This Just In!
Airplane Easy Listening: United, Delta, and Continental hope to install iPod seat connections in their planes by mid-2007, so passengers can watch their own movies, listen to tunes, and charge their devices for free.
Dooley Vacations, a tour operator specializing in Ireland B&B packages, is now offering complimentary GPS systems in all its cars. A three-night package with airfare and rental car starts at $549 per person (dooleyvacations.com)
Travelers who rent a compact through intermediate class vehicle at participating Hertz locations in 45 European countries will receive a one car-class upgrade. Make an online advance reservation using promotion code #989063 and print out the coupon to present at pick-up; offer good through Mar. 31, 2007 (hertz.com)
At the end of 2007, the Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York's Chinatown will expand into new digs designed by Maya Lin (moca-nyc.org)
EasyHotel plans to open an outpost in Budapest this spring (easyhotel.com, from $38)
Have you voted yet? Polls close July 6 in a public election to name the new Seven Wonders of the World. Among the nominees: Machu Picchu, the Sydney Opera House, and the Statue of Liberty (new7wonders.com)
This month, Bob Marley's heirs will open the Marley Resort & Spa on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. But with rates starting at $495, most fans will be content to visit the gift shop (marleyresort.com)
For $140 per day, you can now zip around Copenhagen in a stylish Mini Cooper, complete with racing stripes and an iPod dock (rentamini.com)
More than 40 paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe will be on display February 10-May 6 at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla. The exhibit will then travel to Santa Fe's Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, becoming part of its Year of O'Keeffe celebration (norton.org, $12)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a plan to make Midway--remote islands in the South Pacific--accessible to visitors as early as this summer. To date, details haven't been released on how to book such a trip. Stay tuned (fws.gov/midway)
The Seattle Art Museum opened its waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park last month. The nine-acre landscaped property includes works by Alexander Calder and Richard Serra, as well as views of Puget Sound (seattleartmuseum.org).
Indianapolis's airport plans on hosting a valet service that'll allow flyers to drop off cars curbside and, after a cell-phone call, pick them up at trip's end without waiting.
American Airlines has installed more than 300 passport-reading self-serve kiosks at Miami, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, and several other major airports, making it possible for passengers to check themselves in for international flights.
During test runs at several Alamo Rent A Car locations, self-serve kiosks proved to cut wait times in half; the agency hopes to install 80 of the stations around the country by summer.
On international flights, Delta has reintroduced perks that were previously cut--mid-flight snacks, one free alcoholic beverage--while Northwest has added a new on-demand entertainment system.
A new series of pocket-size TimeOut Shortlist guides covers Prague, Rome, Paris, London, Barcelona, and New York City; they cost $12 apiece
A spa chain called XpresSpa, which offers massages and other treatments at airports in Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York City (JFK), and Pittsburgh, plans to open in eight more U.S. airport locations by the end of 2007.