Here’s a new service that could, in extreme cases, mean the difference between life and death. This mobile information tool gives you access to a database of more than 4,200 qualified, English-speaking doctors and dentists in 180 countries and selected emergency and urgent-care facilities for more than 1,100 destinations worldwide. Accessible via your Web-enabled mobile phone (or computer), the service also provides personalized health and security alerts regarding risks that may arise along your itinerary; profiles of more than 3,400 notable facilities around the world, including clinics and pharmacies; medication translation that covers 400 brand-name drugs in the 24 most-visited countries; and idiomatic medical term/condition translation in 10 languages. Most importantly, mPassport provides peace of mind — at a very affordable price. $9.95/month or $49.95/year. (http://www.mpassport.com)
Sony Vaio TT Notebook
Introducing the world’s lightest computer with Blu-ray Disc technology. Weighing in at under 3 pounds and measuring less than one inch thick, it packs HD technology into a sleek carbon-fiber, ultra-portable notebook. Featuring an extra-wide 11.1- inch display with Sony’s XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology (mercury-free for the eco-conscious), the Vaio TT delivers 100 percent color saturation and razor-sharp picture quality ideal for Blu-ray Disc movies. The notebook comes with the choice of Windows Vista Home Premium, Vista Business or Vista Ultimate operating systems. Windows XP Professional is available on select models. In black or red. Starts at $2,000. (http://www.sonystyle.com/pr/tt)
Gyration Air Mouse
This spanking-new mouse from motion-sensing technology powerhouse Movea works both in the air and on a flat surface, making it a perfect travel companion. Its MotionSense technology provides precise in-air motion tracking, guaranteeing accurate responses to natural hand movements, whether you’re delivering a presentation or stuck in a cramped space such as an airplane seat. A quick flick of the wrist will command a PowerPoint deck or control multimedia entertainment on a laptop. The in-air controls are effective up to 100 feet and work through walls. Weighs less than 4 ounces. $99.99. (http://www.gyration.com)
Granted, the first generation of wireless headsets was clunky and, well, “performance-challenged,” but the new Jawbone headset is quickly making that perception a thing of the past. Its patented NoiseAssassin technology literally feels your speech with its Voice Activity Sensor, which distinguishes the sound of your voice and cancels out ambient background noise. Two streamlined buttons control all the functions of the headset, making it simple to use. And you’ll feel chic, not geeky, wearing it: Thanks to its sleek profile, premium materials and customized fit, it makes a true fashion statement. $129.99. (http://www.jawbone.com)
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
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.
Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower opened following full renovations to its 280 guestrooms and public spaces. The property is the second Hyatt Regency in Spain. The hotel sits in a Barcelona skyline landmark, a 29-story tower topped with a glass dome that provides travelers with 360-degree views and an unparalleled dining experience.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
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.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Reconnect with nature and step outside your comfort zone at Palmaïa, The House of AïA. The new Riviera Maya resort focuses on inner exploration and a respect for nature, offering visitors an array of experiences promoting self-discovery and spiritual wellness.
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.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: