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Google Maps is a great tool to plan out your travel itinerary.
Photo Source: Google Maps
Travel guides, online travel communities and publications are just a few possible information sources available, many of which include pictures along with user ratings and reviews. It’s better to add more than less to your map since you never know when your travel itinerary might change based on weather or a whole host of other factors.
To create a placemarker, search for an attraction by name and/or address, and once Google Maps points to this attraction on the map, it will show you where you can add an upside teardrop marker. It may be helpful to add a description remind yourself of why you selected this attraction for your map. A simple phrase like “Best coffee in Barcelona” or “Great picnic place” will do.
If you have a type A personality like me, you may even want to create a detailed, mapped out itinerary that sets out the path or order in which you plan to visit attractions. You can do this by drawing a line to connect placemarkers.
When you’re creating your map, remember that you can also search for other public maps Google members have created by browsing the directory. The Top 50 Places to See Celebrities in NYC Map and the Best Seattle Photography Locations Map are two popular public maps that could be a great source of information for travelers planning to visit those cities. Be sure to mark any maps that you make public so that others can benefit from any itineraries you create!
Another great resource to tap into is Gridskipper, an international travel blog dedicated to themed plots dedicated to a variety of topics ranging from Sing Your Heart Out in San Francisco to Cupcake Consumption in London or even Eating with the Obamas in DC.
This Gridskipper map features cupcake shops and bakeries across London.
Photo Source: Gridskipper
If you have a PDA, discuss temporary international plans with your service provider that will enable you to access the Internet abroad for easy navigation with the maps you or others have created. If not, print the maps out before you leave. Be sure to pay special attention to the zoom level so that important street names are clearly labeled, otherwise your map won’t be much help. Happy navigating!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Amazing Lemon Cheesecake BarsIngredients1 package Krusteaz Lemon Bar Mix8 oz cream cheese, softened1/2 cup sugar4 eggs1/2 teaspoon vanilla1/3 cup waterDirectionsPreheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 8x8x2-inch pan. Press full pouch of complete crust firmly into bottom of pan. Bake for eight minutes. Place cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until smooth. Add one egg and vanilla. Continue to mix on low speed until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over hot crust. In another bowl, stir full pouch lemon filling mix, water and three eggs together using a whisk until eggs are well incorporated. Pour lemon filling over cream cheese layer. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the center does not jiggle when shaken. Cool completely and cut into squares. Store covered in the refrigerator.Recipe Source: Krusteaz
Sunday, August 16, 2009
"At Last" by Etta James"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers"It Had to Be You" by Harry Connick, Jr."When You Say Nothing at All" by Alison Krauss"In My Life" by the Beatles"Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole"Fools Rush In" by Elvis Presley
"Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones"Kissing You" by Des'ree (from the soundtrack of Romeo and Juliet)"Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calliet"Ever the Same" by Rob Thomas"Remember When" by Alan Jackson"Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls"You and Me" by Lifehouse
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
1. Kenwood Pinot Gris2. Angoves Viognier3. Hess Chardonnay4. Robertson Merlot5. Natura Cabernet Sauvignon
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
- This Cinnamon Pear Frozen Yogurt recipe has only a little more than 100 calories per serving!
- Learn how to make homemade ice cream in 7 easy steps
- Sample this delicious melt-in-your mouth Coffee Butter Almond Ice Cream recipe
- Try a modern twist on the root beer float
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
- Have I worn these shoes regularly for at least two weeks to a month or longer? Did I walk for long periods of time without developing blisters, cuts or rashes?
- Are they easy to walk in? Can you walk in them at length without slipping or wobbling?
- If they do have a heel, is it shorter than two inches? Flats and ballerina shoes are best, but short heels can be an option. Cowgirl boots are another trendy style that may be appropriate depending on their fit and your comfort level.
- Do the shoes have a good grip or tread? London rain makes for slippery streets and well-worn shoes can be a tripping or slipping hazard.
- Do I have at least one to two pairs of closed-toed shoes packed?
- Do the shoes match outfits I’m bringing? Do I have too many pairs of blacks or browns?
- Do I have a good balance of casual versus dressy shoes that fits the activities planned?
- Should I bring tennis shoes? Maybe and maybe not. While I decided to forgo bringing sneakers to better blend in when abroad, there are obvious situations when you may need tennis shoes, hiking boots, water shoes or other specialized feet wear. Use your own discretion to decide what is most appropriate and when.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
- Is the coast your destination? Check out some recommended tunes from my beach playlist below.
- Are you hopping a plane to London? Don't forget to add Elton John and Beatles favorites to your list! National Geographic also has a great London playlist that you can download on iTunes.
- Alternately, if you're heading to the states from Europe, a few fun American favorites like "American Pie" by Don McLean and "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynard Skynard or "Why Georgia" by John Mayer and "Omaha" by the Counting Crows are a couple songs to add to the mix.
- Are you taking a transatlantic trip? If so, you'll need a much longer list than if you were taking a couple hour jaunt to the beach. Be sure to make your list much longer than the length of the trip as you may skip over songs en route. Don't just rely on the radio -- I was once on a 14-hour roadtrip to Florida for Spring Break and the antenna snapped off two hours into the trip! Be prepared with plenty of tracks to fill the time it takes to get to your destination.
- If you're planning to play the songs that others will be listening to, consider their styles in music too. Grandma probably isn't going to enjoy listening to rap music. But if it's you and a car full of girls, don't hesitate to crank 80s favorites like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."
Beach Trip Tunes"Tequila Sunrise" by the Eagles"If You Like Pina Coladas" by Jimmy Buffet"Sail Away" by OAR"Two Pina Coladas" by Garth Brooks"Summertime" by Kenny Chesney"Summer Girls" by LFO"Cheeseburger in Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett"Sitting on the dock of the bay" by Hootie and the Blowfish"I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley"No Shoes, No Shirts, No Problems" by Kenny Chesney
Songs for All Destinations"So Alive" by Ryan Adams"Beautiful Day" by U2"Holiday in Spain" by Counting Crows"Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman"Hotel California" by Eagles"Break Away" by Kelly Clarkson"Anywhere You Go" by Gin Blossoms"If I had a million dollars" by Barenaked Ladies"Picture" by Filter"Across the Universe" by the Beatles"Here Is Gone" by Goo Goo Dolls"Holiday" by Green Day"Sweetness" by Jimmy Eat World"Satellite" by Dave Matthews Band"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol"Trains" by Ryan Adams"Viva la Vie" by Coldplay"Clocks" by Coldplay"City of Blinding Lights" by U2"It's My Life" by Bon Jovi"It's All Been Done" by Barenaked Ladies"Here's to the Night" by Eve"Learn to Fly" by Foo Fighters