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Travel pillow pampers your neck.

HERTZ BEACONS FOR LIGHTHOUSE TOURS

Take a tour of New England lighthouses without losing your bearings, thanks to Hertz’s new online trip-planning site and accompanying app. Go to NeverLost.com and plan your New England Lighthouse Tour by choosing from the list of 50 lighthouses, about a dozen of which are within easy reach of Boston. Then download the Hertz NeverLost app and let it guide you from one coastal spot to the next. The app is available through iTunes.  877-826-8782, www.neverlost.com  

BIKE TRIPS HIGHLIGHT SEASONAL EVENTS

Great Freedom Adventures’ cycling tours take bikers through some of the Northeast’s most stunning landscapes, from Vermont’s rolling hills to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard. Many coincide with bird and butterfly migrations and seasonal harvests. The three- to six-day fully supported tours include plenty of off-bike adventures: Learn about the ecology and wildlife of diverse habitats, and discover local art and architecture en route. Trips are suitable for occasional to avid cyclists, and let you travel at your own pace, riding from 8 to 55 miles a day. Book by Nov. 30 and pay this year’s price for next year’s adventure. Rates start at $795, including lodging, most meals, excursions, guides, luggage transport, van support, and free bike rental.  877-545-1864, www.greatfreedomadventures.com  

BIG EASY BY DOUBLE-DECKER BUS

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City Sightseeing New Orleans has launched new bus tours of downtown that offer superb views and let you explore at your own pace. You can hop on and off the open-top double-deckers anywhere along the route. Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Mardi Gras World, or the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, for instance, and then climb aboard to continue the tour. Tickets (for one to three days) start at $40 for adults (one day), $30 for children under age 13, and $125 per family (two adults, two children); 10 percent discount over 65 and military personnel.  800-362-1811, www.citysightseeingneworleans.com  

THAILAND’S NEW LUXURY CLIFF-TOP HOTEL

Fling open your curtains at Regent Hotels & Resorts’ new resort in Phuket, Thailand, and you will have clear views of the sparkling Andaman Sea. The 105-room resort, called Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, is perched on a cliff in a secluded bay with access to its own beach. Dine on a mix of Thai cuisine and international fare at The Grill, or enjoy light snacks and refreshments at the informal Beach Bar and Library, both onsite. Rates from $177 per night, based on double occupancy, Dec. 1-20. 866-630-5890, www.regenthotels.com  

HIGH ADVENTURE AT MAUI RESORT

Cool off on your next trip to Maui with a visit to the new Fishpipe, billed as the world’s first rotating barrel ride. The adventure ride, located at Grand Wailea resort in the town of Wailea, is a giant rubber ball that was created by the makers of New Zealand’s Zorb. Participants slide around inside the Fishpipe with 15 gallons of water, while it spins at 45 revolutions per minute. Riding the Fishpipe for 90 seconds is equivalent to slipping down a mile-long waterslide. You can experience the Fishpipe with up to three people at once. The ride is free for those staying at the hotel and $15 for non-registered guests. Riders must be at least 5 years old. 808-875-1234, www.fish
pipehawaii.com

TRAVEL PILLOW PAMPERS YOUR NECK

The Therapedic Memory Touch Neck Pillow is no ordinary travel pillow. Its cushiony high-density memory foam instantly conforms to your neck, so you don’t spend half your trip fiddling to get the best position and fit. It also comes with a hot-cold gel pack that slips into a neck pouch and helps relax and soothe muscles. The U-shaped pillow works best when you’re leaning against a wall or seat, since it can slip out of place without back support. It comes with a machine-washable velour cover, and sells for $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.  800-462-3966, www.bedbathbeyond.com, or contact Therapedic, 800-314-4433, www.therapedic.com  

A CHARGER FOR YOUR GADGETS

We never leave home without our Energizer iSurge Travel Charging Station, whether we’re venturing to New York or New Zealand. This lightweight, compact charging “hotel” accommodates up to five devices at once. Plug in your camera charger, GPS unit, or laptop in the three surge-protected outlets up front, a USB-compatible device on the side, and an Apple gadget with a 30-pin connector on top (you can still plug in your iPod if it has a protective case; just remove the plastic docking plate). The charger also has a handy nightlight on the bottom, and a wall plug that rotates 180 degrees. The iSurge retails for $59.99, but you can find it for as low as $38 at Sears.com or Amazon.com.  800-383-7323, www
.energizer.com

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