Well-Designed Devices

by Jack Guy

Nov 1, 2018
November 2018

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.



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.



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.



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.


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

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Sep 17, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles Begins Hotel Enhancements

This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.


The Island of the Knights

Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.

Patagonia Camp. Photo: Cox & Kings, The Americas

Sep 16, 2019

Patagonia Camp Leads Way for Sustainable Travel

Patagonia Camp, a glamping destination in the Patagonia region of Chile, was designed to immerse guests in raw, unadulterated nature.

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Sep 16, 2019

Prices for Uber, Lyft Rides Could Increase

Uber and Lyft both lose a lot of money, in part because they give large discounts on rides as they compete for market share. That could all be ending, though, according to Wired.

To New Heights

United Airlines announces a number of new routes.

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Sep 16, 2019

JetBlue Expands Service to Guyana

Seats on new JetBlue flights between New York City (JFK) and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, are now available for purchase. The route takes off April 2, 2020, on the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. With a flight time of five hours from New York City, the route delivers intrepid travelers to what JetBlue calls “a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers.” The route also serves the largest Guyanese American community in the United States, located in New York City.

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LG Pay

Sep 14, 2019

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Sep 14, 2019

Hawaiian Airlines Bringing Back Maui–Las Vegas Route

Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.

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Sep 14, 2019

British Airways Launches New In-Flight Entertainment Channel

British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.

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Sep 14, 2019

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Makes Major Update to Brand App

An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.