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Find the Best WiFi Spots in a given area with HeatMapper

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If there ever was a software that made you look like a treasure hunter (or a fool) then HeatMapper is it!

HeatMapper is a free Wi-Fi Mapping software, which allows you to find the best WiFi spots in a given area. What’s unique is how it maps them!

You are required to load an image of the area you’d like to map (eg. a floorplan of your 3 bedroom apartment) then left click the location you’re at on the floorplan image you loaded (on your portable) and slowly start walking around the wifi region. If you are on an airport this software could come in handy then as well.

HeatMapper will begin collecting signal data as you walk around! Its best that you left click your current location on the image frequently while walking around as this will help the software fine tune its findings. Once you’re done just right click and the data gets saved!


$855 a Night Special Re-opening Rate at Park Hyatt Sydney 

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Park Hyatt Sydney, just received a major makeover, and it has announced that it will be opening its doors again on March 1. The press releases have also announced that the rates per room will be AUD 855, and this was tagged a special deal. Perhaps, if you’re used to high end hotels, this could be considered a special deal, but for most commoners? Will the conversion rates soften the high, hard figures?  

Probably not since the Australian dollars have been pretty strong the past few months. Currently, this amount converts to USD 893. This is enough to send the heads of even well-off travelers spinning. Still, the Park Hyatt Sydney does have the best hotel location in the world. That, and the makeover of a lifetime should be worth a fortune, so if you have that kind of money to spend, why not take a shot at it?  


Food Travel: Top 10 New Best Pizza Destinations in the United States

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Pizza might be one proof that there is Heaven. We list down some of the newest destinations for pizza crazy travelers in the United States:

Redd Wood in Yountville, California

Chef Richard Reddington who serves seasonal cuisine with regional and ethnic influences at the Redd goes very casual at this Napa Valley trattoria. The Redd Wood focuses on rustic pizzas using ultra thin and crispy crusts. They also have well-priced bottles of wines, great antipasti, and salumi.

Del Popolo in San Francisco

The owner repurposed a shipping container to make an amazing pizza restaurant. The mobile kitchen has an oven that was imported straight from Naples. The wood-burning furnace is surrounded with airbags when the mobile pizza place moves from one spot to the next.

Oven and Shaker in Portland, Oregon

This pizza bar places equal importance to serving excellent cocktails. The Neapolitan-style pizzas are paired with drinks categorized to Strong, Dry, and Fresh.


Best Surfing Destinations

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Surfing is a very popular sport these days, and there are several “legendary” locations that surfurs gather. There are certain areas that, for whatever reason, are just better for surfing, and an entire industry has been built around these legendary beaches. If you’re a surfing fanatic and would like to surf with the pros, check out the list of destinations below:

1. Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach

Wiakiki has been ranked the top surfing beach in the world by several different respected authorities, and for good reason. Located in Honalulu, Hawaii, Waikiki is almost always sunny and warm, and there is a fairly large town surrounding the beach. The waves at Waikiki have consistanty reached heights of over 20 feet, and there’s no shortage of rideable waves. Waikiki is unique in that it has areas suited for both pros and amatuers. New surfers can learn the ropes in Canoes, while experienced surfurs can rip it up at Queens.


Travel Planning: Booking and preparing for a cruise

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It is not every week that you go on a cruise so for a lot of people, planning for a cruise may be a daunting task. All you need really is to do everything well ahead of time to avoid travel planning glitches.

Here are some practical tips which you may find useful if you are planning a cruise:

Choose your destination

The first thing you need to determine is where you want to go. The cruise ships will cross seas and oceans and you have a wide array of choices. Are you planning to go to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, or how about explore the waters around Alaska? There are also trips to show you the Scandinavians and parts of the Baltic. There are cruises to see South America, Africa, the Middle East, or you can even go around the world.


The Best Summer Places To Find and Rekindle Romance

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As the summer sun dawns, the many possibilities of encountering love or renewing its flame open up. You think that the heat is getting to you or its just the matter of throwing away your plans for the entire week and a sudden zest for barefoot walks in the beaches, but summer is indeed the season for romance.  Consider these places for a getaway with your partner.

Washington: Whidbey Island


Take a ferry from Mukilteo and be captivated with Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is one of the islands located in the Puget Sound and is part of the Island County of the state of Washington. This island features redwoods and its coasts boast of coves where you can view the Sound. Go driving across the Whidbey Isle Way, a large highway bridge that crosses the gap between the different islands. If you want to save on gas, taking it slow and riding the bike is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the scenery. Aside from these, visitors can go kayaking across the islands or take whale watching tours.


Travel tips: Packing your hand luggage right

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If you are going for a short escape from city life, travelling with just a hand luggage can save you a lot of time and money. Instead of checking in your luggage, you will be able to stretch your budget and get better value of your dollars.

Here are some benefits when you just bring a hand luggage during short travels:

Cheaper – save some money since you will not need to check in any bags.

Quicker – Save some minutes of your time lining up on the check in for your luggage. After the trip, you do not have to await by the bags carousel since you do not have any. Going to the taxi queue will also not be a hassle because you will be ahead of the rest of passengers. Less lines in airports translates to lesser amount of stress you subject yourself to.


Say Yes To Authentic Mexican

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Some Mexican recipes can be pretty complicated and use a lot of ingredients. Some dishes even take multiple days to prepare! The United States has devised their own version of Mexican cuisine, greatly ignoring authentic recipes.

The Secrets of authentic Mexican cuisine:

One of the biggest differences in “Ameri-mexican” food and authentic Mexican cuisine is the fat content. Just like most foods in America Americanized Mexican food is packed with extra fats and spices that have very little to do with authentic Mexican food. Of course it wouldn’t be America if their Mexican food wasn’t served in a mega=sized portions. This is another very different quality of authentic Mexican food. A real Mexican dinner will typically involve small portions of several dishes.