Friday, December 17, 2010

5 Amazing Ski Destinations

Ski ResortsNot everybody out there may be thrilled about the oncoming snow but just because snow is approaching doesn't mean everybody is going to have a bad time. Skiers and snowboarders are thrilled to see the first signs of that beautiful white powder that transforms itself into a adult playland. But where are the best places to go? Are some better than others? You better believe it.

Snowmass, Colorado
Snowmass is located a few miles outside of Aspen in the Roaring Fork Valley and offers a large variety of mountain activities. The area is 3,000 acres with a 4,000 foot vertical drop. While that sounds a bit intense, beginners will be pleased to know that Snowmass has some more mellow slopes so you can ease into it. Snowboarders will have fun on the 12-foot halfpipe (good for beginners) and the 22-foot superpipe (better for more experienced boarders). Add that to the 91 trails and 21 chairlifts as well as the shuttles to neighboring Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

Copper Mountain, Colorado
Favored by snowboarders, Copper Mountain offers skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, snow mobile riding, sleigh rides and more. A Snow Day Pass this year will cost you $99 which is good for any day on which the resort gets more than four inches of snow. However, people flock to the mountain year round for other reasons too, mainly because of the resort's unique training facility, Woodward at Copper. The training facility is there for snowboarders to practice the hard tricks in a safe environment. Foam pits keep skiers and snowboarders from getting hurt when practicing those complicated flips.

Northstar at Tahoe Resort, California
Located six miles north of Lake Tahoe, this impressive resort offers 92 separate ski trails spread over a vast 3,000 acres. The resort offers snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. After your busy day on the slopes, you can relax at the one of the resort's many lodges, condos or mountain homes or visit the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe if you are feeling fancy.

Alta, Utah
Alta is one of the oldest ski areas in the entire country and is one of the very few that does not allow any snowboarding whatsoever. The resort will also shut down once a certain number of skiers shows up. Alta is also a part of the Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour, a real treat for the more advanced and expert skiers. For $295 you can follow guides through the Wasatch Mountain backcountry via routes in and out of six ski resorts.

Yellowstone National Park
When one thinks of Yellowstone, one probably thinks of Old Faithful and a summer destination. However, Yellowstone is also an unforgettable winter location. Guests will be able to take cross-country skiing lessons as well as guided trips through the park. There is a lot of exotic wildlife to view including moose, bison and wolves. If you want to take a rest from all the activities, then take a snow coach ride that gets you up close and personal to all that wildlife.

So there you have it, five of the greatest ski resorts in the country. Great for both beginner skiers and snowboarders or expert ones, everybody can find something to like in all of these destinations.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Use your iPhone To Check Into Hotels



Did you know that you can fully check in to hotel rooms with merely the press of a button using a new Smartphone app from Openways? Openways is the global provider of access-management software solutions for mobile platforms, which exclusively caters to security and hospitality industries.

This Openways solution allows you to completely bypass the hassle of waiting in line to check in, waiting for the clerk to process your information etc., and go straight from your vehicle to your hotel door. The way the technology works is by implementing a rather novel idea: If you are traveling with an iPhone, Blackberry, NOKIA or Android-based mobile cell phone, you can use this app to securely obtain an encrypted room key, which of course can be used to unlock your room door. The encrypted key itself is actually “dematerialized” in the sense that it is tonal and relies upon the principle of Crypto Acoustic Credential.

Of course every new technology in security applications brings with it the natural and fundamental question of just how secure it is. Concerning how secure a given acoustic key is as opposed to traditional ‘material’ key technology, there are a few things to consider:

For those of you worried about security issues that might result from a lost or stolen cell phone, the acoustic key itself is in no way stored on the mobile device, but always remains on Openway’s servers. So when it comes to scenarios in which a lost key might compromise the security of a room, the Openways solution is actually the more secure option, since there is no material key to be lost or stolen in the first place, and every key that is used to access a room is unique each time it is used. This means that any recording of the key will be flagged as fraudulent by the technology and rendered incapable of unlocking the given door assigned to the real key.

Of course the app can only work with hotels that support the technology, so one must keep this in mind when using the Openways solution.



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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Top 5 Places to Visit in Qatar

When many people heard that the 2022 World Cup was going to be held in Qatar, they probably responded with "Where in the world is Qatar?". Well, the Middle East to be precise. Qatar is a little-known country that borders the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia and has a population of less than 1 million people.

What's funny is that Qatar beat out such countries as South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States for hosting rights to the tournament. Qatar averages 95 degrees during the summer and has even been known to reach temperatures as high as 120 degrees. Couple that with the threat of sandstorms, and suddenly Qatar doesn't seem like such a great place for fans of the World Cup.

To address this problem, Qatar plans on building new stadiums and even improving some old ones in hopes of shielding players and fans from the inclement weather. According to Qatar officials, these new stadiums will feature air conditioning and even be powered by solar panels. Qatar is also creating a public bus system for the World Cup, and visitors will also be able to rent a car or hire a personal driver.

Visitors to the World Cup will have plenty to see in Qatar besides the world's best soccer players. Just because Qatar isn't a well known country doesn't mean that there isn't anything to do.

Al-Corniche
Al-Corniche is a road stretching four miles along the harbor in the capital city of Doha on the Eastern Coast of Qatar. Aside from the traditional sailing boats known as dhows and the beautiful Indian Ocean waterfront, travelers will see some of the most interesting and innovative architectures.

Souq Waqif
One of the most commercial areas of Doha is Souq Waqif. Buying and selling has been taking place in the area for hundreds of years, and the shops have been remodeled to look like 19th century Souq. Souq Waqif is one of the most traditional marketplaces in Qatar where visitors can buy spices, perfumes and garments and even handkerchiefs and locally brewed coffee.

Al-Khor
Al-Khor is located up the coast from Doha and is a former pearl fishing village. In front of the harbor is a fish market and the beaches are pristine. Qatar visitors can also go bird watching in the mangroves and gardens of the city in Al-Khor.

Bir Zekreet
On the opposite coast of Qatar lies the fantastic beach of Bir Zekreet. The beach is perfect for camping lovers and the city is also surrounded by desert allowing you to explore numerous sand dunes and find plenty of desert mushrooms. Nearby you will find a wild deer reserve as well as an old movie set reminiscent of a deserted village.

Khor al-Adaid
Khor al-Adaid is surrounded by crescent-shaped sand dunes and is known as the inland sea. Local tour operators organize both overnight camping trips as well as day trips, and you can even drive along the dunes, ride camels or sand ski along these popular Qatar dunes.

So there you have it, some interesting things to do if you decide to take a trip all the way to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Are Smartphones Stealing All GPS Sales?

smartphones stealing gps sales
For years researchers have been saying that the developments and advancements of smartphones would cause GPS systems to become obsolete, but until recently smartphones did not seem like a legitimate threat.

The Swedish research company Berg Insight says that it believes that PND (personal navigation device) sales will peak at 42 million units by next year and then slowly phase out due to the increase in GPS-enabled smartphones in the years to come.

Smartphone-enabled GPS systems are so much more convenient when they are compared to a separate device that you have to lug around everywhere with you like a GPS system.
The numbers concerning the decline of GPS systems are a sharp contrast from the numbers just a few years ago that showed several hundred dollar GPS systems including Garmins, TomToms, and Magellans that made the very top of some people’s Christmas lists.

To pinpoint the decline of the want or need for a GPS system, you must consider the launch of Android in October 2008. When this occurred, subscribers were provided with Google Maps and navigation programs for free. In February Nokia followed suit by providing their users with Ovi Maps, a-turn-by-turn navigation software. Berg reported that compared to the same time last year, in the first half of 2010, the use of navigation services of mobile devices grew by 57 percent.

“The technology is being partially absorbed into smartphones and in-dash devices,” said Kevin Rauckman, the Garmin chief financial officer. Despite the decline in the purchase and use of GPS systems, navigation companies are still putting up a fight. “We are also seeing the industry mature very rapidly. But that in no way means the end of the road for our business,” said Rauckman. The companies are adding features to their GPS systems like much more accurate maps, bigger screen sizes, and specific data points locating things such as sex offenders or speed cameras. They are also “fortifying” their apps so that they can directly compete with devices and services like iPhone, Android, and Symbian.

“There is no doubt that the smartphone is transforming many of these markets, not just navigation devices, but cameras and media players, too,” Andre Malm, a senior analyst at Berg Insight said. “These markets aren’t going to disappear, but they are going to change substantially.”

In spite of the figures that Berg Insight has predicted, they say that they don’t see GPS systems as devices that will completely die off. In a press release Berg said that in the years to come it is likely that most North American and European customers will own more than one device capable of taking care of navigation needs.

Malm said, “Vendors need to communicate the advantages of connected services, such as better traffic information, in order to educate potential customers and stimulate demand.”

I have begun to see the use of GPS systems decline quite a bit lately, but I agree with Berg Insight on the prediction that the devices will not completely disappear. Some people like the size of GPS systems, and others like having an actual device in their car that is specifically utilized for navigation purposes. Although the younger generation may not be interested in GPS systems and would prefer to use their smartphone, many people in older generations may prefer the various advantages and simplicity of a GPS system.

We’ll just have to see how GPS systems do in the future, and if smartphones really will take over the GPS market.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

What You Need to Know About Traveling for Thanksgiving


According to recent reports released last Tuesday, an improving economy is behind an expected surge in travelers for Thanksgiving. According to numbers estimated by AAA as well as IHS Global Insight, somewhere around 42.2 million people will travel anywhere from 50 miles away or more come next Thursday for Thanksgiving. That is a lot of people. In fact, it is an 11% increase from the amount of travelers seen last year, which was somewhere around 37.9 million who traveled during the 5-day break.

AAA and IHS Global Insight have based their predictions on signs of an improving economy which includes a 2.2% gain in gross domestic product since Thanksgiving 2009. The organizations are also using the GDP growth as well as signs that many consumers are knocking off their debt as indications that more of these people will clutter highways and airports for Thanksgiving.

Over the last two years, Thanksgiving travel has dropped to a historical low. Travel last year only rose a pathetic 0.2% from 2008 when the number of travelers dropped a dramatic 25%. In most cases, people will be traveling by car which makes a near 94% of all Thanksgiving travel. A 12% increase in highway traffic is also predicted to occur compared to last year's numbers.

In an unfortunate event, gas prices have increased by $0.24 per gallon over the last year. However, AAA believes that the increase "is not sizable enough to discourage travel." AAA also stated, "Moreover, the increase in gasoline prices is expected to be offset by the healthier economic positions of households this holiday relative to last year."

Only about 4% of travelers this Thanksgiving will be traveling by air which includes a projected increase of 3.5% in air travel. This increase, according to AAA, is "based on improvements in the airline industry and its recent increases in capacity." If this is true, then it will be a distinct change in airline travel which has plummeted in recent years. However, these statistics do not take into consideration the number of people who may be deterred from flying due to the increased airport security including the full body scanners that have recently been put in place.

An increase in holiday travel is a good sign that we may be coming out, ever slowly mind you, of this economic recession we seem to have fallen into. While there has been an increase in Thanksgiving travel, I think the amount of Christmas travelers is going to be a true sign of how far out of this economic slump we truly are.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

World's Most Remote Hotels

Remote HotelsInterested in spending a weekend at the Bloomfield Lodge in Queensland, Australia? No problem, just jump on a chartered plane, drive through the rugged Australian Outback and cruise down a river. Once you do that you will be greeted by an oasis of solitude and beauty. The hotel is located in the Daintree Rainforest and is directly next to the Great Barrier Reef. While staying at the Bloomfield Lodge, guests can hike the rainforests, swim under waterfalls, fish, sail, and even get a massage all without the crowdedness of your typical resort.

The Andean Cottage in Peru is the same way with everything being about privacy. Guests at this resort are treated to a private beach and dock as well as a private resort on a private island on Lake Titicaca. One downside (or positive) is that there are absolutely no automobiles, no electricity and no televisions, so be prepared to take a couple of interesting books along. Oh, and you also get a personal 24-hour butler. Guests can make it to the island in a mere 4 1/2 hours by speedboat.

Both the Bloomfield and the Andean are but two of the world's most remote hotels and resorts. With how "connected" our world has become, what with all the smartphones and laptops and the like, the promise of a remote getaway is quite enticing. Typically vacations stop becoming vacations and begin to become working-on-the-go. To quote Elbert Hubbard, "No man needs a vacation so much as the man who just had one." This is why remote hotels are so appealing.

Sometimes, getting away doesn't necessarily mean going hundreds of miles away from the nearest person. The Kokopelli's Cave outside Farmington, N.M. has its own definition of "remoteness". Take a path and descend a ladder and you will find yourself in a hotel room in a cave, that's right, a legitimate cave 70 feet underground! This resort is definitely not for the claustrophobic.

Speaking of claustrophobia, if you have it, then you probably shouldn't take a trip to the Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida. In order to reach your hotel room, you have to scuba dive 21 feet to what used to be an underwater laboratory. Sounds a little bit like Rapture if you ask me (gamers will understand).

If you want to get away to a place that is really cool, then head on over to the Hotel Arctic in Greenland. The Hotel Arctic is the most northern 4-star hotel in the world. Positioned in a fjord, the hotel offers guests the natural beauty of the country right outside your window with icebergs, snow and sunny vistas. If you want to, you can even spend the night in an igloo.

While some of these hotels can be a little expensive, getting a remote getaway won't always burn a hole in your pocket. The Garvault Hotel in the Scottish Highlands will only set you back $200 a night (based on double-occupancy). The grounds for the hotel, which are located between two giant private hunting reserves, overlook the beautiful Loch Rimsdale. There are literally no distractions whatsoever for miles. Guests will be able to enjoy hiking over the Highlands, fishing for trout and salmon, bird watching and then relaxing by a peat fire.

Each and every one of these incredible hotels is perfect if you actually want to escape for a while and have a real, traditional vacation away from EVERYTHING. Don't let the hussle and bustle of everyday life follow you on what is supposed to be a relaxing retreat.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Buying a GPS System

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If you’re looking into buying a GPS system, now is a great time. Finally, the product has matured to the point that it’s not outrageously expensive anymore. This is partially because of time and partially because of the fact that many smartphones are now equipped with navigation abilities. Before you go out and buy just any old GPS system though, there are definitely some factors that you should consider.

First, you should consider the basics of the device. Screen size is something that is very important. Right now the trend seems to be a 4.3 inch screen. Most of the newest models are featuring screens this size. If you’re willing to go for a smaller screen size than this, you will most likely save a decent amount of money. The issue with a smaller screen is that it can be difficult to read things on it. Another thing you have to consider though is that the larger the screen the more room it will take up on your dashboard or windshield. These are just some things to keep in mind.

When purchasing a GPS system, you may wonder about the maps that the device includes. Well, almost every system sold these days comes standard with preloaded maps of the United States, and some even come with Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico as well. If you need any additional maps, you can usually purchase them from the GPS manufacturer and download them via your PC or onto your SD card.

Another thing to consider when looking at GPS systems is voice control. A few systems allow you to speak commands instead of poking at the buttons on the device's screen. This is definitely safer because it allows you to control the system hands-free, but you will most likely be paying more if you want this feature. There are also some other great extras that you can find on some GPS systems like media players that can support audio, photo, or video playback from an SD card. Other more practical features would be Bluetooth capabilities. These are definitely some features that you should consider when looking at different systems.

You will also want to make sure that the system features live traffic updates. You need your GPS to have a traffic receiver so that you can find alternate routes during traffic jams. For some systems that don’t feature traffic receivers, you can purchase an add-on accessory that will give you traffic updates. Unfortunately, adding on a receiver will add to the bulk of your GPS and add yet another cord, and then you also will have to deal with paying for a subscription to live traffic updates. Basically, the point is that you want to try to find a GPS with a built-in traffic receiver.

So, after reading about all the things that you need to consider when purchasing a GPS, you might ask if it would simply be easier to purchase a smartphone with navigation capabilities. It really just depends on what you like best. If you decide to utilize your phone as your GPS system, you will have to buy something so that you can mount your phone to the windshield, and you will also have to consider the fact that using your phone as a GPS system will drain your phone's battery a lot. Some people just prefer to have a device that is dedicated only to navigation purposes. It’s really up to you to decide what you feel more comfortable with.

These are just a few things that you should consider if you’re looking into buying a GPS system. You should definitely do some research before making any kind of purchase. Make sure that your system has everything that you’re looking for. Like I said, this is a great time to be looking into a GPS system. You’re sure to find a great deal out there if you take the time to look for one.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

NYC Airports Introduce Full-Body Scanners

Airport Full Body ScannerTalk to anybody who has seriously traveled in recent years and the one thing every single one of them will tell you is that the worst part of traveling is definitely the airports. Well, not so much the airports as the airport security. And if you have ever been through an airport then you know exactly what I am talking about.

Air travelers already sacrifice their shoes as well as their bottled water in order to mosey on through airport security checkpoints. Going through security takes long enough as it is and the hassles are never few. But now air travelers will have even more security to go through, especially if they are planning on traveling through one of New York City's three major airports.

In light of new security measures being added to New York City airports, some travelers will have to start saying goodbye to their modesty. Not sure what I mean? Well, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun a slow rollout of high-tech full body scanners in New York and New Jersey.

The machines give screeners the ability to see beneath an individual's clothing in order to search for weapons or other improper articles. At the Kennedy Airport on Friday, select passengers at the American Airlines terminal were asked to step inside a large X-ray machine and raise their arms after passing through a metal detector.

The devices use a low dose of radiation in order to create computerized images of a person's body. There are a lot of potential problems with this new security system that could arise. While the TSA obviously has the well being of every passenger that passes through an airport in mind, this newest development may go a little too far.

The TSA currently has many of these X-rays devices deployed in 61 airports across the country.
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Friday, October 8, 2010

World's 5 Creepiest Places in the World

Spooky PlacesThe world is full of creepy, spooky places, places where things go bump in the night and the unexplainable reigns supreme. So, for all you spooky enthusiasts out there, a list of the top five creepiest places in the world has been compiled. However, you had better be ready to cash in on your frequent flyer miles, because these places will take you all over our spooky planet.

1. Bermuda Triangle, Bermuda
Everybody knows about the Bermuda Triangle, that mysterious abyss in the ocean which has been blamed for making a whole host of aircrafts and ships simply disappear. Also known as The Devil's Triangle, the area is loosely based on a triangular sea span with apexes at Miami, Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico. A multitude of marine and aviation mishaps have occurred in this area at an unusually high rate. There are a few very interesting, almost sensational stories, that involve the area like an entire squadron of 1945 Navy Bombers that reportedly disappeared there without leaving a single shred of wreckage or drowned corpses.

2. Edinburgh, Scotland
Delve into the underworld, for real. A lost city lies beneath the south bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland. An underground maze of vaulted rooms, chambers, tunnels and passageways shrouded in mystery and intrigue make the perfect spooky getaway. The bricked-in city was closed in the early 1800's and was virtually unknown to the thriving city above until 1985 when it was rediscovered. It is reported that thousands of people lived and died in the vaults, many of whom never saw the light of day.

3. Lizzie Bordon Bed and Breakfast, Massachusetts, U.S.A
Who doesn't want to spend the night in a house where somebody brutally killed her whole family with an ax? Well, if that has always been a lifelong dream of yours, then the Lizzie Bordon Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts is the perfect place for you. Built in 1845, the house became famous for the 1892 ax murders of Abby and Andrew Bordon by their own daughter Lizzie. The house has since been turned into a bed and breakfast allowing people to stay in the historic, and paranormal, home.

4. Stanley Hotel, Colorado, U.S.A
If you think that Stephen King's book and later movie adaptation known as The Shining is one of the scariest things you have ever experienced, then congratulations, because you are just like the rest of the world! If you have ever dreamed of spending the night in the hotel that inspired the novel, then you may be a little less normal. However, the opportunity still remains for you to do that. The Stanley Hotel is said to be a paranormal hot spot housing many "other worldly" guests. Can you brave a night in one of the most haunted hotels in America?

5. Transylvania, Romania
It is hard to deny the scariness that resonates from the mythical, bloodsucking vampire. So why not take your horror factor to the next level by taking a trip to the alleged birthplace of the vampire, Transylvania? This western province in Romania is said to be the home of Count Dracula. You can even visit the Count's alleged keep, the intimidating Bran Castle. Make sure you take plenty of garlic and stakes if you dare a trip to Romania this fall.

So there you have it, the top five creepiest places in the world. Are you brave enough to give any of these spooky spots a try?
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Best Locations for an Autumn Getaway

FallFall is approaching fast. The leaves are turning, the weather is cooling and one thing people love to do in Autumn is take a weekend vacation to a beautiful, small town to escape the hectic day-to-day. But finding the perfect spot that is also affordable can be tricky, so here is a short list of the best and most affordable Autumn getaways.

Petersham, Massachusetts
Petersham is a quiet, quaint town in Central Massachusetts that comes equipped with all the essential features of a traditional New England town. Petersham has everything from a central green and a main street with 19th-century clapboard houses to a white-steepled church and a general store. The one thing it doesn't have is large tour buses and high prices. Visitors to Petersham can enjoy the Inn at Clamber Hill, a five-room bed and breakfast where a double room will run you a reasonable $169 per night in fall high season.

Middlesboro, Kentucky
Middlesboro has a historic downtown area and is widely known as the gateway to the Cumberland Gap. Beautiful trees like sugar maples, beech, birch and basswood trees all hit their blooming peak in mid to late October making one beautiful view. Guests can reside at the Cumberland Manor Bed and Breakfast, a grand Victorian home that dates back to the 1890's and has double rooms that start at $99.

Alpine, Arizona
Many of you probably don't think of Arizona, with its desert climate, to be a hotspot for fall. However the small town of Alpine is considered to be the Switzerland of Arizona. The town's beautifully colored aspen and oak trees draw in many visitors each fall. You can hide away at the Hannagan Meadow Lodge, which is quietly nestled at 9,100 feet in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest where double rooms start at $65.

Now there are many ways you could enjoy the beautiful scenes in all of these towns. Most people would typically just drive their cars around. But where's the fun in that? Why not try powering your own journey. Many of these towns have beautiful hiking trails and bike trails. Many of them even offer untrafficked roads, allowing you to take a road bike out for a spin.

If you want to find the best time to go, then check out the state's tourism boards' websites for all the info on the color progression for that area. Finding the peak season isn't as easy as some may think. And the best thing to do if you truly want seclusion is to book now and go midweek.

Fall is definitely one of the most beautiful times of the year so don't miss out on these perfect and affordable fall getaways.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Top Things To Do In Munich At Oktoberfest 2010

Oktoberfest 2010Fall is coming fast and so is one of the most beloved international festivals of all time, Oktoberfest. Each and every fall millions of people from around the world travel to Munich, Germany to enjoy all the festivities celebrating that drink of fermented barley and yeast that everybody loves.

If you are one of the many people out there in the world who hasn't had the opportunity to experience their first Oktoberfest, then you may be at a loss as to what to do when you get there. That is why a list has been compiled of the top things to do at this year's Oktoberfest.

1.) Check out the most popular tents.
If you are planning on checking things out at the main area (otherwise known as the Wiesn), then you have to visit the tents of all the major brewers. Brewers like Lwenbru and Winzerer Fhndl can't be missed.

2.) Learn the Language
Obviously if you are going to another country, then you have to know how to talk the talk. Learning a few key German phrases could help you mingle with locals a little better. Words like Biddscheen (Please), Heisl (Toilet), Bierdimpfe (Notorious Beer Drinker), Ma (One liter of beer), and Ozapfa (To tap a beer barrel) are all useful phrases for navigating Oktoberfest.

3.) Take the Bus
Parking is damn near impossible at the tents and all experts on the matter suggest using any means of public transportation that you can find.

4.) Ride a Bike
There is a lot more to do in Germany than go to Oktoberfest and since the festival is 12 days long, you may need something else to do. Munich is probably one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. That is why you should check out a bike tour to get a real taste of Munich.

5.) Explore Marienplatz
The center of the city is a 12th-century wonder and is widely known as the "heart of Munich". There are many great places for sightseeing, shopping and dining making Marienplatz a perfect starting point for any Oktoberfest.

6.) Shop in Viktualienmarkt
After spending the day in Marienplatz, you could hop on over to Viktualienmarkt, a daily farmer's market where you can find a huge variety of fresh and regional delights. There are over 140 booths offering products from local florists, bakers and restaurants.

7.) Take a hike
Hike on up the staggering 306 steps of Munich's oldest church, St. Peter's (also known as Alter Peter). The summit holds some of the most memorable and beautiful views of the city. Inside the cathedral you can witness five Gothic paintings by Jan Polack, alters by Ignaz Gunther and a ceiling fresco by Johann Baptist Zimmerman.

8.) Have a Beer at Hofbruhaus
There is nothing like getting a taste of authentic Munich beer and there is no place better to do it than Hofbruhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world. Built in 1589, Hofbruhaus is filled with old, long wooden tables with engravings from people a hundred years ago. All beer is served in one liter steins and Bavarian bands play live all day everyday.

So there you have it, a list of the top things to do in Munich when visiting Oktoberfest 2010. So if you are planning on traveling to the biggest beer festival in the world, you now have a few ideas on how to pass the time.


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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Five Underrated Travel Destinations for 2010


The word vacation brings to mind many destinations, most of them at the forefront of everyone's mind. Places like Disneyland and Paris are considered must-sees in the travel world, but as travel becomes more and more affordable, popular destinations are getting crowded and overrun with tourists. While it may be beautiful and romantic to lean over the railing at Niagara Falls or ride a donkey down the Grand Canyon, there are destinations that are completely unheard of as mainstream vacations, and these are the most spectacular and fulfilling places to visit. Below are five travel destinations that may sound unfamiliar, but are glorious in their own right.

Zao, Japan.

Currently skiing in Japan is all the rage among Australians. The most popular place to partake in Japan's fantastic slopes is the city of Niseko. While Niseko is indeed beautiful, a more underrated destination, Zao, has more to offer with less tourist traffic. While Niesko is overrun by Australians and has gentle slopes for everyone, Zao is secluded with dramatic mountains and the added bonus of sulfur hot springs. Guests staying at the Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort can spend the day racing down the mountainside and return to soak in the hot springs. Anyone looking for a unique Japanese experience should definitely consider Zao.

Norfolk Island, Australia.

Located off of the shore of Australia, Norfolk Island is a tiny, quiet island with a fascinating history and slow leisurely living pace. While other tourists flock to Lord Howe island or Tasmania, travelers can opt to take a boat from mainland Australia to quiet Norfolk Island and lounge uninhibited at its beautiful beaches and fish in its abundant oceans. A popular spot to visit is Anson Bay.

Asturias and Cantabria Coasts, Spain.


Located on the coast of Spain these two cities offer experiences unheard of anywhere else. They are famous for their cider houses and cheese, but the most astonishing attraction of these beautiful coasts are the prehistoric painted caves. Located here is the famous Altimira painted cave, but dozens more litter the coastline. All known caves are marked on maps and are free for the public to explore.

Hue, Vietnam.

When people think of Vietnam, names that come to mind are Hanoi and Saigon, but a little off of the beaten path is Hue. Almost unknown to tourists, Hue is a fascinating city with a lot of insight into Vietnamese history and culture. Hue housed the Citadel, home to the royal family for generations, which was almost destroyed in 1968. Travelers can also travel by boat down the Perfume River and visit the complex tombs that each emperor had built.


Doubtful Sound, New Zealand.


The most visited sound in New Zealand is Milford sound, but by now Milford is overly crowded and a veritable tourist attraction. A better, less visited destination would be Doubtful Sound. Despite its melancholy name Doubtful Sound is a secluded location where travelers can spot bottlenose dolphins and seals. Although it is harder to reach than Milford Sound, the extra effort is worth the beautiful serenity Doubtful Sound harbors.

This holiday season it may be time to give up on overcrowded and overpriced must see destinations. Instead, travelers should do some computer research and visit one of the beautiful destinations above or discover something completely new. An adventure somewhere new will certainly be more exhilarating than the same old same old.


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Five tips to make traveling with your child easier.



With advances on the technological front making traveling easier and easier, one thing seems to always remain the same. Traveling with children is a pain, plain and simple. Almost every trip can degrade into a cacophony of "I have to pee!" and "Are we there yet?". Thankfully, there are steps to be taken that will ease the harsh reality of toddler travel, and while it will never equate to a day at the spa, at least you won't be bald by the time you reach your destination.

Keep the little bees busy

To a young child, a half an hour seems like a lifetime. So one can only imagine how an extended car ride can wear on a little one's patience. While toddler minds can readily jump to the conclusion that the trip is never ending, if entertainment is readily available the long, tiresome hours can slide by a little smoother. Some cars and planes now come with built in DVD players. If this is the case, make sure to bring along brand new movies for the waking hours and a few old favorites for sleep time. If no DVD player is available, most laptops can play DVD's as well. If your mode of transportation is technologically lacking, there is always the classic alternative consisting of a bag of new playthings. A good tactic is to load up on small, cheap toys and keep them handy for travel time. Don't be tempted to raid the toy box from home, because the little one will not be amused by his day to day toys. New, inexpensive trinkets will hold the child's attention for good amounts of time, and once one bauble becomes boring, low and behold, another appears to entertain tiny hands and tiny minds. Try not to hand over the whole stash at once, instead go one at a time to prolong the use of your bag of goodies.

Make eating simple and fun

Every parent of a small child can understand the horror and frustration of crushed Cheerios and old french fries littering the car floor. Even if you opt to eat inside, what if a booster seat is not available? Or your little one could be a picky eater, and demand chicken nuggets when all the restaurant offers is chicken tenders. These are the woes of every parent, but precautions can be taken to minimize food tantrums. For snack time in the car, there are cups available in most supermarkets that have a rubber lid with cut out slits, so your babies hands can reach into the cup and pull out snacks without dumping them everywhere. These no spill cups are a serious upholstery saver. Try to avoid crumbly, high maintenance snacks, and stick to the basics. Granola bars, fruit snacks, and dried fruit can all take care of a sweet tooth without overloading your baby on sugar, and all three come prepackaged and ready to go. For the picky restaurant eater try to plan ahead, and if the menu looks sparse once you're seated, ask your server if your child's favorite food can be made. Oftentimes it is no problem to turn chicken tempura tenders into bite sized nuggets, all it takes is a few knife cuts. If all else fails, you can always pack a cooler with Junior's favorites inside, since most larger gas stations offer microwaves.

They're not going to want to walk, so be prepared.

Parent and child both love amusements parks, who doesn't? Yet after the first ride or two your little one's feet are going to ache and his patience is going to run out fast. It may seem like a unnecessary pain, but always bring a stroller. Amusement parks know that little feet will need a break and often provide strollers, but the prices can be outrageous and the seats in the strollers can be hard and uncomfortable. If your baby is still in an infant seat, go for the travel system combo. The car seat will fit into the stroller without a problem and can save you the time of finding a stroller that will fit your car seat. Plus, who doesn't love to match? If your baby is older, opt for the smaller, slimmer strollers that can fold up to fit almost anywhere. These lightweight canvas strollers are perfect if baby needs a break and won't take up lots of precious baggage space in the back of the car.

Nobody likes poop.

No set of big blue eyes or gummy smile is going to make up for a big, stinky diaper on a car or plane ride. So when you smell that smell, be prepared! Pack a small carry on diaper bag for plane rides. Include a travel size wipe dispenser, a few diapers, rash cream and a simple change of clothes. Don't ever reassure yourself that baby won't deliver during the two hour flight, because he most certainly will. It is just the way of things, confined spaces equal poop pants. Plane bathrooms are tiny, and the changing tables even tinier, so go ahead and ask the flight attendant to prepare the table for you before you head to the bathroom. Trust me, they'd rather prep a table than clean up the disaster that could occur should you try to prepare the table one handed. Car rides are a little easier, repeat the previous step about the travel diaper bag and you should be fine. Make sure for both planes and cars that you bring your own changing pads, just in case of emergency.

Don't go crazy

I know, I know, you must be thinking I must never have experienced child travel to even suggest this step, but it is essential. Keep calm, keep motivated, and most importantly, keep sane. If you are traveling with your husband or wife, split up for a little bit during vacation. Let Hubby go golfing while Mom takes the kids to a museum, or let Mom have some spa time while Daddy takes the babies to the pool. Don't try your hardest to shove every activity you can into every minute of the day. Take some down time, relax. During the traveling itself don't worry if you get a little tense or snappy, it is natural. Stop at a rest stop and stretch your legs, buy your kids some candy and enjoy a moment of peace. If on a flight, let your child watch as much in-flight television as they please, be happy for the respite. The trick is to not try and make things perfect, just try your best and make them easy.

These are just a few tips to simplify travel time. Every child will be different, every vacation or trip a different experience. The most important thing is to prepare for each and every aspect of the trip. It may seem like a pain at the time, but the one thing you forget to prepare for is the one thing that is sure to happen. Make sure nothing can possibly go wrong, so when it does, you can handle it with authority and grace.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Packing Pro is Top Travel App of 2010

Packing Pro is Top Travel App of 2010


National Geographic called Packing Pro one of the best travel apps for iPhone. Apple showcased the app in their App Store Travel Guide and AppShouter called it "the ultimate tool for regular travelers." Examiner.com gives the app a five out of five stars rating and says, "Basically, everything you ever need for your trip is in here, and if it's not, you can add it!" Now, American Express' Travel+Leisure magazine has named Packing Pro the "Top Travel App of 2010." Let's take a look at this little app and see what all the fuss is about.

According to Packing Pro's website, the app provides you with a number of features:

  • An expert list assistant which creates lists based on the number of people traveling with you, their ages, how many days you'll be traveling, the temperature and destination, and preferences such as how you will wash clothes or prepare food.
  • Eight sample packing lists for different groups such as families, couples, campers, and business people.
  • Customizable fonts, layouts, and colors.
  • Easy navigation.
  • A catalog of over 800 extra items for babies, kids, pets, sports, activities, cooking, religion, and more.
  • Smart Search.

So how does the app work? Basically, you create your packing list and customize it by adding, deleting, renaming, or reordering categories and types of items or by using one of the sample lists provided. While doing this, the app will suggest ideas for your trip, such as "typical male/female" suggestions or suggestions based on whether you plan to travel lightly or not. You can use the app to check off items once they've been packed and keep a tally of how many items in each category you've already packed. You can even email completed lists to family and friends.

Essentially, the app helps you stay organized when preparing for a trip. It also seems like a great way to make sure you return from your trip with everything you came with. (Who hasn't gotten halfway home and realized they left that shirt in the drawer or that book on the nightstand?) Regardless of what type of traveler you are, this app seems like it could be used by anyone.

The app runs on iPhone OS 3.0 or greater, iPod Touch, or iPad OS 4.1 or greater. You can purchase the app at the Apple App store for $2.99.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

The Cruise Finder App for Your iPhone

The Cruise Finder App for Your iPhone If you're planning on taking a cruise soon, there's now an app for you! iCruise.com, a website for booking discount cruises online, has finally launched a cruise app for your iPhone and according to the company, it's the best one on the market.

The app, which is called the Cruise Finder, is free to download and provides lots of great information. It includes 20 cruise lines, 200 ships, and 12,000 different itineraries from the iCruise.com database. Other features include a multiple search option, which allows you to find cruises based on destination, cruise ship, cruise line, departure date, or departure port; 32,000 pictures, including cabin photos; descriptions, and deck plans.

Uf Tukel, the co-president of iCruise.com said the app was created for people who plan vacations away from their computer. He said the company wanted to build something that was "visually appealing" and included most of the content found on the website. He also says the app is the only one of its kind in the United States, because such an app is a "complicated, expensive and time-consuming undertaking to target only 25% of the U.S. smartphone market, which happens to be demographically younger than the average cruiser.”

If you've already booked your cruise, the Cruise Finder app can help you, too! You can find information such as driving directions to various cruise ports, pier parking, and even port weather conditions.

Finally, if you're not into cruises at all, Tukel said he hopes the app will appeal to you, as well. "We certainly believe that this app will appeal to cruise enthusiasts, but we really hope that mobile technology will be a new platform for us to help introduce cruising to folks who never thought they’d consider it," he said.

Right now, you can't book a cruise from the app, but Tukel said that is in the works for future versions. You can download the app at iCruise.com or through the Apple App Store. iCruise is based out Delray Beach, Florida.

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2. iPad Rentals are a Must-Have for Business Travel
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kansas City Now Has its Own iPhone App

Kansas City Now Has its Own iPhone App

There's an app for almost everything these days and now you can include traveling to Kansas City in the mix. A new app called "Kansas City Uncovered - a Sassy Look at a Midwestern Gem" has been created by Sutro Media and it is now available from the Apple iTunes store.

It was compiled by Diana Lambdin Meyer, a travel writer and resident of the city. She came up with 109 restaurants and attractions along with 639 pictures (shot by her husband, photographer Bruce Meyer) for the app. Meyer said she tried to come up with "fun, distinct and memorable" selections and tried to include some information that even the most savvy of Kansas City residents and travelers would not know about.

According to the St. Joseph News-Press, a "marketing blurb" that comes along with the app reads, "This guide gives you the facts, as well as a little sass and trash talk as only longtime residents of the city can provide. Who would you ask about the controversial newspaper ad for the Blueberry Margaritas or what services Count Basie received at the Phoenix Jazz Bar?"

So what kind of attractions will you find in the app? There are museums, gardens, places to take children, attractions, fountains, nightlife, restaurants and even trivia. Did you know the first Walt Disney studio was located in Kansas City? Did you know the Happy Meal started there? You can also learn about different tours and hikes and some of the town's history. Visiting a specific neighborhood? You can use the app to tell what you can do in that specific area.

Meyer says she has lived in the city for 25 years and had a hard time narrowing down what she wanted to use for the app. Restaurants were the hardest things to choose from. She and her husband picked out their favorites, as well as asking others what they would suggest. She cut that list down to 50 restaurants, plus ten of Kansas City's famous barbecue places. The restaurant section includes facts such as where to get the best margarita in town and even some information on some of the city's iconic places to eat.

One of her favorites was a place called You Say Tomato. Of the restaurant she says, "It's a farm-to-table restaurant in an old building that used to be a neighborhood grocery store, and everything has tomato in it. Excellent food, independently owned and they wear tomatoes on their heads. We had to include it."

Each place to visit, be it a restaurant or attraction, comes with pictures, information such as prices, whether it's child-friendly or not, any interesting facts, and of course contact information and links to websites. There's also a map and walking or driving directions to each location.

The app can be downloaded for your iPhone for $1.99 at Sutromedia.com or the Apple iTunes Store.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wi-Fi on U.S. Flights

in-flight wi-fiAccording to Computerworld, one-third of all U.S. flights are now Wi-Fi friendly. This could make air travel time pass much more quickly, and it could also be very advantageous to those who travel often on business.

Virgin Flights and AirTran can boast that they offer on-board Wi-Fi on every single one of their planes. It will cost you anywhere from $4.95 to $12.95. The New York Times claims that Delta features the most planes with Wi-Fi access though. Nearly all of their 500 different planes offer their travelers Gogo-based Internet access. Gogo is an in-flight Internet service that provides coverage for Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.

JetBlue and Continental Airlines are currently testing out Wi-Fi on their planes, and all other airlines seem to have at least some form of Wi-Fi available on a number of their planes. Southwest Airlines only has Wi-Fi on 6 of their 540 planes as of now, but they claim that they will have all of their planes outfitted with Wi-Fi connectivity by 2012. Alaska Airlines only has Wi-Fi access on a few of their planes as well, but they say that by the end of the year all of their planes should have access.

The two main in-flight Wi-Fi providers are Aircell’s Gogo in-flight service and Row 44’s Ku-band system. Aircell is ground-based. They use cell phone towers to transmit Wi-Fi throughout the sky. Because Aircell has ground-based service, it limits its Wi-Fi range to the U.S., but as long as you are flying within the country, you’re set with great service from Aircell. Row 44 mounts an antenna to the plane using the Wi-Fi. The antenna then connects the plane to HughesNet satellite Internet service.

It's great that Wi-Fi is finally showing up prominently in the air. It will make flights so much more enjoyable. By 2012, when Southwest features Wi-Fi access on all of their planes, I’m sure that most airlines will have followed in their footsteps. Sooner than later, Wi-Fi access will be completely standard on all airlines.

If you're looking to rent a laptop for your next trip, check out rentacomputer.com for all your computer rental needs. All Rentacomputer.com laptops come with wireless network cards that can connect to the Wi-Fi currently being used by airlines. It's the perfect solution while you're traveling.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gowalla Encourages Travel to "100 Best Places to Live"

Gowalla Encourages Travel to 100 Best Places to LiveMoney magazine has announced its annual "100 Best Places to Live in America," and Gowalla is taking full advantage of the list. The location-based social networking app is launching a series of new features that will allow users to explore and keep up with some of the higher-ranking places on the list.

The app will now feature organized trips for the top five small cities on the list. If you visit all of the spots in one of those cities, you'll get a stamp on your Gowalla Passport. These cities are Eden Prairie, Minnesota; Columbia/Ellicott City, Maryland; Newton, Massachusetts; Bellevue, Washington; and McKinney, Texas.

According to Mashable, the feature has been huge for Gowalla. CNNMoney.com (Money Magazine's official website) posted a link to the feature on its website, along with what Gowalla has trending in the top 25 towns on the list.

The pairing up of a major brand with location-based social networking is hardly a new idea. Gowalla has worked with The Washington Post in Washington, D. C.; The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and USA Today in many major airports. And the popular game Foursquare has teamed up with The Wall Street Journal in New York, New York and the History Channel in several major cities. However, this new feature goes beyond the big cities, which could be another positive for Gowalla.

The "100 Best Places to Live in America" list was determined through public data such as median family incomes, auto insurance premiums, the number of local entertainment venues nearby, and air quality index ratings.


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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Technology Rules When it Comes to Family Travel

Technology Rules When it Comes to Family Travel


CarMax, the United States' largest retailers of used cars wants to know what parents find necessary when taking long family trips this summer. Modern technology definitely had its place within the responses.

The telephone survey was a part of the CarMax LUV2DRV campaign, which took place on Facebook until July 6, 2010. The aim was to help families make the most of their summer vacation journey. All Facebook users had the chance to enter the giveaway, which featured a grand prize of $2,500 and other items that would be great for your summer road trip!

So what were the results of the survey? Well, 42% of participants said they'd be rate their stress levels pretty high for their anticipated trips, with the average trip lasting about 8.5 hours one way. That's pretty understandable considering the group of participants was made up of 500 parents of kids ages three to fifteen. About half of the survey-takers said music was the one thing necessary to help ease their travel anxiety and the one thing they couldn't live without. 17% said movies are must-have technology, 16% said books, 11% said gaming devices and only 5% said they'd resort to games like "I Spy."

As far as what type of car travelers are using this summer, over half of the respondents said an SUV or Minivan (36% and 34% respectively). 16% were taking a normal sedan, 8% a truck, and 4% would travel in their station wagon.

Technology was definitely important when it came to the "must-have" accessory for the trip. 28% said a GPS or Navigation system is important. That was tied with a DVD System. 14% would take extra cup holders, 8% needed their car racks, as well as the 8% who needed folding or removable seats and 7% who would not leave without an extra power supply.

If you go to CarMax's Facebook page, you can currently download the LUV2DRV "Summer Road Kit Trip" and print it out for your summer vacation. The kit includes, ideas for games to play on the road, helpful app suggestions for your smartphone, quirky tourist spots, safety tips for your vehicle, and the LUV2DRV license plate, which they'd like you to hold in family photos and post on the CarMax Facebook page.




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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Having a successful camp or retreat

Many groups in the summer from scouts to church groups like to get away from the city or the suburbs to feel closer to God or nature. I know I spent sometime around the old camp fire singing Cumbaya.

Even though getting back to God, nature, what ever is a prime goal-some of the most important events in the camp or retreat is the presentation or meeting. The speaker only has a short time to deliver his or her important message and one way to make this presentation as effective as possible is with visual aids.
Here is an excellent article about the power of visual aids in making an effective message:http://www.hp.com/large/ipg/assets/bus-solutions/power-of-visual-communication.pdf

There is a wide array of technology that can help make presentations more memorable and meaningful such as laptops or projectors. They are highly portable and in some cases carry their own power source. How do you do this if your particular group is on a budget and your event occurs only every once in a while? You could consider renting a laptop or projector. Here are some places that your group can do this for products such as: DVD projector rentals and forApple laptop rentals nationwide . These people are technology savvy, friendly, and helpful. They will assist you in assessing your needs and can help you make the important meetings and talks memorable.

So the next time you get away form it all, bring some technology with you. It will make your event be the memorable and action provoking.


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Trade Show tips for a great trade show success!




Trade shows are an important and expensive part of a companies overall marketing strategy. Presented here are ideas to help make your companies next trade show a great success!

The planning stage

Have an overall goal for your carefully chosen event staff. It is good to have a mix of experienced and new personnel. New people bring excitement and new ideas while experienced personnel avoid some pit falls and bring knowledge and expertise. A lead person should be tasked with reading the exhibitors manual which details exhibitor information such as: schedules, floor plans, time of operation, internet connectivity, and all pertinent details. If you are showing equipment, make sure that appropriate power sources are available and what electrical restrictions might apply; do this in far enough advance so you can pose questions that affect your company directly. Some times though you plan and research the event thoroughly unforeseen challenges arise. You can overcome these challenges by being flexible and being able to link back to headquarters for support, and a good tool to use is a wireless device like the Nextel Radio which provides a superior communication interface. You can find them at http://www.rentacomputer.com/events/nextel-rentals.asp

The day of the event

If possible, have the demonstrations running in automatic mode or maybe on a projector or laptop. Remember, at a trade show, you are competing for attendees attention and technology is an excellent means to accomplish this goal. Your event staff needs to be focusing on the people that have chosen to come to your booth, not going through features advantages and benefits. Use technology to do the FAB (features advantages and benefits) while the event staff concentrate on the important part of the show: human interaction! (If you need assistance with this sort of automation, try an organization like the Tech Travel Agent. You can reach them at: http://www.techtravelagent.com/ or (800) 736-8772. Make sure to do some role-play with event staff to ensure that they are up to date on all the latest company offerings and company wide current events. Finally, the weekend before give them a long weekend-you need your staff bright and energetic-not over worked and jet lagged! Make sure to get business cards from every attendee at the company booth and make sure that their phones and emails are on their business cards!

Post show

Attendees need immediate follow up after the show. There should be some one from HQ who calls the attendees the afternoon after the show, or the Monday afternoon after a weekend show to answer any question about the show, company products, or the company itself. This person is just as if not more important than the event staff! This important follow up should be probably tasked to a marketing manager, not sales staff and certainly not the sales secretary! After the show, evaluate how well the company achieved its trade show goals and fine tune your company strategy to make the next show event better!

Follow these steps, and your company will be on the way to having a successful trade show strategy!



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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Magellan’s Big Screen GPS Navigator

magellan roadmate 1700Sometimes you may feel that your GPS system just doesn’t have a large enough screen. It may be difficult to focus on the small screen while also trying to focus on the road. Well with Magellan’s RoadMate 1700, this is not an issue.

The RoadMate 1700 offers a full 7-inch screen to accommodate those who don’t want to squint to see the screen of their GPS system. They were designed more for RV and truck drivers or maybe even SUVs and minivans, but really anyone could use it. It features four times the average standard screen size which allows for easy viewing.

Now size is not the only great feature found with the RoadMate 1700. Also included is lane assist, spoken street names, and AAA TourBook travel guide information and assistance. The screen can also be used for viewing media. All that you have to do is plug in your iPod.

The Magellan RoadMate 1700 is now available for $299.
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

In Case of an Emergency, Turn to Sprint

In Case of an Emergency, Turn to Sprint

When you find yourself in an emergency situation, you may have to rely on your cell phone when possible, to help get you out of that situation. Think back over the last year or so and the critical role cell phones played in many natural disasters. Sprint recognizes the role the technology can have and is offering help for your time of need, whether it's downloading an app or tips for using your phone in emergency situations.

Trough the Android Market, Blackberry App World, and GetJar, there are hundreds of apps for Spring phones that allow you to get latest news, weather, and assist emergency personnel. Here is a look at some of those apps:

1. In Case of Emergency (ICE) - This app is available for Andorid & Blackberry. It gives EMTs your critical information such as name, emergency notification numbers, blood type, allergies, doctor's name and existing medical conditions.

2. First Aid - As you can imagine, this app gives you instructions on how to offer first aid. Instructions are clear and concise and include illustrations, videos, and short text. It's only available for Android phones.

3. Medical Spanish - This app is available for Blackbery Smartphones, as well as some Android phones, and is designed to help non-Spanish-speaking medical professionals ask Spanish-speaking patients for vital information.

4. Droid 911 - This app works with HTC Hero and Samsung Moment phones to help users find the nearest police station, hospital, tow truck, fire station, auto repair shop, gas station, or ATM.

5. Florida Evacuates - When the state of Florida is evacuated or there is some sort of emergency in the state, this app will let users known where nearby shelters are, based on your location. It's available for Blackberry users only.

In addition to suggesting apps for emergencies, Sprint also offered the following preparedness tips in a press release, released last week:

  • Keep your phone charged at all times.

  • Purchase a back-up battery and keep it charged, as well.

  • If the power is out, a car adapter should allow you to charge your phone.

  • If water damage is a possibility, keep your phone and accessories sealed in a plastic bag.

  • Keep your family's numbers, as well as important emergency numbers stored in your phone.

  • If a storm is heading your way, take pictures of your belongings and upload them to your personal inbox. If items are damaged, you'll have the "before" pics for insurance purposes.

  • When there is a large scale disaster, most wireless networks experience heavy traffic, so don't forget to use Nextel Direct Connect or send a text instead of making a phone call.

Remember, these apps and tips are great for anyone, especially those who are traveling to places they may not be familiar with this summer!



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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Get the Weather on Your Nokia N900

Get the Weather on Your Nokia N900

With the new app from WeatherBug, there's no reason you should you should get stuck in the rain. The new app provides worldwide weather information for Nokia N900 Mobile Computer users.

The free (supported by advertisements) app can be purchased at the Ovi Store and it provides users with weather for over 45,000 different locations worldwide. Information provided includes current weather conditions, extended forecasts, radar maps, satellite maps, temperate maps, live camera views, and severe weather alerts. You can split the screen to see both the current conditions and the animated radar map at the same time. In the United States, the app will give you a daily video update of the national forecast.

Chris Brozenick, Vice President and General Manager of Mobile for WeatherBug, said in a press release, "With well over 30 million mobile users accessing weather information every month, weather is the number one content category on mobile devices. The Nokia N900 is an optimal device to access and interact with information from the WeatherBug Network which is exclusive in providing live, local weather content. The WeatherBug for Nokia N900 app is unique in its approach and provides some of the best maps and images available anywhere."

WeatherBug is the operator of the largest weather observing network and a provider of consumer and professional weather services. They monitor, organize, and disseminate global weather information and provide information for millions of consumers and professional organizations. They are a brand of AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc., and provide for customers by planning daily activities, safeguarding lives, and improving business opportunities based on the weather.

Check out a video of how the app works below:





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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

An App for Hiking

An App for Hiking

If you're planning on going hiking this summer, there's an app for that. The American Hiking Society announced earlier this month that it has created an iPhone app to fit all of your outdoor recreation needs. It features over 220,000 miles of trails, thousands of trailheads, campgrounds, picnic areas and more.

If you've never heard fo the American Hiking Society, they were founded in 1976 and they are the only "national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience." And now, they're taking their knowledge to your iPhone. The app, called "HIKE GPS," features over 300 free recreational maps from all over the United States. It stores the maps on your phone, so you don't have to look for a signal when you're out in the middle of nowhere, on a hike. You can even track and record your hikes, take geo-coded pictures, and share your experiences via email and Facebook.

In a press release, Gregory Miller of the American Hiking Society said, "We’re excited to offer map resources to outdoor enthusiasts across the country with the launch of our iPhone application. For more than three decades we have been at the forefront of promoting, protecting, and maintaining trails. By embracing today’s technology, we hope this application will expand and enhance the outdoor experience for people from all walks of life and connect them with our natural and cultural heritage, promote healthy lifestyles, and serve to galvanize communities."

The app works with both iPhone 3G and 3G S and it's powered by global digital mapping company Intermap Technologies. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of miles of trails, thousands of trailheads, campgrounds, and picnic areas, it provides you with detailed locations of major public land boundaries.

The app costs $9.99 and can be purchased at the Apple's App Store or on iTunes. Users can choose to download state bundles, state and national park bundles, or special interest areas from around the country. Each bundle is free and will automatically integrate itself into bundles you've already purchased or downloaded. And proceeds will go toward hiking advocacy.

Said Miller, "As American Hiking Society works toward ensuring hiking trails and natural places are cherished and preserved for us and future generations, we believe that education and technology can help people get more from the outdoors. Additionally, proceeds from each sale of the HIKE GPS app on iTunes will help us continue our work on hiking advocacy, volunteer programs, and outreach to communities."



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

5 iPad Travel Apps You Won't Want To Miss

5 iPad Travel Apps You Won't Want To Miss

In the last month, as expected, iPad apps have been popping up everywhere. And while you can always use the apps designed for iPhone, to get the full quality of the iPad experience, you'll want to get apps specifically for your iPad. Travel apps are popular for any platform and the iPad is no different. Gadling.com picked out five different apps that are inexpensive, yet useful. Let's take a look at what they chose.

1. PointInside - Planning on going shopping and don't want to spend forever standing in front of one of those huge plastic maps of the mall, trying to figure out the key? This is the app that will help you find anything you're looking for. If you're in a new mall in a new town and you can't find the store you need, just consult your app's mall map. Looking for a bathroom or an ATM? It can help with that, too. Best of all, the app is free.

2. UpNext 3D Cities - If you're planning to be in Austin, Washington D. C., Boston, New York City, or San Francisco, you might want to check out this app. It puts Google maps to shame. Simply download one of the above mentioned cities and you've got maps with 3D buildings and, according to Gadling, a "powerful search system." This is also a free app.

3. Couch Traveler HD Earth Explorer - If you can't afford a vacation this summer, this app lets you travel the world from, well, your couch. Use maps and aerial images to sight see around the world, without leaving the comfort of your own home. Oh, and you can also use it when you're traveling and searching for something to do. Pricing for this app starts at $1.99.

4. Kayak - Imagine seeing hotel deals, old searches, and airline search options all on one screen. With the free Kayak app, that's a real possibility. You'll have access to Kayak's famous multi-airline flight search system, car rentals, hotels, and more!

5. FlightTrack Pro - The most expensive of the five apps, this one is an update of the popular FlightTrack Pro for the iPhone. Manage your trip and import your itineraries from TripIt with this app, or track the exact location of your flight. Check for flight delays and check the weather at your airport. There is so much more you can do with this app while traveling, the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, quality comes with a price but for $9.99, you can't beat it!



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Friday, May 14, 2010

Yellowstone National Park App

Yellowstone National Park App

A lot of people go to national parks such as Yellowstone to get away from technology, but what if you could use your iPhone to make your trip more exciting? What if your iPhone alone could provide you with a GPS-guided tour of the park, along with the history of Yellowstone told by renowned tour guides? Guess what? There's an app for that!

GeoRoamer is your very own audio tour guide of Yellowstone! You'll hear over a century's worth of knowledge as you're guided through the park, from experts Aubrey Haines, John Good, and Lee Whittlesey*. While you're guided through the park, the GPS system will let you know exactly where you are where you are heading, so you don't get lost.

The app includes all major tour sites in the park in its database and is based on the revolutionary Apple iPhone 3GS mobile phone. Most visitors to the park aren't able to have their own personal tour guide. That can be expensive and the park just doesn't have the resources, but with the GeoRoamer app, you get all the same benefits. Not only will you learn everything you need to know about popular sites, but you'll learn where the best views are located. Location experts can take you to the places best for beautiful scenery. For example, if you want to visit Barronette Peak, the app will take you there, tell you where you can find the head of the trail, so you can walk up the peak, and in addition, it lets you know if the trail is accessible by wheelchair or stroller.

As you drive through the park, the app will tell you what the closest site you're approaching is and how far away it is, and provide directions from where you are. When you're near the site, the audio track will begin to play on its own. In between sites? The app allows you to listen to several "general interest subjects," such as the Fire or 1988, how the Continental Divide was determined, to simply learning about the park's bears. If you need to know the distance between towns and park sites, the app can do that, too, as well as let you know where the nearest bathroom is. You'll also find information on road construction, any type of emergencies (such as not drinking the water in a certain area), site accessibility, and local restaurant information (such as hours and menus).

From the Isa Lake to North Twin Lake, to the 45th Parallel line and more, the GeoRoamer app can help you find it, and even help you find bears!

*Aubrey Haines has been with the National Park Service for nearly 70 years and is considered the biggest expert on Yellowstone and has written several books on the topic. John Good, a world-class geologist is the park's retired Chief Naturalist. Lee Whittlesesy is the Park's Archivist, also having published a number of books on the topic.



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Monday, May 10, 2010

Priceline.com Doing Well in 2010...For Now

Priceline.com Doing Well, So Far

Popular travel website Priceline.com, which helps users get discounts on everything from hotels to airfare, has some good news about their first quarter. The company announced today that its year-over-year increase in the first quarter shows that people are traveling again. Worldwide bookings through the company are creating an increase in earnings and revenue, however, the company isn't too optimistic about the second quarter.

Political unrest and natural disasters are expected to put a damper on travel plans for many people, who plan to travel outside of the United States in the near future. This news caused Priceline stocks to fall.

The company says it earned $53.9 million, nearly doubling its 2009 earnings. Last year, during the same quarter, they company earned $25 million. Analysts predicted the company's profit to be about $1.66 per share, but Priceline announced $1.70 per share.

According to Priceline, the biggest increases came in the form of making hotel room reservations and international bookings. Total travel bookings through the company's websites equaled about $3 billion in the first quarter, which is up from about $1.9 billion in 2009's first quarter.

So, what about the second quarter. The volcanic activity in Iceland, civil unrest in Thailand, and the fall of the value of the euro due to debt concerns in Europe are just a few of the reasons why Priceline isn't optimistic. But even so, summer is approaching and people are continuing to book hotels for their upcoming vacations.




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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apple Patents iTravel

Apple Patents iTravel It's being reported that Apple has filed a patent to develop a platform for the travel industry, called "iTravel." The application would allow you to book your flights, hotels, and car rentals, and provide a paperless check-in at airports. According to eTurbonews.com, Apple, Nokia, Amazon, Google, and RIM have been competing against each other to develop such a platform for travel.

Imagine having a digital boarding pass right there on your iPhone. It would handle check-in and baggage identification, advanced electronic ID, car rentals, hotel, and airline reservations, without you having to juggle your paper ticket and your picture ID.

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