Are you already bored with that USB flash drive dangling from your keychain? From the what-will-they-think-of-next corner comes Wallet Flash, the world’s first credit-card-sized USB flash drive that slides handily into your wallet. A standout at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas,Wallet Flash is waterproof, ranges in size from 64MB to 2GB, and can even be branded with your company logo and name. Just don’t try to pay your hotel bill with it. $29-$169. (www.walletex.com)
And now for a gadget you dreamed of having during your last European trip. A pen that with a mere swipe takes foreign text and — voila! — translates it into English. Just scan the pen across foreign language copy, plug the pen into your computer and presto — your own personal electronic interpreter. It can even translate emails directly into Outlook, and text into Adobe Acrobat. Six translation pairs are available, including English-French, English-German, even English-Russian. Choose your language when you upload the accompanying software onto your computer and soon enough you’ll be reading like a native (if not speaking like one). $149.99. (www.irislink.com)
If you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out how to magically transfer your old record collection onto your iPod, the iKEY may become your new best friend. It’s the first portable USB recorder that lets you record audio and convert it into high-quality MP3 and WAV files that record directly onto your iPod (or other USB-compatible storage device). You simply plug the cable from your headphone jack, CD player or other output source into the iKEY, connect the iKEY to a USB storage device such as an iPod, select a digital audio format and hit record. The audio is saved in either MP3 (with a choice of 128, 192 or 256 kbps bit rate) or WAV format and can be replayed immediately on playback devices. All hail the digital revolution! $99.99. (www.ikeyaudio.com)
Pockets full of random business cards of people you can no longer recall meeting will be a thing of the past with this brand-new, crafty business-card scanner. Just feed your cards through the palm-sized scanner and connect the scanner to the USB port of your computer. Cardiris 3 database software (included) then analyzes the contact information and feeds it into the appropriate fields. You’ll dazzle yourself with how organized you’ll soon become. $199.99. (www.irislink.com)
Situated deep within the Scottish Highlands, just steps from many lakes and mountains, lies 57 Nord. This collection of two design-led boutique hideaways blends the region’s Norse-Gael heritage by incorporating Scottish craftsmanship, modern Scandinavian design and panoramic views into both structures.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Oslo’s Art Deco connections just grew stronger with the opening of Sommerro, housed within a historic building in the city’s West End neighborhood of Frogner. The structure itself was once the location of the city’s original electrical company, Oslo Lysverker. The conversion to urban, luxury lodging features 231 guestrooms, 56 residences, seven restaurant and bar options, and meeting and event spaces for up to 150 people. There’s also a 100-seat gilded theater and expansive wellness space, including a full-service gym and Oslo’s first, year-round rooftop pool, sauna and terrace.
Key West International Airport recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of its $100 million expansion. Roman Gastesi, administrator, Monroe County; Richard Strickland, director of airports; and others attended the ceremony and outlined details of the Concourse A terminal expansion project.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide recently conducted a study to find the most underrated travel experiences around the world. The operator analyzed more than 350 lesser-known destinations and experiences across more than 130 countries, ranking them based on how high its Trip Advisor score fared against how many people actually reviewed the activity and how many Google searches the experience received.
Lodging and hospitality company Angama announced the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate, 10-suite lodge set in Kenya’s private, 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, located just across the border in Tanzania.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
There is nothing better than the gift of travel. Instead of giving your loved ones material items, give them an experience they will never forget. This year, Emerald Cruises offers excellent Black Friday deals on Europe and Southeast Asia river cruises, as well as on the latest collection of luxury ocean yacht sailings on Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara.