Here’s the perfect stocking-stuffer for the golfer in your life. Swingbyte is a 3-D swing analyzer that weighs less than an ounce and attaches to any club just below the grip. Upon contact with the ball, it transmits a digitized version of your swing via Bluetooth to Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. View your swing image — along with measurements of club head speed, swing plane, face angle, tempo, and loft and lie angles — during practice sessions, pinpoint swing flaws and work to correct them. Includes an app for Android and Apple devices. $149. (For a limited time, price includes a two-year subscription to LINKS Magazine.) swingbyte.com
This revolutionary gizmo transforms the harsh light from your pop-up flash into pro-quality light for indoor photos. The lightweight device attaches to your DSLR camera and works by redirecting the flash, creating broad, natural, flattering light — and eliminating such indoor-photography snafus as dreaded red eye, uneven lighting and the “cave effect,” where people close to the flash are washed out and white while those in the background are dark and hard to see. At this price, what’s not to like? $29.95. lightscoop.com
Here’s a gift that keeps on giving the whole year through in truly high-tech fashion. This awesome app delivers more than 70 magazine titles to your iPad or Android tablet, offering unlimited perusing of current and back issues from five leading U.S.-based publishers. Titles include InStyle, Elle, Wired, Fortune and People, just to name a few. Once an issue is downloaded, you can access it locally — no need for WiFi, so you’ll never worry about running out of things to read, wherever you are. $9.99/month for monthly titles; $14.99/month for monthly and weekly titles. nextissue.com
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100
If getting more organized is one of your New Year’s resolutions, this portable scanner may be just the ticket. Measuring just 10.74 by 1.87 by 1.33 inches and weighing 12.3 ounces, the ScanSnap, for Macs and PCs, can digitize your paper world anywhere. Scan a letter-size piece of paper in just 7.5 seconds (in color at 300dpi), or scan multiple-page documents into a PDF at the touch of a button. Its adjustable, two-way paper path supports a wide range of documents including plastic cards, IDs, thick paper stock and long forms up to 34 inches. With cloud service support, scan documents directly to Evernote and Google Docs, making your files and photos easy to store, access and share. $199.99. scanners.fcpa.fujitsu.com/scansnap11/s1100.html
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.
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.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
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.
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: