Travel Website of the Week: Ghost in the Data’s “Beer, Wine or Spirits?”

Alcohol

Ever wondered how alcohol consumption differs around the world? My colleague Rudy Maxa turned me onto this cool interactive infographic from Ghost in the Data that shows you just that. Just scroll over the beautiful map of the world to reveal whether certain country prefers beer, wine or spirits and how much its average citizen consumes in […]

Travel Website of the Week: TipThisMuch.in

TipThisMuchIn

I like to think that I know a lot about travel, but I still struggle at times when it comes to tipping. In fact, one of the most popular questions I get is “how much do I tip when traveling to X country?” In some cultures it’s a huge no-no, while in others it’s expected. […]

Travel Website of the Week: Roads & Kingdoms

R&K

I’d never heard of this site until the news that it was voted the Gold winner in the Online Travel Journalism Sites category by the Society of American Travel Writers. Roads & Kingdoms (R&K) is an independent journal of food, politics, travel, and culture. It first launched in Burma as a Tumblr that became a home for […]

Travel Website of the Week: Join.me

JoinMe

I’m sure most business travelers already know about Join.me (website and app for iPhone, Android and Amazon), since they have over 10 million users. But for newbies and those that travel mostly for leisure, Join.me is a valuable and incredibly intuitive resource that makes online meetings—between computers anywhere in the world—a breeze. The best part is that […]

Travel Website of the Week: How to Use United Expert Mode

United

If you’re a big United Airlines mileage junkie and want an upper hand when booking mileage tickets, then make sure to check out this blog. It teaches you how to activate what’s called “Expert Mode” in your MileagePlus account, which allows you to see how many seats are in each fare bucket on a given United flight. […]

Travel Website for the Week: ToursByLocals

ToursByLocals

I’ve never used ToursByLocals myself, but one of my friends who did has been raving about their services. What this Vancouver-based website does is connect travelers with local tour guides—and connect tour guides with travelers to help them make extra money. You pay the website, and they pay the tour guide. ToursByLocals has been around since 2008 and […]

Travel Website of the Week: Poncho

Poncho

Poncho bills itself as “the world’s best personalized weather forecast”—and it might just be right. Every morning, they’ll send you weather reports tailored to your routine, delivered by email or text. Just log on their site (or app) to personalize your updates. First, they want to know your zip code. Unfortunately, Poncho is currently limited to […]

Travel Website of the Week: HotelWiFiTest.com

HotelWiFiTest.com

Arguably, the most important hotel amenity these days is free Wi-Fi. The problem is the speed. Sometimes, a hotel’s Wi-Fi is so slow you can’t even download your email or upload a photo. Well, HotelWiFiTest.com offers a way to not only test the speed before you book but to share the results via a number of social […]