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The kit

This just makes us chuckle: a new wheelie suitcase with motor-powered steering, complete with a live locator ID in case of loss, an anti-gravity handle for a feather-light touch; all running off rechargeable batteries. Go to

The website

Take the stress out of pre-holiday shopping with beach which stocks everything from hip swimwear to beach reading (chosen by The Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill, west London ) and music tailored to your destination. Plus resort reviews and more.

The festival

There's still time to buy tickets for the UK's most picturesque festival ( which is held on the banks of Scotland's Loch Ness where riotous acts such as the Prodigy and Dizzee Rascal will aim to wake the beast of the deep (13-14 June).

The hotel

Croatia's smartest new tourist address (, on the island of Korcula, is set in a bishop's palace dating back to the 18th century. It has just six suites, a spa, and private yachts to navigate the Dalmatian Islands. Doubles from €180 (£157) B&B.