Want to speak the local language but not spend hundreds of dollars and myriad hours in a classroom? Mango Passport Courses teach you how to talk like the locals and engage seamlessly in the local culture. Designed specifically for use from a home or office computer or laptop, the courses are written and developed by native-speaking teachers who understand the nuances of the language as well as the culture. Also, since Mango focuses on conversational speaking skills, you’ll start speaking after just one lesson and will be able to deal with everyday situations — get directions, order a meal — after spending only a few hours with the program. Strategically placed memory building exercises make sure that you’ll remember what you learn as you go, while critical thinking exercises help you intuitively build on what you learn so you can adapt it to similar conversations in real life. Mango Passport is currently available in 16 languages, including Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Greek, with more to come by the end of the year. $150 per course; $100/MP3 audio version with PDF companion guide.
Über-cool indeed, the PowerSkin is a sleek smartphone case that doubles the battery life of your phone. Crafted from impact-resistant silicone rubber with a nonslip grip for ultimate protection, it’s an on-the-go power source that fuses form and function. Patented XPAL Power battery technology extends talk time anywhere from 4.5 to eight hours for the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Vibrant, HTC HD7, HTC Evo 4G, myTouch 4G and many other smartphones (visit the website for a full list). All cases are 100 percent recycled (except for the battery and internal components) and come standard with a micro-USB charging port and LED battery status lights. $49.99–59.99
Developer Viaggio Resorts soon debuts Palazzo Ricci in Abruzzo, Italy. Built in 1799, the palace is in restoration mode ahead of its 2023 debut. The project is being offered as a private residence club, fractional or co-ownership model.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Stockholm, Sweden, with us.
Dutch Design Week 2022 is the biggest design event in northern Europe, taking place Oct. 22–30, in the city of Eindhoven. More than 2,600 designers participate in the event, and about 355,000 visitors from Europe and abroad attend. The almost 500 DDW events offer an opportunity for visitors to explore every imaginable design discipline, with a clear emphasis on experiment, innovation and the development of young talent.
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.
Urban Villages recently started construction on Populus, the first carbon-positive hotel in the United States. The 265-room hotel should open in late 2023 and will be unlike anything Denver has ever seen.
This month, tribal leaders and state officials joined Visit California at the future Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza to unveil a new statewide initiative. This initiative aims to showcase California’s native communities and cultural tourism experiences to domestic and international travelers. At the announcement, tribal leaders from across the state shared with journalists a sampling of the state’s vast array of offerings.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Longing for a destination steeped in romance and enchanting stories? In Southwest Germany, a collection of soaring castles and resplendent gardens offers connections to tales of true love. Take a trip to Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Hill in Stuttgart, overlooking the Neckar Valley.