Ety8 Bluetooth Earphones
From the “It’s About Time” department — introducing the first in-ear Bluetooth-enabled wireless earphones. Weighing less than half an ounce, they’re super-comfy and come with a selection of eartips to ensure a perfect fit. These nifty gizmos work with iPods (with Etymotic’s patent-pending 8•Mate iPod Adapter) and other Bluetooth-enabled music players. They’re also the first Bluetooth earphones to provide 35 dB to 40 dB noise exclusion — reducing the typical airplane-cabin noise level to that of a normal living room, and greatly enhancing your ability to hear the music without having to turn up the volume to unsafe levels. $299 with iPod adapter, or $199 for earphones alone. (http://www.etymotic.com)
Aegis Bio Hard Drive
This virtually indestructible, hardware-encrypted biometric hard drive (say that three times fast!) lets you securely access your files with a fingerprint sensor. Able to store up to 10 fingerprint profiles, the Aegis Bio secures data with real-time 128-bit AES hardware encryption — making the drive impenetrable even if it’s removed from its enclosure. It’s cross-platform compatible, enabling you to take your data from work to home and on the road, and no software is required on the host computer to access your data. A 16-point omnidirectional shock-mounting system also protects the drive from accidental falls and knocks. $179 to $379, depending on GB size. (http://www.apricorn.com)
SPOT Satellite Messenger
This ingenious tool, the world’s first satellite messenger, lets you contact friends, family or emergency services, if need be, with GPS accuracy, independent of cellular coverage. With a push of a button, your location can be tracked to within 20 feet using Google Maps and the dedicated SPOT network.Weighing just over 7 ounces, it works around the world with 99.4 percent accuracy, and runs on AA batteries. It’s ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, for long road trips through areas where cell phone coverage might be spotty — and for letting loved ones know your whereabouts in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. $149.99, plus $99.99 service fee. (http://www.findmespot.com)
Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard
This innovation from ThinkGeek is arguably one of the all-time coolest gadgets to grace this column. Connecting to PDAs and Smartphones using Bluetooth, this tiny, 3.5-inch device projects a full-size QWERTY keyboard on any flat surface. You can type away just as you would on a regular keyboard — accompanied by simulated key-click sounds. Its rechargeable battery lasts for 120 minutes of continuous typing. Compatible with Palm OS 5, PocketPC 2003,Windows Smartphone, Symbian OS, and Windows 2000/XP; limited Mac OSX support. $179.99. (http://www.thinkgeek.com)
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.