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Why I love to travel in shoulder season

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads When people ask for advice on when to travel to a certain destination, I usually respond that they should chase the weather they want. You like your torrential downpours? Head to Southeast Asia during the monsoons. Of course, with global warming and changes in weather patterns,…

How to: stay informed about country warnings as you travel

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads Seeing the devastation after days of rioting in London, I wanted to post about travel warnings and travel advice, something I get a lot of emails about every week. Screenshot from the verified incidents of riots Google Maps mashup. Travelers tend to turn to their…

Best Smartphone Apps for Worldwide Travel

  This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads As a part of an ongoing series on technology and travel (first up was my favourite USB gadgets while on the road), I’d like to post about the best smartphone apps for travel. These aren’t apps for booking your flights - I’m assuming you’ve…

What’s in your first aid kit?

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg.  Part of being a savvy traveler is knowing what to pack. I recently wrote about some useful and fun USB travel gadgets, but I wanted to go back to the basics: a first aid kit. (photo credit: mwichary) I rarely leave home without mine, and it’s been the subject…

USB Travel Gadgets

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg.  In installing this fun USB wall socket from Think Geek, I was thinking of the USB-related gadgets that make life easier (or more fun!) on the road.  For starters, Belkin’s mini surge protector is one that I keep with me at all times. It allows me to charge whatever I…

NYC Outdoor Summer Movies, All in One Place.

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg.  View from my old apartment in NY. A simple service post for those Hipmunks based in or planning to visit New York City during the coming months: here’s where to find the schedule of all the summer movies being screened in the city: NYC Summer Movies. I’m from Montreal…

List of Free Museum Days Across the United States

MuseumFreeDays.com is a pretty rad website — with an iPhone app! I’m a bit of a museum junkie, so discovering this recently just makes me wish I’d had it for my last decade of traveling. So it goes. I’ve highlighted some of our favorite USA cities, their free museum day policies, and highlighting a few…

Sleeping in Airports: What you need to know

Rule #1: Always have a backup plan. This photograph is from the Athens International Airport, where I ended my first monthlong backpacking trip around Europe. I’d just ended my first year of college, so taking a backpack around the continent of my mother’s birth (on ~$45 a day) made a lot of sense. Instead of spending…

Handy Guide to Bathroom Signs of the World

Let’s be frank, everyone handles this signage differently, but for travelers, they’re universally important. These are some of our favorites from around the web. Kudos to Shaun and Jodi for finding all these. (Co-Ed) San Francisco, CA, USA, photo credit: dcmetroblogger (Colonial) Williamsburg, VA, USA, photo credit: cayusa Somewhere in Germany, photo credit: doctor muppets…

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