April 16, 2018

What to bring to your next trip.

Who wants problems when you travel? When you travel, you want to make sure you enjoy as much as possible during your trip without any problems. What better way to accomplish that than to have cool travel gadget to help you! There are many gadgets that you can consider but we will mention four gadget that you have to have. Some of these might be gadget that you use everyday.

Portable Charger / Power Bank
In a technology age nowadays, who can live without your cell phone or tablet? In a normal usage, cell phones such as iPhone and Samsung usually last about half a day, if not shorter. When you travel, cell phones are essential tool to gather info, store memory and communicate. Some studies show that people tend to use more cell phone during their trip then usual. This is because they take pictures, look up information, GPS and apps. In some cases, it is difficult to find a wall plug when you are on the go. Portable charger comes in very handy during these times. You do not have to worry about your battery life. Portable charger starts about 3,350mAh for about $15 and goes up to 22,000mAh for around $40 on Amazon. If you buy the 3,350mAh, it can fully charge iPhone 7 Plus (it comes with 2,900 mAh) or Samsung Galaxy S8 (it comes with 3,500mAh). When you are traveling, we suggest you go for the 22,000mAh. You do not want to be lost some where with no battery life. Better be safe then sorry when you are out and about.

As mentioned earlier, most people cannot live without their cell phones. It is the source of information especially when you are travelling. In a day-to-day usage, most people use the cell phones to communicate, get information, listen to music, watch videos on Youtube, take pictures and navigate. When you travel, you will use the phone for pretty much everything and beyond. To ensure that you can communicate while you travel, you should install VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) such as Whatsapp, Skype, Webo, KIK and Facebook messenger so that you do not have to pay for expensive voice call overseas but instead use internet calling to save money. The technology has improved so much in the last decade for VoIP that sometimes it is clearer than normal phone calls. Couple of apps you have to download before your trip. For transportation related, you have to have Google Maps, Citymapper and Uber. For flight and accommodations related, try Skyscanner, Kayak and Airbnb. For things to do, Yelp, TripAdvisor and Square are the best bet.

Portable WiFi Device / Router
When you are in USA, you have your current plan from carriers such as Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile to stay connected online. All the carriers offer internationally internet access but it could be very expensive. Most of the time they offer certain GB and when you reach the maximum data allowance it slows down to slow 2G speed and you have to recharge to get high-speed. T-Mobile offers free international internet access for over 200 countries at 2G speed but who wants a slow speed when you can get high-speed data with a portable WiFi devices? In Europe and Asia, portable WiFi devices has been one of the best technology for all type of travelers from leisure to business for many years. In North America, there have been increasing number of people who use the portable WiFi device in last couple of years. To buy the device itself, it could cost from $50 - $200, instead many travelers rent the device and when they return to US, they ship the device back. This would save you ton of money because when you buy a device you still have to buy a sim card to get internet connection. Portable WiFi device will let you connect up to 5 devices which means you can connect your cell phone, tablet and PC or you can even share the device with your friends and family who are traveling together with you and share the cost.

Headphones / Earphones
Our world is filled with background noise that is distractions from other people’s conversation etc. Often time, you want to escape from the surroundings and having good headphones or earphones will help you accomplish it. Noise cancelling headphones are not cheap but it is worth the investment. Some of the best brands are Sony, Bose, Sennheiser and Bowers & Wilkins. We actually tried the Sony WH-1000XM2 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II and they were both amazing. If you are one of those people who have hard time sleeping on the airplanes because of the engine noise, this is a must have for you. You can enjoy your music instead of engine noise and have a great flight. Some people might know this already but noise cancelling headphones are actually better for your ears because it cancel’s outside noise which allows you to listen to music with lower-volume which you can hear more rich sound. Constantly exposing your ears to high volume can damage your hearing permanently.

In most cases, you would save up money for a couple of years in order to go on a vacation. You work hard for your money and you want to enjoy every minute of your vacation. By staying connected and getting all the information you need with you cell phone. When you want to unwind or stay focused, use your noise cancellation headphone to block the outside noise.

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