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4 Great Photography Podcasts

Traveling and taking photographs seems to go together like salt and pepper, and many travelers these days seem to enjoy the challenge of taking great pictures of the places they’re exploring.
One of the best ways …

5 Great Smartphone Apps for Hikers

For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking is one of life’s great pleasures.
Fortunately, there’s now a whole series of apps out there, each aiming to make hiking just a little bit easier or more accessible.
Whether you want to …

How to Give Your Laptop Battery the Kiss of Life

The problem with batteries is that they tend to deteriorate the more they’re used.
For example, my last laptop battery was 5 years old and would last barely 20 minutes. Not great for traveling, then.
I decided …

7 Great Travel Channels to Follow on YouTube

YouTube is packed with different channels offering travel-related videos.
After checking out a great number of them, I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 travel channels to follow (or the ‘subscribe to’) on YouTube:
1. Lonely …

What Are the Most Used iPhone Travel Apps?

There are tons of different iPhone-based travel apps available these days, and every tech-savvy traveler you meet seems to have their favorites.
When you ask why people like certain apps, it’s usually because they’re easy to …

6 Websites That Allow You to Hire (or Become) an Independent Tour Guide

One of the best ways to quickly explore a new city is to go on a guided tour.
Traditionally, if you wanted to take a tour of a city, you’d book one through a big-name company …

How Keyboard Layouts Differ Across the World

Anyone who’s ever traveled to a foreign (non-English speaking) country and gone into an internet café will have no doubt experienced the confusion of trying to use a different country’s keyboard.
Moving just a few of …

Apple Users: How to Maximize the Battery Life of Your Gadgets

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are handy items to bring traveling, as they can provide you with entertainment along the way (by playing games and watching movies), then help you research/navigate your way around a new …

Get Free Airport Wi-Fi with This Simple Trick

Sick of paying those hefty $7 charges for 30 minutes of airport Wi-Fi?
While some airports these days are kind enough to offer free Wi-Fi to their passengers, it seems that most airports have been slow …

Forgotten Your Charger? Charge Your USB Gadgets Through the Hotel Room TV Instead

When packing for a long trip, it’s easily to overlook or forget to bring certain items.
One of the most commonly forgotten items is often your phone/mp3 player/tablet charger.
Forgetting your charger usually means you’ll have to …

How Technology Has Changed Travel – What if Jack Keroac Had an iPhone & SatNav?

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is often heralded as one of the most important novels of the 20th century and one of the most inspirational travel books of all time.
Because Kerouac wrote ‘On the Road‘ …

How to Listen to Your Favorite Radio Stations From Anywhere in the World

Although radio is considered to be a fairly old style of broadcasting/entertainment, there’s still a massive amount of people all around the world who regularly tune in to their favourite radio stations.
Despite the fact that …

Retracing the Steps of History’s Most Famous Voyages

Ever wanted to retrace the steps of Jack Kerouac’s adventure across America, David Livingstone’s travels through Africa, the 13th century voyages of Marco Polo or Captain Cook’s Endeavour Voyage as he attempted to determine the …

CouchSurfing Launches Smartphone App

CouchSurfing.org, a website that allows users to connect with and stay on the couches of others (for free) recently release a mobile app for iPhone and Android.
With the app explosion of the past few years, …

How to Be a Tech Savvy Traveler [VIDEO]

Ever felt like traveling with technology (i.e. your cell phone, laptop or tablet) could be a bit of a chore?
Ellie Rountree of RocketBoom.com has created a helpful video in which she talks about how to …

The Most Innovative Travel Websites of the Past 12 Months

In the last 10 years, thanks to the internet, the way that (a lot of) people travel has radically changed.
In the past your only knowledge of a foreign place would come from a guide book …

The Best U.S. Airports for Tech Users

As travelers become increasingly high-tech (with smartphones, tablets and laptops being carried around by almost every flier these days), it seems that airports are being expected to update their services to match the needs of …

‘Trover’ App Allows You to Find & Share Hidden Gems [APP]

Trover is a free iPhone and Android app that enables its users to discover interesting locations in a fun and easy way.
After entering in your location in the search bar, Trover will pull up a …

Viva App Vegas! [APP]

Las Vegas is no doubt one of the most spectacular places on the earth to visit, but there’s so much to do there at any one time that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
Of course, Las …

Adventure Trips: Cut Out the Middle-Man with Offmap

Launched recently, Offmap.com is a new website with the goal of helping adventure travel find great deals by cutting out the middle-man.
Kraig Becker of Gadling.com reports: “The newly launched website Offmap promises to cutout travel …

How to Plan a Trip Without a Guidebook (By Using Evernote)

Typically, when you plan a trip somewhere you don’t do it all in one go.
If you want to plan your trip thoroughly, there are multiple steps you need to go through, each of which demand …

The Best UK Public Transport-related Apps

Unlike some places in the world, getting around the UK without a car isn’t especially difficult (in theory), given the amount of trains, buses and taxis on offer.
Of course, knowing where and when to get …

Explore the World (Virtually) with Google World Wonders

Summer is a great time go traveling and to see the world.
Unfortunately, however, it’s also a time when airfare is more expensive, and for many people these days, a time when budgets are tighter than …

Facebook Determines World’s Most Social Landmarks

Facebook recently released a list of the top 25 ‘most social’ landmarks in the world.
The ‘social-ness’ of a place was determined by how often people ‘checked-in’ there (on Facebook) and how often it was mentioned …

New Weather App Makes it Easy to Plan Your Travels to Find the Best Weather

There are a lot of great trip planning tools/apps out there right now (like this one I recently wrote about), but if you want one that’s specifically designed for guiding you towards the sunniest weather, …

MyScenicDrives – Matching Drivers with Perfect Road Trips

For some people, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of driving down the open road with a few friends and taking in the amazing scenery.
The problem for some drivers is deciding (or knowing) where to …

Which US Hotels Have the Best (and Worst) Wi-Fi?

For some people, having a good Wi-Fi connection in their hotel room is as important as any other amenity the hotel might offer them.
Unfortunately, we’re still not yet at a point where all hotels offer …

New Apps Help Travelers Remember When to Take Pills & Medications on the Road

Traveling with persistent ailments (such as diabetes or high blood pressure) can be tough, as remembering when to take your pills as you cross multiple time zones can be difficult and confusing.
As with a …

Picking Someone Up From the Airport? ‘Just Landed’ Tells You When to Leave

Picking someone up from the airport can be a real pain, not just because you physically have to drive there, but because you have to try and estimate how long it’ll take you to get …

DestinationDoc – Helping You Find the Best Doctors When Traveling

Supposing you’re on holiday in Scotland with your family, and your daughter starts rolling around on the floor with severe stomach pains and develops a fever.
You have a suspicion it may be appendicitis, meaning she’ll …

Taking a Road Trip? Like to Eat Healthily? Check Out the ‘Eat Well Guide’

Most of the time, eating healthy is a lot easier to do when you’re at home than when you’re on the road.
When you’re at home, you know where all the healthy food shops, markets and …

Idealist.org – Helping You Change the World

Idealist is a website that “helps connect non-profits and charities with volunteers, interns and employees”.
In other words, it’s essentially a job site for non-profit organisations
The great thing about Idealist is that it allows you to …

A Look at the Best Travel Podcasts

In the last few years, podcasting (i.e. free downloadable audio/video programmes) have really taken off, and now it seems there’s a podcast for just about everything.
Several travel-related podcasts have sprung up during this time, ranging …

How Cloud Services Are Changing the Way People Travel (and Which One is Best?)

One of the most exciting and talked about aspects of new technology is the idea of the ‘cloud’.
The cloud refers to an online space where data can be stored securely (independent from the user’s devices) …

Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
That certainly seems to be Mark Zuckerberg’s motto these days.
In a stunning move, it was recently announced that Facebook have made a deal to acquire Instagram (a mobile photo …

How to Watch Internet Video Streams While Traveling

Ever been traveling (or away from home) and hated the fact that you were missing out on all your favorite TV shows?
Thankfully, thanks to the power of the internet, you can now watch almost any …

Using MySeatFinder to Automatically Upgrade Your Airline Seat

Flying has many benefits.
It lets you get where you need to go in a short period of time (compared to driving, sailing or any other mode of transport).
Unfortunately, for those of us not rich enough …

The Top 5 Travel Apps for Android Phones

These days, when people talk about “travel apps”, they’re often talking about those made for Apple products (such as the iPhone and iPad).
But what about those with Android phones?
There’s a great selection of travel apps …

How to Find Great Travel Deals Using Twitter

In case you haven’t heard of Twitter (and you’ve been living under a rock on Mars for the past two years), it’s a free social tool that allows you to ‘follow’ the Twitter profiles of …