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Travel Gear Watch: This Private Cocoon Prevents the Commoners From Looking at You

March 3, 2015 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Want to travel like a diva? Forget about flying first-class: anyone can do that, so long as they have the funds. But it takes true A-list starlet gall to slap on your seat the “b-tourist” band, an especially unique travel gadget designed to ensure that you aren’t assaulted with unwanted chatter or (shudder) eye contact from the unwashed plebeians sharing your plane cabin.

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Lenny Kravitz Designed a $24,500 Leica Camera for Your Next World Tour

February 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Because titles like “multi Grammy award winning artist,” “smolderingly cool rocker,” and “internationally renowned hot piece” just weren’t enough, Lenny Kravitz can now add “luxury camera designer” to his resume.

And if you have a rock star’s bank account, you can soon strap it on to capture your own next world tour.

In March, the high-end German camera brand Leica will debut the “Correspondent” set, a classy case containing a Kravitz-designed digital shooter with multiple lenses. And it’s pretty damn stylish.

In keeping with Leica’s somewhat signature vintage aesthetic, its enamel has been hand-worn to give the purposeful impression of well-worn globe trotting use. The unit’s trim, camera strap, and wrist strap are a glossy and sumptuous black snakeskin, the type you’d spot on Kravitz’s boots as they strut across a concert stage.

Other details include the scalloped focusing ring of a lens, a nod to 1950s design.

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Introducing a Portable Travel Seat...For Standing

February 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM | by | Comment (1)

Here’s a seat that helps you stand. No, that’s not a typo.

Most portable gadgets help travelers sit or sleep more comfortably. But now, here’s the Mogo: a leaning stick for your butt, basically. (Albeit a lot more comfortable than that probably sounds.)

The Mogo comes from Focal Upright Furniture, Rhode Island-based designer Martin Keen’s ergonomics-minded company that has been battling the scourge of sedentary office lifestyles with individual desks and conference tables designed for working while upright.

Don't scoff too much. There’s mounting evidence that rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and early death are significantly higher among those who sit for prolonged amounts of time daily (e.g. all us worker bees), even if you get regular gym exercise and avoid other health-compromising choices like smoking or stuffing your face with those fatty snack chips you’ve stowed in your desk drawer. (We see you. No judgment.)

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Should Selfie Sticks Be Banned from Theme Parks? (And Life In General?)

February 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (2)

Seen last weekend at Disneyland. This was only two of the four selfie sticks we spotted on the Luigi's Flying Tires ride.

Last month we offered a (cautious) defense of the Selfie Stick, that increasingly ubiquitous cane used to extend your iPhone outward for perfectly framed self-portraits. Well, the debate over their level of usefulness versus annoyance continues to rage on. And what’s ground zero for the debate?

Here’s a hint: Mickey and Minnie won’t be debating their favorite Instagram filters anytime soon.

Theme parks and their attendees are putting their foot down about Selfie sticks. The Orlando Sentinel chatted with Magic Kingdom guests on both side of the divide, and got some official word from park reps. (Short version: stow them like you would any gadget, according to a Disney World spokesperson.) A recent survey from a theme park industry website revealed that 79% of park enthusiasts would like to see them banned.

And maybe it’s only a matter of time before theme parks ban them outright. After all, museums have already started, including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, among others,.

Not to reopen old wounds, but we have to ask: what do you think about theme parks and selfie sticks? Leave them at home, or take them for a ride? Leave your 2 cents (or 5, even!) in the comments.

[Photo: Juliana/Jaunted]

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Travel Gear Watch: Sprayable Sleep Promises You'll Be Unconscious Shortly, Anywhere!

February 4, 2015 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re one of those people who has trouble falling asleep in strange hotel rooms — well then, do u even travel, bruh?

Just kidding. Even those of us with frequent flier balances that rival the national deficit can occasionally encounter travel insomnia, those sleepless nights when the mattress is too hard, the room too bright, or the furniture simply not feng shui enough to calm our busy minds.

Here’s a promising solution to stow in your toiletries bag: Sprayable Sleep, which bills itself as the world’s first “topical melatonin spray.” (Melatonin, of course, is the hormone in your body that regulates sleep cycles. AKA, your BFF.) Each bottle of the San Francisco-based sleep aid, which has raised nearly $200K in its Indiegogo pre-order phase, contains about a month’s worth of nightly neck spritzes. Its trio of ingredients – Melatonin, the amino acid Tyrosine, and distilled water – conspire to slowly bring about sleep over the course of about an hour. Unlike sleeping pills, the spray doesn’t knock you out cold — addling you with inevitable grogginess upon awakening.

We’re mighty intrigued to try it out. If it works, this could be an especially convenient cure-all when you’re bunking with a snorer or unable to snooze on a long flight. Pro-tip: find a way to spritz it on a boring Tinder date when you’re out of town. Within 60 minutes, you can make a hasty exit when FinanceBro36 turns his dinner plate into a pillow.

Just pick up the check on your way out. It’s only polite.

[Image: sprayable.co]

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Where the 'Wild' Boots Are (Hint: In Portland)

February 2, 2015 at 5:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve probably heard of, read or seen the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, Wild.

If you haven’t, here’s the quick and skinny: The book chronicles Strayed’s 1,100 mile solo hiking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail as she tried to make peace with drug abuse, divorce and her mother’s death. In other words, a whole lot of big life sh*t.

Perhaps the most striking symbol of Strayed’s three-month journey is a pair of Danner boots and its distinct red laces that she wore. They grace the cover of the book and are chucked off a cliff by an f-bomb dropping Reese Witherspoon (who portrays Strayed) in the opening scene of the film.

On Friday, we got to swing by Danner’s factory in Portland, Oregon to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ‘Wild’ boot. (Portland is also Strayed’s hometown.) The full-grain leather beauties have been called “the greatest backpacking boot of all time.”

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The Power Tap: Because Regular Old Phone Chargers are Like, Totally Boring

January 16, 2015 at 12:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bored with your old phone charger which consists of just a cord and a plug? Need something more exciting to look at (other than Snapschats) while waiting for your phone to charge up? Check out this travel-friendly gizmo that popped up on our radar: the Power Tap, a smartphone charger shaped like a faucet.

Why? Why not? Why must you sneer at innovation?

The Power Tap has a USB port for plugging in your power-dehydrated gadgets, and an illuminated shower-like spigot you turn to let the juice flow. Instead of red for hot and blue for cold, the glowing colors mean off and on, respectively. The charger is $27.50 through Aeropostale. (Yes, your niece's favorite mall store.) And it’s available in white only. Which begs the question: any marble options on the way? We’d prefer it match our five-star hotel bathrooms.

It’s the little things, you know?

[Photo: Power Tap]

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We're Sure You Have a Good Reason for Taking Pics With Your iPad But, No. Just No.

January 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

Picture it: you're traveling, and about to head out on a tour that will visit photo-worthy landmarks. What do you pack to bring? Your digital camera, which fits in your pocket? Your iPhone, which already has an internal camera that's ten times better than the one you took to prom 10 years ago?

Or perhaps your iPad, which has a camera of equal quality, but is packaged inconveniently in an unwieldy machine that requires its own equally unwiedling carrying case that you inevitably fumble with as you try to open to expose the camera lens?

If you answered the last: UGH.

There are two kinds of travelers in the world: those who travel everywhere with their iPads, and those of us who loathe them because — well, we're trying to enjoy the vista of this lovely tropical waterfall, and you keep block our view by holding up something the size of a street sign.

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In Defense of The Selfie Stick (Don't Hate)

January 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

Are Selfie Sticks here to stay?

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or just haven’t updated your Facebook profile photo in a few months), it’s officially Selfie Stick season. The collapsible cane cradles your smartphone, then extends like a super-long arm to provide the perfect angle for selfie snapshots.

The gizmo du jour conquered Asia before invading American shores — you know, like Godzilla. And it was the star of the show at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.

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Now Everyone Can Be a Palm Beach Princess, Thanks to Target x Lilly Pulitzer

January 12, 2015 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lilly Pulitzer. If you haven't heard of this Palm Beach print-crazy clothing line before, then you will by April 19. That's when the clothing company known for its outrageous patterns and frightening bright colors will drop at Target with more than 250 pieces made especially for the department store.

The preppy collaboration collection will include apparel, accessories and shoes for women and girls, along with home accents, outdoor entertaining accessories, beach gear and travel essentials. And all this Lilly stuff will truly be limited-edition as the 15 prints were designed exclusively for Target and won't be found anywhere else.

We're not sure a massive, completely affordable collaboration (prices range from $2 to $150) with Target was what socialite Lilly Pulitzer had in mind when she first started her business in tony Palm Beach in the 1960s but it does mean everyone can take a little bit of Palm Beach around with them on their spring and summer vacations.

The look book hasn't been unveiled for the line just yet but from the preview video above we can see that the following travel-related items will be for sale:

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Soarigami: A Gizmo That Puts an End to Armrest Hogging

December 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thankfully, America is finally having long overdue, tough conversations that bridge the gap between those who recline their airplane seats and those who (rightfully, IMO) shun them. But let’s not allow these discussions to distract us from another important issue:

Armrest hogs.

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Kickstarter's 'Fugu Luggage' May Finally Solve the 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Debate

November 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Luggage sucks.

Don't think so? Take a flight without it some time, perhaps on a quick overnight with just a messenger bag, and you'll quickly find that luggage is its own particular brand of torture. Travelers with it are less agile, earlier exhausted, responsible for extra fees, potential crime targets, and forced to spend more time at the airport dealing with it. Then there's the whole separate nightmare of if it's delayed or gone missing.

2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of commercial flight, and it's shocking to think how little the baggage situation has changed in that century. Adding wheels and decreasing weight have seemingly been the most pervasive advances in the luggage industry through the decades, and the most passionate arguments occur over "carry-on only or checked?" and "two-wheel or four-wheel?" rather than contemplating why we're still dragging our belongings behind us like wayward hobos.

Deep breath.

There is some hope, however; a company called Fugu Luggage has taken to Kickstarter to seek help producing what may be a breath of fresh air in the stodgy old luggage industry. It literally utilizes air to expand from a compact wheeled carry-on into a durable checked bag, complete with interior organization and "omniwheels."

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