Dan Forth blogs about the world of travel as he sees it.
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How To Travel The World For Free With Michael Wigge

Award-winning journalist and film-maker Michael Wigge traveled 25,000 miles from Europe to Antarctica. Not that hard, isn’t it? But: he did it without even one penny in his pocket! And on the way, Wigge filmed himself and the numerous people he met on his journey. His book How To Travel The World For Free and the television series of the same name are award winning hits and understandably so since Michael is on to something. Don’t we all want to at least have a fantasy that we can just go off and travel without care? Michael reveals to Paul that not all of the trip was easy going but in the end it truly was the trip of a lifetime. You’ll want to hear how he made it to Antartica by bartering his servies as crew on a ship. The television series is currently running on PBS stations in the US.

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Vacation Gals — Fresh Ideas To Blogging

The Vacation Gals are three professional travel writers — and moms — who freely share their favorite destinations for family trips, girlfriend getaways and romantic escapes. Two of the three gals, Jennifer Miner and Kara Williams  join Paul and Elizabeth to discuss travel from their point of view and share a wealth of great experiences. Their website is crammed with good and practical advice from three women who travel with their kids and alone.

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Portola Coffee Lab Brews Perfect Coffee

Coffee Lab is celebrating it’s first year serving some of the best coffee most of us will ever be privileged to taste. In the corner, Slayer is busy. On one of only a few such espresso machines in the United States Jeff Duggan is making a cup of espresso. But it’s not just any cup. Duggan roasted the beans in a high-tech coffee roaster that’s designed to not pollute the air. And in a completely manual process, he varies the pressure, water, and length of brew with the Slayer. The Portola Coffee Lab in the new OC Mart MIX in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection in Southern California,  is “a single-cup, manual-brew coffee house where we put as much attention into brewing coffee as roasting it,” says Duggan who sees the lab as a logical transition from Portola Coffee Roasters, his original wholesale roasting business. “I’ve been passionate about coffee since I first tasted it, and now I can control the entire process.” Coffee has more than 1,000 identifiable chemical compounds, says Duggan, and machines like Slayer allow the barristas—dressed in white lab coats—to optimize each cup. Also in the lab’s brewing lineup are three $3,000 Bunn Trifecta machines tailoring the temperature for each specific coffee; four Hario drip makers from Japan producing drip coffee; and three glass siphon carafes providing a brewing technique that was perfected by the Germans in the mid 19th century and, which according to Duggan, enhances subtle flavor nuances. Does it make a difference? Order the same coffee brewed four different ways and decide for yourself.

 

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Hertz Never Lost Travel Apps

Now here’s a great idea. Pair up a rental car company with a dedicated mobil app that covers 11 travel apps that sync with Hertz’ wireless nav system and you have the idea behind these My Explore travel apps. Paul chats with Graham Weedon from Navigation Solutions about the apps and the applications and usefulness they add to the Hertz Never Lost system. The apps allow users to drill down into a city and find the most unique tours – from the “Hangover” tour in Vegas … to the Beatles tour in NYC as well as explore other features of each city from special events to augmented reality, attractions and more.  Plus, Hertz provides help with trip planning by allowing for download codes that can be entered from the phone and into the GPS rental unit for routing to specific places you want to find, as well as an audio feature which shares great sound bites of travel facts and history. The first city download is free and the additional cities are $.99.

City apps include: Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami-West Palm, New York, Sacramento-Northern California, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston and Washington, D.C.

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Biscotti makes a great video chat device to travel

It’s shaped like a familiar Italian cookie, but Biscotti may be the idea travel gadget for keeping touch with friends and family, and in glorious HD to boot!  Tech Lord James DeRuvo reviews this unique device.

 

 

 

 

 

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On Travel Tech Review: Samsung Galaxy Note

It’s a tablet, it’s a phone, it’s a Phablet!  OnTravel’s Tech Lord, James DeRuvo, is back to review the new Samsung Galaxy Note.

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The Man Behind The Best Travel Clothes

Paul and Elizabeth talk with Scott Jordan the creative force behind some of the most innovative travel clothing we’ve found. We’ve owned Scottevest products, a blazer and two jackets for several years. Then a few months ago we saw Gary Arndt wearing this cool jacket and he said we had to talk with Scott. Funny how the world runs in circles. The jacket is called the Transformer and Scott tells us how it works and what makes it special. Paul’s blazer has stood up to the rigors of the road for several years and although he hasn’t tried to carry a laptop in one of the huge pockets he doesn’t doubt that he could. The clothes just don’t wear out and with the patented pockets and a bunch of other features they are perfect for travel and especially traveling light. One carryon and a Scottevest jacket or blazer is all we travel with.

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2012 Travel Goods Show — Laura Daily

Our consumer correspondent Laura Daily, spent a few days in Las Vegas searching the halls of the Travel Goods Show and scoping out the latest trends in luggage. Wheels rule and both soft and hard side luggage is vying for consumer popularity. Laura find some trends and discusses the state of luggage with Paul. Paul remains on the eternal quest for the perfect luggage. He is also one of the last people in the known universe to remain wheelless.

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Leon Logothetis On Traveling America With No Money

Leon Logothetis has written a compelling book Amazing Adventures of a Nobody. As he describes his journeys that he chronicles in the book to Paul it becomes clear that he is a traveler bent on connecting with people in the most basic and kind ways. He depends on the kindness of strangers for the success of his journey and while sometimes disappointed many times he meets people who not only exemplify the best of humanity but who reveal an amazing side of the our society. He is also speaking both Jan 28 and 29 at the Los Angeles Times travel show. The Times travel show is a yearly not-to-be-missed event for anyone who enjoys travel. It’s a great way to learn about new destinations and search for bargains.

Safe at CES

A review of the best gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and why your router may not be as safe as you think it is. Also … cutting the cable!