The new tech trend is… smartwatches? Yes, it’s true. Samsung announced their latest device—the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which goes on sale September 25—at an electronics trade show in Berlin yesterday. Part James Bond, part Nike Fuelband, the $299 gadget will come pre-loaded with 60 apps (Facebook; a pedometer; a Siri-like personal assistant) and snap photos and video. Don’t expect to make calls on it, or have it replace your phone, though: it’s intended to fulfill relatively simple functions and act as a “companion” that can sync to your Samsung phone for easy access to messages and texts. And it wouldn’t be a trend if Samsung was the lone smartwatch pioneer. Similar products include a new Sony device announced in June, and an Apple version that’s still spinning in the rumor mill. So what’s it all mean for travelers? Just one more way to navigate, snap, and share on the road.
Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.
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Over-the-Rhine (OTR)—known for its Italianate architecture—has gone from historic to hip.
Inventive Japanese gastropub and sushi bar Kaze amps up its ramen with littleneck clams and red miso broth; turkey sliders are piled high with sugar bacon, shiitake mushrooms, and house-made pickles. 1400 Vine St. $$$
The founders of 21c Museum Hotel set their sights on a landmark building for their second art-filled property. Technically just outside of OTR, it displays works in unexpected places; take the lobby floor, where a panel of wormlike neon patterns changes as you walk on it. Make sure to grab a drink on the rooftop terrace. 609 Walnut St. $$
Think packing’s a pain? It’s hard for people—and even more of a drag for pets (paws weren’t made for closing zippers!). So I sought out three essential pieces to pack, whether you're headed for a walk in the park or a sprint through the airport.
1. The Ruffwear Bivy Cinch bowl closes and collapses for a quick bite and storing uneaten kibbles.
2. Even Fido can get sick, so be well prepared with this Deluxe Pet First Aid Kit.
3. Last but not least, make sure your small dog gets his share of shut-eye in this Sleepypod mobile bed—for a bark-free transition from the car to the hotel suite. And when your friend's done napping, it makes a great carrier for toys, treats, leashes, you name it.
Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.
The actress, singer, and godmother of Quantum of the Seas—the new ship from Royal Caribbean International—reveals her in-flight must-haves.
Tiger Balm ($12): “Really good for neck pain—it’s basically Icy Hot times ten.”
Dental floss ($3): “It’s always nice to have clean teeth.”
Purell hand sanitizer ($2): “For when I can’t wash my hands.”
Nivea A Kiss of Shimmer Radiant Lip Care ($4): “My lips get so dry when I fly.”
Vitamin E oil ($10): “Put this on wrinkles and creases. People ask for my secret—this is it.”
Vicks VapoRub ($12): “I believe that a little bit under your nose keeps the germs out.”
Kleenex ($2): “I don’t want to sneeze and not be prepared.”
Tylenol ($4): “Stops a migraine before it starts. Wow, I sound like a walking ad!”
Photo by John Lawton
I bought my Nikon FE in 1983, after months of careful shopping and comparing and saving of money. I was 14. I had never owned an object I loved as much as this one: it was all black, a beautifully utilitarian piece of machine-tooled aluminum and glass. That summer, my family went on vacation to the Loire Valley, and I took many hundreds of photographs of castles, and a few of my parents and brother, too. The strange thing is not that I still love this camera, though of course I do, but that I still use it. Today it’s technically an antique, but the FE is notoriously rugged, hailed by professionals back in the day for its ability to operate in extreme conditions. Needless to say, the photographs, too, seem more rugged than any JPEG. I pile them in a shoebox—tangible, permanent records, far from the iCloud ether.
Photo by Sam Kaplan
Lauren Santo Domingo, the founder of online fashion boutique Moda Operandi, considers herself an unofficial guide to Cartagena, Colombia (her wedding to Colombian-born Andres Santo Domingo—held in the ancient walled city—was the society event of 2008). The top stops each time she visits? “I love the Tcherassi Hotel & Spa ($$), which has an airy, sleek vibe,” she says. And La Vitrola ($$$), a Havana-inspired jazz club, “makes the best ropa vieja I’ve had.” Here, what she brings along whenever she visits.
T+L asked a few of the city’s in-the-know denizens to reveal their favorite haunts.
Jeremy Morony, Software engineer, Carbon Five
“Four Barrel Coffee is the spot for socializing. I also like the custom shirts from nearby Taylor Stitch (383 Valencia St.).”
Ayana Ivery, Co-creator, L’Oven Fresh Goods bakery
“At Brenda’s French Soul Food, order the Hangtown fry: a scallion, fried oyster, and bacon scramble of deliciousness served with grits.”
Jason Harper, with sons Kaleb and Jacob, Firefighter
“My kids love flying kites at Crissy Field. I enjoy exploring Fort Point National Historic Site, built in 1861 and still in great condition.”
Made with water-resistant canvas and full-grain leather, ONA’s stylish Brixton is designed to hold a camera, several lenses, and various accessories—all under an unassuming cover. When you’re not lugging photo gear, the adjustable foam panels can secure your laptop, while a padded shoulder strap makes it easy to carry heavy loads. $269.
Plus: See T+L’s Best Photography Tips
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Photo by Tom Schierlitz
Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.
The product: Conair MiniYOU 1” Ceramic Curling Iron, $25
Pros: When I’m traveling for work, I like to at least attempt to have good hair. Enter Conair’s travel curling iron, with super-fast heat-up and a ceramic-coated barrel.
Our most recent T+L Twitter Chat covered the best “secret” spots to visit in Europe, when you’re looking to skip the tourist attractions and head off the beaten path. Our panel of travel experts shared insider tips on unknown destinations, the best shopping spots, tourist-free beaches, and travel trends.
For some of the most underrated destinations in Europe, our panel recommended Olomouc in the Czech Republic (@indietravel), Slovenia (@The PluckyOne), Matera in Southern Italy (@YoungAdventures), and Le Pays Basque in southwestern France (@purpletruffle).