One Week with the Apple Watch…and I’m Diggin’ It

I’ve had my Apple Watch for a week now. It arrived just before my trip to the Kentucky Derby, and I was able to test it out on Uber rides and during my treks through airports over the past few days. Is it the life-changing device people have been talking about? Probably not. Could it potentially improve my experience as a frequent…

DUFL Makes Your Luggage Magically Appear at Your Destination

No packing required: a new startup business called DUFL will eliminate packing from your travel routine altogether. For $10 a month, DUFL will store your selection of travel essentials—clothing, toiletries, underwear, etc.— in a special suitcase at its warehouse in Tempe, Arizona (where they’re hiring, FYI). Every time you travel somewhere, use the app to choose…

10 Travel Apps That Bring You the World

Want to hold the world in the palm of your hand? Dedicated travel geek and TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo suggests 10 smartphone apps for that, all of which will help you stay organized, thrifty, informed and fed on your travels around the globe. Pocket Earth Once you’re on the road, it can be challenge to figure out…

Audi Launches On Demand Car Rental App

Smartphone apps have simplified the car rental process, with services like Silvercar taking the hassle out of reserving a ride at an airport or even downtown. Audi’s own version, called on demand, is only available in San Francisco (for now). You can rent one of 10 Audi models for up to 28 days anywhere within 49 miles of the…

6 Things I Already Hate About the Apple Watch

Just got confirmation that my shiny new Apple Watch has arrived in New York, but since I’m on my way to Cuba—follow my trip on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—I’m paying attention to the early reactions from its first users from the last day or so. While I am looking forward to experiencing its wearable functionality, there…

4 Things I Can’t Wait To Do With My Apple Watch

Today’s the day—Apple Watch is here! But only if you pre-ordered it, like I did: my $699 model, the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle, is supposed to come sometime between today and May 8. Some people say “the Apple Watch is the same thing as the iPhone,” but it’s actually more. I’ll be doing a full review later, but…

Google to Launch Wireless Network—Project Fi

On Wednesday, April 29, Google will launch its version of a wireless cell phone carrier, Project Fi, which will take the form of a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Using the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, Project Fi aims to make it easier and faster for you to use Google anywhere by improving WiFi speed and cell coverage in the United States…

Airline Seat Comparison: How Do Southwest’s New Seats Measure Up?

While many airlines seem bent on squishing more seats into the same amount of space, creating less legroom and a more uncomfortable economy flying experience overall, Southwest Airlines is bucking the trend. Between 2016 and 2017, the Dallas-based airline is proud to start equipping their new Boeing 737-800 and 737 Max jets with what they say are “the USA’s…

Airbus’ Planned A380 Economy Layout Will Be A Tight Squeeze

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this week, Airbus unveiled its 2017 plans for an 11-abreast, 3 x 5 x 3 seat configuration in the economy section of its A380s. Cramped, narrow and poorly laid out, this design is clearly intended to save shareholders money while disregarding the comfort of the tightly-packed passengers who…

Selfie Sticks: Travel Tool or Tourist Nightmare?

Though Mashable recently declared 2015 “the year the selfie stick took over,” it’s official—we here at TPG aren’t the only people in the world who find selfie sticks annoying. For fear of poking someone’s eye out, ruining priceless artwork, or inciting violence in crowded areas, these extendable boom arms designed to hold your smartphone camera way out in front…