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CL Pocket Binocular Review and a Guidebook Giveaway…Oh My

Randy Kalp using testing out the new CL Pocket binoculars from Swarovski Optik.

*Editor’s Note: We’ve got a fantastic guidebook giveaway at then end of this post so make sure you read on to the end to get the full details. When I unpacked SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s newest addition to its storied collection of optics, I knew exactly what I had to do: get Beth’s father, Bob Salvon–a bona fide binocular man–and head out to the Cape Cod Canal to put these travel-size binoculars to the test. For those…

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TravelPony vs. _______: A Hotel Booking Site Throwdown

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As a surfer I have a quiver of surfboards. Having multiple boards gives me more options for the variety of waves that crash into the California coast. For a while this was my only quiver, then we started a life of travel and I soon found myself with another quiver: hotel booking sites. While not nearly as sexy as a collection of surfboards, hotel booking engines initially helped save me money and time, but then…

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Fabulous Apartment In The Heart Of Florence with @Roomorama

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”]  Story by Randy Kalp.  Photos by Bethany Salvon. Florence is a city that Beth and I have always wanted to spend more time in, despite the fact that up until last fall, we had only spent several hours exploring this Renaissance paradise. We finally got our chance in October, when we took up residence in a one bedroom apartment in the heart of Florence known as Cozy Apartment in Florence near…

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TripRider Review: Meet the Cadillac of Travel Apps (+ Free Promo Codes!)

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] For years, I’ve wanted a moleskin notebook. That sleek black cover with its rounded corners and elastic closure calls to me every time we start planning a new trip. But time and time again I resisted the urge. See I realized a long time ago that I don’t like journaling–in the traditional sense that is; I have always preferred typing to writing, unless I’m reporting on a story. And as much…

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Kia Sorento Review: When The Rain Comes, We Say Yay!

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The rain started light, as it often does in Manomet Beach–a small seaside community in Plymouth, Mass. Just a few teardrops from the menacing clouds overhead, but nothing significant. For a second, the rain even backed off and the clouds cleared slightly, but this was clearly just the calm before the storm because without a warning the clouds burst like a million water balloons crashing down onto our new Kia Sorento, as thunder and lightening…

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Micro Luggage Review: The Only Way to Fly

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[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] I waited until I passed the prying stares of the TSA to drop the kickboard of my new Micro Luggage onto the freshly waxed floor of Bradley International Airport in Hartford. Seeing the suitcase in its cruising state sent me into a world of excitement and nervousness. On one hand, this was one of the coolest concepts I had ever seen—a 21st century twist on a 1950s fruit crate scooter that…

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Discover Brunei App Review: A Truly Fantastic Voyage

An image of a waterfall in Brunei from the Discover Brunei Apple iPad app.

[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] “The Web is dead,” or so Wired magazine declared in 2010. And do you know what killed it? (Hint: it wasn’t the radio star.) Apps! Yes, those little icons that make our retina display screens  glow, because, as Apple’s famous saying goes, “There’s an app for that.” Now, maybe that title was a bit too chicken little (remember, he thought the sky was falling), because obviously the World Wide Web is…

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