Do you ever fantasize about being your own mechanic so you can stop torturing yourself about whether you’re getting ripped off at the shop? This handy tool brings you one step closer to becoming Mr. Fix-It. Just plug the handheld tester into your car’s OBD2 Data Link Connector (found under or near your car’s dashboard), turn on the ignition, and then wait while it collects your vehicle’s information. Its color-coded LEDs provide a quick clue as to whether all systems are “go” or if there’s a problem. Then connect the tester to your computer to download reports via the CarMD Web site, which gives users access to accurate, value-added data, including potential problems and their solutions, estimated repair costs and more. It works on all cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs manufactured for use in the United States since 1996. $89.99. (www.carmd.com)
Sony VAIO UX Micro PC
Ever wonder how much smaller computers can get? Sony sets a new standard in the incredible-shrinking-computer race with its VAIO UX Micro PC, the first pocket PC that boasts the performance of a full-size computer. It weighs in at just more than a pound and features a Microsoft XP Professional operating system, an integrated keyboard and Sony’s SmartWi technology, so you can toggle between wireless WWAN, LAN and Bluetooth technology for handy access to the Internet and email. A cool biometrics fingerprint sensor — a major “wow” factor — means no need to remember passwords and it even features two built-in cameras — one for on-the-go video conferencing and another for taking photos. $1,800. (www.sonystyle.com)
Golfers everywhere, unite! That’s the idea behind GolfBuzz.com, a new social networking site specifically for golfers. Traveling to an unfamiliar city and want to spend a few hours on the links? Just type in the ZIP code of wherever you’re headed and immediately get a list of all the nearby golf courses, complete with directions, course reviews and weather updates. You can register and post a profile so you can share tips with other players — and even find a fellow fan to hit the course with on your next trip. And access is free, so you can spend more on lessons and that new 5-iron you can’t live without. (www.GolfBuzz.com)
Samsung Helix XM2Go
From those cutting-edge gurus at Samsung comes this brand-new musical masterpiece, which combines the content and capabilities of XM Satellite radio with the portability and convenience of a 1GB MP3 player. Tune into XM’s 160-plus channels and store MP3s, WMA files and XM content (up to 50 hours) for playback any time, all on a sleek, 4.5-ounce device with full-color display. You can even bookmark songs heard on XM for online purchase from the XM + Napster service. All hail the inevitable musical convergence! $399.99. XM subscription not included. (www.samsung.com)
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.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
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.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
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.