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9 Best Travel-Related Businesses of 2010

With the recession starting to become only a memory, traveling is something that many individuals decided to start doing again, and as a result, so did the presence of new travel-related businesses. There have been some cool ones this year, and the best were of course the most obscure. As we ring in the new year and you start to think about travel plans for 2011, here are some of 2010's best travel businesses to help you out!

Bear Grylls On Your Back: Knives And Survival Gear

Bear Grylls jumps off your TV screen and into your backpack with this line of survival gear.

Light Up Your Wheels With The Tron Skatecycle

A unique piece of sports gear dedicated to the next big blockbuster, the Tron-inspired Skatecycle is a geeky but stylish way of wheeling down the block.

Another 2,000-HP Hypercar With Possible World Record Ambitions

An upcoming supercar with a whopping 2,200 horsepower on tap, the Keating ZKRs promises to be an exciting contender.

Electric Car/Motorbike Combo Could Be The Ultimate Dual-Use Vehicle

Car or motorbike? Why not a car with two wheels that transform into motorbikes? That's some heavy-duty M.A.S.K. /Transformer-type action, and we hope it's the wave of the future.

All-New Porsche Coming Next Month, View It Live Via Webcast

Porsche announced that it will introduce a brand new car at the Detroit Auto Show next month. But it hasn't indicated what that model will be, leaving the industry scrambling to figure it out.

Google Digests Travel Software To Fatten Its Travel Search Portal

Back in April, I speculated that Google would acquire ITA Software, the meta-search technology that drives online travel agents (OTAs) in addition to Bing Travel, and could throw a monkey-wrench into how online search would function going forward. In my post, titled, "Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changers for OTAs. . ." I noted industry sources that predicted the buying price could go as high as US $1 billion.

Social Media Surfaces Travel Recommendations From Friends & Followers

Soliciting travel advice before or during a trip is a common practice amongst business and leisure travelers alike. The recommendation from a friend whose opinion one trusts holds much more weight than soliciting advice from strangers. Today, with the assistance of social networks, two new services have developed services that just made that process a whole lot easier.

Sock Mob Tours: A Different Look At London Through The Eyes Of The Homeless

Tours of cities often follow the same structure, showing visitors all the main attractions while providing some historical perspective. Well, one group has decided to change all that and take people on a tour of London that lets them see some of the less glamorous aspects of the city.

Box Holidays: Grocery Store Style Vacation Shopping

It's so simple to walk into the grocery store and buy one of those boxed packages that provides you with everything you need to get a full, delicious meal on the table. In a world that thrives on convenience, this type of shopping is very much appreciated by many Americans. Apparently so much so that they've decided to apply this to vacation planning as well.

The IKEA Bike

Unfortunately not a model that you'll be seeing in IKEA's catalog, the IKEA bike was a mass gift that the Swedish home decor company recently bestowed upon staff members as a holiday present.

World's Next Fastest Production Car: TranStar Dagger GT

Car or fantasy? The American-made TranStar Dagger GT aims to be the first production car to 300 mph. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Eco-friendly Christmas Trees Stands in Haifa Shortly After Devastating Fire

Today in the center of Haifa there is a 38-foot Christmas tree made of 5,480 recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly tree was finished a few days after devastating fires left over 40 people dead and millions of trees destroyed. The green project could not have been done without the help of Haifa's local residents.

Cyclists: Cover Your Ass. Literally.

You protect your head, hands and body while cycling, why not your ass?

7 Wild, Multifunctional Bikes

Bicycles are usually pretty straightforward. They get you from point a. to point b. with two wheels, a pair of pedals, a few gears and a chain.

Not these bikes. These bikes each feature at least one totally different function that sets them apart from every other 10-speed, commuter and mountain bike. 


iPad-Compatible Clothing For Carrying Social Media On Your Person (Just In Time For The Holidays)

As innovative as the iPad is, the one challenge that most owners are up against is how to transport their portable hand-held computers around. Sling bags, purses and backpacks are jerry-rigged solutions. When you're on the go with an urge to tweet or check your Facebook status quickly, the best access is reaching for the envied device from the inside pocket of a jacket or vest designed specifically for the purpose.

Pimp Your Ride With Big, Horrible Mascara

Is the leather bra not effeminate enough for your car? How about some eyelashes for your headlights. Yeah. They actually have those.

The Mass Electric Vehicle Era Is Underway

An historic week for mass-produced electric vehicles, the first Nissan Leaf made its way off of the lot and Chevy began shipping Volts to dealerships.

The Bond Bike In Action

The Bond Bike is one of the most extreme bikes of 2010 and one lucky rider actually got to take it for a spin through the snow drifts it was designed to master.

Sassy Teething Feeder Allows Babies A Wider Range of Food Choices

Here is an interesting little baby tool.  It looks like a contraption you would see featured on one of those ‘guess what it is’ type of gadget postings.  This one is called the Sassy Teething Feeder and it actually looks quite handy for parents who are interested in introducing their babies to new food tastes or who want to offer their child another teething option.