Friday, July 17, 2009

Travel & Technology Roundup - Week 29, 2009

My latest findings in the world of travel and tech:

New travel blog: Nile Guidance. Written by the folks at Nile Guide, who are sort of a competitor of The Travel Editor, but I do quite like them. They went to Zion and Bryce recently - two of my absolute favorite national parks in the USA. I look forward to reading more from you guys.

I love Boots n all. They write about lots of far flung and off the wall places. For example, 11 volcanoes in the Americas you can climb. Including the infamous Mt Saint Helens, which I still remember as a child when it blew up. My brother lives near Mt Redoubt in Alaska and sent some glorious pics. Here's one that looks like it came straight out of Mordor:

My friends at Spot Cool Stuff have researched the weirdest and wackiest stuff to be sold on Amazon. The weirdest? That's got to be the full size wedding chapel for $21k. Here's the article.

The latest on The Travel Editor:

We've updated our Cornwall travel guide with restaurant reviews and hotel reviews.

We've also updated our Tunis City Guide, and have several Tunis restaurant reviews.

Our Rotterdam section has upgraded to a full size Rotterdam City Guide. You know that club that generates electricity from clubbers dancing on piezoelectric floor tiles? That's Club Watt, and it's in Rotterdam.

We've partnered with FairFX, the currency card people. You can get cheap dollars and Euros at at good exchange rates with FairFX. We have a special offer for you too. Visit their site and get a free FairFX currency card (RRP £10) if you top up with €10.

Lots of new travel product reviews to talk about:

Pure Move portable DAB digital radio product review - win one if you register on The Travel Editor by the end of July!

Cygnett GrooveTransmit in-car iPhone / iPod FM transmitter product review.

A day by day review of Jazz a Juan on the Cote d'Azur, Europe's oldest jazz festival. Jeff Beck played this week to a roaring crowd.

Brilliant review of North Devon's best beaches. And here's a review of South Devon's best beaches to go along with it.

That's all for this week. Happy travels everyone.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Travel & Technology Roundup - Week 27, 2009

Have been busy busy busy so apologies for being incognito for a couple of weeks. Here's a quick round up of the coolest things I found in travel and tech this week:

US Independence Day is coming, and here are the best places to watch fireworks according to National Geographic.

More on that theme from NG: here's a map showing legality of fireworks by state. Very interesting that lots of yankee states have outright bans on fireworks.

In India, they have finally repealed the ban on homosexuality. Great story from Matador Pulse.

I love the guys at Spot Cool Stuff. They have a beautiful site and great content. This week I found the Top places that look like they came from a Dr Seuss story. The interesting thing is I tweeted the story (not following TheTravelEditor on Twitter? Shame on you) and it got RT'd literally dozens of times as a result. It didn't quite go viral, but it sure picked up some momentum for a few days. I wonder if I can do that with some content?

Another cool story from Spot Cool Stuff: 8 alternative powered motorcycles. They run on solar, hydrogen and electricity. Cool!

Here's the round up of all the cool stuff at

We've added some wonderful new Antigua hotel reviews and Jamaica hotel reviews to our Caribbean Travel Guide.

Great mini-city guide to Santa Barbara, California by Anthea. She talks about the upcoming music and wine festivals, especially the New Noise Festival as well as some noodling about Michael Jackson's legacy.

We published a new Vancouver City Guide, comments are welcome as it's still a work in progress.

New Mini city guide to Rotterdam. I had no idea Rotterdam had such wacky architecture.

A wonderful travel guide to Jordan, the Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba and more.

We're always adding new spas to our health spa reviews site.

Finally, lots of new travel product reviews: Digital & FM Radio Reviews, Luggage Reviews, Guide Book Reviews, and Travel Clothes reviews.

Oh, one more thing. Why is the Billingham 555 - Camera bag so popular? We're getting tons of traffic to our review.

Happy travels,