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Dec
15

Free Mobile City Guide Apps Available Now

Introducing the new Let’s Go city guide mobile apps, absolutely FREE! Download the apps of your choice for your iPhone or iPod Touch, and enjoy mobile access to Let’s Go content for Amsterdam, London, NYC, Paris and Rome.

The Let's Go Free City Guide Mobile Apps

The Let's Go Free City Guide Mobile Apps

  • Find the hottest restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels, sights, shopping and cultural attractions.
  • Browse know-before-you-go info, fun facts and insider tips.
  • Search for just what you need, when you need it.
  • Get unique pointers on free stuff, Let’s Go Picks, and local favorites.
  • Map what you find, for easy access.
  • Share & check-in via email and Facebook.
  • The new free Let’s Go mobile apps are an easy way to take the Let’s Go trusted guides with you as you explore and connect with other travelers and friends back home. Download them all for your iPhone or iPod Touch:

  • Amsterdam
  • London
  • New York City
  • Paris
  • Rome
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    Nov
    09

    The travel research and planning site Uptake.com has launched a new Travel Q&A feature, allowing users to login via Facebook and get recommendations, photos and other input from friends on potential travel destinations.

    Uptake's New Travel Q&A Feature

    Uptake's New Travel Q&A Feature

    What makes Uptake’s approach different, and maybe even better, than other social travel sites such as Gogobot.com is that Uptake accesses all your friends’ information about a particular destination, not just check-ins and places people have lived. You’ll get access to friends’ photos, comments and status updates about your destinations of interest, which results in much more information being shared. And as we all know, the more information the better when trying to plan a trip.

    To try Uptake’s new Travel Q&A feature for yourself, visit Uptake.com, log in, and let the sharing begin!

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    Oct
    25

    Every year, Frommer’s releases their must-do travel list, and it’s always sure to include at least a few eyebrow-raisers. Beirut, Lebanon? You might not know that it’s a sophisticated coastal city bustling with energy. Kansas City, MO? The world-class Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts just opened, attracting some of the biggest names in dance and music.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photo credit: Flickr

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photo credit: Flickr

    Check out the full list here for some other surprising – and not so surprising – travel ideas.

    Oct
    19

    TravelMuse Featured as Top Travel Site on MakeUseOf.com

    We wanted to say thanks to MakeUseOf.com, for featuring TravelMuse today as one of their site picks.

    According to them, “TravelMuse makes it easy to plan your next trip by helping you save information from any Web site offering relevant travel recommendations and also giving you the tools to organize all your research in one place.”

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    Read all about how to create a comprehensive trip by clipping points of interest to your trip, scheduling them into an itinerary, and saving your trip to review later or share with others.

    And of course they loved our handy custom printable PDF guides for any trip you create – how could they not?

    Thanks, MakeUseOf.com, for featuring us!

    Oct
    11

    Red Bull Flugtag 2011 in Tampa Bay

    Red Bull Flugtag challenges teams of everyday people to build homemade, human-powered flying machines and pilot them off a 30-foot high deck in hopes of achieving flight. Flugtag means “flying day” in German, but all these crafts ultimately splash into the waters below. They are judged not only on their flight’s distance, but creativity and showmanship as well.

    Red Bull Flugtag - Tampa Bay, FL (photo credit: Red Bull)

    Red Bull Flugtag - Tampa Bay, FL (photo credit: Red Bull)

    The 2011 Flugtag was held theispast weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida. Check out the website for amazing videos of the winners, losers, and Top Ten crashes from years past. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to put on your thinking cap and dream up a flying machine of your own!

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    Oct
    06

    Ever heard of a Silent Disco?

    Well, you wouldn’t actually hear it. It’s silent, right?  But you could watch one on Oct. 29, when Traverse City adds yet another entry to its list of fall happenings: the first-ever Old Town Halloween Carnival and Monster’s Ball. And it’s a spooky sight to behold.

    In a Silent Disco, dancers are issued wireless headphones through which music is broadcast via an FM transmitter. It’s the perfect eerie effect for a Halloween street party, since everyone appears to be moving to no discernible music at all. (An added benefit is that non-dancers don’t have to shout at each other over the music, and the neighbors don’t call the cops to report you for making a public nuisance.)

    Already known among Halloween cognoscenti for its ghoulish  5K Zombie Run footrace, where shambling “zombie” runners chase down normal-looking “survivors,” and the unspeakable cuteness of its kid-friendly Downtown Halloween Walk, Traverse City seems determined to make itself the Halloween capital of the Midwest with yet another event.

    Photo credit: Porterhouse Productions

    Photo credit: Porterhouse Productions

    Billed as “the largest Halloween event in Northern Michigan,” the Oct. 29 Halloween Carnival and Monster’s Ball starts with a Saturday morning “Monster Pancake Throwdown” – a contest among local chefs in this bastion of culinary competitiveness for the title of Best Pancake in Traverse City. Pancakes will be served out with a host of other locally-produced sausages, eggs, jams, syrups and ciders. Family-style fun continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a kids’ costume contest, a haunted bouncy castle, old-school carnival games, Halloween creatures, a pneumatic “virtual hearse ride,” a pumpkin pie-eating contest, performances by local bands and dancers and other fun.

    But things really begin to happen after dark, when the streets are taken over by the Monster’s Ball, with local food, wines and microbrews, and music from live bands and DJs. Entertainment will include the last live performance of Michigan dance-rock group Ella Riot (this will be the band’s farewell show), a costume contest featuring premium prizes, and an all-night Silent Disco dance party featuring DJ Body Rock and Wally Sparks (of Ella Riot), DJ Dominate and others.

    Tickets for the Old Town Halloween Carnival & Monsters’ Ball can be purchased online at www.porterhouseproductions.com.

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    Oct
    06

    Travel + Leisure Names America’s Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

    Travel + Leisure has released their list of America’s most historic, charming, and downright beautiful neighborhoods, and folks across the country are bound to have strong opinions about which towns were left off the list. I’m happy to say I’ve personally spent time in four of the ten neighborhoods selected, and the others are now on my short list. I was surprised to see parts of Baltimore, Oklahoma City and Houston on this list, and you may be surprised by some of the other selections.

    Check out the article and let us know which ‘hoods you think should have made the list, and which ones you think were deservedly named “Most Beautiful.”

    Photo credit: Travel + Leisure / Nik Wheeler/ Alamy

    Photo credit: Travel + Leisure / Nik Wheeler/ Alamy

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    Oct
    04

    Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” to Make Inaugural Flight in October

    Boeing’s newest and highly-anticipated aircraft, the 787 “Dreamliner” finally took off for Tokyo last week. It is scheduled to make its first commercial flight on October 26, with Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA).

    The Dreamliner provides unprecedented fuel efficiency and travel comforts, and many industry experts expect the aircraft to revolutionize commercial flight.

    Photo credit: Boeing

    Photo credit: Boeing

    The Dreamliner is faster, lighter and more eco-friendly, thanks to new fuel-efficient technology and an external structure of composite materials instead of aluminum.

    Travelers will experience more natural light from wider windows, a wider variety of in-flight entertainment, and higher humidity to alleviate dry eyes and headaches. The plane also sports larger drop-down luggage bins, and buttons to adjust light coming into the cabin, in place of window shades.

    Experts consider the new 787 to be the prototype of air travel in the future, and that future may be here sooner than you expect. According to Boeing, there are 821 planes on order so far, which means you might be booking your own flight on a 787 in the not-too-distant future.

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    Sep
    27

    LEGOLAND, Florida set to open on October 15, 2011

    In just 17 days, LEGOLAND, Florida is set to open its doors to the biggest Lego park in the world. The park will offer a mix of over 50 rides, shows and attractions, including never before seen Lego models. Daytona International Speedway is re-created from more than 180,000 Lego pieces and 1000 “Minilanders,” as the Lego citizens are called, and allows visitors to race against each other by pressing a button to launch their cars.

    Other interactive elements for families to enjoy together will include Pirate’s Cove with a live water-stunt show, and “Miniland” featuring New York City, Las Vegas, Washington DC and more, all created from hundreds of thousands of Lego pieces. You really have to see it to believe it!

    Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND, Florida

    Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND, Florida

    Check out the huge countdown clock at http://florida.legoland.com and start planning a trip today to this unique family-friendly spot!

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    Sep
    22

    Google Flight Search Makes its Debut

    Google flight search launched last week, and it’s already become the buzz of the travel industry and travelers everywhere. It’s fast, fun to use, and easy to get the results you’re looking for.

    Try this for inspiration: enter your departure city and the dates you’re thinking about traveling. Voila! Cities pop up with prices for flights on those dates. Click a destination and instantly get flight times and details, then narrow down by airline, frequent flier program, flight length and more.

    The only thing you can’t do — so far — is book your flight. Head on over to your favorite airline website for that. And if you want to research an international flight, you’re out of luck — at least for now. But we’re sure it’s coming soon, along with lots more helpful travel features we’re sure they’ve got up their sleeve.



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