Travel Links: Our Favorite Finds from Around the Web February 7, 2011

The web is full of travel inspiration and ideas... here's our favorite finds from the past week.

Mappetite Mappetite combines my two travel loves, well-designed maps and foodie quests. With curated guides to New York, San Francisco and London (and Chicago and Paris soon on the way), I'll definitely be adding these to my travel notebook. Pick up yours here for $14.

American Chinatown by Bonnie Tsui I love visiting America's Chinatowns, so American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods is definitely going on my reading list. The companion website features Bonnie's Chinatown photos as well as her hand drawn maps featured in the book.

Travel Chatter: What's Hot on the Net, October 1, 2010

We've been on a bit of a hiatus with our linky posts. But we're back sharing our favorite finds from the blogosphere.
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Spunky Girl Monologues Santa Monica| 7 Things for $10 and Under
A woman after my own heart, Pam's picks for Santa Monica are cheap, fun, and tasty. I love it. (Also, am I the only person who immediately starts humming the Everclear song every time they see the words Santa Monica? )

The Way Of The Flashpacker: Seven Great Netbooks For Travelers

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Whether you're a blogger, a reporter, a photographer, or just a casual traveler who wants to stay in touch, odds are you've considered bringing along a laptop on your next trip. But who wants to lug around an expensive 5-6+ pounds on your back? Not me. We're always looking at the latest and greatest netbooks, hoping to find the perfect cheap, small, lightweight PC for our voyages. So if you're in the market for a small computer for your travels, check out our list of six great netbooks for travelers.

(Updated 9/2009) Since our original post in March 2009, there have been some great advances in netbook technology: upgraded speed, increased battery life, and even always-connected devices. Check them out!

5 Things That Will Prevent You From Going To The Winter Olympics in Canada

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Come February 2010, hordes of visitors will flock towards Canada, eager to see the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Packing lists, event tickets, hotel accommodations, and other typical planning matters will be in the front of everyone's minds. But has anyone given thought to whether than can actually get INTO Canada? I've got some information that can help you figure out if your past (sordid or otherwise) will keep you from seeing your favorite winter sports in 2010.

Travellious Test Lab: On The Road With The Blackhawk 3-Day Assault Pack

Me and Frank Doing More Testing On The Pack
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Backpacks. If they do a good job, you won't even know they're there.
When we started planning our most recent trip to Italy, we decided that this time, we were going to go as light as humanly possible. Our ultimate goal: to get away with only carry-on bags, despite the fact that we were traveling for 3 weeks, packing electronics, and taking goodies for our Italian friends. With the luggage we owned, it seemed like a tough task. But, through some research, a few good blogs, and some luck, we were fortunate to stumble on the Blackhawk 3-Day Assault Pack. It seemed to be an enigma of a bag: it's easily smaller than most carry-on size limits, yet people reported that they'd been able to carry enough for almost any trip. To top it off, it's the standard issue pack for the US Army. It's got to be good, right?
Want to know how it held up on our trip? Keep reading to find out our thoughts on how well the Assault Pack performed.

ASUS EeePC 1000HE From A Traveller's Perspective

EeePC 1000HE



Where to Buy:
Online: Widely available online: Amazon

A laptop can be a traveler's best friend and worst enemy, all at the same time. After all, how better to stay in touch, record your memories, and perform impromptu travel research than to use a laptop? But all these benefits come at a price, whether it's more weight on your back or less available space in your bag. But, with the advent of smaller, lighter laptops, in the form of netbooks, travelers can now have their proverbial computing cake, and eat it too. We haven't been immune to the lure of the netbook. With it's small footprint, light weight, and long battery life, the Asus EeePC 1000HE looked like it would be a perfect netbook for a traveler. We picked one up recently and have been putting it through the rounds. Below, you'll find our thoughts on whether it lived up to the hype.

Quick Tip: Plan Your Art Itinerary with the Web Gallery of Art

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I'm an art historian by training and spent much my undergraduate and grad school days trolling sites like the Web Gallery of Art to study for exams or for a quick reference to remind me what a painting actually looked like. Sites like the Web Gallery of Art (particularly it's search capabilities) are great for the traveler, as well. Their expansive catalogue of art from all over the world (categorized by artist, time period, and location) offers the traveler a great resource for planning their art itinerary.

Uncommon Guidebooks: Getting Out

Getting Out - Your Guide To Leaving America

Are you interested in living and working abroad, but aren't sure how to go about it? Or, are you just plain fed up with where you live and want to get away? Getting Out - Your Guide To Leaving America, by Mark Ehrman, is a great resource to answer all these questions and more. It guides you through a a range of topics, including how to leave, obtaining visas or foreign citizenship, working abroad, choosing a country, and even gets into the fine details of finances once you're there. Basically, if you've ever seriously considered moving to another country, this book is great one to get you started.

Twitter Tips: Where to Find Power in the Airport

Do you twitter? Twitter is not only a great resource to connect and meet new friends, but offers a world of advice for the traveler. Here's our latest find.
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Tired of searching out an electrical port for your cell phone or laptop at the airport? Plan ahead with this site, AirPower Wiki, which lists the location and quality of electrical outlets world wide. An added bonus...many users give the cost and location of wifi connections.

Thanks to scottkimber for this tip!