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Friday, July 20, 2012

Super Useful Travel Links 7.20.12

It’s that time again! This week, I have no theme. Just like me, my finds are all over the board, but that should mean there’s something for everyone. I’ve got everything from solo vacationing to traveling with allergies. I hope you all have been having a great week and enjoying this new series as well as our new 48 Fun Hours on a Budget one that is rolling along pretty nicely. I’ve had some friends asking me about New Orleans, so next week you can read all about how I would plan 2 days in The Big Easy. In fact, I thought it was such a fun idea, we have been thinking about taking our own vacay in NOLA. Obviously, not soon, since next up will be Southern Cali to check out the new Cars Land at Disney (a friend has been texting me pictures that are making me antsy!), the Transformers ride at Universal, the greatness that is The Gentle Barn and also some general LA/Hollywood sightseeing that is going to include at least one meal at The London to immerse ourselves in Gordon Ramsay’s yummy, yummy food. We figure if we can’t GO to London, we can at least get a little closer.

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Do you ever feel like you just need to get away from everything? Like, take time out to rediscover the fact that you aren’t just a drone in a beehive of cubicles? I have certain points throughout the year that makes me just go “I’ve got to get out of here!!!” If you do too, Fox wants to tell you about the beauty of the Me-cation. Sometimes, you just need to breathe and do stuff by yourself. Or maybe you live alone and all your friends are married or bail out at the last minute on any plans you ever have. If you aren’t content to wait on someone who doesn’t flake, you aren’t the only one packing their bag and taking off on a solo trip.

Do you love to bike around the city? You may not always be able to bring your own bike along, but don’t let that stop you! Rent a bike in one of the Top 10 Cities for Cycling as decided by Sherman’s Travel. Portland is on this list! We are a great city to peddle around in and have plenty of places to rent from at affordable prices – you know, in case you were wondering what to do around here.
So, this isn’t so much a bike as it is a scooter, but SkyMall has found a way to make carrying a backpack fun! If you have kids, or are a big kid yourself, you may need to put this backpack scooter on your wish list. It’s a handy way to carry your heavy stuff and also get exercise that isn’t lugging 80 lbs of school books on your back. I love it and I want one. Imagine scooting through the airport on this bad boy!
Once they’ve tired out from pushing along their belongings, kids are going to want to rest…but still be entertained. Check out USA Today’s list of apps for kids that include fun games that test your brain like Where’s My Perry? It’s a new app for iPad/iPod from Disney based on their cartoon show Phineas and Ferb and similar to the Where’s My Water? app that I think is super fun (even if it’s for wee ones). You can think I'm weird if you want. Not only will these keep your youngsters happy, you may also try your hand at them once they have conked out.
It’s time for another look at travel scams. While this list also includes regular scams, you can certainly learn something for your trips. LA Times wants to warn you about discount travel scams that could leave you paying a load more money than needed.

It seems like a lot of restaurants are keeping up with the needs of the people. With so many allergy-ridden travelers out in the world, they are rolling out new allergy menus to satisfy even their hardest customers. Check out this new trend emerging on Tasting Table.
That’s all I have for this week. I’ll be searching for new and interesting links for the end of the month. In the meantime, you can look forward to reading about low- and no-budget honeymoons tomorrow.
Have you come across interesting travel-related articles? Make sure to share them in the comments, so we can all learn something new!

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