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 need, is tiny enough that it doesn’t take up too much room, and comes in handy when there’s only 1 outlet in a hostel and people are clamouring for it.

For those of you with a serious amount of USB charging required, the USB Octopus has your name on it: 7 USB ports in one tiny gadget. 

A similar idea for USB only is the Flip-It, allowing you to charge a device even when all the outlets are taken. 

Less practical but very fun to have on the road is the X-Mini II speaker. The tiny podlike speaker fits in a felt bag and gives off far more sound than their size would indicate. I’ve used them all over the world to play some of my music to locals who are curious about what I listen to; inevitably, people forget about the music and start oohing and aahing over the X-Mini instead!

Finally, for those of you in warmer, sunnier climates: JuiceBar solar charger for USB charging goodness.

What kinds of USB gadgets do you travel with? Leave ‘em in the comments! 

NYC Outdoor Summer Movies, All in One Place.

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg

Sunset

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 but I lived in New York for several years, and always found out about upcoming outdoor screenings too late, leaving me scrambling to get there. No longer! It’s all on one handy page, with links to each of the locations during the summer movie series.

(h/t Kottke, by @matthewhowell)

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 museums in particular. Be sure to follow them on twitter @museumfreedays.

Atlanta

Click here for this month’s free days in Atlanta.

Boston

Click here for this month’s free days in Boston.

Chicago

Click here for this month’s free days in Chicago.

Dallas

Read about them on Examiner.com.

Houston

Click here for this month’s free days in Houston.

Los Angeles

Click here for the breakdown.

Miami

Click here for this month’s free days in Miami.

New York

Click here for this month’s free days in NY

Philadelphia

Click here for this month’s free days in Philly.

Portland

Here’s the breakdown of museums that are free and what times of years the others are free.

San Francisco

Many museums in San Francisco offer at least one free day per month, and some discounted days or evenings. Click here for this month’s free days in SF.

Seattle

Click here for this month’s free days in Seattle.

Washington D.C.

September 24 is the Smithsonian’s Museum Day where every participating museum is free for the day (and this is happens at museums well beyond the District of Columbia! Most of the museums in D.C. are already free, though. Here’s a list.

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