Top 5 travel apps to stay organized on the road

It's hard to be organized constantly. It's hard when you're at home. It's more difficult when you're on the road, trying to remember where exactly you put that super-important sticky note with the really-super-important booking confirmation number for your hotel. Thankfully there's an app for your troubles. I rounded up the top five travel apps I regularly use to stay organized, both on the road and at home. 1. Evernote iOS // Android // Free Imagine if your brain could immediately access every website, memory or note you ever encountered. Imagine if you eliminated your wagging Post-It notes, your notebooks… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | June 12, 2015
Category: Travel Tech

Top 9 apps for offline maps

I'm on a deserted street in the middle of the night. I'm somewhere outside of Rome, a couple blocks south (or north?) of a train station where I caught the last train in from the airport in an echoing station. My hotel should be up here. Or maybe it was a couple blocks the other way. Or maybe I'm not even on the right street. I squint in the blackness, trying to find street signs tacked on the sides of buildings. But no signs mark the small side streets. I walk down four more blocks to the large, blinding intersection… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | February 1, 2015
Category: Travel Tech

Carpooling sites for travel in Europe

While frequent flyer miles can help alleviate the costs of flights to a destination in a game-changing way, the travel that happens once in a destination can really add up too. This is particularly true in an affluent place like Europe. But, as a continent that has a fabulous infrastructure for public transit, it should come as no surprise that even those with their own personal cars find a way to contribute to the public's transit needs. Indeed, carpooling is yet another task that the internet is revolutionizing in some way. Europe has a number of websites that exist to connect passengers… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | December 4, 2014
Category: Backpacking, Europe, Travel Tech

The Future of Travel?

[caption id="attachment_22486" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Google Cardboard[/caption] I just spend the last 3 and a half days trying to get from Rapid City to Bangkok. Due to the Polar Vortex (or whatever they're calling it this year), massive storms blew through RC and Denver, dropping off a foot of snow and plummeting the temperatures. Flights were canceled, delayed and connections were missed. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining or venting. Matter of fact, I'm not upset about it - it's just an experience that is fresh in my mind. Then, while browsing through photos my photos from this summer, I… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 14, 2014
Category: On The Road, Travel Tech

Working on the Road: Austin, TX

[caption id="attachment_20969" align="aligncenter" width="500"] (Working on this article in Austin - Vintage Heart Cafe)[/caption] My last couple of articles have been a bit higher-level (How lessons I learned while traveling have helped me through family tragedy and Becoming a better person via the kindness of strangers). Today, though, I've decided to post something much more tactical - the places I've enjoyed working over the past couple of weeks while in Austin, TX. I'm riding my motorcycle across the western United States, in order to catch up with friends and interview them for my upcoming podcast. That means balancing a lot of… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | June 13, 2014
Category: General, North America, On The Road, Travel Tech, Vagabonding Life

5 Apps to aid your travels

I have to admit that I am not a techno-junkie. I resist the pull of technology assiduously, but even I am forced to admit that there are some really fantastic new "toys" out there that make travel easier and provide possibilities for the independent traveler that didn't exist in the era of paper maps. mtrip Mtrip provides travel guides for 28 major cities including customizable itineraries, your own points of interest and ratings, create postcards to share via FB or email. Features include off line maps and navigation, up to date travel guides and the ability to keep a trip… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 11, 2014
Category: Travel Tech

Getting lost? There’s an app for that!

There's something to be said for getting lost.  I rather like it, actually. Taking off with no destination, exploring a city by braille, and the serendipity that inevitably arises as a result are intoxicating. There are days in which the last thing I want is a map, or directions, or to "get there" in the most expeditious manner. And then... there are the other days. The days when I'm lost and it's maybe not comfortable, or fun, or safe. There's that moment when you look around and think, "Well this is no good..." and you realize you're in the wrong… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | September 10, 2013
Category: Travel Gear, Travel Tech

On the internet & experiences, apples and dragon fruit

It has occurred to me that the internet is, perhaps, the single greatest boon to the traveling world and, simultaneously, the biggest detriment.  On the one hand, the ability to keep in touch with the people who matter and are left behind, the ability to quickly search destination focused information, the ease of book tickets: plane, train, event or movie in just about any country in the world have made the travel experience so much “easier.” Travelers no longer need to feel like they are “alone” in the world or their experience. Blogs and online communities provide a thriving pool… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (8)  | June 4, 2013
Category: Travel Tech

Singapore and Southeast Asia cities top list of best-connected cities for Wi-Fi in budget accommodation

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Man and women using laptops on a train. Photo: Marco Raaphorst / Flickr"][/caption] Are you looking for a place to plug in to the Internet and get work done while traveling? Singapore is the No. 1 city for budget travelers looking for Wi-Fi in accommodation, so says a study by Hostelbookers. The next cities following were Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Siem Reap and Seoul. If you work over the Internet, the good news is that connectivity is getting better and better. On the flip side, it makes it harder to escape work and get away… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 28, 2013
Category: Travel Tech

Suffer from food allergies, there’s an app for that

Engineers at UCLA are working on converting an iPhone into a small laboratory. Weighting less than 2 ounces, the iTube attaches to your phone and analyzes a food sample in about 20 minutes using a colorimetric assay test. The user grinds up a small sample of food with hot water and places it in the tube along with an extraction solvent. After several other testing liquids are added; the phone then captures an image of the sample using its built-in camera and a program app optically analyzes the image for allergen particles down to parts per million. It doesn’t just… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | December 27, 2012
Category: Food and Drink, General, On The Road, Travel Gear, Travel Health, Travel Tech