If you happened to have read my first post about vacation apps (which can be found here), then you know I’m in favor of bringing technology on vacation. While some people believe leaving your smart devices at home while traveling is the best way to enjoy your vacation. I believe your smart devices can only help you get the most out of your time abroad. If you’re one of these people as well, here’s a list of gadgets that you’re sure to love.
Top 5 Most Useful Travel Gadgets
Have you ever had the misfortune of losing your suitcase at the airport? Or have you had to pay additional fees for bringing an overweight suitcase with you? If so, a smart suitcase is just the gadget you need for your next vacation. These suitcases come standard with GPS tracking, an internal scale, remote locking and a charging station that’s powerful enough for even laptops. There’s also a smartphone app so you can easily monitor these features.
Universal Plug Adapter
If you’re like me then you’re sure to have have brought a few electronic devices with you on your vacation. And sooner or later you’re going to need to charge those devices. Unfortunately, not every countries outlets are the same. Lucky for us there are inexpensive gadgets that will make charging your electronics a snap. A universal plug adapter allows you to easily select the country you’re staying in, giving you the correct plug for that country’s outlet.
Have you ever been on a long flight with a crying baby right behind you, or a loud snorer in the seat next to yours? Even if you haven’t, I cannot overstate just how important a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones are for traveling. Whether you’re an avid music listener or you just want some peace and quiet in a loud environment, noise-cancelling headphones are a must have.
If you’re thinking of spending some time on the beach or poolside during your vacation, then some quality wireless speakers is sure to be a necessary gadget for you. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to give a recommendation that suits everyone’s needs. My best advice would be to figure out where you’ll be bringing the speaker. If you’re going to be outdoors make sure it’s rugged and waterproof. If you’re going to be staying in then you can focus more on sound quality.
Portable Battery Charger
If your planning on spending most of your time outside the hotel, then bringing a portable battery with you is a necessity. You don’t want to be left without your GPS or smartphone while you’re in a foreign country. Once again there are many different options to choose from. Choose the one that best fits your vacation plans.
While you can use your smartphone for just about anything nowadays, having that same functionality while traveling abroad might be a different story. To help get the most out of your time abroad, try out some of these smartphone apps.
There’s no doubt that Smartphones are revolutionizing the way in which we communicate to one another. “Whatsapp” is definitely part of that revolution. This app allows you to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, while avoiding those costly SMS roaming fees that most carriers charge while you’re abroad. Features include text, group chat, photo and video sharing, voice and video calls and file transfers.
While planning a trip to a foreign country, the local language is something that must be taken into consideration. Especially if your plans include some non-touristy locations. If this sounds like your travel plans then the Google Translate app is definitely for you. The app comes with the ability to translate 103 different languages (52 languages in offline mode). This can help you interact with the locals, decipher a menu at dinner or learn a few common phrases.
Planning out the expenses for an overseas trip can be difficult. Even more so if the currency differs from your own. XE Currency helps make this issue less of a nightmare by providing the most up-to-date conversion rates for just about every world currency. Even if you happen to be stuck without WiFi or service, XE Currency will save the last most recent rates which can be accessed offline so you’re never in the dark about finances.
Taking some vacation time to visit a new country is an amazing experience for the whole family. That being said, parents tend to worry far more about their children while they are traveling. Young children can easily get lost in a crowd, while teenagers might want to venture out by themselves without their parents watching over them. So how can parents know their family is safe without having to stand over them the entire trip? The answer? Installing a monitoring app on their child’s smartphone. This allows parents to remotely monitor their children’s smartphone activity. Everything is accessible, from texts and calls (even deleted ones) to their exact GPS location. This app really gives parents the piece of mind they need while on vacation.
Designed for the business professional (or anyone who finds themselves traveling between multiple time-zones in a short amount of time). Circa allows you to keep track of the time in different areas of the world. You can even display multiple locations at the same time too, so you always know when it’s appropriate for you to call that family member or business partner while overseas.