Athos Smart Fitness Apparel
The next trend in wearables might be smart clothing. Unlike fitness bands and your iPhone’s Health app, this intelligent fitness apparel from Athos works by utilizing sensors embedded in the fabric making direct contact with the skin. Fitness enthusiasts can get detailed feedback on their workout, enabling them to monitor their activity on an app and make more informed training decisions. Athos’ smart clothing app tracks your workout in real time, right down to which muscles are used and how hard. $149–398.
Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide Camera
First you had a digital camera, then gave it up for the smartphone, but you can’t deny the appeal of that old instant camera sitting in your attic. While a number of modern reincarnations have appeared on the market, most of them are lacking in the technical department. Lomography aims to bring instant film to more advanced photographers who want a variety of controls at their disposal while retaining the point-and-shoot feel of the old Polaroid cameras. Though the image quality is easily surpassed by an SLR, Lomography is more about enjoying the idiosyncrasies of instant film. $199.
Unless you’re an Android enthusiast, you might not have heard of Project Fi, Google’s new cellphone service available in 120 countries. The carrier operates by allowing users to seamlessly switch between WiFi and the cell networks of Google’s two partners, Sprint and T-Mobile, enabling users to save on data usage and make calls in areas where cell service is limited. Project Fi is limited to the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6 and requires a special SIM card available through Google. Fi Basics, $20/month for unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts and other features; $10 per GB of data.
Microsoft Outlook for iOS
Microsoft launched its iOS version for Outlook a little more than a year ago after acquiring Acompli. While it wasn’t groundbreaking, the app improved with time, especially after the company’s acquisition of Sunrise, a popular calendar app, culminating in its latest update taking aim at the popular Inbox by Gmail app. Outlook for iOS now supports a variety of cloud storage services like Dropbox and even its rival, Google Drive. The added customizable swipe features and an intelligent sorting algorithm make workflow on this app a breeze. Free.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes recently opened in Bordeaux’s elegant Chartrons district, bringing 97 upscale rooms to France’s southwestern city. Occupying a 19th-century house that once held the wine cellars of Maison Calvet, the hotel marks Mondrian’s first European property for celebrated Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, who helms the menu and concept for the hotel’s restaurant, Morimoto Bordeaux.
With the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, many of us still wrack our brains on what to buy friends and family this holiday season. For the traveler in your life, finding the perfect gift can go a long way. Here are some top-quality products sure to impress loved ones this season:
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