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New Gadgets for Travelers 2014

Girl with VideocameraNew Gadgets for Travelers 2014

Earlier this year, a conference program, known as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), featured several life-transforming products that were exhibited by thousands of consumer-technology manufacturers, suppliers, and developers.

Over 100,000 were in attendance to witness the showcase of breakthrough technologies for 2014. Among the products debuted were gadgets reported to have captured the attention of travelers. I can see why these products would be deemed beneficial. After all, what traveler would pass an opportunity to make their travel experience more convenient and enjoyable?

Out of the travel-tech products showcased, the following products are my top 4 favorite picks:

1. Mophie Space Pack: This is the world’s first battery case with built in storage that doubles the battery life and data storage of your iPhone, allowing for more music and movies to be stored and enjoyed for up to 19 hours.

2. Canon PowerShot N100: This handheld camcorder is the world’s first to shoot in 4K, four times the resolution of HD with even more realistic detail.

3. Dish Anywhere App: This is a sling-enabled HD DVR Dish Anywhere App that allows for the transfer of recorded shows to numerous devices to be watched offline.

4. Sekonix DLP Pico Keychain Projector: This keychain projector, considered to be the world’s smallest, can be plugged onto a computer, tablet or smartphone to project movies or videos in DVD-quality resolution onto any flat surface.

Want a perfect excuse to purchase and try out these products? Well, what about the perfect trip? Let our Ultimate Jet Vacations travel experts curate your client’s next luxury vacation. Visit ultimatejetvacations.com for information on how we can help you book your client’s next getaway. You can also call 1.800.231.4095 or email us at info@ultimatejetvacations.com to get in touch with our travel consultants.

Travel Quotations to Motivate and Inspire

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What motivates you and inspires you to travel? Is it a friend’s travel story, a desire for adventure, or perhaps a curiosity for the unknown? Throughout history, many have expressed their thoughts on travel. I would like to share my top 10 favorite travel quotes, from authors and other famous figures, that have motivated and inspired me. I hope these will inspire you too or perhaps provide you with some food for thought.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  ~ St. Augustine

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” ~ Caskie Stinnett

“One destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~ Henry Miller

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“Let your memory be a travel bag.” ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“To put it bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.” ~ Fran Lebowitz

So, there you have it! Are you motivated and inspired, but don’t know how or where to start? Visit Ultimate Jet Vacations at ultimatejetvacations.com or call 1.800.231.4095 for more information on how to plan your client’s next getaway or travel adventure. Ultimate Jet Vacations travel experts specialize in luxury travel and would love to help you book the perfect trip for your clients!

Wonderful Gift Ideas for Your Traveling Friends

WonSign trip. Illustration of a group of suitcases and a plane tickderful Gift Ideas for Your Traveling Friends

I have done my share of travel and, with that, I have recognized that some of the best gifts that I have received from friends are those that made my travel experience more convenient and pleasurable. For those of you who love to travel and are all about making your experiences the best possible, here are some gift ideas I highly recommend you suggest, or pass along as helpful hints, to friends who are torn about what to get you for your birthday or any other celebration:

Help a traveler stay connected with subscription to sites

Travelers who work remotely, want photo storage options, or need to stay in touch with friends and family will benefit from a subscription to online productivity tools, websites offering photo storage, or Skype credit that will allow a traveler to call friends and family from anywhere in the world.

Travel magazines may just be the gift that helps plan travels

Travelers love to be inspired and a travel magazine may just be the answer. Planning and brainstorming for a traveler on how, when, and where becomes easier with the help of a good, old-fashion travel magazine.

One can never have too many luggage bags

Even though I am careful, my suitcases still take a beating. Wear and tear of suitcases is very common, especially after all the pulling, dragging, lifting, etc. So, considering how much abuse suitcases receive, a new luggage for the avid traveler will definitely be a gift that will be very much appreciated.

Give them a camera to chronicle their travels

There is nothing more fun than to capture memories with photos! For travelers who love to chronicle their adventures, a camera or camera accessories are great gifts. Whether it be a mini tripod, a tiny lens for a smartphone, or a Go-Pro, these gifts will make a difference to a traveler’s experience.

A Luxury Vacation Package may be the best gift

If I had to pick only one, the luxury vacation package gets my vote as top choice! While I consider all of my previous suggestions to be wonderful gifts, there is nothing more exciting for me than to receive an all-paid-for luxury vacation package. If you are anything like me or know someone like me who would consider a luxury vacation package the best gift ever, visit Ultimate Jet Vacations at ultimatejetvacations.com to explore great vacation options or call 1.800.231.4095 to speak to a travel concierge.

Give someone an experience of a lifetime!

A Few Interesting Facts About the Flight Attendant Profession

A Few Interesting Facts About the Flight Attendant Profession

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Would you believe flight attendants have been in existence since 1912? The history of this profession began with Heinrich Kubis, on record as the world’s first flight attendant. Today the flight attendant profession is considered a woman-dominated occupation. However, this wasn’t always the case, with men spearheading the creation of this role in the onset.

The need for this profession emerged out of a concern for passenger health and safety. As passenger air travel became more common in the 1920’s, flight attendants also became responsible for meeting other passenger needs, ranging from boarding and baggage assistance to handing out meals and serving refreshments.

The very first flight attendants, originally referred to as couriers, were sons of businessmen. After the stock market crash in the 1920’s, couriers were no longer employed and it was not until responsibilities and workloads were reassessed in the 1930’s that this role made a comeback.

With its comeback, the role ceased to be called “courier” and became to be recognized as “steward” or “cabin boy.” As women began to be hired into the role, the names “stewardess” and “air hostess”, were added to the list of job titles. Ellen Church, a 25-year registered, was the world’s first female flight attendant.

Another interesting historical fact of this profession is that stewardesses were at one time prohibited from marrying or having children. If stewardesses failed to fulfill this requirement, they would be terminated from employment. By the 1980’s, this no-marriage, no-children rule was eliminated and no longer enforced in the airline industry.

Looking back at the history of this exciting occupation, I can’t help but be be thankful for the service flight attendants provide. Flight attendants are paramount to passenger safety and have been credited in saving many lives.

Next time you are serviced by flight attendants, thank them. Without them, we would not enjoy the comfort and safety we so desire in our flights.

 

A Quiet Traveling Experience

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A Quiet Traveling Experience 

I am about to take a flight and I have noticed that every flight I’ve made in the past has left me feeling tired and exhausted. A friend of my suggested I use a pair of noise-canceling headphones to ease the fatigue and make for a more restful flight. Okay, so I am not wanting to spend a fortune on something that I use infrequently. If that was the case, I would buy myself a pair of those super-duper noise-canceling headphones worth hundreds of dollars – considered the best of the best according to those in the know.

I want something that doesn’t cost that much, but gives me a good return on my investment!

Enter the Noisehush i7. The Noisehush i7 are between $50.00 and $60.00 but can retail at close to $100.00. They come in their own sturdy, hard carry-case and have all the accessories you need for plugging into both newer and older planes. The head cups are super comfy made from memory foam covered in real leather. This makes for a solid 6-7 hours of comfortable wear.

My view is anything on your ears for more than that isn’t going to be comfortable. These headphones do need a couple of Triple-A batteries to make use of the noise-canceling feature. So, be sure to purchase them before you get on the plane. Once the batteries are in, you can flick the switch and enjoy what they have to offer (they also function as headphones if the battery runs out or you don’t want to use that feature).

So what does it sound like? Well it’s like closing the door on a loud, droning noise. Yep, no noise-canceling headphones will make the place silent, but these will take a large chunk of the engine noise and make it disappear. Higher pitched sounds like people talking and children crying are quieter, but are still on the radar. The funny thing is when you take them off, you soon realize how loud the cabin really is. In short if you like a quieter environment, want to feel less drained by the noise pollution, and don’t need to spend a fortune on some headphones, these are just the ticket!

Hassle-Free Path to the Airplane

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Transportation Security Agency’s (TSA) Pre✓™

You have this amazing trip planned and can’t wait to board the plane and arrive at your desired destination. However, before you get access to the plane, you must wait in line at the airport and get through the security checkpoint. Oh! Yes! The unbearably long and stressful security check line! If there was only a way to avoid all of the hassle, you would, right?. Well, what if I told you there was a way – a solution?

Traveler, let me introduce you to the TSA Pre✓™, a program provided by the Transportation Security Agency. Open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents, this TSA Pre✓™ program allows travelers to enjoy special treatment at over 188 participating airports. For a 5-year membership at $85.00, travelers will skip the dreaded security check line and instead transit through an express security screening lane, where their status in the program will be verified by fingerprint, photo and boarding pass identification. Registered travelers of this program will also enjoy a more expedited process, avoiding the removal of jackets, shoes, and belts. You will also avoid having to remove laptops and the 3-1-1 complaint bag from your carry-on.

To qualify for the program, travelers must pass a security threat assessment that includes checking identity against TSA databases. This is to ensure that travelers do not pose a threat to national security. To conduct the assessment and determine if eligibility, applicants must provide biographic and biometric data.

Next time you decide to book a trip, consider the security screening options that will make your experience at airports hassle-free. Need more advice? Have questions? Allow us to help you meet your travel needs. With numerous choices for vacations worldwide, we’re here to make your next travel experience a pleasurable and memorable one. Our travel specialists are always available to serve you. For more information, please call us at 1.800.231.4095 or e-mail us at info@ultimatejetvacations.com.

Six Ways Travelers Can Protect Their Identity

Orange WalletA growing problem worldwide, identity theft has become a major subject of discussion, especially among travelers, who are considered to be the most vulnerable. Forced to carry and share personal information and use unsecured internet connections, travelers, swayed by the excitement of travel, may not realize how exposed they are to theft and forget to protect their identity. Advances in modern technology have not made identity theft any less prevalent. With that in mind, you may ask yourself, “How do I protect my identity while traveling?” Well, I researched the subject and discovered 6 ways travelers can protect their personal information while traveling.

1. Create an email address just for travel 

Unauthorized access to your email may pose a risk to your personal information. Thwart off hackers by creating an email exclusively for travel, one with which no sensitive information will be communicated or shared.

2. Place a hold on postal deliveries before departing on your trip

Minimize exposure to your personal data by stopping the delivery of your mail. This will reduce the chance of your mail coming in contact with thieves looking to steal your information. You can also get creative and ask a trustworthy neighbor to collect your mail in your absence.

3. Guard your wallet, purse, and documents at all times 

Use caution when traveling to locations known for pickpocketing. Do not leave your wallet, purse, and documents unattended. Carry only what’s necessary. There’s no point carrying documents that you can do without. The more sensitive-type information you carry unnecessarily, the more you open yourself up to be exploited by thieves. So, be a minimalist. Keep it simple.

4. Ensure your smartphone is secured

Ensure a strong password or passcode is set and log out of all apps containing sensitive data when you’re out and about.

5. Access wireless networks or internet connections that you have identified to be secured

For the best measure of protection, avoid unsecured wireless networks or internet connections. If you have to use an unsecured connection, don’t log into your bank account or other sensitive accounts.

6. Beware of ATM’s

To capture your card number and pin, thieves often install card readers unto ATM’s to collect your account information. Reduce vulnerability by accessing bank-run, hosted ATM’s. Avoid generic ATM’s, as they tend to be the most compromised.

Take heed. Follow the advice shared. Lower your risk to getting your identity stolen by avoiding scams and employing all of these safety measures. The more cautious you are, the less likely you will fall victim to identity theft.

This advice has been brought to you by Ultimate Jet Vacations, a provider in luxury travel. Ultimate Jet Vacations takes pride in not only meeting but exceeding clients’ travel expectations and arrangements. For a custom-made travel packages made to impress, please contact Ultimate Jet Vacations at 1.800.231.4095 to speak to one of our travel experts. For more information, you can also e-mail us at info@ultimatejetvacations.com.  We look forward to serving you.

Travel Increases Longevity

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The thought of travel conjures up a feeling of adventure and pleasure. Whether it is the thrill of the unknown, the chance of a new encounter, or the hope of learning something new, travel never fails to deliver. What’s more, life-expectancy experts attribute increased longevity to travel. So, how about a long and happy life for an excuse? The following highlights the top reasons travel fosters and contributes to a long life:

Keeps a mind sharp: Boost memory and brainpower by learning a new language. Traveling to different places stimulates the brain, inviting you to hear and communicate in different languages. Surprise the senses by indulging in a distinct and enticing cuisine. Exercise your problem-solving skills by mapping out itineraries, calculating local currency, etc.

Increases physical activity: Establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easiest when traveling. Hiking or biking as you are sight-seeing, for instance, can help you stay fit. How about swimming in calm, clear, blue-water beaches or amongst tropical fish? Or running while taking in the sights and smells of the outdoors?

Creates connections and lasting relationships: Close relationships are critical to health and longevity. Travel allows for friends and family to share experiences and make memories together, increasing intimacy. In many cases the most valued connections are made from direct interaction with the locals, helping you understand someone else’s way of life.

Broadens your horizons: Experiencing a myriad of different cultures will simply enrich your mind and make you a more well-rounded individual. When traveling outside your comfort zone, you see things you otherwise would not see, giving you a refreshing, new outlook on things. It helps you understand that not everyone does things that way you do.

So, why not boost your health with a good dose of travel? Don’t delay; there are places to explore, people to meet, and a reason to make you a healthier person. Need I say more? Visit ultimatejetvacations.com to consult with one of the travel experts and book the vacation your clients need. It may just improve your health!

Natasha Stoop Enhances Tennis Experience at Nizuc

The Ultimate Tennis Experience at Nizuc

Gorgeous Nizuc Resort & Spa, located in sunny Cancun, Mexico, has a brand-new attraction in the works for guests who love to play tennis. Their new tennis program has been designed by Top 50 National tennis pro Natasha Stoop, who will be offering her services to guests of all experience levels, whether they’re freshly minted beginners or advanced tennis-lovers who have been playing for years. Continue reading

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo – The Pura Vida” (pure life) Philosophy!

Discovering Costa Rica

To stay at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort is to truly experience Costa Rica’s natural wonders, complex history and vibrant culture. With its abundance of exotic wildlife and astonishingly beautiful scenery, coming to Costa Rica can leave you feeling like you’ve entered a whole new world. Staying at this luxury resort, with its architecture designed to reflect the real Costa Rica, will help to foster a true connection to your surroundings. Warm yourself under the tropical sun, cool off in the sapphire waters of Culebra Bay, then dry off to watch the sun setting over the horizon; when you’re here, you know you’re in paradise. Of course, anyone who chooses to travel to Andaz Papagayo anticipates indulging  in luxurious amenities at the resort.  But for those who want experience the Costa Rican culture, Ultimate Jet Vacations Agents recommend the 3 activities to truely live the “Pura Vida” life!

3-12-13-LOUNGE ENTRANCE

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