A new company called CityHub, which launched in Amsterdam's Oud West district at the end of October, may be the next big thing in budget accommodation.
While the shared accommodation sector still leaves some people wary about staying in someone else's home (or sharing it with them), CityHub boasts similar prices as Airbnb but gives you the privacy of a hotel and the social impact of a hostel. And, while it has similarities to hostel stays (social hangout areas and shared bathrooms), it has the amenities and cleanliness you would expect from a hotel. ... read more»
Self-balancing scooters, a.k.a. those "hoverboards" or "balance gliders" everyone has been zooming around on, are bound to be this year's hottest gift. But according to several major U.S. airlines, that's exactly the problem. ... read more»
American Airlines will become the first U.S. airline to offer a true premium economy cabin in most planes used for long-haul intercontinental travel. In contrast to the line's current extra-legroom option, also offered by Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and United, American's cabin will feature seats wider than regular economy, with 38-inch front-to-rear spacing of seat rows.
Travelers in Premium Economy will also enjoy priority boarding, an increased checked baggage allowance, and meal and beverage service superior to regular economy. American's product will closely resemble true premium economy offerings on Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, and several large Pacific carriers. ... read more»
Air travel may be a modern marvel of technology, but that doesn't mean it's always glamorous. ... read more»
Not named "Patricia"? Surely there's at least one of these lucky ladies in your circles—and who knows, maybe she'll choose you as her plus one. ... read more»
What Is it: A uniquely shaped massage ball that is the perfect tool for easing chronic muscle tension and acute muscle pain brought on by the discomforts of travel.
Price and Where to Buy: $19.97 from Amazon.com.
Pros: It may not look like much—and at first blush, it definitely doesn't look like it's worth the $20 to $25 retail price—but this little massage ball packs a powerful punch. I've long relied on inexpensive tennis balls, lacrosse balls, and even high-bounce rubber balls for self-massaging sore and tired muscles on the go—at the airport, in my hotel room, etc. What sets this massage ball apart, though, is its shape.
The trigger point massage ball isn't perfectly round—it has a slightly pointed tip, more like an egg than a ball—and that makes all the difference in getting at the tender points in your back, shoulders, and neck. It's the difference between a surface-level massage and a deep-tissue massage. The pointed tip feels like someone's thumb pressing deeply into your sore muscles and rubbing away the tension. It's the perfect antidote to a long, cramped flight in coach.
Its size is another bonus: The massage ball is small enough to fit in any carry-on bag or personal item; you could even keep it in your jacket pocket. ... read more»