A SPOT-ON PERSONALIZED ITINERARY
Starting this summer, you can book a flight on Cape Air and then use Utrip’s new Soar and Explore program to dial in the perfect itinerary at your destination. Utrip’s artificial intelligence technology sifts through your likes and dislikes to come up with a travel plan that’s based on your preferences. When booking, choose your budget (on a scale ranging from “backpacker” to “luxury”) and your preferred pace (“relaxed” to “pack it in”), and complete a Traveler Profile indicating your interest in art, shopping, cuisine, museums, and adventure, for instance. The program also takes your travel style into account — whether you’re flying solo or with a family in tow — and the purpose of your trip. Utrip then tells you where to eat, sleep, play, and shop, based on what it knows about you, and factoring in local expertise. Cape Air flies to 38 destinations in the United States and Caribbean. www.utrippro.com.
BAR HARBOR HOSTS NATIVE AMERICAN MARKET
Learn about Native American culture in Maine through storytelling, music performances, and art during the Abbe Museum Indian Market, which takes place in Bar Harbor May 18-20. The Wabanaki people and their ancestors have lived in Pesamkuk — now called Mount Desert Island and Frenchman Bay — for thousands of generations. Between 1840 and 1920, Wabanaki artists and craftsman traveled to Bar Harbor and other seaside communities to sell baskets and other items. Bar Harbor hosts Maine’s first juried Indian arts market next month, drawing more than 75 Native American artists and performers from 40 Nations across North America. See a fashion show, film festival, dancing, and internationally known performers, and buy handmade crafts. Cost: free to attend the market; fees for opening reception and film festival. 207-288-3519, www.abbemuseum.org/indianmarket.
HIT THE ROAD IN A HIPPIE VAN
Explore the Pacific Northwest or beyond in a hip and thoughtfully restored Volkswagen camper van, thanks to Seattle-based Peace Vans Rentals. The company maintains 16 vehicles, including old-school VW buses, Eurovans with pop-up roofs, and slick new Mercedes vans with all the bells and whistles. Travelers have taken vans as far south as Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, and up to Saskatoon, Canada; the most popular destination? Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Peace Vans welcomes two more vintage Volkswagen buses this spring — 1970 and 1976 models — that can take visitors on daytrips or short overnights in and around Seattle. It also launches a new one-way program that lets renters take a van from Seattle as far south as San Luis Obispo, Calif. Each van sleeps four people, and now has a built-in refrigerator, heater for shoulder season camping, and new battery system for powering cameras, phones, and camping accessories. Rates start at $215 per night between May 1 and Sept. 30, $170 per night October 1 to April 30; six-night minimum. www.peacevanrentals.com.
OUTFITTER LAUNCHES NEW WOMEN’S TOURS
Walk the Amalfi Coast, discover Costa Rica, and explore Peru, Persia, and other destinations on new women’s-only adventures around the globe. In the spirit of the #MeToo movement, Exodus Travels has launched nine all-female trips to inspire women to embrace adventure travel, and to get out and explore. The trips, all with female leaders, include between four and 16 travelers maximum. See active volcanoes in Costa Rica, wander around temples in Myanmar, and bike around Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Prices range from $1,435 (an 8-day trip walking the Amalfi Coast, including one of the world’s top coastal walks, the “Walk of the Gods) to $3,715 (a 15-day journey around Persia’s snowy mountains, rugged deserts, and market towns); international flights not included. 844-227-9087, www.exodustravels.com.
A COMPACT BIKE TRAINER THAT TRAVELS
Taking your bike on the road for a race or training while you travel? Colorado-based Feedback Sports makes a super portable and easy-to-use bike trainer that’s ideal for everything from warming up at races to spinning in your hotel room. The Omnium trainer fits 16- to 29-inch and 650c-700c wheels, and accommodates quick-release and thru-axle skewers, meaning it works with most road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes. Unfold the trainer, adjust the length to fit your bike, attach your front fork to the stand, and start spinning. The aluminum rollers offer a smooth ride and progressive resistance to create a road-like riding experience yet are quiet enough to keep the peace in your hotel. The trainer fits into a compact tote (included) that protects it whether you carry it onto a plane, pack it in a bike box, or slip it in the back of your car. The company also makes a handy Ride Prep Bicycle Tool Kit with 12 tools for making adjustments to your bike before riding. $429.99 (trainer), $109.99 (tool kit). 720-536-2369, www.feedbacksports.com.
A RIDICULOUSLY THIN CHARGER
Xoopar’s new portable charger measures just 5mm thick — about the thickness of two or three credit cards — making it virtually unnoticeable in your wallet or pocket. The ultra-slim PowerCard offers 1,300 mAh of charging capacity and one USB port with 1.3A output. The charger comes with a USB to micro-USB cord for charging, and is available in six fun colors. $24.99. www.lafab.us/brand/Xoopar.