Here are some of the latest travel-related websites:
The www.dogvacay.com site links up people willing to watch dogs overnight with travelers who need someone to watch Fido.
Using www.travelersjoy.com, brides and grooms can register for a honeymoon trip and wedding guests can contribute to it. Tacky? Some may think so, but it’s popular because it allows couples to break down costs to small pieces (aquarium tickets, $30; cat sitter, $12), so friends and family won’t break the bank.
Check out www.elevate destinations.com for a rundown of service trips. A chance to help rebuild Haiti and help restore the Gulf Coast ecosystem are two of the treks to choose from on this site, which specializes in “travel that matters.”
To learn how to travel light, www.onebag.com has tips. This independent site is worth reading if only for the elegant treatise on why wheeled bags are very, very bad because of their weight.
www.eurocheapo.com rates budget hotels in Europe and offers a search engine for the best prices on European budget airlines. It has hints for renting cheap cars, doing cheap stuff and enjoying a cheapskate trip to Europe.
Vegas bound? The new 2012 version of the official Las Vegas Visitors Guide is out.
Containing maps and information on accommodations, shopping, restaurants, and tips on what’s new, the guide is free online at www.visitlas vegas.com/planning-tools/ free-visitors-guide. Or call 877-847-4858.
KEY LARGO, Fla. — The African Queen, the iconic original vessel from the classic film of the same name, is plying nearshore waters and canals in the Florida Keys again.
Sailing charter operators Lance and Suzanne Holm-quist inked an agreement with the 100-year-old vessel’s owner and invested $70,000 to restore the boat that carried Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn to movie history. The boat originally was brought to Key Largo in 1983 and restored, but has languished as an out-of-the-water display for the past 11 years.
Stephen Bogart, son of the film star, was present during a relaunch event for the vessel, a national historic site.
ATLANTA — Airport officials are unveiling which concessions will open in Atlanta’s new international terminal.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport says more than 20 retail outlets, restaurants and shops will greet passengers at the world’s busiest airport when the terminal opens May 16. Restaurants opening then include Sweet Auburn Market Cafe, French Meadow Bakery, Pei Wei Asian Diner, The Varsity, The Original El Taco and The Pecan. Shops include Tommy Hilfiger and Brookstone. An interfaith chapel will be available. Others will open later.
The terminal is more than a decade in the making.