Top 5 Gadgets for Summer Travel

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.

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Breakfast and a Taste of Hollywood History at the Village Coffee Shop

By Rebecca Ford
Hollywood Patch

In the shadow of the Hollywood sign and just a few minutes from the bustling streets of Hollywood, Beachwood Canyon is a quiet oasis with quaint homes, secret staircases and one restaurant—the Village Coffee Shop.

The Village Coffee Shop has charmed residents since 1975 with its feel of a grandmother’s home, cozy and welcoming.

The eatery, which serves breakfast all day and lunch, is within the area that was initially known as Hollywoodland; developers coined the name to attract residents in 1923.

The charming restaurant embodies the history of old Hollywood, and like any grandmother, has watched its residents grow from young starlets to superstars.
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Mazatlan, Mexico

I spent the past few days in Mazatlan, Mexico. It’s a beautiful town, with so much pride and culture. It’s extremely safe for tourists, and then welcome you with open arms. The views are breathtaking and the adventures are endless. Mazatlan has some of the best food I’ve ever had, especially the shrimp, tortilla soup and guacamole. Here are some photos. I’ll have more editorial soon.

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Virgin America’s first flight to Toronto

I was lucky enough to go on a press flight celebrating Virgin America’s first flight to Toronto, Canada. The flight went from LAX to SFO with  Governor Schwarzenegger, Sir Richard Branson and Drake. Then, they held a press conference at SFO with Mayor Gavin Newsom (It was a handsome-a-thon, yes). Next, everyone except Newsom and Schwarzenegger got back on board for the flight to Toronto. In Toronto, the plane was greeted with a red carpet event. I was lucky enough to get an interview with Branson at that time. He’s a great speaker.

We then went to the Thompson Toronto, which is a brand new hotel in downtown Toronto. It’s beautiful, modern and has amazing views from the roof pool. Virgin America went all out with a multi-level party which lasted late into the night.

On the return flight, I was bumped up to first class, and got to really soak in the beauty of that.

But the truth of it is Virgin America is amazing even from coach. With individual touch-screen televisions that allow you to watch television, chat with other people on the plane, play games or watch LIVE television (everyone watched the ESP vs PORTUGAL game live!), Virgin is far above any other airline. On top of that, the in-air wireless feature makes getting work done easier than ever. Some people were even SKYPEing in the air! How amazing!

They also announced their intent to fly to Mexico in the future, which would make vacation trips to Cancun so much more appealing.

Truly, Virgin America is the only way to fly…


Costa Rica



As I continue my attempt to travel around the entire world, I went to Costa Rica last weekend for a wedding. We stayed at the Paradisus Playa Conchal near Liberia. It’s a beautiful all-inclusive resort right on the beach. My kind of place. I spent a day zip-lining, horse back riding and going to natural hot springs, which was probably one of the best adventures ever. It’s a beautiful country. I hope to make it back there someday.