GE G3WP Waterproof Camera
If you’re plotting a winter getaway to a tropical beach somewhere, the G3WP may be for you — especially at this recession-friendly price. The first-ever waterproof (to 10 feet) camera from GE boasts 12.2 megapixels of resolution, 4x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen that automatically adjusts to changes in ambient light. Other advanced features include Auto Scene Detection, which automatically determines the appropriate scene type and optimizes exposure for sharp, vibrant pictures, and Pan-Capture Panorama, which lets you pan the camera across the scene while the engine automatically captures, determines overlap and stitches the frames into a single panoramic image. $199.
PowerGenix Rechargeable AA NiZn Batteries
Looking for high performance in your batteries but striving to be “green”? These eco-friendly numbers from PowerGenix are the first rechargeable batteries to deliver power equivalent to primary, single-use batteries — a 30 percent increase compared to conventional AA rechargeable battery technologies. PowerGenix’s NiZn also represents the most recyclable rechargeable chemistry on the market, having received certification from the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation for collection and recycling at its more than 30,000 drop-off points in North America. Kermit would be proud. $34.99 (pack of four, with charger).
Hitachi SimpleTOUGH USB 2.0 Portable Drive
Here’s the USB drive for the road “warrior” who’s rough and tumble — quite literally. Designed for serious mobility, it’s water- and shock-resistant, can survive a 10-foot fall unscathed and can withstand the pressure of a one-ton truck (should that unfortunate scenario ever come to pass). It also includes a “never-lose” integrated USB cable, an ergonomic silhouette for easy carrying and a cool topside LED for power status. Its TrueTrack Technology provides added data protection against rough handling. 250GB, $99.99; 500GB, $149.99.
Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go
Those innovators at Virgin are at it again: This portable, prepaid WiFi device is decidedly user-friendly, without the hassle of contract and monthly payments. You pay a flat fee for the gizmo and then select a prepaid plan that best suits your Web-surfing habits. For example, $20 buys 250MB of Internet access — equivalent to 12 hours of browsing. Access is available in a range of increments from $10 to $60. The only catch is you have to use it within a certain time frame. $99.99, plus plan fee.
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: