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
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.
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.
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.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: