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)
Travelers interested in the trend of forest bathing have a new resource at their disposal. Forest Bathing Finder is an all-in-one website that connects forest bathing walkers with trained guides. Forest bathing guides list qualifications and venues, routes, walks and payment requirements for browsing forest bathers to then peruse.
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.
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Take a visual journey through Japan with us.
THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Through Sept. 7, guests at M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas can enjoy the No Resort Fee Summer promotion. The resort will waive daily resort fees on all reservations, and guests can also take advantage of summer rates beginning as low as $75 per night. Book online or by calling 877 673 7678.