Cruise Guide App

January 22, 2013

The best known guide to cruises and cruise ships is now available as an ebook and mobile app.

Now you may keep the 700 page print edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships at home when you travel, and read the e-book from your e-reader or mobile device.  Access reviews of more than 275 ships.  Use the filter feature on the app to make selections based on food preferences, entertainment  or accommodations.

To book your dream vacation, you still need to contact the cruise line or travel agent.


Do you know Newton?

December 14, 2012

What sites in Newton, Mass. would you show to visitors coming for the day?

Jackson Homestead? Hemlock Gorge? Heartbreak Hill?

If you have your list of favorite places to visit in Newton, submit the itinerary to AAA for publication as an interactive map and hometown story on their website.  If selected, you will win a four-pack of movie tickets.

Go to and click on the My Town tab to see the list of existing town tours and the link to submit your Newton vacation plan.

Travel Gadgets

November 25, 2012

Two new gadgets were recently featured in the Boston Sunday Globe travel section: one to take with you and one to keep an eye on those left at home.

  • Eton’s American Red Cross FRX3 is a AM/FM Weather Alert rugged radio with multiple power source options: solar, hand turbine, AAA batteries or DC power. If that isn’t impressive enough,  it works as a flashlight, alarm clock and Smartphone charger!
  • Keep an eye on things at home with the Izon 2.0 Wi-Fi Video Monitor from Stem Innovation.  Whether wanting to sneak a peak at the pet you had to leave behind or keep track of visits to your front door, use the free app to connect the monitor to your iPodtouch, iPhone or iPad to catch the desired view.

Quick Car Rentals

November 8, 2012

A new short-term car rental service, Car2go,  offers by-the-minute rentals.  An annual ($35) membership fee gives you access to its fleet of smart cars which may be rented for 38 cents per minute.

Service is currently available in 5 U.S. cities (Austin; San Diego; Portland, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; and Miami), and 15 more across the globe .

No reservations or round trips are necessary.  You may pick up and drop off at any legal parking spot.  Use the Car2go mobile app to locate available vehicles. Rates which include parking, fuel, and insurance, are standard across the country and are on par with Zipcar’s prices.

Hollywood Homes Tour App

October 31, 2012

Embark on your self-guided tour of Celebrity homes with the new Turner Classic Movies Hollywood Tour app.

Includes in-depth information on more than 100 homes and hang-outs with photos and video clips.  Alerts lead you to nearby locations.

“Use the geo-location services to find homes of such stars as Gene Kelly, Kirk Douglas, and Bette Davis, as well as famous landmarks like Schwab’s Pharmacy, The Hollywood Bowl, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.”

Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, $2.99.

Rainbow Reservations

October 24, 2012

World Rainbow Hotels has launched a new LGBT online reservation portal,

“World Rainbow Hotels is a global collection of gay and lesbian welcoming hotels. To be approved into World Rainbow Hotels, hotels must meet a strict selection criteria which analyzes the hotels location, characteristics and category, knowledge of the local gay scene, current involvement with the LGBT community and the hotel’s compliance with non-discrimination policies and same sex benefits for their staff. Hotels range from city centre hotels to resorts as well as a collection of small luxury and boutique properties.” — from their website.

Leaf Peeping Guide

October 5, 2012

Massachusetts and Vermont are rolling out the red, orange and yellow carpet this fall to guide visitors to prime leaf-peeping spots.

Massachusetts’ Fall Foliage Fun Planner displays the best viewing areas with a color-coded map of the state.  Just enter your travel dates and click on a leaf to see the recommended region with links to driving routes and places of interest along the way.

The Vermont site offers an interactive route map, audio foliage report and an option to sign up for weekly email updates.

Vermont is also continuing its “Apples to iPods” event.  Find the wooden apple hidden among the real ones at selected “pick-your-own” apple orchards and win a new iPod or iPad.  A list of the participating orchards and their locations is shown here.