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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More Thing 33: still traveling

Nessie from: http://flagranny2.wordpress.com/2007/06/01/tourist-says-hes-shot-video-of-loch-ness-monster/

Travel Review sites:

With just a quick glance Igougo looks the most appealing to me. There is a prominent search box, a map and a list of destinations at the top of the page. Searching for Scotland for my imaginary trip brings up an info page with a list of all possible destinations in Scotland. Pretending we are going to Loch Ness to visit Nessie, we select it and get info on hotels, things to do, one restaurant, photos, journals and more. There is also flight info to Loch Ness. I like this site.

Tripadvisor is really comprehensive. It gives me the above (plus more restaurants), and has a helpful "Before You Go" section that discusses things like history, suggested reading and typical weather. There is also "United Kingdom For Foreign Visitors" with info on banks, etiquette and emergencies. Two thumbs up!

Travel Journals:

My Life of Travel You can search by popular location to find blogs. I broadened out from Loch Ness to Glasgow, Vienna and all of India. If you had a traveling life, you could add your own blog.
Vcarious has both travel guides and journals. It also has message boards and discussions. The guides are nice but for serious information I'd absolutely reach for a good old guide book.
Travel Mashups:
These are the suggested Mashups:
Green Routes (helps you find one-of-a-kind places to eat that includes green businesses in MN, IA, ND, and WI)
TubeJP (London Tube journey planner)
District Taxi Fare Estimator (Washington Post's cab fare estimator)
Wines and Times (allows you to plan your own winery tour anywhere in the U.S.)
Hotspotr (find Wi-Fi hotspots and cafes around the U.S.)
Fastfoodmaps.com (Find fast food restaurants in the U.S; also has a link to Starbucks locations in the U.S.)
Travel Mashups - Mashup Awards (award winning travel mashups)

The only one that's really relevant for me is Green Routes. Searching it for places in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, I find one place to eat, Mill City Farmer's Market and a place to shop, Twin Cities Green.

Mill City
Address 2nd Street S and Chicago Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55401612.341.7580
Hours Saturdays, 8am - 1pm, May 10th - October 18th, 2008
The region's finest sustainable and organic farmers and food artisans offer everything from heirloom vegetables and organic fruits to free range and grass-fed meats, dairy & eggs. Check out our selection of specialty foods including farmstead cheeses and European-style breads. Weekly chef demos, live music, kids’ activities and more!

Twin Cities Green
Address2405 Hennepin Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55405612-374-4581
HoursTues - Sat 11 - 7, Sun 12 - 5
An eco-friendly home/life shop that sells furniture, home decor, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, baby and other green accessories and necessities that are recycled, reclaimed, natural, organic, and sustainable.

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