DITCH YOUR PHONE, EARN
A FREE NIGHT’S STAY
Hand over your cellphone or tablet when you check in to the Element Boston Seaport and you can earn a free night’s stay — good for a future trip — if you make it 24 hours without retrieving your
device. The hotel’s Disconnected Stay Package coincides with Screen-Free Week, May 1-7, an international celebration when people worldwide swap screen time for “real-time” activities. After handing in your phone, hop on one of Element’s free bikes for a spin around Boston, enjoy the
hotel’s evening Relax receptions, stroll along the Harborwalk for views of the waterfront and skyline, or visit nearby Harpoon Brewery. Traveling with kids? Take them to the Boston Fire
Museum on Saturdays for free. Rates start at $209 per night, double occupancy. 877-782-0151, www.elementboston
BOSTON WELCOMES NEW SHIP
Enjoy a fine-dining experience and panoramic views of Boston aboard the newly renovated Odyssey ship. This 174-foot yacht, complete with climate control, viewing decks, and modern
décor, just underwent a $3 million renovation and will launch its first season in Boston May 10. The ship, operated by Entertainment Cruises and designed for cruising Boston Harbor, holds about 535 passengers, and offers brunch, lunch, and
dinner cruises. It departs from Rowes Wharf, but also stops at Charlestown, Fan Pier, The Hyatt Harborside, Marina Bay, and the World Trade Center. Rates range from $42 per person (lunch) to $120 (Saturday dinner). 866-408-8439,
‘NEW’ TITANIC ARTIFACTS
See gambling chips, a gold locket, a cuff link, and other rare artifacts from the Titanic, which sank 105 years ago this month. These items will remain on display at “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” located in the Luxor Hotel and Casino, for several months. They belonged to first-class passengers Virginia Estelle McDowell Clark and her husband, Walter Miller Clark, who were on their belated honeymoon; Virginia made it home but Clark did not (coincidentally, Las Vegas’s Clark County was named after Walter Clark’s brother, US Senator William Andrews Clark). The artifacts include never-before-seen gambling chips made of horn, an 18-carat gold locket with the initials “VC” (for Virginia Clark), a cuff link made with two gold Turkish coins connected by a chain, a gold-plated canister, and a brass shaving stick canister with the original shaving soap inside. Admission: $24-$42, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 702-262-4400, www.luxor.com.
SIGN UP FOR A SUMMER ADVENTURE
Immerse yourself in local culture and stunning landscapes through REI Adventures, a series of summer adventure trips to destinations worldwide. Pedal through Croatia on a laid-back 8-day journey that takes you through rural villages, olive groves, vineyards, and lush vegetation. Discover hoodoos and hidden waterfalls on a 3-day women’s hiking and camping adventure in two of Utah’s most picturesque parks: Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (19 new women’s adventure trips offered this year). Or experience pure solitude and wilderness views only accessible by foot on a 5-day backpacking adventure in Yosemite National Park, to an area called the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, a canyon section in the Tuolumne River valley. Summer trips through REI Adventures start at $549. 800-622-2236, www.rei.com/adventures.
THE CADILLAC OF BIKE CARRIERS
Road tripping with bikes is no big deal with the new Thule T2 Pro XT 9035XT bike carrier. This simple-to-use, hitch-style carrier attaches to cars with a 1.25- or 2-inch receiver, and fits bikes with 20- to 29-inch wheels, including all-road, mountain, downhill, and fat bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide. Attach the carrier to your car without any tools and secure it with the built-in cable lock (included). The carrier quickly unfolds for loading, and allows about a foot of space between bikes. Secure rear wheels in adjustable trays using a strap system, and position the ratcheting arm so it clamps the front wheel in place without making frame contact. The best part: The carrier tilts down away from your car so you can still access the rear trunk. The new T2 Pro XT Add-On allows you to extend the rack so it fits two additional bikes (four total) — a slick feature — and works with 2-inch hitches only. An integrated cable lock on each arm lets you lock every bike to the carrier. $579.95 (carrier); $419 (two-bike add-on). www.thule.com.
A MULTITASKING PHONE CHARGER
No more holding your phone or propping it against a tippy drink on your airline tray table. Ventev’s charge stand 3000c holds your phone in place in either vertical or horizontal position, and can charge it at the same time. This 3000 mAh portable battery and phone-charging stand works with Android and iOs devices. Use it to watch a movie hands-free, as an alarm clock in your hotel room, or to charge your device in your bag as you travel. The charge stand measures about 3.3 inches by 2.3 inches by 1.2 inches, weighs 3.2 ounces, and comes with either a micro USB or lightning plug. $49.99. 800-759-9996,