your inbox in a text format. The Techbargains.com website is designed with easy navigation in mind. Sign up for the newsletter and you'll never be far from the latest and best deals for your next travel tech toy. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: SlingMedia.com

Since I’ve been traveling so much, my good friend Kevin O’Connor is going to share his tech knowledge with you this week. He’s one of the top three techies I know. The others? Leo Laporte and Amber Macarthur.

SlingMedia.com How would you like to watch and control your own television while you’re traveling? Well, that's exactly what I do when I’m on the road. And if you forget to record a show on your DVR, don't worry! Just do what I did a couple months ago when I was in Hawaii and I forgot to record my wife's favorite show. I fired up my Slingbox on my laptop and within a few minutes, I had saved myself a lot of grief! You’ll never be bored again when you have a long layover at the airport. Just log onto the web and fire up your own TV and away you go! The Slingbox allows you to watch and control your favorite TV source from anywhere in the world on your laptop or cell phone. Simply hook the Slingbox up to your DVR, digital cable, satellite receiver or DVD player, then hook it up to your at-home Internet, download the software and you can watch your home television wherever, whenever. Set-up is easy but even easier if you log on to slingmedia.com for the simple (and funny!) instructions. With the Slingbox you'll never have to be separated from your favorite TV shows and sporting events again. The audio and visual quality is awesome and you can watch your home television anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection. There are three versions of the Slingbox that range from $129 to $229 and yes, if you have HD, the Slingbox has an HD version! Next week: Get the latest technology deals up to the second!

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: RunThePlanet.com

RunThePlanet.com Frequent travelers find one of the biggest challenges when traveling is staying in shape (Uh, yeah. I’m one of them.) Some hotels don’t offer fitness centers and finding a gym when you’re on the road is not always easy or convenient. So many travelers run or walk – it’s not only great exercise but it’s one of the best ways to explore a destination. RunThePlanet.com offers some of the best routes for runners worldwide and has plenty of running tips. Hopefully, they’ll make their search function a lot simpler by allowing visitors to just enter in a zip code.