Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit
This ultra-portable power supply keeps tablets and laptops charged wherever your travels take you, extending the life of a laptop by two hours or a tablet by 15 — and is green, to boot. An Innovation Honoree for Portable Power at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Sherpa 50 weighs less than a bottle of water, fits in a backpack or briefcase, and refuels from the sun in five hours, or two hours from a wall outlet or car adapter. It features USB and DC ports, with an option for AC power through the Sherpa Inverter (sold separately). Or purchase the Laptop Charging Kit to plug your laptop directly into the Power Port. $359.58.
The smallest external device battery in the world, the Jackery Mini weighs less than 3 ounces and fits easily into your pocket or purse. Fully charge an iPhone 5 on one full cycle and get up to 50 extra hours of operational time. The handy power pack holds its charge for up to six months, thanks to unique power-lock technology, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android and most Windows phones, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and MP3 players. The durable and stylish aluminum case holds up to the rigors of globetrotting, and the price is commensurate with its size. $24.95.
Swann HD PenCam
Perfect for James Bond enthusiasts, this stylish ballpoint pen cleverly conceals a mini video camera and DVR and shoots HD color videos and high-resolution JPEG images. It captures up to eight hours of video or 72,000 images and accommodates up to a 16GB MicroSD card (not included). The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts 45 minutes on a full charge via your computer’s USB port. Fully compatible with Windows 7, XP and Vista and Mac OS X, you can play recorded files on software formats including Windows Media Player, Quick Time, Real Player, VLC, WinDVD and PowerDVD. Or email them or upload them to your favorite content-sharing or social networking websites. $99.99.
This powerful smartphone packs serious performance and high-end capabilities at a bargain price. Built on Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean, it comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and video capture, 1-megapixel front-facing camera and Sprint 4G LTE for surfing the Web. Outfitted with a 5-inch HD 1280 by 720 IPS display with break-resistant LCD and a 2,500 mAh removable lithium-ion battery for up to 15 hours talk time, it’s brimming with eco-friendly attributes including Underwriters Laboratory Environment Platinum Certification and 98 percent recyclable packaging. $99.99 (with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate, excluding taxes).
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.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
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.
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.
Hertz put together an exciting offering for travelers in France. The new Voyage à la Française experience gives travelers a taste of luxury while exploring some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. The experience includes five different routes, one for each sense. The first of the five is available now and focuses on smell, with special focus paid to France’s lavender fields and Côte d’Azur.
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.
Alaska Airlines oversees many sustainability efforts as part of its goal to reduce in-flight waste per passenger by 70 percent by 2020. It recently added a new initiative to its efforts, christened #FillBeforeYouFly. The initiative urges passengers to bring a refillable water bottle on their flight and fill it before boarding. Plastic bottles are among the top most common items polluting the ocean, expected to contain one metric ton of plastic for every three metric tons of fish by 2025.