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Blocked by credit card rejections or website errors on the SBB official Swiss rail website? Or just looking for the best way to book train tickets in Switzerland? We’ve got some tricks for getting around all that, so that you can go enjoy the gorgeous train rides through Swiss mountains and villages. The Swiss’ official …

If you’re Australian and looking to book train tickets for a jaunt through Europe, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up redirected to more expensive booking sites like Rail Europe (formerly Rail Plus). Or you’ll attempt to buy tickets from OUI.sncf but hit website errors, from Trenitalia but not understand the Italians’ quasi-English, from Spain’s …

You might not be used to long-distance bus travel. But in Brazil, buses are an important and useful way to travel the country. And for a land with plenty of inconveniences for travellers, the intercity buses are generally surprisingly comfortable and pleasant. We’ll show you how to avoid the few pitfalls to Brazilian bus adventures, …

JBL recently announced some details about the Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker, which it promises to release in “spring 2019”. This is an update to the JBL Flip 4, a quality and quite affordable portable Bluetooth speaker. While the Flip 4 was not our top-choice small Bluetooth speaker for travel, it was near the top of …

The JBL Xtreme 2 and JBL Boombox can look quite a bit alike, especially if you’re just glancing at online photos of the two and mulling over which to buy. But while they share a similar esthetic and features, they’re quite a different experience to actually use. The JBL Boombox measures about twice as much …

We’ve been reviewing and analyzing Bose speakers for years, and were thus curious to get hands-on with the newer Bose smart home speakers and compare them head-to-head with the classic Bose SoundTouch speakers. Note that there is not cross-compatibility between the systems (boo, Bose! booooo!), so it’s worthwhile to have either all Bose smart speakers or else …

I’ve actually listened to a pair of cheap true wireless earbuds from a rather unknown company — and liked them. I was not expecting to enjoy any truly wireless earbuds, especially given how big name brands have been reviewed by major critics from tech publications. Apple Airpods connect well but the shape is strange and …

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a step up from the previous version JBL Xtreme in just the right areas that made this speaker stand out in the first place: bass oomph and outdoor party convenience. While this is not the most refined choice among the largest, loudest Bluetooth speakers, we do think that for people …

Alrighty, let’s bring trademark audiophile obsessiveness into explaining the differences between the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and its more powerful big sister, the Megaboom 3. Both portable speakers are excellent. In our opinion they’re the top-choice speakers out of the Ultimate Ears lineup and for most people’s uses they’re the top rough-and-tumble, take-anywhere speakers, period. …

I’ve been travelling the world for a decade and a half, and no matter how much I whittle down my luggage to the bare essentials, I always have room for a small speaker. I love to follow my podcasts, I to share and discover music with people from all over the world, and to improvise …