OLYMPUS TOUGH TG-5 WATERPROOF CAMERA
Smartphone cameras evolved to the extent many people don’t own standalone cameras, but for adventure travel you’ll be glad for a hardy bit of kit like the Tough TG-5. Waterproof to 15 meters (50 feet), shockproof and freezeproof, it can handle everything from scuba diving to mountain summits, all while shooting raw stills and Ultra HD 4K video. A fast F2.0 lens is great for quality shots in difficult conditions, and the built-in WiFi allows easy uploading to social media. $450.
SONY LSPX-S1 GLASS WIRELESS SPEAKER
Combining great sound and soft light, the LSPX-S1 is a smart device that adds to the atmosphere whether you are relaxing at home or on a camping trip. Its Advanced Vertical Drive Technology uses the glass of the dimmable lamp to play sound in every direction, and a 1.97- inch woofer provides great bass, too. This classy audio solution features cutting-edge design, and smartphone app control makes for easy functionality, too. $799.
EERO HOME WIFI SYSTEM
In the modern home, we rely on the internet for everything from controlling our lights to streaming movies, placing greater strain on our connections than ever before. A system like the Eero makes sure every room in the house gets fast internet speeds using boosters known as Beacons, so you can easily watch multiple HD video streams at once. Replace your old router with an Eero and add a couple of Beacons for blanket coverage in properties up to 3,000 square feet. It’s an elegant solution to an annoying problem, and you can keep an eye on your network using the accompanying app. $399.
VICTORINOX LEXICON HARDSIDE FREQUENT FLYER SMART SUITCASE
Anyone who flies regularly knows how important good luggage is. Famed Swiss brand Victorinox developed a tough carry-on that boasts eight super-recessed wheels for a smooth ride and maximum internal capacity, as well as an interior pocket with a portable power pack for on-the-go USB charging. It also features integrated multitool, X-shaped compression straps and internal mesh pockets for organization. Available in titanium or black, this stylish 34-liter bag looks great and will last forever. $460.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is opening its acclaimed doors Oct. 22 to celebrate its fifth and most exciting season. The resort will introduce new programming including culinary, fitness and music.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Seabourn recently announced the name of its second new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship: Seabourn Pursuit. The name reflects the passion of expedition travelers to seek out and explore natural wonders and destinations through activities around the globe.
Though the Chicago area has been my home for decades, the view from the Water Tower Suite on the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago made me gasp. I had admired Chicago’s dramatic skyline many times, but never from this angle. Through expansive windows, the skyscrapers of 900 N. Michigan Ave. and the John Hancock Center, now named 875 North Michigan Avenue, rose to my right. Far below, the landmark Chicago Water Tower nestled in a ring of trees. One of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, a turning point in the city’s history being remembered on its 150th anniversary in 2021, the Gothic Revival relic resembled a fairy-tale castle in a children’s playset.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The trail route will link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York; the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
In April 2021, I was skimming Facebook when an ad for a blind-folded dining experience popped up on my newsfeed. The event was hosted through a company called Fever that offers fun, interactive events in major cities and virtually for people to enjoy. Intrigued, I clicked the link to learn more. The description made the event sound exciting and mysterious. When I give someone a present for their birthday, the holidays or a wedding, I like to give the gift of an experience that the recipient can learn something from. My boyfriend’s 30th birthday was in June, when the event was to be hosted, so I thought this would be a great surprise for him.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
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