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)
This winter season sees a major milestone in the history of Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski in St. Moritz as the hotel celebrates its 20th birthday. To celebrate those two decades, the hotel invites international guests and locals in St Moritz to experience its freshly renovated lobby as well as a brand-new lobby bar redesigned in a contemporary style.
Discover why Global Traveler readers named Cunard® the Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for seven consecutive years. For a limited time, book your voyage during Cunard’s Explore with More promotion and take advantage of lower fares*, up to $1,200 Onboard Credit†, Free Specialty Dining for Two^, 50% Reduced Deposit††, and more. Choose from an array of exciting journeys, including Transatlantic Crossings and voyages to Alaska, the Caribbean and Canada & New England.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways extends its complimentary pre- or post-cruise land offer as add-ons to select Europe and Egypt cruises for groups and individual travelers in 2023. The offer is also available exclusively for groups in 2024. Now, the cruise line extends the offer for new reservations made through March 31, 2023, on select 2023 departures.
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Arctic Cold Front Cancels More Than 1,200 U.S. Flights: How Will This Affect Travel in the Coming Days?
As of Jan. 31, more than 1,000 U.S. flights were canceled across the country in the wake of an arctic cold front spanning central Texas to the East Coast. Additionally, states including Minnesota and Wisconsin face weather advisories, with some warnings potentially affecting air travel over the next few days as the storm moves.