Jet-set­ter gifts on the right track to joy

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2011 -

HERE are some presents de­signed for the jet-set­ters among your fam­ily and friends: Tim­bre Pro ear­buds There’s no need to get your head­phones in a knot with the Tim­bre Pro ear­buds from ifrogz. The wo­ven cord is stur­dier than most, which means that it’s more re­sis­tant to those an­noy­ing tan­gles that in­evitably form when you stash elec­tronic de­vices in your pocket or carry-on bag.

Rub­bery tips pro­vide a com­fort­able fit in your ear, but the sound qual­ity is the ear­buds’ weak­est link. The wooden sound cham­bers give mu­sic a weird acous­tic qual­ity that’s most suited for in­stru­men­tonly au­dio. Di­a­logue on stream­ing video, how­ever, comes out quite crisp. Avail­able at ifrogz.com Powerbag Whether you’re in an air­port ter­mi­nal, on a bus or some­where else in tran­sit, it’s of­ten hard to find an elec­tri­cal out­let for charg­ing your gad­gets. En­ter the Powerbag. With its own (re­mov­able) bat­tery, this clever piece of lug­gage can charge up to four de­vices at once.

Best of all, it comes equipped with con­nec­tors that fit smart­phones and tablets – in ad­di­tion to an on-board USB port – so you don’t need to worry about bring­ing loads of cords. Of course, you’ll need to re­mem­ber to charge the bag’s bat­tery be­fore hit­ting the road: tech­nol­ogy can only do so much. Mes­sen­ger bag and other styles avail­able at www.my­powerbag.com

‘1 000 Places to See Be­fore You Die’

It’s a big world out there, which makes it hard to de­cide on a va­ca­tion desti­na­tion. The in­ter­net can seem just as vast when it comes time to re­search. That’s why Patricia Shultz’s 1 000 Places to See Be­fore You Die de­serves a place on your book­shelf.

The re­vised ver­sion of the 2003 best­seller is a great in­spi­ra­tional tool that in­cludes both the ob­vi­ous (Yosemite National Park) and the less so (watch men strapped in with grapevines land dive in Van­u­atu). Start mak­ing your travel bucket list now. www.ama­zon.com Lonely Planet guides for kids Lonely Planet’s new Not-for-par­ents se­ries will ap­peal to the lit­tle back­pack­ers out there. Not-for-par­ents: The Travel Book is mod­elled on the pop­u­lar grown-up ver­sion with in­for­ma­tion and trivia about ev­ery coun­try in the world.

In­di­vid­ual city edi­tions on New York, Lon­don, Paris and Rome can help build an­tic­i­pa­tion for up­com­ing trips and keep the young ones busy in tran­sit.

We won’t blame mom and dad for “bor­row­ing” the books for them­selves. The Travel Book and city edi­tions at www.lone­ly­planet.com Zomm cell­phone alarm Never worry again about leav­ing be­hind your cell­phone (or your kids’ phone) in a cab or an air­craft seat pocket. The Zomm “wire­less leash” is a round gad­get about 3.81cm wide that con­nects to a phone via Blue­tooth.

When the two be­come sep­a­rated by a cer­tain dis­tance, the Zomm be­gins to is­sue an in­creas­ingly ur­gent set of alerts cul­mi­nat­ing in an ob­nox­ious alarm that you can’t miss.

The Blue­tooth con­nec­tion also lets you use the Zomm to an­swer calls on speak­er­phone or send them to voice mail. Avail­able from www.zomm.com Phos­phor World Time watch Do you know a jet-set­ter who’s al­ways cross­ing time zones? If so, con­sider giv­ing the gift of the Phos­phor World Time watch.

Choose your set­tings from 24 cities and a va­ri­ety of modes, in­clud­ing a small- or large-font time and even a time for two cities at once.

The sleek de­sign is ap­peal­ing, as is the E Ink dis­play (think Kin­dle). $ 150 ( R1 215) at www. phos­pho­r­watches. com – The Washington Post

POWER GIFTS: The Tim­bre Pro ear­buds with a sturdy wo­ven cord and com­fort­able rub­bery tips, and the Phos­phor World Time watch, which has a sleek de­sign and easy-to-read E Ink dis­play. RIGHT: The Powerbag, which has its own bat­tery and can charge up to four de­vices at once, and the Zomm ‘wire­less leash’ that will sound an alarm when you leave your cell­phone be­hind.

1 000 Places to See Be­fore You Die, Not-for-par­ents PIC­TURES: THE WASHINGTON POST

GRIP­PING BOOKS: Patricia Shultz’s ver­sion of her 2003 best­seller, and Lonely Planet’s new will ap­peal to the youngest jet-set­ters.

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