Are Hotel Rooms Sanitary?

Are Hotel Rooms Sanitary? Nope. Toby Keith sings, “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then…”   Exactly how I felt when I watched the movie “Contagion”, and then again when I read TravelMath’s article on Hotel Hygiene. I’m not a germaphobe, but I’ve spent enough time being sick either during or…

April Travel Coupons – From Oahu to Las Vegas and Beyond

Coupons are out for great travel deals in April.  If you find one that looks appealing, you’d better act fast, because they won’t last.  These deals were compiled by BeFrugal.com, a site you’ll want to bookmark and visit often. If Oahu is one of your favorite tropical destinations, Travelocity has coupon for $100 off flight and hotel…

Tangle Proof Ear Phones | Zip Buds

It’s not uncommon for me to spend 5 minutes trying to untangle my earphones after fishing them out of my pocket or backpack.  Yes, I put them away neatly, but they still often come out hopelessly tangled.  It’s weird. Zip Buds, the tangle proof earphones with a built-in noise cancelling microphone and remote, have come…

Collar Perfect Travel Iron

Although I’m familiar with the concept of an iron, I have to admit that I don’t use them.  As I understand it, their mainly used to remove wrinkles from clothing.  If that’s a priority for you, and you travel a lot, especially for business, the Collar Perfect Travel Iron is a great option. Weighing in…

Cure for Jet Lag: Light Therapy

If our earlier article on cryotherapy as a cure for jet lag left you cold, you may be interested in this hot tip. Light therapy as a cure for jet lag has been around for a while.  Proponents of using light to re-orient our circadian rhythms (day/night sleep/wake cycles) have gained support for their claims…

Portable Clothes Washer – The Scrubba

Yes, I know this is TECH Tips for Travelers.  But there is at least some tech in this handy little travel-friendly portable clothes washer.  The light but durable bag is lined with scrubbing nubs that will quickly clean your clothes in the relative comfort of your hotel room.  The downside is that you are the…

Cheap International Calling From Your Smartphone

The Ringo app is free, and works for both Android and iPhone.  While you must have a local SIM card if you’re traveling abroad, which means you need a GSM-capable phone that is unlocked (read more here), Ringo lets you make very cheap, high quality  international calls using a local network.  You don’t need to be…

Don’t Neglect QR Codes

If Quick Response (QR) codes have escaped your notice, you’re not alone.  They’re the odd patterns within square boxes like the one above that are the equivalent of a scannable bar code, and while they’re being used more frequently all the time, most people don’t recognize them or their usefulness.  They contain digitized information, usually…

More Google Brilliance: Translate

If you have a knack for language, and you only travel to places and countries that speak languages in which you are fluent, the Google Tranlate app for iPhone and Android smart phones won’t be of much use to you.  Other wise, it’s worth it’s 0.6 MB file size in gold. I found it while…