Smart luggage is becoming all the rage, packing a variety of gadgets into the venerable rolling suitcase along with a hefty price tag that compares to high-end, analog luggage like Tumi. With the Bluesmart One you get two USB charging ports, GPS tracking, a Bluetooth connection to control the digital lock and proximity alerts, as well as a lost luggage recovery compliments of Uber. Lock and battery are TSA compliant. The suitcase is designed to maximize your carry-on space, so make sure it falls within your airline’s requirements. $449.
Artificial intelligence is making its way into homes everywhere. Many are familiar with Siri, Apple’s AI software available on the iPhone, while Amazon is looking to compete with its own Alexa devices. Google is the latest to enter the fray with its Google Home Device, a voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker that interacts with your personal Google account. Its feature set is currently limited to a variety of entertainment applications, but the company plans to implement tighter integration with Gmail, Google Calendars and a growing ecosystem of smart home products. $129.99.
FITBIT FLEX 2
For casual athletes, many fitness trackers are too complicated for daily use. Not everyone goes to the gym every day, so it’s hard to find one that works well with your daily routine. The Flex 2 succeeds in having a variety of looks since the tracker is actually a small device that fits inside the band. If you want to monitor your steps at work or when going out, Fitbit offers a variety of stylish necklaces and bands, or you can place the device in an accessory of your own choosing. There are more full-featured trackers out there, but the Flex 2 excels in its simple and versatile design. $99.95.
Leica has many fans in the world of photography, but they’re probably not going to like the Sofort. That’s because this is the company’s first instant print camera, a retro-style analog device utilizing Fuji’s Instax film (as well as Leica-branded film packs, available in a variety of tones like monochrome). The camera has an f/12.7 aperture and a 60mm focal length (34mm compared to a full frame), but what it lacks in gadgetry it makes up with usability. Leica’s Sofort is meant as a point-and-shoot, focusing on spontaneous shots enhanced by the camera’s analog textures. $299.
As harmful to the environment as air travel is, some airports are taking measures to become more environmentally conscious. One example is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where an adjacent solar farm powers certain airport operations.
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.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.