After we published our roundup of 10 free museums in the U.S., readers helpfully chimed in with their own favorite free museums across the country, from art galleries that offer unique collections to historical institutions that explore our nation's past....read more»
Today marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln signing the Yosemite Land Grant in 1864. With millions of visitors each year, summertime is the busiest season for many of the national parks, including Yosemite. Here are five ways you can celebrate the big anniversary:
Technically, anyone who jousts regularly or thinks of chainmail as casual-wear has some pretty decent RFID-blocking technology built into their clothing already, but for the rest of us, Scottevest has just released the world's first (non-Renaissance-fair) RFID-blocking clothing item.
The RFID-blocking vest has an interior pocket and is available in men's and women's styles. Even if you don't yet have the type of credit card you can just tap on a card reader instead of swipe, you may still be vulnerable to RFID identity theft if you are carrying smartphone or a passport issued since 2006....read more»
What is it: Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib
Pros: The crib is incredibly easy to set up and take down. I was able to put it together in about 30 seconds without even reading the instructions first (I of course then went back and verified I'd done everything correctly). The mattress seems relatively comfortable compared to those in similar travel-cribs. It's longer than the typical playard-type travel bed, which is great for taller toddlers who aren't quite ready for a big-kid bed or air mattress. And the zippered side goes a long way toward winning over small occupants (who like the novelty factor of having play access), and the fact the zipper is only on the outside (and therefore not accessible to little hands) is handy for naptime and nighttime use....read more»
What Is it: Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter
Price and Where to Buy: $25, available at Flight 001
Pros: It's small, and the plugs fit together into a single, lego-like block for easy transport. The single unit also lessens the chance of losing individual plugs, which, if you're anything like me, is why you keep having to buy adapters over and over again. Figuring out which adapter you'll need is as easy because the plugs are color-coded.
Cons: It's not a converter, which isn't a con unless you assume it's both a converter and an adapter and plug in an electronic item that isn't dual voltage. (Spud Hilton has a 60-second primer if you need a refresher course on the difference.) ...read more»
What is it: Oxygen Pillow Travel Pillow
Price and Where to Buy: $60, available at European Sleep Works (866-941-5340)
Bad pillows are the arch-nemeses of good vacations, but they're also a hotel and guest-room standard. Even at otherwise great hotels, the two options seem to always be rock-hard or suffocation-soft. I'm a longtime devotee of the oxygen pillow, a non-weird-shaped and supremely comfortable natural latex foam pillow. But I only recently discovered that the company makes travel pillows as well.
Pros: This pillow comes in different sizes and densities, so you can travel with the one that best suits your body type and sleep style (side, back, stomach). It's a Goldilocks dream—not too hard, not to soft, just right. It comes with an organic cotton pillow case that can be flipped and rolled to protect and condense the pillow....read more»
If you're not already a customer of Uber, the online taxi service that's threatening to disrupt both the taxi and rental-car industries, this limited-time promotion could be just the incentive needed to get you to try it.
That's obviously Uber's hope, and it's likely to prove a realistic expectation.
The offer is in the form of a two-part referral bonus: 1) Uber members who refer a new member earn a $30 referral credit; and 2) the newly referred member also receives a $30 credit. The credit can be used for all Uber ride types except UberTAXI.
So, if you're not already a Uber user, find someone who is and register using his referral code. You'll both receive $30 Uber credits....read more»
Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey this week approved a deal that will bring free WiFi to four airports: New York JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, and Stewart....read more»
This Fourth of July, forget fireworks and cookouts, and head over to Wales, where the world's largest underground trampoline is set to open.
The trampoline installation is called Bounce Below, and is deep underground in a giant, 100 x 60 foot slate cavern in North Wales. Bounce Below is actually made up of three trampolines (mounted at various heights), and linked together by 60 ft. slides. There's over a half a mile of trampoline net to play on.
Don special overalls and a helmet, and then hit the trampoline—you can bounce as high as you dare (in some spots, you can get up to 80 feet above the ground!) Up to 100 people can use the massive trampolines at one time.
Just when you think that hotels have gone about as far as they can with dishonest mandatory-fee pricing scams, you hear about some hotel that manages to pile it on even higher than usual. This latest revelation comes from a reader in Norway, who reported on how a supposedly "including all fees and taxes" Caribbean hotel stay he bought through Expedia morphed from an advertised price of $86.60 per night to $126.60 per night. Here's the story.
The base price for the seven-night air-hotel package was $1,553.40. The Expedia price summary noted, "All prices include taxesand fees," and broke out that portion of the total as $394.83. Of the total, the base hotel rate was $88.60 per night or $606.20 for the week. But when the reader and his family arrived at the hotel, they were greeted by a receptionist bearing a wireless credit-card terminal and demanding an extra $266 before checking into their room. When asked to explain, the receptionist listed a mandatory "environmental" fee of $3 a night ($21 for seven nights), a government tax of 9.5 percent, and a "cleaning" fee of 10.5 percent....read more»