Tiny Hotel Rooms and a $600 Piece of Luggage
Would you purchase one piece of luggage that costs $599? What if you could track its location from any where in the world by using an app on your phone? What if this piece of luggage included a USB port to charge your phone? The Bluesmart Black weighs 9.25 pounds and includes a built-in scale that allows you to determine the total weight of your packed bag by using the app. So you’ll know before you check in at the airport if your bag exceeds that 50-pound limit. You can also use the app to lock and unlock your bag remotely. All of that sounds pretty awesome, but I think I would worry too much about someone damaging that cool piece of luggage that only holds shirts and shoes!
Confused about travel warnings and when to take them seriously? This short video from travel advocate and expert Wendy Perrin explains the difference between a travel warning and a travel alert and how to plan accordingly.
Have you heard of micro hotels? Most micro hotels have between 65 and 100 square feet. Say what?! The idea is that you’re there to experience the city and explore the sights, not sleep and hang out in your room! Check out this article by CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg that explores a couple of these hotels and what to expect if you decide to book a room there. True to the concept, Pod Hotels is the name of one of these micro properties.
Travel Apps of the Week: There are plenty of helpful travel apps out there and in future posts I’ll try to share some of them with you. For now, I’ll just focus on two apps, WiMedjet and Companion. The next time you’re traveling to a location where your network’s cellular service is unavailable you might need to access an app that allows you to make calls. WiMedjet is an app that will allow you to do just that. Download this free app and access any available Wi-Fi connection to make calls to your friends and family. A cool feature about this app is that friends and family can also download the app and you can talk to them for free since app to app calls don’t cost anything! Another convenient feature is the ability to save your contacts directly into the app so you don’t have to leave the app to look up a phone number.
Have you ever walked alone to a building or your car and called a friend to stay on the line with you until you reached your destination? Now an app called Companion does that for you and more. The app will actually track your location and can inform your friends where you’re going and will communicate your arrival in real-time. Read more about Companion in reviews from Fortune magazine and Money magazine.