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Friday, April 6, 2012

Super Useful Travel Links 4.6.12

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This week I’ve noticed that I’ve found a lot of really useful links lately. I can’t really post them all on Facebook – even though I try – because travel tips and deals are the norm there. Instead of clipping them and posting them all at suitable intervals, I’ve decided that I will save them up and make a twice monthly post of said useful posts, where they can help you, you can see them all at once and won’t be posted 6 months from now when there is a spot open on my Facebook feed. Let me know if you like this new feature!


One of my favorite travel blogs Glampacker is written by an Australian cutie that lives in London and travels as much as possible while saving money and looking great. This week she writes about how to do London on a budget. Obviously, you know why it caught my eye, but I wanted to share with you as well, in case London is also on your travel list, or any of the other UK towns she mentions great stuff in.


I hate it when I have to pay for internet, but I hate more when I pay for it and can only use it on one device at a time (or at all). Wouldn’t it be nice to plug your laptop into the Ethernet cable, but also share your connection via WiFi to other items, like a second laptop (for bloggers among you or those that travel in groups), an iPad or phone? The smarty pants writers of Too Many Adapters has solved this problem for us technologically impaired travelers by showing us the secret to how to share an internet connection with other devices!




The Harry Potter Studio Tour is open in London! Leavesden Studios takes you on a three-hour tour of the adventures and school life of The Boy Who Lived. If you loved the movies, then this is a must-see. Check out the time-lapse video of the construction.


Too lazy to actually plan anything for your trip or found a last-minute deal that you couldn’t pass up? Check out Plnnr.com and they will send you a super detailed itinerary that will make your trip “perfect”…if you’re traveling to one of the 20 cities they have available. They’ll even find a hotel for you to stay at. Just pick the dates you’ll be there, what kind of trip you’re into (with kids, outdoors, etc) and Plnnr does the rest.


You know I love anything that will make my life easier, whether I’m traveling or not, but this list of the 50 ultimate travel apps (so far) is quite useful and there are many on the list that I currently have or plan to get (with the exception of Kayak, as I don’t book travel on-the-go and I also don’t think their regular website is as helpful as many others. I would, in fact, choose Yapta or FareCompare instead, but that’s all personal preference.)



Myths can be fun. Travel myths = 10 times more fun! Are flight attendants really robots? Of course not, but why do they talk like them? Actually, many of these aren’t that interesting, but I loved the one about airline food being icky so much, I went back and read the rest of the list. Check out 6 In-Flight Myths Busted!


Do you get to your hotel room and throw all your crap on the floor and immediately jump on the bed like a 6 year old? That isn’t on the list of How NOT to Behave in a Hotel Room, but it’s on my list. Here are some others will help you keep out of trouble. Oh yeah, please don’t walk down the hallway at 2am talking loudly like you are in a cone of silence either.


In my quest to find a way to use up my bananas and coconut, I found these lovely banana coconut chocolate muffins that look yummy. Of course, they aren't travel-related, though you could make them and pack them for your trip. Since they sound so good, and are on my list for things to make this week, I thought I'd share. Also, I think I'm now addicted to Technicolor Kitchen's many recipes. I see a lot of nutritious, delicious and portable treats. Better and cheaper than airline food, for sure...engine noise or not.


Before I go, I also want to do a little self-promotion: Over the past couple of weeks, FareCompare has published several posts that I’ve written that have been very popular. In case you’ve missed them, you can check out How to Create a Grab-and-Go Carry-On, How to Combat Airfare Hikes for Summer Travel and one that I feel could definitely be called back to: Meal Choices for the Vegetarian Traveler.
Coming soon will be a guest post for Ebates, another post on CheapOAir’s blog and this week I was interviewed for a travel article for the Christian Science Monitor.
So, what do you think? I'll be posting this series every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Did YOU find anything cool this week? Post it in the comments!
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