If you can resist the negative temptations of technology (too much Facebook or Instagram, anyone?), certain electronic tools can definitely enhance the overall travel experience.
Everyone has a smartphone, and many of us travel with a small laptop or tablet as well. Likewise, a quality camera is standard issue for those who are serious about taking truly memorable and beautiful shots.
But you shouldn’t stop there. Below are five awesome travel gadgets that will make your next journey a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.
iSunnao Universal Travel Adapter
A common frustration for international travelers is the different electrical outlets that exist in different continents. This pocket-size adapter will let you plug in your devices everywhere. On a recent trip around the world, I used it in Africa, South America, and Asia without a glitch. Plus it has two USB ports!
With a GoPro, you can create some truly amazing videos – underwater, hiking, cycling, white water rafting, canyoning, you name it – and having a personalized, IMAX-quality documentary of your travel experience is something that you will treasure forever. I use the Hero3+ Silver Edition. It conveniently synchs with your smartphone via wi-fi, and editing videos is easy with the company’s free software.
I’ve had these for several years now, and I can’t imagine flying without them – especially on those long-haul flights across the ocean. Why should you endure hours of jet engine roar, babies crying and other background noise? Turn these headphones on and slip into a quiet bliss. You can opt for an around-ear or in-ear model. The in-ear version is more compact, but I find the around-ear style to be more comfortable. These come in handy on trains and buses too!
There are times on the road when high quality music is a must and personal headphones won’t do. This light, portable speaker delivers the goods. Use it when pre-partying with friends or when you are showering and getting ready for a night out in a new city. Later, after you get back to the hotel, you might want to play something more romantic. The device is Bluetooth enabled, which means that you can synch it with your smartphone to access your favorite tunes or playlist.
Jackery Giant+ Portable Charger
With this portable charger, you will never have to worry about your phone, camera or tablet running out of battery juice again. It’s like carrying your own little power vault. I used it to charge my camera during a four-day hike on the Inca Trail and when I was taking thousands of photos while on safari in Africa.
What are some your favorite travel gadgets? Please share!