Notebook Power Adapter
Universal power adapters just keep getting niftier and niftier. The latest from iGo uses any standard wall, auto or airplane outlet and works with international plugs. Like all iGo adapters, it leverages the company’s patented tip technology and comes with a selection of popular notebook tips for use with a wide array of brands including Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP and Toshiba. It also includes the new iGo dual-power accessory, so you can simultaneously charge your notebook and a low-power device, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player. And the retractable cord means you’re less likely to find yourself in a tangle. $129.99. (http://www.igo.com)
Inflight Power Recharger
Introducing yet another addition to the whata- great-idea list — a recharger that uses the audio output from the jack in your airplane, train or bus armrest as a power source to recharge a range of portable devices, including your iPod, BlackBerry or mobile phone. Just plug the cable into the jack, connect the other end to your device, and it converts the audio output into regulated USB power. $34.99. (http://www.inflightpower.com)
Samsung SC-MX10 Camcorder
This sleek, brand-new camcorder from the gadget gurus at Samsung caters specifically to the ever-expanding universe of video bloggers and YouTube enthusiasts. Small and simple to use, it includes a 512 MB memory card to get you started right out of the box, as well as PC software so you can start uploading video clips immediately to your blog or Web site. And at this price, it’s sure to pique the interest of Steven Spielberg wannabes everywhere. $299. (http://www.samsung.com)
Trackstick II Personal Tracker
From the geniuses-in-residence at Google comes this über-cool gadget, a tiny GPS recorder that tracks its own location, time, date, speed, heading and altitude at preset intervals. With more than 1Mb of memory, it can store months of travel information, so you can use it to create a quintessentially 21st-century travelogue while on vacation, or to trace your exact route when you’re hiking, biking or exploring a new city. Use it to import pictures and other information into Google Earth, Google’s geographic information tool (downloadable for free at earth.google.com), to create a whole new perspective of your journey. Powered by 24 orbiting satellites, it works anywhere on Earth. $179. (http://www.googleearthstore.com)
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.
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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: