GOAL ZERO Guide 10 Adventure Kit
April is Earth Month, an especially appropriate time to think about how we can all strive to be a bit “greener.” The Guide 10 Adventure Kit lets you do just that, providing a cost-effective, compact and lightweight charging system. Comprised of four AA rechargeable batteries, a USB output port, an LED flashlight and the 7-watt mono-crystalline solar panels of the GOAL ZERO Nomad 7M, it completely charges in four hours of full sunlight and delivers portable power to a variety of USB and DC devices. Created for broad functionality, the fully charged Guide 10 delivers 30 hours of power for a cell phone, seven to 10 hours for a smartphone, and a whopping 40 hours for an iPod. If the sun’s not shining, no worries — you can also charge from a laptop via USB connection. With nifty tools like this, despite what Kermit says, it actually is easy being green. $139.95.
Seagate GoFlex Slim Drive
They say you can never be too rich or too thin — and the GoFlex Slim, billed as the world’s slimmest external portable hard drive, clearly subscribes to the second part of this adage. At a razor-thin 9mm, it’s roughly the width of a No. 2 pencil. Equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a USB3.0 interface to enable transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB2.0, this 320GB drive delivers quick access to large multimedia files such as HD movies and video games. The faster drive speed takes full advantage of the included plug-and-play USB3.0 interface, while still maintaining compatibility with USB2.0. You can also use GoFlex Slim interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without formatting and performance loss. Simply install the pre-loaded NTFS driver on a Mac computer once and use the drive interchangeably between the Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. Additionally, the drive’s included premium backup software automatically and continuously backs up and encrypts files and folders on any PC or Mac computer. $99.99.
The latest from the why-didn’t-we-think-of-that department: the Looxcie, a combination Bluetooth headset/personal camcorder. When paired with the apps on a compatible smartphone (Android 2.0 and higher; iPhone iOS 4.2 and higher), Looxcie is a mobile-connected device, allowing you to instantly share and stream life on the go. It’s always on, continuously recording, so when you experience something you want to share, just click the “Instant Clip” button to save a clip of the last 30 seconds. Before an event or activity, you can set up Auto-Share recipients using the LooxcieMoments app. Then press a button and — voilà! Looxcie automatically sends a 30-second video clip to your recipients in real time. In addition to the mobile apps, the new LooxcieDesktop helper application for PC or Mac lets you easily transfer your raw video to your desktop computer for archiving or editing. In audio-only mode, Looxcie gives you up to 10 hours of talk time — the longest talk time of any Bluetooth headset on the market — and when you take a call, Looxcie automatically mutes the audio on the video capture; so calls stay private and video uninterrupted. $199.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.