It’s been a while in the making, but HomePod is finally here. The hybrid device will compete with Google Echo and Amazon Home as a voice-controlled AI assistant while also taking on high-end wireless speakers such as Sonos and Haim. Apple is selling the device based on its great audio quality, and it seems like an elegant solution for music fans who want amazing sound as well as voicecommand capabilities. Buy two for different rooms or use them in the same space for stereo sound. $349.
AWAY: THE BIGGER CARRY-ON
Luggage startup Away took the industry by storm when it released its affordable luxury range, featuring the 46 liter-capacity The Bigger Carry-On. It fits in the overhead bins of all major airlines while giving you enough space for all of your stuff and comes with a built-in battery pack for charging your devices on the move. Luckily, it complies with new rules on batteries that saw rival brands banned by airlines. Available in eight colors, the bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. $245.
LOGITECH MX MASTER 2S ERGONOMIC MOUSE
The demands of the world of work evolved far more rapidly than the human body in recent decades, making fatigue and injury from using computer equipment for long periods a worry for many people. One way to cut down on tendon and muscle fatigue is to invest in an ergonomic mouse, such as this offering from peripherals heavyweight Logitech. It connects over Bluetooth or wireless USB for convenience and works on any surface, including glass. Its large body is designed to fit every hand comfortably, and the rechargeable battery lasts 70 days. $99.99.
DJI MAVIC AIR
If you don’t need a professional-quality drone but you’re looking for something more impressive than entry-level models, the new DJI Mavic Air is perfect. It’s incredibly portable, making it great for outdoors enthusiasts, and it’s easy to fly. Once you’ve got the hang of the controls, you can fly at an incredible top speed of 42 mph while shooting stabilized 4K video. $799.
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.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
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.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
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.