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)
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.
SINCE ABOUT 2000, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the busiest airport not only in the United States but also in the world. Each year more than 100 million passengers pass through the gateway, so it only makes sense the airport continues to evolve.
DON’T EXPECT TURIN TO FIT your image of Italy. It’s Italian, all right — the evening passeggiata and a love of good food and wine are alive and well. But you’ll look in vain for medieval cobbled streets, crumbling castles and works by Michelangelo (who never set foot here). Instead, although you’ll find some Roman ruins, you’ll also find a faux medieval village, a world-class film museum and a café life that rivals Vienna’s. You and your family will have fun here.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
TODAY, JUNIOR THERRIAULT calls Chicago home, where he serves as general manager of Juniper at Claridge House Hotel, but before arriving in the Windy City, he worked around the world, learning from the best professionals in the industry. In addition to hotels and Michelin-starred dining experience, Therriault also owned a successful catering business and boasts numerous wins from food competitions around the globe.
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.
DURING THE 1920S AND ’30S, Shanghai was known as the Paris of the Orient — glamorous and decadent with a vibrant nightlife. A century later, Shanghai still parties hard. Most bars and clubs stay open until 3 a.m.; some don’t close their doors until 5 a.m.