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.
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
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With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: