Speech-enable your road trip navigation, news and music with the Garmin Speak

Even if your car or campervan doesn’t have a shining new entertainment system with a myriad of external connectors, you can add voice control to your car. Most importantly, you can easily add speech-enabled navigation (you don’t need a dedicated GPS device), access to news, and music. The small gadget that does all this is the Garmin Speak.

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Is this Blade Runner –style hovering bike the future of moving around in a city?

Here is an electric vehicle that looks like it was borrowed from the movie Blade Runner: a motorbike that hovers above ground and moves rapidly vertically, laterally and forward. The police force of Dubai has already subscribed to the vehicle because it allows them quickly to reach any place in the city.

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Safety doesn’t mean boring: the safest cities in the world 2017 are exciting travel destinations

A safe travel destination doesn’t mean it is a boring place. On the contrary, if we take a look at the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking for the world’s safest cities in 2017, for instance, Amsterdam has a fairly large red light district with cannabis cafés in the city center, but it still is the sixth safest city in the world. The safest city in the world is Japan’s capital Tokyo.

Tokyo. Photo by Toomore Chiang. Read the story “Safety doesn’t mean boring: the safest cities in the world 2017 are exciting travel destinations”

These people travel around the world in 8 months while racing their sailing boats

The race that takes sailors around the world on sailing boats, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts from Alicante, Spain in 2017. After sailing about 45 000 nautical miles (mind-blowing 83 300 kilometers, or 51 700 miles) those teams who have survived the entire journey arrive in Hague, Netherlands by the end of June 2018.

Volvo Ocean Race, departure city Alicante, Spain, Europe Read the story “These people travel around the world in 8 months while racing their sailing boats”

Toshiba has a solution for long road trips conducted on an electric car

Electric cars, scooters and bicycles are here already, but conducting a long road trip on a fully electric car has a problem: range. For instance, manufacturers of compact electric cars may specify a 200 mile / 350 km range for their vehicles, but in reality, the range can be one-fourth or one-third shorter than that. Toshiba’s solution to the problem is the SCIB vehicle battery that fully charges in six minutes.

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Beeline navigator points cyclists to the right direction even along a whimsical route

When you are riding a bicycle in an unfamiliar place, you need something to help you navigate. Dedicated bicycle navigators are available, for instance, from Garmin, and many riders use their smartphones to find their way to the destination. The smartest product for cycling navigation may well be a tiny puck that does nothing else but points the rider to the right direction.

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How to avoid scams when you are booking your next holiday accommodation

I became concerned about the possibility of being cheated after one of my colleagues wrote about her horrible experience in a flat she had rented in Portugal from Airbnb. The flat itself was as advertised, but the ghetto-like neighborhood wasn’t safe for foreigners.

a neighborhood in Portugal. At dusk women in short skirts came out on the street. An Airbnb rental. Read the story “How to avoid scams when you are booking your next holiday accommodation”

World Travel Awards elected the best 2017 destinations in Europe: the hotspot is Portugal

If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your next holiday at a popular tourist destination, here are some award-winning recommendations. The World Travel Awards is an annual event for travel industry professionals who vote for the best destinations and service providers. The big winner in 2017 was Portugal.

Aveiro, Portugal. A street that passes the main church in the old town.Aveiro old town in Portugal.
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The super-sized campervan VW California XXL: full of features, with four-wheel drive

Volkswagen has introduced the campervan California XXL to trade show audiences in Germany, and people are really loving the large recreational vehicle. As its name implies, the California XXL is a large campervan that has everything a road traveler could ever wish for, plus a roof that lets you view the stars or perhaps the Northern Lights from the bed.

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