All new cars are required to have a backup camera and screen, many of which double as a digital console. For the many drivers who aren’t selling their older model anytime soon, it’s now possible to retrofit a futuristic heads-up display on the dashboard. Navdy is a new portable HUD that fits into any car with an OBD-11 port. Paired with a smartphone, the device provides turn-by-turn navigation, fuel information and Bluetooth calling, all displayed on a clear screen that resembles a hologram on your windshield. Navdy can be controlled with voice commands and motion detection as well as a dial accessory that clips onto the steering wheel. $499.
BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35
Bose gets a lot of flak for selling overpriced products, but the company’s one saving grace is its exceptional noise-canceling technology. While you can find better sound quality with other headphones in the same price range, Bose’s QuietComfort line is still the best when it comes to finding peace. The 35 is the wireless version of the popular QuietComfort 25, updating the technology with a rechargeable battery, an integrated remote and the Bose Connect app. There’s also a headphone jack if your batteries run out or if you want to enjoy in-flight entertainment without the sound of jet engines. $349.95.
WITHINGS HAIR COACH
You’re probably familiar with the smart home company Withings. Its latest product is the Hair Coach, designed in collaboration with L’Oreal and Kérastase. We’re still waiting for the price, reportedly less than $200, getting you a typical brush loaded with a microphone to identify your hair type, conductivity sensors to detect wet hair and an accelerometer and gyroscope to measure your brushing power. Depending how you feel about smart products, the Hair Coach is either ingenious or an overpriced way of finding out you’re brushing too hard. All the information is sent to a WiFi-connected app, giving you the data in real time. Available fall 2017. Price TBD.
DJI PHANTOM 4 PRO
Drones are all the rage, popular with kids and professionals alike. DJI is one company on the forefront of bringing these devices to the mainstream, manufacturing industrial-grade drones for professionals and consumer-grade drones for the backyard pilot. Its Phantom line is especially popular with beginners and veterans alike, striking the right balance between features and affordability. The Phantom 4 Pro has a range of more than 900 feet, a flight time of 30 minutes, a 4K camera and a 20-megapixel sensor. On top of that, the drone can reach a remarkable top speed of 45 mph, pretty fast for a consumer-grade drone. $1,499.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes:
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Hotel Indigo recently launched its Clues to the Neighborhood initiative, a fun way for travelers to discover experiences in property neighborhoods. Clues to the Neighborhood uses curated artifacts to artfully present travelers with a new look at a locale, with the hope of leading them to local museums, shops, music venues, restaurants and bars.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Travelers in Las Vegas can enjoy a new dining concept at Wynn Las Vegas starting March 19. A new restaurant, Elio, will debut, offering an energetic environment and thoughtful menu items reflecting Mexico’s rich culinary traditions. Small plates focus on seafood and produce, while entrees are shareable. A lounge offers agave-based spirits.
ForwardKeys.com found an increase of 4.5 percent in 2019 was significantly slower than the 6 percent growth in 2018 and the average over the last decade of 6.8 percent per year. The increase last year was less than expected, but projections for quarter one of 2020 is more optimistic. Bookings are expected to grow 8.3 percent when compared to the same period in 2019.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Château Élan Winery & Resort reopened in Braselton, Georgia, following a $25 million comprehensive renovation. The first major refurbishment since the resort’s inception in the mid-1980s pays homage to the estate's 16th-century charm, while taking the property into the future. Now, the resort offers 251 brand-new guestrooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage venues, an immersive spa, pool terrace and new lobby. The winery likewise received a facelift.