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Relax: The World's First Water for Travelers

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Put down the Valium—there’s a new cure on the market for your in-flight fears. The first product by SkyWater, Relax, is calling itself the world’s first water designed specifically for aviophobia. Don’t roll your eyes just yet: the 2.5-ounce, carry-on friendly bottles are formulated to calm nerves and support your immune system with a proprietary mix of passion flower, valerian root, ginseng, and rose hips. New-agey as it sounds, this is a company with a sense of humor: the package promises to soothe symptoms of “Travel Suckiness” including crying babies, touchy-feely TSA agents, and Cell Phone Guy (their words, not ours). And the all-natural, science-backed formula doesn’t come with any side effects, unlike the anti-anxiety pills it aims to replace. But perhaps they wouldn't mind if we used it as a mixer for our baby plane bottle of vodka...

Relax is currently available exclusively at Amazon, where you can order packs of two or twelve.

ne_headshotjpgNikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein

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Why We Have A Love/Hate Relationship With the New Google Translate

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Google Translate has long been one of our favorite translation tools, but its new itineration, released last week, seems like something from the year 2025. Without even a data connection, the app can now convert text seen through your camera lens from one language to another, in real time, right before your eyes. Like magic. But it’s not the year 2025, and the technology shows. Here’s why we’re at once obsessed with, and disappointed by, the app’s ambitious move.

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Around the World With Zynga’s New Game

If you’ve never played Zynga’s mindlessly addicting games (Farmville, Words With Friends), chances are they’ve cluttered your Facebook feed. Now there’s reason to join the movement—the company’s latest release, Words On Tour, takes on a travel theme, while finding a middle ground between Hangman and Boggle.

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August: Smart Home Tech For Travelers

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One of the biggest trends coming out of this year’s CES? Smart home tech. And while these automated appliances and home fixtures may seem far from the realm of travel, we’ve found that they’re surprisingly not—especially if you’re interested in turning your home into a vacation rental. If there’s only one “smart” home tool that you invest in before creating your AirBnB host profile, make it Yves Behar’s beautifully designed smart lock, August. Here’s how it works.

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Must-Download iPad App: Pixelmator

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Have you ever tried to get a photo in Times Square or Grand Central—without the obstructions of fanny-pack-wielding pedestrians? Chances are you have, and that you’ve failed. Enter Pixelmator, a powerful new iPad-only app that can make it happen.

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How to Avoid the Worst Thanksgiving Traffic

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Almost 90% of Americans who are traveling this Thanksgiving are doing so by car, says a new study by AAA. So if you’re among the road tripping set this week, you’ll need to strategize in order to avoid some of the year’s worst traffic. With the help of our friends at Google Maps, we’ve analyzed the best and worst times to drive on Wednesday—when most people will hit the road—so that you can be best prepared for a stress-free journey.

Want more holiday travel tips? Check out our holiday survival guide, here.

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Exclusive First Look: Thompson Miami Beach

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The countdown is finally over: today, the Thompson Miami Beach opens in the heart of SoBe, bringing just the right mix of sophisticated design and up-all-night fun to Ocean Drive. And we're not the only ones who are excited—as the new flagship for Thompson Hotels, it's a big move for a brand on the rise. Here, five things we can't wait to check out.

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Could Apple Disrupt International Roaming?

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International roaming as we know it is on the verge of becoming obsolete: the EU has proposed a single network for all European countries, T-Mobile no longer charges customers when surf the web abroad, and apps like Ringo help you tap onto local networks to circumvent pricey roaming packages and overages. Now, Apple is also getting in on the act with Apple SIM, a proprietary SIM card built into the new iPad Air 2.

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What It’s Really Like To Use Starwood’s Keyless Entry

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Last year, Starwood unveiled plans to swap plastic keycards for Bluetooth technology—enabling guests to unlock their hotel rooms with a simple wave of their smartphone. We predicted it would be one of the biggest travel trends for 2014, and indeed, Hilton Worldwide and Caesars have since announced plans to bring the technology to their hotels as soon as this winter. But this week, Starwood is back in the spotlight as they pull back the curtain on how mobile entry works—and introduce it to ten properties in the Aloft, W, and Element portfolios.

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To Pack or Not To Pack: Blue Bottle and Timbuk2's Coffee Travel Kit

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As a die-hard coffee obsessive, I’m always seeking out the best brews in any city I visit. But I do need a starter cup to tide me over in the morning, and what I can get in my hotel room is rarely up to snuff (sorry, Nespresso). A new solution: the Coffee Travel Kit by Timbuk2 and Blue Bottle Coffee, a packable pour-over set roughly twice the size of your standard amenity kit. Included are a Japanese-made hand grinder with adjustable grind settings, a pack of filters, two Falcon enamelware mugs with felt cozies, a non-leeching plastic cone dripper, and—of course—a two ounce sample of Blue Bottle beans, all in a waved canvas and leather bag. So how do these expert-grade tools perform on the road? We took the kit for a test drive.

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