Etymo¯tic mc2 Headset + Earphones
These cutting-edge earphones offer the documented highest noise isolation of any earphones or headphones on the market today, making them the world’s most accurate noise-isolating headset plus earphones under $100 for the audiophile on a budget. Designed for compatibility with smartphones and tablets from BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, Motorola Mobility, HP and Apple, they deliver tight, accurate bass with crystal-clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels. Available in a spiffy high-gloss polished black aluminum finish, the mc2, like all Etymo¯tic products, can also be customized through the company’s CUSTOM_FIT program for personalized ear molds that provide a pitch-perfect fit. $99. www.etymotic.com
JOOS Orange Personal Solar Charger
This new gizmo — the only portable solar charger that can effectively turn sunlight into electrical power under sunny, cloudy and even rainy weather conditions — launches the idea of being green into the stratosphere. It delivers up to two hours of cellphone talk time for every hour of direct sunlight, making it the world’s most powerful solar charger. The large, 5,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery holds enough power to fully charge up to three smartphones (or four standard cellphones) and retains a charge for more than one year. It can also be charged from a USB power source. $139.95. www.solarjoos.com
Samsung Series 9 Laptop
You might call this the Lamborghini of laptops, or at least the Porsche of personal computing. Samsung’s Series 9 is the n’est-plus-ultra mobile machine equally suited for work and entertainment. The 13.3-inch powerhouse weighs in at less than 3 pounds and boasts Samsung’s hallmark SuperBright Plus display. Crafted from Duralumin, a material typically found in advanced aircraft that’s twice as durable as aluminum, its sleek, ergonomic styling evokes thoughts of speed and performance with an ultrathin 0.64-inch profile. Series 9 integrates the second-generation Intel Core i5 processor, affording you the latest in performance computer technology. Intel HD graphics, combined with the new processor, deliver crystal-clear visuals, vibrant colors and smooth HD video and audio playback. It also comes equipped with USB 3.0, Blue-tooth 3.0, built-in WiMax and the latest in WiFi and Sleep & Charge USB technologies. $1,649. www.samsung.com
Iomega SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone
We’ve all been there: Your iPhone crashes, and you realize you’ve lost all your contacts and photos because you’re a little lazy about regularly synching your iPhone with iTunes. Never fear — it’s the SuperHero to the rescue! It automatically backs up contacts and photos on an iPhone (or multiple iPhones) every time you charge it. The device comes complete with a 4GB SD card that provides the storage in the docking station for iPhone contacts and camera roll pictures. (The SD card is upgradeable if you need more capacity.) You simply download the free SuperHero iPhone app from the Apple Store and you’re ready to go. After the initial backup, future backups only include incremental contacts and photos. Then, if you lose or damage your iPhone, you can restore contacts and photos to a new iPhone by docking it in the SuperHero dock and selecting the “restore” button. Fully compatible with the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G, as well as the iPod Touch (fourth generation). $54.99. http://iomega.com/superhero-iphone-backup
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.
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.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.