Holiday Travel with Mario Armstrong

It’s hard to believe, but winter holiday travel is almost here and, with that, the busiest travel days of the year. Travelers across the country are starting to plan trips to see family and friends, or even just to get away for a nice vacation!

The holidays are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year!  Nearly 30 percent of Americans are expected to take a trip this holiday season. Out of the expected 94.5 million Americans, 9 of 10 will travel by car.  Highway traffic, busy airports and endless security lines can make traveling an extremely stressful time.

Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong worked with the following companies to take a look at the hottest technology and mobile apps that will relieve some of the holiday travel stress!

With holiday travel, there’s always a lot of waiting.  Here’s a great device that will help you pass the time!
Kindle and Kindle Voyage

Amazon Kindle and Kindle Voyage

All Kindle e-readers feature displays that are easy to read with no glare, have battery life that is measured in weeks not hours, and are lightweight and easy to read on for hours. You can choose from three different Kindle e-readers: Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage and touch display; Kindle Paperwhite, the best-selling Kindle since its introduction; and Kindle Voyage, with the brightest, highest contrast, and highest resolution display ever on a Kindle.

Pricing for the Kindle is $79 and Kindle Voyage is $199. Available for purchase at

Visit and for more information.

Twitter: #Kindle

When you go away for the holidays, wouldn’t it be nice to manage your home from afar?  Now you can with the help of Home Automation!
Nexia Home Intelligence

Nexia Home Intelligence

Nexia™ Home Intelligence is today’s leading home automation system that is setting the industry standard by offering the best technology, supporting leading house brands and allowing consumers to efficiently run their home from anywhere. Nexia™ Home Intelligence is designed for every lifestyle offering users flexibility to manage the home via any smart phone, tablet or computer using Z-Wave technology. You simply customize your system based upon your individual needs and budget, and it’s completely scalable with your home and technology as they grow.

The Nexia Home Intelligence service is priced at $9.99 a month and can be purchased at

The Trane XL824 Control is one of the latest compatible products to Nexia Home Intelligence, allowing users to monitor and control the temperature of their homes remotely. To purchase the Trane XL824 Control go to or and locate a dealer in your area.

For more information, visit

Twitter: #NexiaHome 

You’ll never miss a selfie opportunity on your holiday travels with this amazing new smartphone!

HTC Desire Eye

HTC Desire EYE

The HTC Desire EYE is the ultimate imaging phone with one of the best front-facing cameras available on the market today and software that puts anyone center frame and looking their best. Sporting market-leading 13MP front and rear cameras that allow the photographer to zoom, crop and print without compromise. For those who love to take great photos, videos and selfies, the HTC Desire EYE is fully equipped with BSI sensors that capture crisp photos even in low-light conditions, and an intelligent dual-LED flash on both cameras that ensure flattering, natural tones even when ambient light levels are low.

You can purchase the HTC Desire EYE for $549 at all AT&T stores and online.

Visit for more information.

Twitter: #DesireEye #HTC
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If you’re looking for a lodging alternative that can help save money, get you closer to friends and family or even get that home away from home experience, this cool website & app offers travelers a unique alternative for the holidays!

Airbnb Website and App

Airbnb Website/App

Airbnb is a leading hospitality company and trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries, and provides a sense of belonging and place wherever travelers may go.

Pricing varies as every listing is different. Available for purchase at or on Airbnb’s mobile app.

Please visit for more information or download Airbnb’s mobile app.

Twitter: @Airbnb

If you’re hitting the road over the holidays like 90% of the Americans traveling this year, here is a must-have app that can save you time and money!

Gasbuddy Phone App

The GasBuddy App

GasBuddy is a price comparison app that helps users find the cheapest place to fill-up near them. The award-winning app lists all the gas stations in the surrounding area along with their current prices. The gas prices listed are crowd-sourced, meaning the millions of active GasBuddy users are the ones inputting the prices on a daily basis. With over 43 million downloads, users can rest assured that the prices are accurate.

Download this free app on your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or Blackberry device. Find the web version at

Please visit for more information and to start finding the cheapest place to fill up in your neighborhood.


* Content Provided and Sponsored by Amazon, Nexia Home Intelligence, HTC, Airbnb and GasBuddy

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