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We start this week's column with some sites that may help travellers - one for dreamers, another for shutterbugs on the move - and hop over a variety of others, from the Habs to the naps. Read on for more.

A Drive

www.adrive.com/

So, you've got some big stuff ... and you need to store it somewhere. If you're a tourist in, say, Europe, you might consider renting a locker in a train station. (You may need to explain that last phrase to the kids.) Digitally speaking, consider A Drive the online equivalent. Let's say you've shot some video or knocked off a lot of pics, and your portable storage is a bit tight. With 50 gigs of free space, A Drive is an option to consider. You can store more than videos and pictures, of course, but those tend to be the space huggers on your hard drive. A Drive is free, at least for two weeks; after that, you have to pay for what you've set aside.

Surf's up - We start this week's column with some sites that may help travellers - one for dreamers, another for shutterbugs on the move - and hop over a variety of others, from the Habs to the naps. Read on for more.

A Drive

www.adrive.com/

So, you've got some big stuff ... and you need to store it somewhere. If you're a tourist in, say, Europe, you might consider renting a locker in a train station. (You may need to explain that last phrase to the kids.) Digitally speaking, consider A Drive the online equivalent. Let's say you've shot some video or knocked off a lot of pics, and your portable storage is a bit tight. With 50 gigs of free space, A Drive is an option to consider. You can store more than videos and pictures, of course, but those tend to be the space huggers on your hard drive. A Drive is free, at least for two weeks; after that, you have to pay for what you've set aside.

EarthAlbum

www.earthalbum.com/

Among a wealth of web resources you might have for planning a trip, why not consider this one? It may not be obvious, but EarthAlbum is a great way to dream of travel, and to plan for it. It works by marrying Google Maps with the geo-tagging feature in Flickr. Click somewhere on the planet, zoom into a location, and see what comes up as you move in closer. After a few minutes of picking some European cities that have been on my wish list, I was practically close to booking airfares.

The Habs

canadiens.nhl.com/

My son fell under the sway of the Montreal Canadiens a few months ago, when the Rocket Richard exhibit was on display at The Rooms. (Never underestimate the power of the Rocket) So, even though he knew practically zip about the Habs, he's identified strongly with the team, or at least the colours. The official site is now bookmarked. It's a fine resource; like other teams in the league, the Habs site offers mountains of data, video recaps, player details and fun and games.

How to nap

www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/naps/

How to nap? That's easy: close your eyes and fall asleep ... right? Well, yes, but napping well may take some doing. This feature from the Boston Globe is eye-catching and informative; among other things, I learned that drinking a cup of coffee is a good idea before a 20-minute nap. (Why? Because the caffeine takes effect just when you need to get up.)

MegaPenny Project

www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/

We rolled up a whack of pennies (and nickels, dimes, etc.) last weekend, which if nothing else lightened a piggy bank - actually, an empty peanut butter jar, but you get the point - and taught a kid the value of saving money. At least, I hope. We also learned that a whole whack of pennies doesn't amount to very much. Need more proof? Try MegaPenny Project, which will show you just how big the numbers of pennies have to be to be impressive, like filling the Empire State Building.

Board Games by Date

www.thenwhen.com/games/

Board games come in and out of style. I'm assuming that, by judging from the stacks at the local toy and book stores, they're popular with the kids again. Here's a gallery bound to trigger some memories for all kinds of age groups: a wide array of games, many of them geared to celebrities, shows and trends of the day, from "Rin-Tin-Tin" to "Battlestar Galactica" (the original series, incidentally). Most are from the 1930s up until the 1980s, but there's one timepiece there from the 1890s.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBCNews.ca in St. John's. E-mail: surf@thetelegram.com. Read past Surf's Up columns and daily updates at his blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Organizations: Montreal Canadiens, The Rooms, Boston Globe

Geographic location: Europe, St. John's

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