A growing list of useful websites we love
GADGETS, GEAR & TRAVEL TECH
Travel uses for your Blackberry, Palm Treo and PDA
Mobile.orbitz.com Lists hotels in 20 U.S. cities that have vacancies for that very night
Google.com/gmm The downloadable application of Google Maps is nearly identical tp the version you've already used on a desktop
Mobile.flightstats.com Get estimates of how long an airport's secuirty line will be
Beiks.com Beiks sells downloadable dictionaries and phrase books for 26 languages
Weather.com/mobile The Weather Channel's service is the quickest and easiest way to get extended forecasts for 98,000 locations
Zagat.com Zagat to Go contains the same restaurant, hotel, and nightlife reviews as those offered in its books
Palmarysoft.com One of the best world-clock programs available for download
Telenav.com Get GPS capability on your PDA
Joby.com Joby Gorillapod has twitable legs to wrap around objects.
Compact-impact.com This bottle-top camera mount fits sungly over the cap of a water or soda bottle
Xshotpix.com When fully extended, the XShot is an impressive 37 inches long
Thepod.ca The Pod is a small beanbag with a camera mounting screw
Rtsphoto.com The Chestpod is designed to make it possible to hold a still or video camera for long periods without your arm getting tired
Quikpod.com With the 18-inch-long Quick Pod Pro+, you can take a self-portrait with enough background in the shot to tell where you are
flickr.com/cameras The photo-sharing website Flickr has introduced Camera Finder, a feature that can help you buy a new camera by showing pix taken with various models
Kropla.com International phone and electronics guide and listings
Golfclubsaway.com A rental service that delivers golf clubs to a hotel or golf course in certain Florida cities.
Creative Travel Gear
Irvs.com Each pocket-size Travelon toiletry packet contains 50 wafer-thin sheets that turn into soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving foam, or laundry detergent when you add water.
Reef.com Reef's sandals have a compartment in each heel so you can store your ID, money, and keys while you're at the pool or the beach.
Airweardesigns.com Airports Designer Jason Solarek's Air Wear bags depict the codes, latitudes, and cities for 40 airports.
Randmcnally.com Not only can Rand McNally's microfiber maps help you find your way in more than 20 U.S. cities, they also double as napkins and as cloths for cleaning your glasses.
Caribbean-sol.com Sunscreen chemicals are bad for coral reefs. Caribbean Solutions' sunblocks use biodegradable ingredients.
Knockknock.biz Even the most obsessive packer will have a hard time finding something missing from this master list.
Guyotdesigns.com Squish these Guyot Designs bowls to fit them into a suitcase, and they'll spring back into shape.
Kenakai.com Made of a suede-like material, this 2-by-2-foot bandana absorbs nearly a cup of water
Eye.fi The Eye-Fi is the first wireless memory card for digital cameras.
Surroundxi.com SurroundXi, a speaker system by RAPHA International, is encased in a seven-inch-long aluminum tube that fits easily in a beach bag.
Exofficio.com Shop for travel clothing, including Buzz Off insect repellent apparel
Compact Backpack Items for Hikers and Campers
Columbia.com Columbia Pants
Thermarest.com Therm-A-Rest Pillow
Bdel.com Black Diamond Headlamp
Seatosummit.com Sea-To-Summit Liner
Gregorypacks.com Gregory Backpack
Mountainhardwear.com Mountain Hardwear Long-sleeve T-shirt
Ems.com Eastern Mountain Sports Parka
Keenfootwear.com Keen Sandals
Travel Gear for Germaphobes
Magellans.com Travel advice and supplies (from clothes to toiletries and more)
Violight.com Tooth brush sanitizer
Washlet.com Personal cleansing technology for your bathroom
Travel Gear for Kids
Kidsflysafe.com Child-safety harness to keep toddlers secure on flights
Travel Gear for Laptops
briggs-riley.com The Executive Traveler bag comes with a laptop sleeve
brenthaven.com The Duo 15 Wheeled Case has plenty of pockets (including a padded laptop slot).
solocases.com The Rolling Laptop Overnighter has packing space in a smaller overall package
Travel Gear at a Discount
Eaglecreek.com Shop for luggage and accessories; also travel tips and a traveler's checklist
Ems.com Look for the Eastern Mountain Sports Outlet Store on the left-hand navigation bar
Campmor.com Access Campmor's Web Bargains section via a link at the top
CheaperThanDirt.com Specializes in hunting gear
Ospreypacks.com Browse Osprey's selection of backpacks and luggage
Rei.com Shop for outdoors gear: REI created a special URL just for discounted merchandise
SierraTradingPost.com Equipment for those who love the outdoors
Tumi.com Shop online for luggage and accessories
Minimus.biz Individual travel-size products from cereal to shampoo
Audacity.sourceforge.net Edit audio easily
Audible.com Download books, newspapers, and more to your personal audio player
Definitivelondon.com London podcast city tour
Kyotopodcast.jp Podcast from Kyoto on Japanese culture and more
Mptours.com Cultural and historic tours of three Buenos Aires barrios are now available for iPods.
Notesfromspain.com Cultural podcast from Spain, includes segments on food, maps, and language
Playawaydigital.com Sells digital audio books
Sparkletack.com San Francisco cultural and historical podcast
Turnhere.com Watch short films about US towns and cities
Slate.com/id/2123266 Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan
Ricksteves.com Podcast tours of Paris's Musée d'Orsay and Louvre
Bbc.co.uk Tour six U.K museums
MuseumPods.com Museum audio tours
Online Photo Services
Apple.com/iLife/iPhoto Apple's online photo album; organize and share digital pictures
Flickr.com Store, sort, and share photos in an online account
Hello.com Send and receive digital photos without email or online accounts
Kodakgallery.com (formerly Ofoto.com) Store, sort and share photos online, buy prints and accessories
Photoworks.com Store, sort, and share photos; buy inexpensive prints
Picasa.com Google's photo organizer for PCs
Sharedbook.com Users can create photo albums with templates that match thier vacation
Shutterfly.com Store, sort, and share photos; create personalized cards and gifts
Snapfish.com Store, sort, and share photos online
Winkflash.com Store, sort, and share photos; order large poster prints and other customized prints
Earthcam.com Links to live web cams across the country and across the globe
Movielink.com Download movies
Upload your travel videos
Create Your Own Travel Blog
Travelblog.org Search for blogs about places/countries; start your own travel blog
Travelpod.com Helps you create a blog and integrate it into your Facebook page
Hotspothaven.com Find wireless hotspots in your area, by provider
Jiwire.com Search for and connect to wireless providers near you
Metrofreefi.com Find wireless hotspots around the globe
Wififreespot.org Links to Wi-fi resources and electronics sites
Wifizone.org Find wireless hotspots around the globe; sign up to become a zone provider
Budgettravel.com Read about chains giving away free Wi-Fi
Free Calls Over Internet
Skype.com Download Skype software and make free internet calls
Luggage tracking tags
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