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Anker Astro E1 - 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger

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Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger External Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC etc.

Have you ever been on holiday, in university or out and about and had your phone die? I think we all have and this is where the Anker 5200mAh Ultra Compact Charger comes into play. Weighing only 119g and around the size of a small Candy bar, it's the perfect accessory to have in your purse, pocket or hand luggage to keep your phone charged not once but twice on the move.

Inside the neatly compact box, you will find the Anker portable charger, a micro-USB charging cable to charge it, instructions, an amazing 18-month warranty and a small soft pouch to keep the Anker portable charger safe and undamaged.

Anker is known for quality and this product is no different with a very good build quality, premium battery cells that last and a strong outer casing. In fact, we've had this product on beaches, bikes, aeroplanes, in the rain and in nightclubs around the world and it's as good as the day we first got it.

Built into this Charger is Anker’s PowerIQ technology which dynamically detects and adapts to your device’s unique charging protocol enabling it to charge at full speed.

We also use the Anker Astro E1’s big brother the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh which can charge your phone up to 7 times but is a bit bulkier than the Astro E1, so we prefer the size and durability of the Astro E1 and everyone in the team can’t leave anywhere without one.


Alongside the Anker Astro E1 5200mAh we also use the Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable & Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB which are as attractive as they are durable and will last you for years.


Verdict
The Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger is an essential accessory for anyone. With its simple to use plug and play option that even my mum could use, it's a one size fits all accessory. At such cheap price of £11.99, we would recommend nearly everyone to get one even just to have as an emergency or as a charger for when your little one's tablet dies. 
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Buy now for £11.99 and free delivery from Amazon

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The World's Weirdest Restaurants

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The World's Weirdest & Quirkiest Restaurants
Are you looking for unusual places to eat? These quirky restaurants should do the trick; from fun places to eat, to interesting restaurants spanning global cuisines and themes. so book a spot at one of these unique places now.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Florida, US


Drive back to the 1950’s with this Disney World Diner. Enjoy your food under the stars in a car-shaped booth while watching a classic movie. The Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater is best known for the milkshakes but the menu ranges from burgers, to pasta to sandwiches, ribs and salads.
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
Website: Click Here

Dans Le Noir?
Paris, France


At Dans le Noir? you eat in complete darkness, so it’s the taste, smell and texture of the food on which you focus your attention, before being led into the pitch-black basement dining room by the restaurant’s blind guides/waiters, you select one of four colour-coded mystery menus: red (meat), blue (fish), green (vegetarian) and white (chef’s special). It’s a profoundly sensory food adventure that makes for a unique evening. 
Address: 51 Rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris, France (Also Locations in London & Russia)
Website: Click Here

The Rock
Michamvi, Tanzania

Off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania, Perched on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean, The Rock is a tiny seafood restaurant. Depending on the tides that day, you can go walking, swimming or even by boat. The restaurant serves a wide variety of fresh seafood with a distinctly Zanzibari twist as well as a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

Address: Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Michamvi 753, Tanzania
Website: Click Here

Cereal Killer Cafe
London, England

If you’re a fan of Frosties, lust after Lucky Charms, can’t get enough Cornflakes or find yourself wanting Weetabix at all hours of the day and night, then make a note to take a trip to the Cereal Killer cafe.
Choose from a menu of 100 cereals from around the world for either breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Cereal aficionados will also be able to customise their bowl with 12 different varieties of milk (catering for 'vegans, vegetarians and awkward children’) along with 20 different toppings.
Address: 139 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB  
2nd Address: Stables Market, Mezz 2, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH
Website: Click Here

Alux Restaurant
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This underground restaurant is one of the best in Playa Del Carmen and is literally under the ground. Located inside an actual cave, this restaurant serves up a fusion cuisine of local taste and highlights the natural landscape of the area in a way that no other restaurant does.

The restaurant and lounge are open just in the evenings so plan your visit then. Most people like to come for drinks in the lounge and walk the loop through the cave. There are lights that come on as you walk around.
Address: Avenida Juárez s/n Mz. 217 Lote 2, Ejidal, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Website: Click Here

Food Loop
Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Experience snacks on tracks in this imaginative restaurant where your food has as much fun as you do. Located in Europa Park this restaurant lets you order your food from the modern touchscreens then your food travels around the restaurant on the looping track to your table.
Address: Europa-Park-Str. 1 | Europapark, 77977 Rust, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Website: Click Here

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Rangali Island, Maldives

Dive into the first all-glass undersea Restaurant in the maldives, located five metres below sea level. Eat your food just inches away from fish every colour and shape imaginable. The restaurant is only open to the guests of the Conrad Ranhali but thankfully this five-star hotel is a perfect place to stay in the Maldives.
Address: Conrad Maldives, 2034
Website: Click Here

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
Christchurch, New Zealand

Tour the wonderful city of Christchurch, New Zealand, all while having a delicious evening meal. This 36 seater tram Glides past the city’s highlights such as the Avon River and Botanic Gardens on a 2.5 hour 4 course journey.
Address: 7 Tramway Ln, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Website: Click Here

Ristorante Grotta Palazzese
Polignano A Mare, Italy

Carved out of magnificent limestone rocks,with a view over the Adriatic Sea, the Grotta Palazzese is in an unparalleled location and has been enchanting visitors both by the view and the food for centuries.
Polignano, a Mare, Italy
Address: Via Narciso, 59, 70044 Polignano A Mare BA, Italy
Website: Click Here

Ninja New York
NY, USA

Be whisked into this subterranean space by elevator, led to the dining area via a secret path by live “ninjas” poised to scare the living daylights out of you. Once at your private chamber indulge in the creative Japanese-French-American fusion fare with a menu offering plenty of fried appetisers, sushi rolls and teriyaki options.

Address: 25 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Website: Click Here

 

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Huawei E5577 Portable Mobile Wi-Fi 4G/LTE

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Huawei E5577 Portable Mobile Wi-Fi 4G/LTE
Whether you travel like Christopher Columbus or only travel once a year this accessory is not just perfect for travelling but for everyday life. The Huawei E5577 allows you to create your own Secure mobile Wi-Fi hotspot or MiFi as its commonly known now.

The E5577 follows the E5 classic design looking a bit like the predecessor models such as E5330, E5573 and E5377. Although the E5577 is thinner, faster and has better mobile capability up to 150mbps download and 50Mbps upload speed. It has been updated by the Huawei E5786 which can get up to 300Mps speed but after comparing the two, very little mobile networks are capable of that speed and you wouldn’t notice much different to say 140Mps to 190Mps.


Out of the box, the E5577 is pretty much ready to go, plug the sim card and battery in and follow the easy step by step guide. No wires, no software just a simple approach to getting the internet anywhere.

In the Box itself, you get the Huawei Mobile wifi either in black or white, a battery, USB Charging Cable, a quick start guide, and a safety information booklet. Separately you will need to buy a data sim from a mobile provider.

When the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5577 is on, users can see information from the screen such as the network providers, SSID, WiFi key, signal strength, SMS unread, battery status and WiFi connected users. The Huawei E5577 can support up to 10 wireless users to access the internet simultaneously. And one extra one could be connected with USB.

We have used the Huawei Mobile WiFi across Europe, America, and Asia and soon South America and have had no issues with over 14 different sim card providers. Although abroad isn’t the only place you can use them, In the UK we would use the EE or Three Sim card when we are in a coffee shop or somewhere where there may be wifi but it just isn’t fast enough. Just make sure to get an unlocked Huawei MiFi.

The Three 12gb- 12 months sim card is perfect for a low budget travel option due to being able to use it free of charge across Europe, Australia, Indonesia, The USA, Hong Kong and much more, (full list here).

The battery life when using it works for about 5 hours working time and 300 hours standby time. Coupled with a battery pack as it is Micro-USB this device is perfect for hours and hours of the internet when on the go.


If you are a serious traveller or have a weak signal and are thinking of using this device we would advise looking into a TS-9 Antena to boost your signal.

Verdict
Overall the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5577 is the perfect accessory to travel with if you rely on the internet as in this day and age, roaming abroad can cost a small fortune. The price tag can seem quite high and it may be better to consider the E5330 which has quite a modest price of £29 but only supports 3G.
The Huawei Mobile WiFi E5577 gets our first class rating and we would highly recommend it.
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Where to buy
Buy now Unlocked for £79.99 and free delivery from Amazon

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Venice Beach Suites & Hotel- A Surfer’s Suite Dream

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Venice Beach Suites & Hotel
Built in the early 1900s, the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel is a piece of Venice Beach history, it retains much of its original architectural charm from its lift ‘Betsy’ to its exposed brick walls. It's perfect for low-maintenance tourists looking to explore the area's unique attractions while being right in the thick of the action. Rooms have plenty of charm for a value hotel, and the price is hard to beat for the location.

When we arrived, check-in was simple and the member of staff was very attentive on explaining the hotel's facilities and policies. We then got the famous 100-year-old lift called ‘Betsy’ up to our top floor room.

As soon as you enter the room it was apparent we were in for a treat with the view. Not many hotels offer such a close Beach view like Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, never mind at that affordable price.

In our room, there was a large double bed, A flat screen tv with full cable, two fans, A kitchenette with; a microwave, coffee maker, sink, fridge and a full layout of kitchen utensils. The kitchenette is extremely useful when you want to cook a quick authentic meal without having to break the bank in a nearby restaurant.

The WiFi overall was very good and we had no issues whatsoever, which was a relief as most of the hotels we stayed in on this trip had some internet issues. We easily uploaded videos and streamed films with no issues.

The beach View really makes you get up early and get straight to the sand. We got up bright and early and enjoyed the free coffee at reception and used the complimentary surfboards, towels and beach balls, which can really cost you a bit elsewhere to rent on the boardwalk.


The hotel also offered a brilliant roof-top seating area with some outstanding views during both the day and the evening. We also found out during our stay that they hold a complimentary pizza and beer night every Friday evening which seemed to be very popular with the many guests staying and really added a personal touch that made the hotel stand out from the rest.


Before arrival, we had a feeling it was going to be a bit rowdy during the day and night as many tens of thousands of people walk the Venice Boardwalk every day. Overall the noise was quite contained and the hotel's windows did a good job of controlling the noise. The only issue that we had was although it is one of the best-located hotels during the day, at night many of the local vendors and bars close shop and during the night it becomes slightly exposed with the large homeless population. Needless to say for us this wasn’t an issue and the hotel is overall very secure, but this needs to be mentioned as I know many travellers may have issues with this.

Rating
Overall the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel is an excellent hotel for the young demographics and is ideal for most travellers. Although it can be quite rowdy due to its location, but the reason you go to this hotel is the location.
The Venice Beach gets our Economy Plus rating and we hope when we are back in LA to stop by.
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Price: $150-250 a night
Address: 1305 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
More info: Click Here
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