Tools for Travel

Remember when flying was fun?

If you’re under 40 the answer is most likely, “No.”
With the advent of the “hub-and-spoke” system of routing flights through a small number of central hub airports, journeys by air became much more like a bus trip than a jet-set adventure. Then came 9-11, and then the TSA, and baggage fees and… well, here we are.

It’s not fun.
But there are some helpful tools available to organize and monitor your travel agenda. I’ve compiled a list of apps and websites that have helped me survive the stressful rigors of modern travel. Take note road warriors! And feel free to share your favorite travel tools in the comments.

First off, I have a very general recommendation for creating a Google account. If you’re using Gmail then you’ve already got one. But even if you don’t use Gmail, the benefits a Google account offers for organizing your travel and itinerary are pretty awesome. More on that later…

Tripit • Flight Aware • ExpediaGoogle

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Drinking Your Oats

Chobani is jumping into the oat milk business with both feet.

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What does it take to make a liter of milk?
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Detractors complain that almonds require large amounts of irrigation water. But it’s nothing when compared to the resources required for making cow’s milk.
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As sales of cow milk decline the yogurt giant is plotting their move into the growing alt.milk market. More and more people are discovering their intolerance to dairy (about half the population worldwide) and searching for plant-based alternatives. This, plus to that the increased awareness of the impact agriculture has on the planet, has spawned a wide range of milk alternatives.

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New Data for Old Devices

‘Tis the season for new gadgets.

Before you trash that old tablet or smartphone you might consider breathing new life into it with some free connectivity. Yes, free… as in absolutely free!

FreedomPop SIM Card
You can order a SIM card online or pick one up at Target.

FreedomPop is a mobile service provider that offers a variety of talk and data plans. Like most virtual network providers they do not own their own network (think Cricket, Boost, Consumer Cellular). Instead they resell bandwidth from other providers-in this case Sprint and AT&T.

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