IZON 2.0 Wi-Fi Video Monitor
This groovy, cutting-edge, app-controlled remote video camera streams audio and video to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad anywhere in the world, providing real-time video on local networks to let you see what’s happening at home (or anywhere). Setup takes just a few minutes — the IZON app creates a unique code for your network and scans the code immediately. You can place it on any horizontal surface or mount it to the ceiling: It tilts and swivels on its magnetic base. $129.95. steminnovation.com/izon
ECOXBT Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The only speaker on the market that is 100 percent waterproof, this rugged gadget is fully submersible and it floats, so you can knock it off the boat or drop it in the pool and it will rise to the surface (and the occasion), speakers facing up and tunes jamming. It streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device and lets you answer incoming calls over the built-in speakerphone. And its rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 10 hours of play time. $129.99. ecoxgear.com
FAV I SmartStick
This plug-and-play gizmo magically transforms any HDTV into a full-range, entertainment powerhouse SmartTV. Access movies, music, apps and games via the latest Android OS. Get thousands of apps at Google Play, including movie streaming via Netflix, HULU or EPIX; music streaming via Pandora or Spotify; video streaming via YouTube; and social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. SmartStick includes a full Internet browser, 4GB of built-in memory and a MediaSHARE app to wirelessly deliver movies, music and photos directly to your TV — no subscription needed. For the full TV-as-computer experience, add on the mini wireless keyboard with touchpad mouse. $49.99. favientertainment.com
FreedomPop Wireless Internet
Backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, FreedomPop is on a mission to “deliver free, fast, wireless Internet to all.” Get 500MB of free, high-speed Internet each month on any device, anywhere — no contracts or strings attached — with additional data available at prices 25 to 60 percent lower than what wireless carriers charge. If you’re traveling within the United States, you’ll no longer be tied to slow Internet connections in airports and hotels, or fear losing wireless access on the go. The service runs on Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network and will expand to include Sprint’s 4G LTE network this year. Visit the website for availability in your location. Free (fee for additional data plans). freedompop.com
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
The Islands of Tahiti offer a range of captivating activities for travelers with diverse interests, from hiking to breathtaking waterfalls, riding horses on secluded beaches; swimming with sharks; or immersing in Polynesian culture through traditional dance, music and art. For watersports enthusiasts, the crystal-clear lagoons offer exhilarating experiences like surfing, kiteboarding and paddleboarding. And if you’re looking to relax, the pristine beaches, overwater bungalows and tropical sun offer the perfect setting. With 118 islands and atolls to explore, island hopping is an excellent way to experience the full diversity of The Islands of Tahiti. With its blend of adventure, culture and relaxation, The Islands of Tahiti offer a truly unique travel experience.
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
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With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: