Travelling is something many people enjoy, and technology has gone a long way to enhance the experience – making travelling cheaper, easier and more entertaining. With the latest in travel gadgets and mobile phone apps, you can find your way around your destination a lot easier, be better informed and find hidden sights you might otherwise have missed. Here are ten of the most popular travel technologies that you can use to improve your trip:
We all have plenty of devices that have batteries that appear to drain almost instantly. A dead mobile phone just as you reach the airport can be a nuisance, so why not opt for a travel case that has a built-in battery and charging port? Smart cases also let you track your luggage around the world, as these cases come with a built-in GPS, allowing you to track your luggage if it gets lost.
Often a hotel room can be lacking in entertainment options, so why not bring your own music with you? Portable speakers will also brighten up any TV or films you are watching on your iPad or laptop, or simply provide background music as you relax during your stay. Most are battery powered and equipped with Bluetooth, so you can link your devices wirelessly.
A selfie stick
Even if it is not universally liked, a selfie stick can be incredibly handy. It is quite difficult getting good group or solo photographs that include an attractive backdrop by merely using your phone’s camera. Instead, attach your phone to a selfie stick to get great pictures – the latest selfie sticks are cleverly designed and collapse into a very small space.
Even the bulkiest of external battery packs run out of juice at some point, so think about bringing along a battery pack that can be recharged in the sun. If you are camping or otherwise enjoying the outdoors, a solar powered battery pack can keep your gadgets charged without the need to be anywhere in the vicinity of a power grid.
Exploring nature is one of the top motivations for travel, and if you’re enjoying the great outdoors, why not use the opportunity to take spectacular aerial pictures? Compact drones with powerful cameras and extensive recording facilities can easily fit in your luggage and let you take eye-popping images from high altitudes, and from angles you wouldn’t dream of approaching on foot.
Travelling in foreign countries can be tricky if the language is unfamiliar to you. Instead of guessing, try out a translation app on your mobile phone. You can take an image of text in a foreign language and have it translated straight away; very useful for travel instructions or when descriptions in a museum are not in your native tongue.
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It is great to listen to your favorite music during the long periods in which you are in transit. Aircraft and vehicle noise can quickly intrude, but noise-cancelling headphones reduce the amount of noise you hear to a minimum. Instead of fighting off the aircraft hum with louder and louder music, invest in a decent pair of active noise-cancelling headphones.
If you have existing luggage that you’d like to keep out of prying hands, think about a smart lock, which you can operate with an app on your phone. It is an excellent solution – no need to keep keys or to try and remember what the security code for a lock is, since it’s all stored on your phone.
Lightweight manufacturing technology makes it possible to produce seat-like shapes that take almost no space in your luggage and add very little weight. A portable set can come in handy in all sorts of situations, whether it is a music festival or a camping trip.
Advances in technology can make travelling easier and more fun, but you need to pack the right gadgets. There’s no need to spend a fortune, just cleverly purchase a few key gadgets and you will be set for your trips – travelling in more comfort than ever before.
I recently downloaded a great new app from HotelsCombined that has made my life so much easier when it comes to booking hotels. All I need to do is open up the app and search for hotels in my destination, use the filters to get exactly the hotel I need and then book – it’s that simple. Being able to look at a long list of hotels and compare the prices takes all of the stress out of planning a trip abroad. It then got me to thinking about the other travel apps that I can’t travel without. There are now 4 on my list, one of which is the HotlesCombined app, here are the other 3:
YELP – this application if pronounced sounds almost alike to the sound a donkey makes. It is a very good to go app because it comes in handy as an online guide through the metropolis of any city and directory for important contact information as well as comprehensive reviews on local restaurants, shops, bars and other business establishments that will help you during your stay. It also helps to narrow your searches based on distance, hours, price and you can even get to share your thoughts about the services rendered to you on the usual social networks even as you take a cue from the experiences of others.
GOOGLE TRANSLATE – I’ll describe this as remarkably cool and efficient for me. It is a very useful app that affords the user correct translations on the go between 80 different languages. That is quite a number wouldn’t you agree?
It allows you to listen to translations out loud on your mobile phone and can even pick the words as you type them on screen. And it’s even trendy because you can get to star your favorite words and phrases for offline use.
And lastly XE CURRENCY – you shouldn’t even bother to board any flight without this application handy. It stands out for me as a very accurate currency conversion application since it uses live currency rates. And unlike most currency conversion applications, it is free and its user interface is equally outstanding.
These 4 apps have greatly helped my travels and made them smoother even as they have left my phone smarter and the exciting thing is they are completely free for downloads.
I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to Antarctica and to experience the most unique place on the entire earth. Antarctica Travel is not something that you might think of normally, but let me try and convince you why it was one of the greatest (if not the greatest) place that I have ever visited in my entire life. Read on to find out more about what has become one of my favourite places to visit.
What I love about Antarctica Travel, is the sense of uniqueness that you feel, the feeling that you are seeing something that very few others have seen before. This makes it one of the best places in the world. It is also crazy to think that it is completely dark there for most of the year and that you are in almost constant light (over twenty hours per day) during the summer months.
It is also a frozen desert, that’s right, it is a desert (not a dessert), because the rainfall is so low that it classifies as one, and because it is so large, it is also the largest desert in the world!
I didn’t include plant life specifically because there is practically none there, the only plants that can actually survive there are things like moss and lichen. Some of these are extremely old and it is amazing to see a total lack of plant life.
The animals to me are extremely fascinating given the environment that they live in. They are not at all shy in a place where there is practically no human exposure. Penguins are the greatest example of this, with their fun loving and curious nature. Aside from the penguins the wildlife is diverse, there are many types of seals, birds and whales.
Another thing to love about Antarctica is ice as far as the eye can see, you are definitely going to need a very good camera to capture some unforgettable scenery. You will also be charging your camera constantly because you will be taking thousands of photos of the endless stretches of the bluest ice possible, gigantic icebergs and looming mountains. You will quite literally be seeing the best thing in your life and then something that will beat it at any given moment while in Antarctica.
The other things
Aside from simply seeing all that Antarctica has to offer, you can also interact with the land and seascapes. I was lucky enough to be on a cruise ship that actually allowed you to step foot on the continent and actually camp there, that was something that I really enjoyed. Also it was amazing to get closer to the sea by kayaking in and around the huge ice formations everywhere. It is very difficult to think about how big icebergs are, until you actually see one in person. It is hard to believe that some of these are bigger than large cities! I could talk all day about the things that I did there and how amazing they are, but I hope that you now have some desire and curiosity to discover this unique land.