Lifehacker: How to Maximize Battery Life and Minimize Data Usage When Traveling

Lifehacker: How to Maximize Battery Life and Minimize Data Usage When Traveling. “It’s summertime and wanderlust is coming for us all. It’s important that you get out there and see the world, but it’s equally important that your phone is as ready for your travels as you are. After you’ve thrown a dart on the map and purchased your plane ticket, try these tips to make sure you’re not burning through your smartphone’s battery—or data plan—while away.”

The Verge: This app reads Wikipedia to teach you about the cities you’re driving through

The Verge: This app reads Wikipedia to teach you about the cities you’re driving through. “If you’re a fellow Wiki-addict who loves obscure local trivia, there’s now an app that’ll read it to you. Developed by Malte Ubl, the tech lead for Google’s AMP project, the app detects a user’s geolocation and matches it with relevant Wikipedia articles. The app then reads the articles out loud, kind of a smart passenger who happens to know everything about the history of the town you’re driving (or walking) through.”

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s new online tools put variety of trails at fingertip

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s new online tools put variety of trails at fingertip. “I love tourism ‘trails.’ The listings and maps of related travel-oriented sites promote local businesses and organizations, and they encourage travelers to seek out interesting stops they might otherwise miss. Visiting most of the stops on a particular wine trail or history trail or shopping trail can be a fun goal and can provide a bit of direction to a trip that might otherwise devolve into a bunch of purposeless noodling about — although noodling about certainly has its place.”

New Blog Series: Genealogy On the Road (The Shamrock Genealogist)

The Shamrock Genealogist: New Blog Series: Genealogy On the Road. “I’m happy to announce a new blog series that I’m starting called Genealogy On the Road. So why am I starting this series? I currently work full time as an IT analyst for a human resources company (it’s a bit hard to explain sometimes what I do). I regularly travel to client sites as well as to offices in California during the year so I thought it would be interesting to help document some travel tips for how you can do genealogy on the road. “

Powder: Leave No Trace Announces Social Media Guidelines for the Outdoors

Powder: Leave No Trace Announces Social Media Guidelines for the Outdoors. “The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly, recently released new guidelines for social media as it relates to documenting our time spent in the outdoors. We like their suggestions a lot.”

Japan Times: In tattoo-taboo Japan, new website offers helping hand for those with ink

Japan Times: In tattoo-taboo Japan, new website offers helping hand for those with ink. “In tattoo-taboo Japan, those who are inked-up have received a helping hand — in both English and Japanese — with the launch of a new website that offers information about tattoo-friendly hot springs and other locations nationwide. Launched last week, the Tattoo Friendly website lists more than 600 hotels, ryokan (inns), onsen (hot springs), sentō (public baths), gyms, pools and beaches across the country, rating them by how open they are to those sporting tattoos.”

Lifehacker: Search For Flights By Legroom With This Chrome Extension

Lifehacker: Search For Flights By Legroom With This Chrome Extension. “If legroom is a concern for you (and it probably is for us all), The Legroom for Google Flights Chrome extension can help. Once installed, whenever you do a Google search for flights, the average legroom for seats will show up for all of your search results.”