Travel November 2011

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Alanna Weissman

Swan Song
For anyone who wants to preserve vacation memories, the Swann SportsCam is the perfect travel companion. The rechargeable camera records up to five hours of high-resolution video or 16 GB of still images on the included MicroSD card. Additionally, it has a variety of hands-free mounting options and is waterproof up to 65 feet. Buy it at

Always on Call
Vacation safely with On Call International, a website granting travel, security and medical assistance. Memberships, which provide deals, local benefits and travel safety tips, cost less per month than filling your gas tank. If you don’t want to commit to an extended membership, On Call also offers single-trip, annual and family memberships. Sign up at

Cats and Dogs Abroad
For families whose travel plans often include a pet, consider purchasing This is My Doggie Life or This is My Kitty Life (AuthorHouse). The whole family enjoys compiling this scrapbook detailing a cat or dog’s life. The tome chronicles the fun times and milestones on vacation, like a pet’s first airplane ride, and has places to store emergency contact numbers and vaccination records. Both editions are available at

Carried Away
Booq Mamba shift backpacks are a techie traveler’s dream come true. The sleek, water-repellant bags contain individual pockets for laptops, iPhones and cables. Even better, if a bag is lost or stolen, its handy Terralinq feature assists you in relocating it. Purchase your own at

Hands-Free Journeys
Remain aware of the road while chatting on the phone during car trips with the SuperTooth Buddy, a Bluetooth speaker phone that clips to a sun visor. The hands-free kit includes a car charger and can be connected to two cell phones at once. Learn more about the device at

This column appeared in the November 2011 issue.