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…

Most Airlines Have No Idea Where Your Bags Are

Lost or misplaced baggage is an unfortunate rite of passage for every airline passenger. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains why airlines can and should do better, and how you can keep your own luggage from disappearing. Order a package, and the shipping company will tell you where it was last scanned along every…

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Deliberately Caused Tragedy

In a horrible turn of already tragic events, it appears that Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 over a remote, snow-bound stretch of the French Alps may have been intentionally caused by its 28-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. All 144 passengers and six crew aboard the Airbus A320 were killed. After recovering one of the black box voice recorders from…

Mom Tries to Sneak Baby through Airport Security X-Ray

Security officials at Nino Aquino International Airport (NAIA/MNL) in Manila, Philippines were recently surprised by a bizarre image on one of their X-ray scanners—a sleeping infant zipped inside a backpack. According to Manila’s ABS-CBN News, Jenifer Pavolaurea, a 25-year-old single mother and nursing graduate student, confessed that she had failed to obtain necessary immigration clearance for her 2-month-old son…

Best Apps for Staying in Touch When Traveling

While on the road, staying in touch with family and friends can be a magic cure for the occasional exhaustion and loneliness of travel. Fortunately, smartphone app technology makes it increasingly easy to stay connected with your loved ones, no matter where you are in the world—and here, TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo shares his short list of the best telecommunications…