Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Two great travel resources: TripAdvisor and Bedbug Registry

Two of my favorite resources when planning trips in the U.S. are TripAdvisor and the Bedbug Registry.
TripAdvisor helps me find cool local restaurants and interesting places to visit. Bedbug Registry helps me locate hotels that aren’t infested with bed bugs.
TripAdvisor has listings and customer ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions. (It also has tools for booking flights, hotels and vacation rentals, but I stick with Expedia for flights and Hotels.com for hotels.) TripAdvisor is a good website to find ideas for places to eat and visit.
The Bedbug Registry is a free, public database of bedbug sightings in the U.S. and Canada. The website says it has about 20,000 bedbug reports dating back to 2006. It was started by Maciej Ceglowski, a writer and computer programmer, who had a “traumatic experience” with bed bugs at a San Francisco hotel.
Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that live on human blood. They typically feed late at night and hide in tiny cracks and crevices during the daytime. Once they take up residence they are hard to kill. They have shown up in even the fanciest hotels. And they’re spreading at an alarming rate.

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