Author Irene McDermott talks with Bill Leff in Chicago

Bill Leff

Up all night, Chicago? Tune into Bill Leff’s show on WGN radio 720 to catch author Irene McDermott  discussing web sites that can save you money on travel.

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Veteran business traveler Joe Brancatelli shares his tips on this blog

Seat2BJoe Brancatelli, Condé Nast’s business travel writer, offers his tips and insights gleaned from bitter experience. One recent column compared frequent flyer miles to the Zimbabwean dollar, that is, increasingly worthless. Also, when staying overnight at the airport, choose the hotel that is closest to your departure gate.

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Visit to find holiday travel tips

Independentraveler.comHere are travel tips of all kinds for planes, trains, and automobiles from this subsidiary of TripAdvisor. In addition to offering travel deals and message boards on which to chat with other sojourners, the site features traveling advice in a section called Travel Resources ( with articles like “How to Find a Clean Hotel Room” and “Top 10 Reasons to Travel by Train.” A subset of this section features a bi-weekly column called “Travelers Ed” written by veteran globetrotter Ed Hewett. Hewett discusses the implications of recent travel news and advises how to cope with it.

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Irene McDermott speaks with Dr. Susan Lorain on WNJC Radio Philadelphia

Heart to HeartHear author Irene McDermott discuss websites and apps to help save money on travel on the Heart to Heart program on WNJC Radio Philadelphia. The program aired on June 12, 2012.

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Use Google Sightseeing to Travel the World

Google SightseeingEdinburgh brothers Alex and James Turnbull ask, “Why bother seeing the world for real?” They pull out interesting sites and stories from Google Earth and Google Street Views and present them here. Search their site by keyword or browse by country or category.

Google Sightseeing

Earthshots delivers glorious images from around the world

EarthshotsLondon wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas collects submitted photos from across the globe and then mounts them on this site so we can experience the beauty of our planet. Browse the daily entries (there are five years of them) or search the archive by keyword to find snaps of specific spots. Snag the RSS feed to have the stunning photos delivered to your reader. Are you a nature or travel photographer? Submit your shots for possible selection as “Photo of the Day.”


Autoblog Your Travels with HipGeo

HipGeoThese days, travelers with smartphones like to record and share images of their vacations on the web. It’s a happy marriage: they get the expense and interruption of actual travel and you get the pleasure of seeing amazing sights through their eyes. When you look at their photos, it’s almost like you are there: anyplace from Belarus to the banks of the Ganges.

Los Angeles-area software developer Scott Daniels connects extroverted travelers and their armchair observers and with his new iPhone app called HipGeo.

This free app, which launched in January 2012, makes it easy for people to automatically record their travels in a blog format. The user fires up the app to start a “trip” or a series of automatically logged entries; while the app is running, it uses iPhone’s geolocation to map the user’s movement. When the user snaps a photo with the phone, HipGeo inserts it into the timeline of the trip which appears on the app and the website. The timeline becomes a virtual travel blog which the user can later convert into a video.

Although the app has been out only a few months, it already has posters in 125 countries. “It’s really fun,” reports Daniels. “I see people who are in Saudi Arabia following a guy in Thailand. I made a friend in Azerbaijan! I could never have reached across the world like this without HipGeo.”

The best thing about the app, Daniels enthuses, it that it automatically “curates” the entries, tagging them not only with the user’s title but also with location: city, country, and, in the U.S., with state name. Click on the “Explore” tab to search locales. “It’s great!” Daniels exclaims. “We already have 5300 cities and points of interest.”