Just plug this nifty device into your computer’s USB port, then connect any regular phone to the other side, and make free local and long-distance calls within the country. Take it with you on your travels around the world (or send it to friends and loved ones overseas) to make free long-distance calls back to the United States and Canada. Approximately the size of a matchbox, it comes with a phone number, free voicemail, caller ID, 911 emergency service and a feature called FollowMe that forwards incoming calls to your office, mobile and home phones when you’re not online to receive them. Backed by its own network, the most magical thing about it — besides its ability to make your phone bills disappear — is the price, which includes a year of service. $40. (www.magicjack.com)
Lenovo ThinkPad Reserve Edition
Bound in hand-stitched, saddle-grade French leather and created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ThinkPad, this laptop comes with a 36-month concierge service that provides instant access to a dedicated Executive Support team 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Should you have a computer issue that can’t be resolved remotely with a phone call, a technician will come to your location, in 20 countries around the world, within four hours. If you require a replacement part or a new computer in the event it’s lost or damaged beyond repair, it arrives via overnight delivery, free of charge. Each machine is even equipped with a “ThinkVantage” button that, when pressed, triggers live-chat instant online support. Supply is limited: Production will be capped at 5,000 units. $5,000. (www.thinkpadreserve.com)
A terrific stocking-stuffer for your favorite Bluetooth enthusiast, this wireless portable stereo speaker lets you stream music from a Bluetooth A2DP-enabled mobile phone, MP3 player or PC with one click, so you can rock your tunes wirelessly whether you’re hanging out at home, on the beach or in the car. Equipped with a 2×6-watt Class D amplifier and two wide-band speakers, the Parrot Party is just 9 inches long and weighs only 21 ounces, meaning you can, indeed, take it with you. Includes a four-hour rechargeable battery. $169.99. (www.parrotshopping.com)
True to its name, the Wi-Fire from hField Technologies will keep your computer cooking wherever you may roam: It’s a compact USB adapter that allows you to connect to a WiFi network at any 802.11 b/g access point from up to 1,000 feet away — well over three times the range of other adapters, at notably higher speeds, and even in locations where no wireless signal could previously be detected. At a sleek 3 inches by 4 inches and just 3/8-inch thick, it folds up with its mounting device and USB cable for easy portability. Compatible with Mac, Windows XP and Vista. $79. (www.hfield.com)
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
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.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Brussels Airlines is making Belgium travel easier with a new year-round route from Washington, D.C. (IAD).
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Las Vegas is poised to host one of hospitality’s most ambitious projects to date with the announcement Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton will combine three premium Hilton brands into a single property.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Hotel Indigo recently launched its Clues to the Neighborhood initiative, a fun way for travelers to discover experiences in property neighborhoods. Clues to the Neighborhood uses curated artifacts to artfully present travelers with a new look at a locale, with the hope of leading them to local museums, shops, music venues, restaurants and bars.