Described as an all-in-one indoor vertical growing system, Gardyn lets you grow more than 30 kinds of plants in your home with minimal effort. That’s thanks to Kelby, a “smart Gardyning assistant” which alerts you when your plants need water or light and if they’re ready to be harvested. Gardyn ships with a selection of 30 different plants, ranging from basil to kale and cherry tomatoes, and you can expect your first harvest within 4–5 weeks. After that, simply order more seeds via the app and enjoy 100 percent organic, GMO-free produce you’ve grown yourself. From $899.
SONY WH-1000XM4 HEADPHONES
These noise-canceling cans from Sony are highly regarded for great sound quality, top-notch noise canceling and strong battery life. Sound is crystal-clear thanks to LDAC audio technology, which transfers three times as much data as normal Bluetooth audio and brings sound quality close to that of a wired connection. The noise- canceling capabilities are customizable in the accompanying app, which means you can still hear announcements if you’re in transit. Also enjoy smart features such as Speak-to-Chat, which automatically pauses music playback when you speak, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant. $349.99.
IROBOT ROOMBA I7+
Let this robot vacuum take care of the cleaning while you make the most of the better weather. With automatic dirt disposal and self-charging, you can forget about the Roomba i7+ for up to two months, so you won’t have to think about vacuuming at all. However, in an emergency you can call the Roomba i7+ via your smart assistant or the iRobot Home app. Robot vacuums keep getting better, and this one is iRobot’s best effort yet, with customizable cleaning schedules and customizable maps of your home. $799.99.
LG GRAM LAPTOP
Premium laptop users who prefer Windows will be happy to hear LG released an updated version of its ultra-light Gram series. Available in 14-, 16- and 17-inch versions, even the largest laptop is thinner than most magazines and weighs just 1.35 kilograms. The first Gram series was lauded for its design but criticized for lackluster performance, rectified this time around with 11th Gen Intel Core processors and beefed-up specs all around. From $999.99.
Villa specialist Maya Luxe offers guests curated and bespoke accommodations in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This local company works with companies in the region to provide unique itineraries for guests to enjoy, from tequila tastings to cooking classes to in-house spa services. Unlike other rental companies, Maya Luxe caters to a high-end market in which homeowners enjoy a concierge service to help them provide the best experience for guests.
Ah, the romance of train travel ... even commuters feel it. There’s something oh so Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie and Harry Potter about chugging down a track on the way to some wonderful — perhaps even mysterious — destination, your bag neatly tucked above you, a book in your lap, your journey ahead. The scenery outside passes by like a film in fast motion. The seats (comfortable on most global trains, even in second class) feel like super-plush movie theater lounge chairs. Each train car, like a narrow living room, boasts its own mood depending on fellow travelers and the ministrations of attentive staff.
It’s time to start planning your next trip. Take a visual journey through these U.S. locations where historically significant moments in the Civil Rights movement occurred.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
For the first time ever, visitors and locals in Dublin, Ireland, can immerse themselves in a series of discovery trails through augmented reality. The Dublin Discovery Trails app, developed by Peel X and funded by Failté Ireland and Dublin City Council, brings Dublin’s Docklands to life in a new and unique way. Dublin’s Docklands served as one of the world’s largest docks in the 19th and 20th centuries, in which countless ships entered and exited the port every day. This hub of trade and industry meant many people worked the docklands and interacted with one another daily.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.