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
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Keeping up with expiration dates for various miles and points programs is not typically something high on anyone’s to-do list. Here are a few ways to keep track of your points across programs and get ahead of any impending expiration dates.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.