The possibilities for travel over the summer months are endless — from the picturesque deserted islands of the Pacific to the crowded, cobbled streets of Rome.
Travel abroad, however, can also challenge any wanderer technologically and geographically. What if your cell phone doesn’t work in Tokyo? What if your laptop dies in Madrid? What if you’re lost in Buenos Aires?
Whether you’re traveling to far off foreign lands this summer or only as far as a tank of gas will take you, your trip can be cleared of a lot of pesky roadblocks and speed bumps by picking up some of the newest travel gadgets on the market today.
From GPS devices to the most innovative chargers known to man, the five following travel devices can be timesavers and lifesavers when you’re traveling abroad.
(I’ve been writing some fun pieces for eHow.com on a variety of topics. Here’s one on short haircuts.)
Aside from being world famous, Victoria Beckham, Michelle Williams, Rihanna, Pink, Carey Mulligan and Emma Watson all have at least one other thing in common: They all have embraced short haircuts.
Actors and musicians have revitalized the pixie, demi-bob and other short haircuts that were made famous during style-heavy decades of the 20th century. For instance, the pixie cut — very short in the back and slightly longer in the front — became popular with flappers in the ’20s and was reincarnated in the ’60s by British model Twiggy.
The demi-bob, which hits anywhere from mid-neck to shoulder-touching, was cited by “Vogue” as the beauty phenomenon of the 2011. “Vogue” credits relatively unknown model Arizona Muse for starting the trend when, in 2010, she dramatically cut off her waist-length brown hair into a demi-bob. The look spread to the spring 2011 runways of Prada and YSL, and to the heads of celebrities such as Brooklyn Decker and Alexa Chung.
The pixie cut and demi-bob are popular looks for spring and summer not only because they cut down on the heat, but because they showcase a woman’s face, creating a sense of confidence that long hair can’t.
“When someone goes from long hair that they’ve had for a long time, going to short hair just makes everything fresh and new again,” said hair stylist George Amaral of Salon Mario Russo in Boston.