Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
A few weeks ago, one of our writers wrote a first-person account about getting mugged in Barcelona. The story really hit home with our readers since it addressed a very real fear. The story was full of tips on how the situation could have been avoided. Since then, I've been getting all kinds of products to try out and my favorite, by far, is the SCOTTEVEST/SeV. Not only is the clothing line attractive for men and women, but the products are incredibly useful and can conceal your belongings, keeping them hidden from the eyes of potential muggers. On the state-of-the-art website, you can peruse and choose which product you want in just a few clicks and best of all, you can see which colors are available and what each looks like. Most jackets have removable sleeves so they turn into vests and all of them, including the pants, have multiple pockets - and I'm talking multiple ... as in, between 13 and 52! That's right - I had the same fantasy you're probably having right now! Imagine going through airport security without a bag? With this clothing line, you'll basically be wearing your carry-on.
What I love about the jackets is that they are not bulky and you would never know that it's packed with gadgets or valuables. In this two- minute video, see the founder, Scott Jordon, demonstrate what he's carrying ... books, magazines, phones, even a Camelbak ... you name it. If that's not cool enough, you can control your iPod without taking it out and the jackets/vests have the wires built in to conceal everything. It's genius! With this, it's possible for women and men to never carry a bag again ... or worse, a man-purse.
BTW: Don't just take my word for it! Check out all the quotes, photos and videos from celebrities who love their SeV jackets, including Matthew McConaughey, Herbie Hancock, Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) and Leo Laporte whose tech show I've been on many times. For those of you who already have one, check out SeV's contest where over $500 in prizes are up for grabs for users who send in their video detailing "What's In Your SCOTTEVEST?"
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Did you hear about the squirrel that jumped in front of a Minneapolis couple's photo shoot while they were vacationing in Canada? The couple was using the camera's timer mode to take a picture of themselves when the little fellow became curious. The hilarious picture really got attention when National Geographic featured the shot. Since then, the story has been featured on the Today Show and CNN. Now, websites are popping up about it and there's even one where users can add a squirrel to their uploaded photo. It's crazy, I know, but some of the photos are very funny. The most popular website is the UK-based Squirrelizer. You can check out some of their users' random pictures by clicking this link and hitting the refresh button on your computer.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
You knew this was going to go quick! It was way too good to last: JetBlue suspends 'All You Can Jet' sale in face of strong demand http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2009-08-19-jetblue-suspends-all-you-can-jet-sale_N.htm
If you're flying on United (UA) out of LAX and have a domestic first class ticket, you can now use their first class lounge for a $150 fee. The exclusive lounge, located near Gate 75, was previously reserved just for international- and JFK-bound first class passengers. But now they're throwing the doors open to anyone with a first class boarding card. Even celebrities who frequently use it will now have to pay the fee unless flying first internationally or are heading to JFK. Keep in mind that passengers can still buy a $50 day pass for the Red Carpet Club, located near Gate 70A. The big difference is that the first class lounge is a quiet haven with free booze, food and attentive and friendly agents. Is it worth the fee?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Google is always implementing my ideas quicker than I can - I wonder why? One of Google's latest travel features is a site that shows celebrities' favorite places to travel, complete with maps and a quote about why they love the destination. The site is pretty sparse right now and they don't have too many people listed yet but I imagine the list will grow. So far, there are 16 celebrities or local experts included, including Al Gore, Tony Hawk and my good buddy Charles Veley. Click "See More on Google Maps" to get a full list.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tips to help you travel safe.
By Cynthia Cunniff White
Recently, I had an experience in Barcelona, Spain that I think is worth sharing. My husband and I had put together an amazing three-city tour – Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona. After a terrific 10 days of travel, we were headed home to Los Angeles. We left our rented apartment in the Gothic area of Barcelona in the wee hours, 4:30am. Like many of the very old buildings in that area, the main entryway had an enormous iron gate for safety. I woke up, peered into the darkness and felt quite vulnerable at the thought of trekking, with all our belongings, a good five blocks to the cab area. I’d lived in Europe for a good portion of my life and have always been a traveler, and believe that following instincts never makes you stupid – I know it’s due to this belief that I have never before had an incident like I’m about to describe. Read on...
TRAVEL BOOK OF THE DAY: Legendary Yankee Stadium: Memories and Memorabilia from the House that Ruth built by Thomas O'Connell
There's no denying or hiding my love for the New York Yankees. What can I say? I grew up outside of New York and this is what was on TV when I was growing up. A few days ago, I received the book Legendary Yankee Stadium: Memories and Memorabilia From the House That Ruth Built by Thomas O'Connell in the mail. You know that my A.D.H.D.-inflicted self tore open that box and immediately began flipping through page after page, eager to see a unique look at the stadium and its history, through historic interviews with icons including Mantle, DiMaggio, Jeter and Yogi Berra. So if you never visited the old stadium, this is a good way to experience it. Regardless whether you love 'em or hate 'em, you still have to appreciate the house that Ruth built. Let's go, Yankees!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Remember two years ago when the world voted on the seven man-made wonders of the world? Christ the Redeemer, a famous statue in Rio de Janeiro was one of the winners. Well, the folks over at the New7Wonders are at it again with the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Based on a global online poll announced July 21 in Zurich, viewers can choose from 28 "wonders of nature" including the Grand Canyon, the Amazon, the Great Barrier Reef and my favorite, Iguacu Falls. Voting is free and it takes two minutes to register. More than 1 billion people are expected to partake. Winners will be announced in 2011.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Do you like to go to the movies when you're traveling? Many of my friends love it. I usually don't but I've seen a few including The Da Vinci Code in Edinburgh, Scotland and Sirens in Sydney, Australia. It's kind of cool to walk out of the theatre and realize that you're in the country where the movie you just watched was filmed. It's also neat to see how people in different countries behave and react to different things. Well, if you're traveling or not, this new app for your iPhone might be the perfect movie companion as it tells users the best time to go pee during a movie so you don't miss anything really good! It even tells you what you missed so you don't need to ask your seatmate and disturb those around you.