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November 6, 2014

Japan is now testing maglev trains for passenger service. If the only train you’ve ever ridden is in North America, you are not ready for this. The country that invented high-speed passenger rail is about to re-invent it. When it debuted back in 1964, Japan’s Shinkansen — aka ̶.../ ➝

July 6, 2014

Want to use the locations of your favorite movies or television shows as inspiration for international travel? These sites can save you a lot of search time. A few years back, I wrote about how you could use your favorite films or TV shows to give you a fresh, exciting list of vacation destinations..../ ➝

March 3, 2014

Even if you can’t make it down to the NOLA for today’s big parades that wrap up the Carnival season, you can still get in on the action via the Web, wherever you — or your smartphone — happen to be. This one’s for all the folks out there, be they displaced natives or no.../ ➝

February 28, 2014

SITE: Rome2rio TYPE: Search engine/travel routing LOCATION: Australia COST: Free Sometimes, you just want to know how to get there, especially if you don’t live near a major “hub” airport. These guys want to help you find your way — and maybe save you some money — at the same t.../ ➝

February 6, 2014

SITE: Adioso TYPE: Travel booking site START: 2008 CREATORS: “Nerds with backpacks” COST: Free A travel search site that lets you ask vague questions on travel plans, and comes back with specific — and potentially money-saving — answers. I’m old enough to remember when .../ ➝

January 12, 2014

How to beat international roaming charges — or at least keep them at bay — when you use your smartphone while traveling. ♫ Oh, give me a phone with a plan that won’t roam, and a bill that won’t blow me away…♫ Back in 2011, a Michigan man named Jeff Gardner .../ ➝

June 21, 2013

This weekend, the moon will pass closer to the Earth than at any other time this year. The result will be what folks call a “Supermoon.” It’s one of the world’s great sights — and for this one, you don’t even have to leave town. If it’s been awhile since you.../ ➝

June 12, 2013

SITE: Trivago TYPE: Search engine/Hotels LOCATION: Düsseldorf, Germany OWNER: Expedia COST: Free This German hotel site scans the Web in ways that US search engines don’t, turning up prices that will make you want to start packing immediately — without making you wade through multiple t.../ ➝

April 25, 2013

Smartphone apps that let you do more than just send your pics and videos give you tools to creatively share your travels with family and friends. IBIT is playing with a few of them, but there are lots. Cellphone cameras have come a long way in a short time. Many now have sensors actually many [&hell.../ ➝

January 31, 2013

Second of two parts When it comes to travel apps, getting there may be half the fun, but navigating an unfamiliar destination is the other half, and a smartly stocked smartphone can make a big difference. In the first part of this series, we looked at smartphone apps designed to help get you where y.../ ➝