A weekly column about travel and technology.
Olivia Suarez books a hotel room for her husband in Valencia, Spain, through a travel agent. But when he's sent to another hotel, his bill also gets an upgrade -- to the tune of more than $1,000. Now, the hotel, travel agent and reservation company are pointing fingers at each other, as she tries to recover the money.
There are more than 50,000 iPhone applications out there, accounting for over a billion downloads. Hard to pick just a handful to take on your next trip, isn't it? No worries.
Allow me to vent for a minute. Online video may be the future of travel, but it is most certainly not the present.
One of the most popular cameras on the number one photo-sharing site isn't a camera at all. It's the Apple iPhone. I mention this for two reasons. First, because a new iPhone is being released June 19. And second, because it now includes a feature that promises to change the way we travel: a video camera.
I wanted to like the Canon Vixia HFS10. I really did. I own two Canon cameras -- the mercurial Canon 1D Mark III and the forgiving Canon EOS 40D -- but when it comes to video, I've always shot Sony. Still, the HFS10 looked like the ideal travel companion. It was compact, light, had a terrific lens and most important of all, it seemed easy to use. But looks can be a little deceiving.