The Best New Travel Aids

Our picks of the latest and greatest Web sites, flights, and travel tools.

BEST NEW:
FRONTIER
Last December, the Indian government lifted travel restrictions in the insurgency-troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir, opening 104 previously closed peaks. A majority of the mountains sit in the safe Ladakh region. Apply for trekking permits through the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (indmount.org)—or just wait for outfitters to start leading trips in 2011.

BEST NEW:
FLIGHTS
United introduces direct routes to Anchorage, Alaska, from Chicago on May 22, and from San Francisco and Denver on June 9 (united.com).
American (aa.com) offers direct flights to San José, Costa Rica, from New York City's JFK starting April 6, and to San Salvador, El Salvador, from Dallas/Fort Worth starting June 10. Delta launches daily, direct flights to Stockholm, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark from JFK starting May 27 (delta.com)
And Iceland Express adds its first U.S. stop this year, offering four flights a week from Newark, New Jersey, to Reykjavík starting June 1 (icelandexpress.com).

BEST NEW:
WEB SITE
When planning adventures, we love trusty sites like lastminute.com and seatguru.com. But our favorite new site offers service of a more quixotic variety: AtlasObscura.com , produced by the writer Joshua Foer, digs up the world's oddest destinations, such as St. Paul, Minnesota's Museum of Quackery and Medical Frauds, and Scotland's Garden of Cosmic Speculation.

BEST NEW:
GAMBLE
Two phrases we find scary when combined: "Martin Strel" and "river guide." This summer, Strel, the extra-large (and brusque) Slovenian swimmer and star of the film Big River Man, leads weeklong trips up the Brazilian Amazon with his son, Borut. Highlights of the trip, which departs from Santarem, include swimming alongside the Strels and pink dolphins, and farm-sourced meals aboard the same boat used in the movie. Five departures from August–October; $2,400; theamazonvoyage.com

BEST NEW:
USE OF TWITTER
JetBlue (JetBlueCheeps), Frontier (FrontierSale), and Southwest (SouthwestAir) are just a few of the carriers that use Twitter to keep customers up to date on breaking and limited-time deals.

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