Friday 27 April 2018

Global village: Scoot your way through the airport

Luggage scooter
Luggage scooter
Albert Podell book cover
Elle Macpherson
Champagne - drink can break the ice on holidays

The Micro Luggage Scooter is a suitcase which doubles as a scooter, and was designed to allow you glide through an airport with a minimum of fuss.

It comes with Bluetooth Sound2Go speakers, so you can listen to your favourite music while on the go.

It was designed in collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki, the American electro house musician, record producer, and music executive.

For further convenience, it is approved as hand luggage with many airlines, and fits into overhead luggage compartments. It comes with a 26 litre suitcase capacity.

It's suitable for users weighing up to 100kg/15stone 7lbs. And it's steered by the user moving their body in the direction they want to go. It costs in the region of €350.

Elle enjoys Saint-Tropez

Supermodel Elle Macpherson, aka The Body, recently cruised through France's Saint-Tropez on a luxury yacht and soaked up the sunshine while on deck.

The 51-year-old Australian mum-of-two was holidaying with her businessman husband of almost two years, 45 year-old Jeffrey Soffer.

Saint-Tropez has been a popular choice for the famous ever since Brigitte Bardot turned up at what was once a small fishing village to film And God Created Woman in 1956. The jet set has been flocking there ever since.

Saint-Tropez had also played a major role in the history of modern art. Artist Paul Signac first noticed how the surrounding countryside basked in soft natural light, and once word got around that it was a perfect place to paint. Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Albert Marquet also made it their business to visit.

Top attractions include La Glaye beach, The Citadel, the town square Place des Lices, and the harbour.

Around the whole world in 50 years

Albert Podell recently became the first American to visit every single country in the world - and holds the record for completing the longest automobile journey of all time.

He completed a 581-day, 42,000-mile, adventure-packed expedition by 4x4 across 30 countries. In his new memoir, Around The World in 50 Years, Podell recounts his most memorable experiences, such as surviving riots, civil wars, earthquakes tsunamis, wild animals and encounters with child soldiers.

Podell has a B.A. in government from Cornell and holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law. He's been editor of Playboy magazine, and a trial attorney.

His memoir is published by Thomas Dunne Books, and is priced approx. €18.

How to make friends on hols has some suggestions on how you can make friends on holidays.

You could try approaching a fellow holidaymaker at your resort's swim-up bar, and break the ice by saying, "That drink looks delicious, what is it?"

People gathered around a swim-up bar are, in general, a friendly lot.

If you're staying in a resort where there are activities, such as volley ball, tennis or chess, you might take the initiative in getting to know a fellow guest by asking "Mind if I join you?"

If you find yourself in a more intimate setting, such as the hotel Jacuzzi, you could always ask the person relaxing beside you "Is this your first time at this resort?" It's a fine line, though, between being friendly and creepy!

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