The ultimate travel accessory? More than a hardcase Tumi carry-on or sleek leather passport holder, it's an at-least elementary grasp of your destination's native tongue. From reading menus to asking directions, dealing with local transportation -- and not getting taken for a ride -- familiarizing yourself with the lingua franca might just be the singlemost important thing you can do to improve your travel experience.
3-D technology could be on the verge of changing the way travelers prepare for trips. A new travel website, 3rd Planet, is in the process of creating an interface that will not only provide information about a given place, but give travelers the ability to fly around a detailed 3-D model of their destination.