Dan Forth blogs about the world of travel as he sees it.
Travel and technology walk hand in hand. From Ipads to laptops, James DeRuvo gives us the latest on technology for the mobile world.

One Sim Card Wherever You Travel

If you know about sim cards then you’ll want to know about OneSimCard.com. And if you don’t know about sim cards you are wasting money on phone calls over seas. The world runs mostly on GSM mobile phones and pay as you go plans with sim cards are popular in most countries rather than phones with contracts. Onesimcard provides a sim card that you can easily use in most GSM countries and since you buy it in the US it’s easy to top up. Rates are great and you can’t help but save money over taking your US carrier’s phone overseas and paying big bucks. Find out more as Paul chats with James O’Neill who takes us though why this is the best deal for travelers.


The Vatican Goes HiTech With IPod Tours

In an effort to reduce noise inside some of the most holy places in Christendom, the Vatican is going hi-tech and replacing their tour guides with self guided tours on iPods.

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Social Media Changing The Way People Travel

Social media applications on smartphones are changing the way we travel. With access to smartphone applications that can get travelers a cab, find a nearby restaurant, and even where the best deal is on a cup of coffee, travelers are not only finding they can get the information they need, but they can get help by others using the same apps. Suddenly, the lonely business traveler is no longer alone in a strange city wondering what to do or where to go.

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The Latest in Luggage and Gear

Journalist Laurie Borman reports from the recent Travel Goods Show in Chicago on the latest travel luggage trends and what’s new in travel gear. Paul and Elizabeth also talk with Laurie about the world of travel writing and the Society of American Travel Writers a group dedicated to providing professional standards for working travel journalists today. To see more of the work of the Society check out www.satw.org


Momondo is the Travel Search Engine That Can

Paul talks with Martin Lumbye, one of the Danish geniuses behind one of the best search engines we have found, momondo.com. You find airline deals you won’t find anywhere else and sometimes on airlines you might not have heard of. We thought you’d like to see a screenshot of the site. It won’t be scrambled when you log on. Listen and you’ll find out just what the word momondo means.


Ragged Edge Of The World Is A Must Read

Author Eugene Linden talks with Paul about a book he spent ten years writing and where he describes the experience of a travel odyssey spanning decades. He brings to life experiences in unspoiled jungles and places where encroaching civilizations have altered forever the natural landscape. He also discussed the impacts on native peoples that contact has. Sometimes the results are unpredictable. It’s a fascinating journey of discovery and it will change the way you view the world you travel in.

Gadgets and Gear: Amazon Kindle 3G

Thanks to the Amazon Kindle, travelers can bring their entire libraries with them.

Travel Tech expert James DeRuvo joins us to talk about ebook readers in general and the Amazon Kindle 3G in particular. Small, light, and long lasting, the Kindle allows users to bring their entire library with them on vacation.

Skype One-Ups Apple With Mobile Video Chat That’s Truly Mobile

Skype's video chat feature outdoes Facetime by adding 3G access

Skype has launched a video chat feature for their iPhone app which adds 3G capability making mobile video chat truly mobile.

Users of Apple’s new Facetime app can appreciate the frustrations of only being able to video chat by WiFi only. Skype has not only found a way to use video chat via 3G, but even iPhone 3GS users in a limited receive only video basis. Here’s how it works:

Users who have the iPhone 4 or 4th generation iPod Touch can initiate video calls with friends who use the iPhone 3GS, iPad, and 3rd Generation iPod Touch, while 3rd Gen Apple device users can only receive the video chat while talking audio only. Mac Desktop users can also jump into the fray using the Skype client. And don’t forget, Skype now how group video conferencing of up to five video streams simultaneously.

Check out the commercial announcing it by clicking on the link below, it’s funky:

But what’s really challenging to Apple’s Facetime dominance is that Skype can video chat over 3G, not just WiFi only. And the data usage isn’t too bad, chiming in at about 1.3MB per minute. Frankly, I’m amazed that Apple approved this update, but it may be that they’ll be announcing a “one more thing” update next month that will do the same.

The Skype App update is free can is available right now at the App Store.

Traveling The World Of Books With Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet's The Travel Book is a great reference for any travler ...

Robert Reid joins us to talk about Lonely Planet‘s new book – THE TRAVEL BOOK – takes readers around the world with stunning photos and a unique perspective.