Sleeping problems can have serious effects on your health and productivity, but many people are wary of relying on medication. Dodow uses lights and a metronome to get you to sleep without chemicals. Simply breathe along with the blue light as it fades in and out, making use of breathing techniques to help you get some rest. Since the Dodow is about the same size as a drink coaster, you can easily take it with you on your next trip. No more lying awake watching the clock tick ever closer to your morning meeting. $59.
AVA FERTILITY TRACKER
Fertility tech is a growing market, with a number of apps now able to track the menstrual cycle based on user inputs. Ava goes one step further and provides a unique dedicated bracelet that tracks five common signs of fertility, with capabilities backed by scientific research. You only need to wear the Ava while you sleep to collect data on fertility, sleep, stress levels and heart rate, and the accompanying app ensures the best chance of conceiving. From $299.
APPLE AIRPODS PRO
The long-awaited update to Apple’s wireless earbuds brings noise cancellation and water resistance to the already highly popular package. You can now wear your AirPods while exercising, and a customizable fit means they will stay in place, too. Expect to get around 4.5 hours of playback per charge, with the battery topped up each time you pop them back in the wireless charging case. Sound quality is much improved, and the lightweight design means you can wear them all day without discomfort. $249.
GOOGLE PIXELBOOK GO
Google’s latest Chromebook brings a raft of new features to the table and starts at just $649. However, upgrading to the $1,349 model is certainly worth it, with 16GB of RAM, 256GB internal storage and a 13-inch 4K Ultra HD touch display. All of these features come in a package just 13mm thick that weighs in at two pounds, offering great portability for travelers. It’s available in black and Google’s “Not Pink.” From $649.
If you haven’t started planning for next year’s total solar eclipse viewing, you have some serious work to do. Next year’s total eclipse will only be visible from Antarctica and won’t happen again for 75 years.
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.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
Ethiopian Airlines announced plans to build a $5 billion airport south of Addis Ababa. The airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airport would be able to handle 100 million passengers a year.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
Delta Air Lines showed off several new technology initiatives at CES, the world’s largest electronics show, in Las Vegas last month.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
New luxury adventure cruise line Atlas Ocean Voyages continues to add ships to its fleet. The line’s first ship, World Navigator, is currently under construction and Atlas Ocean Voyages just purchased four additional ships — World Traveller, World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer — to follow. World Navigator is schedule to sail in 2021, with two more ships following in 2022, and the last two following in 2023.