When my wife and I travel with our three young kids, we like to have adventures. We love to be outdoors, hike, see the sights and experience as much about our destinations as possible. Fun destinations are new, exciting and inspiring. Yet, it’s nice to have the certain comforts of home when you’re playing tourist. We just wrapped a trip down to Southern California and we were so thankful that for most of our trip, we stayed in Carlsbad’s Villagio Cottages. Don’t get me wrong – our kids love hotels, they love eating the all-you-can-eat breakfasts and they love...Read More
Jason Harris is a writer, community manager and happy father of three. Jason's passion is enabling people to have better lives and better experiences through technology. In between family road trips and ventures in the Northwest and beyond, Jason is also the tech correspondent for , the most listened to travel radio show in the US.
AT&T recently loaned me an LG G5 to review. In this exhaustive review, I check out the phone’s camera quality, battery life and over all ‘bang for the buck’ rating. Excerpt: I’ve become an LG fan since 2014 when I first bought a Nexus 5. Since then, I’ve used both an LG G4 and LG V10 as my primary phones. Amongst an army of Android phone makers, I enjoy LG’s commitment to camera excellence, removable battery and removable storage. Also, from a design perspective, LG phones stand out and look as good as they perform (to this reviewer’s eyes, at...Read More
When you go away on vacation to another country, it’s always good to stay in contact. As a dad, I like to check in with Grandma and Grandpa to stay up to date on what’s happening with our kids while we’re abroad. However, texting the traditional way can be very expensive when you travel abroad. If your family happens to all be an iPhone family, you can use iMessage to send text messages and pictures while on Wi-Fi while abroad. However, many families are a mix of Android, iPhone and other phones. Lucky enough, there’s a solution: WhatsApp. This...Read More
We’ve all been there. You’re headed out the door, phone in hand, wallet on your person – and you’re missing just one thing. Your keys. Tile is a small little gadget that’s about the size of a matchbook and costs a mere $25 at your local AT&T store and is meant to help you find your frequently lost things. Because my wife is always looking for her keys, I gave the Tile to her for a real-life example of how we can put the new gadget to use. The Tile is a pretty tough little device, about as thick...Read More
Are you ready to talk to artificial intelligence-powered bots for your travel and customer service when working with brands? Yesterday at the Facebook F8 Conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined a new model for corresponding with brands via Facebook. The world’s largest social network has laid the groundwork for brands to interact with their customers, replacing 1-800 numbers with a mix of artificial intelligence and human intervention. In a demo that featured CNN and 1-800-FLOWERS, Zuckerberg showed how you can order flowers via a text-messaging like interaction using conversational language. “You never have to call 1-800-FLOWERS again,” said Zuckerberg. Shifting...Read More
SXSW 2016 wrapped a few weeks back and as the showcase for all things trendy and new when it comes to social media and technology, it’s time we take a look at travel-related trends that emerged from the conference. SXSW Welcomes President and Michelle Obama To start of SXSW on Friday, March 11, President Barack Obama gave a keynote that verified the first-class speakers SXSW, in its 20th year, is able to bring to Austin, Texas. Virtual Reality Virtual reality has finally become mainstream. During the entire week of SXSW, hoards of attendees lined up to experience Samsung’s VR...Read More
Editor’s note: This post is part 3 in a 3 part series that explores three distinct beach destinations in Southern California. be sure to see our earlier articles on Long Beach and Huntington Beach! Carlsbad is in North County that encompasses the communities of Carlsbad, Encinitas and Oceanside. Carlsbad is located about 40 minutes north of San Diego proper, close enough to be a part of the San Diego vibe but far enough to have its own identity and feel. The city of Carlsbad is easily accessible via the San Diego airport (40 minute drive north) and also by...Read More
Editor’s note: This post is part 2 in a 3 part series that explores three distinct beach destinations in Southern California. be sure to see our earlier write up on Long Beach ! When you pull into Huntington Beach, you instantly feel the laid-back fun beach vibe. Cruising down the PCH, with panoramic views of the ocean, the long white sand beach and non-stop lifeguard towers, you instantly get that Huntington Beach is all about, togetherness surrounding their esteemed beach. Dubbed “Surf City USA”, Huntington Beach is home to year-round 75 degree weather, professional surfers, skaters and people of all...Read More
Just southwest of Los Angeles on the Southern California coastline is Long Beach, the beautiful home to the Queen Mary, 12 miles of beach frontage and a portfolio of family fun. During a recent trip, my wife and I vacationed in Long Beach with our three small children, aged 3-8. In Long Beach, we found a top beach destination that’s teeming with amazing food, beach fun galore and other experiences that every family seeking SoCal family fun should know about. Staying in the heart of it all Our home for our stint in Long Beach was the Hyatt Regency....Read More
When you think of Palm Springs, you might think golf courses and yuppies sitting by the pool. While Palm Springs is the playground and getaway spot for Southern California, the region brings a diverse set of experiences for everyone to enjoy, especially families or couples looking for a fun weekend or a week-long vacation. My family is not one where we like to stay at a resort and just hit the pool all day. We we love our pool time, but we also want to get out and see the natural beauty and features as well. This article will feature...Read More
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