It’s a laptop messenger bag. This sturdy laptop bag by Case Logic is a basic travel necessity. I’ve tried out a lot of different messenger bags for traveling with my computer, but Case Logic has always been a trustworthy brand. This bag is sturdy so I can trust it’ll protect my computer. And it has several pockets and sleeves for extra papers and to keep my other contents tidy & organized.

Buy it online from Case Logic.com directly. This bag, the 15.6” Laptop Case, costs $29.99.

It’s a wearable camera. The Autographer camera automatically takes photos while you wear it, making it perfect for adventure activities. I’ve taken it out on a few trips and have always come back with some unique photos — ones I normally wouldn’t be able to capture (see my photos above). 

Read more of my review here.

The camera costs $399 and is available on the Autographer store website in both the USA and Europe. The wearable camera comes with a detachable lanyard and protective pouch. Buy it here.

It’s a sampler pack for gay men. I first discovered this new product on Pinterest, and then when I connected with them over social media, I learned they’re actually based in Berlin. I met Vlad over tea and learned a bit more about their company. Run by Jarmo and his boyfriend, NextGayThing is a mail-order curation of fashion & beauty products for gay men. I got a sample of their December pack and it included a pair of hot-pink underwear, some moisturizers, lip balm and eye cream.

Filling out my profile on the website was easy and fun and based on my answers, the guys at NextGayThing choose products they thought I’d enjoy. Most important is the underwear choice. With about one gazillion sexy mens underwear lines, I don’t think they’ll have a hard time finding something new or unexpected for customers. The brand I got was from Supawear — which I’d heard of but never really shelled the cash out for. My verdict? They’re pretty hot.

I really love the idea of NextGayThing. I don’t spend all my time worrying about fashion or beauty, but I do like to look good. These guys send you whatever’s hip or new and it requires very little thinking on your part. It helps that the website is easy to use. While I got the first pack for free, I definitely plan to keep the subscription running for a few months to see what other gay goods I might get. Gay culture curated. Sweet.

Gay Packs from NextGayThing.com can be ordered online and come in 3 different sizes. Prices starting at €15/month. Learn more at nextgaything.com

It’s salmon. Amazing, fresh, delicious, beautiful salmon. While traveling around Scotland for the New Year’s Eve #Blogmanay event, I had the chance to visit Loch Fyne. It’s a beautiful loch (lake) along the coast. It feeds right into the Atlantic Ocean, so the seafood here has become a big draw for tourists.

I enjoyed a dinner out at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant where the other bloggers and myself enjoyed an amazing seafood dinner including fresh oysters. Then, as a gift at the end of the meal, the restaurant provided us with some food gifts from their shop. Including these packs of sliced salmon. I took them home with me and enjoyed them over a few days. The sliced salmon packs are available for purchase online. I tried samples of the Whisky-Marinated Salmon, Bradan Rost and Citrus & Black Pepper Salmon. It’d be tough for me to say which was my favorite, but I did especially enjoy the black-pepper flavored salmon.

These are available for purchase online at the Loch Fyne online shop. Packs vary in price but sell for as little as 10€. These make as good a gift for yourself if you love high-quality seafood, or if you’re of the more caring persuasion, they also make great gifts for friends & family! More information at LochFyne.com or check out their 2013 Food/Gift Catalog.

It’s unusually-flavored vodka. Apple pie, anyone? Haavas PR sent me a sampler pack of Oddka vodkas (get it?!) to try for the festive season. Their flavors are a bit…unconventional…including Salty Caramel Popcorn, Fresh Cut Grass, Wasabi and Apple Pie.
I was skeptical at first but then the idea actually grew on me. Vodka is such a versatile spirit I don’t see why such strangely flavored spirits wouldn’t work. The list of suggested cocktails they provide is also really handy… Because to be honest, I wouldn’t have known what to drink the Apple Pie flavored vodka with (here’s a hint: try it with Ginger Ale).
I probably wouldn’t regularly buy this vodka myself, but maybe for next year’s holiday party I’ll pick up another bottle of the Apple Pie flavor. My sampler is already gone and I think there are some creative cocktail opportunities here…
Buy it at your local spirit shop. The brand is newly available in the USA. More information at OddkaVodka.com.

It’s unusually-flavored vodka. Apple pie, anyone? Haavas PR sent me a sampler pack of Oddka vodkas (get it?!) to try for the festive season. Their flavors are a bit…unconventional…including Salty Caramel Popcorn, Fresh Cut Grass, Wasabi and Apple Pie.

I was skeptical at first but then the idea actually grew on me. Vodka is such a versatile spirit I don’t see why such strangely flavored spirits wouldn’t work. The list of suggested cocktails they provide is also really handy… Because to be honest, I wouldn’t have known what to drink the Apple Pie flavored vodka with (here’s a hint: try it with Ginger Ale).

I probably wouldn’t regularly buy this vodka myself, but maybe for next year’s holiday party I’ll pick up another bottle of the Apple Pie flavor. My sampler is already gone and I think there are some creative cocktail opportunities here…

Buy it at your local spirit shop. The brand is newly available in the USA. More information at OddkaVodka.com.

It’s a camera (that looks like a single lens). Sony Europe sent me a new SonyQX10 camera to try out. Generally speaking, I like this camera. It’s small enough to carry around with me in my coat pocket. The picture quality is good and the ability to instantly share by syncing it with my iPhone just makes it even more appealing for someone who travels so frequently. I’ve stopped traveling with my digital SLR for some trips (especially if it’s just a short weekend break), so having a camera that’s better than my phone is handy.
The only problem I have with the camera is the ability to take sharp, clear photos. I keep ending up with slightly blurry photos but that’s probably because I’ve been using it mostly in the evening and when it’s dark outside. I think this camera was built to be used during daylight, though my night photos really aren’t bad. If you’re interested, read my more in-depth review on my travel blog.
The camera’s a good deal. It costs up to $248 on Amazon, but seeing as how it’s brand new, you might even be able to score some good deals. Read more reviews here.

It’s a camera (that looks like a single lens). Sony Europe sent me a new SonyQX10 camera to try out. Generally speaking, I like this camera. It’s small enough to carry around with me in my coat pocket. The picture quality is good and the ability to instantly share by syncing it with my iPhone just makes it even more appealing for someone who travels so frequently. I’ve stopped traveling with my digital SLR for some trips (especially if it’s just a short weekend break), so having a camera that’s better than my phone is handy.

The only problem I have with the camera is the ability to take sharp, clear photos. I keep ending up with slightly blurry photos but that’s probably because I’ve been using it mostly in the evening and when it’s dark outside. I think this camera was built to be used during daylight, though my night photos really aren’t bad. If you’re interested, read my more in-depth review on my travel blog.

The camera’s a good deal. It costs up to $248 on Amazon, but seeing as how it’s brand new, you might even be able to score some good deals. Read more reviews here.

It’s a photo! More specifically it’s an app called Printic which lets you select photos from your mobile phone (or Flickr, or Instagram, or Facebook) and then order them as faux-polaroid prints.

The interface for the app was super easy to use. You can also add text messages but the font was too cheesy for my taste. Considering how many photos I take on my phone though, it was really freaking awesome to be able to print a few and actually hold them for once. You can have the photos sent wherever, so you could technically even use the app as a sort-of postcard-maker.

I was given a free trial with 10 free prints, and then by getting on their mailing list it seems they provide occasional offers for free additional prints. Seems like a really good deal.

All the prints are $0.99 / 0,79€ but you must order a minimum of 3 prints per order. Absolutely no shipping costs which is pretty awesome. More information on their app website.