Tech Fails to Avoid When Travelling
5 Great Tech Gadgets to Take on Your Next Vacation
you might be tempted to unplug on your next vacation, I’ve got a couple of gadgets you won’t want to leave behind. Plagued with stress-induced headaches my last trip could have been saved with just a little bit of tech. To help you learn from my mistakes I have outlined travel essentials that will help you avoid any vacation fails.
Luggage You Can’t Lose
Travel is stressful. There is no doubt about that. From the arguments about how early you should arrive before your flight to the last minute sorting of liquids, travel can induce a strange sort of panic. But there is one moment that can stop my heart and bring a cold sweat to my palms, baggage check-in. When you toss your bag on top of the scale and hope you haven’t reached the limit, you close your eyes and pray to the travel gods that you will one day see your bag again. If the very thought of misplaced baggage sends your stomach into somersaults, I would like to introduce you to Bluesmart, the world’s first smart luggage ($395+ US). Developed by frequent flyers, the smart luggage system consists of a series of suitcases with the modern traveler in mind. With GPS+3G location tracking, you can locate your bag anywhere
in the world. Built-in sensors provide accurate weight data to the companion app, and each suitcase has the ability to charge a variety of devices. Whether you’re stranded at the airport in need of a charge or having a nervous breakdown around the luggage carousel, Bluesmart is the answer to your travel woes.
Block Out Screaming Babies
Packing a carry-on bag is an art. I’ve spent years perfecting the combination of gadgets, liquids, and clothes to get me through a long flight. For my audio needs, I typically opt for a set of earbuds and a pair of over-the-ear headphones. On my last trip, I was seated next to what I can only assume was a possessed child. The blood-curdling screams started before the landing gear had retracted and continued while we waited for our luggage. It was on this flight I began to understand the importance of noise-canceling headphones. For my daily commute, I cannot say enough about Apple’s AirPods, but if there is a screeching two-yearold hell-bent on polluting the air with spine piercing wails, I would highly suggest investing in a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II ($349 US). With 20 hours of battery life and plush ear cushions made from a synthetic protein leather, you will be able to enjoy your in-flight entertainment and land with your sanity intact.
Avoid Poolside Book Embarrassment
When it comes to reading, there is nothing better than the smell of the paper and the sound that the pages make when flipping through a book. But that feeling can be short lived when you’re on day three of your vacation, and you’ve already finished your novel. If you’ve only brought the one book, you are met with the terrifying realization that you might have to explore the resort’s “library” -- and I use that term loosely. With a depressing collection of romance novels that feature the usual distraught milkmaid in the arms of an overly buff stable boy, you are left with only one choice -- unless you’re all for the fantasy farmer -- download a book to your phone. In an attempt to fight the glare from the screen, you engage in a combination of towel forts and strategically placed palm tree leaves, but in the end, all efforts are futile. In anticipation of your ability to speed read, packing an e-reader could save you from the blinding glare of your mobile’s screen. The latest edition of the Kindle family is the Oasis ($249 US). Featuring a 7-inch, 300 ppi display, an ergonomic design ideal for one-handed reading, and an adaptive front light that automatically adjusts the brightness, the Kindle Oasis is the perfect poolside companion. Oh, and did I mention it’s waterproof?
Drink Cocktails Not Ocean Water
What’s an island vacation without snorkeling? Well, I thought it was still an island vacation, but apparently, I was wrong. The last time I went on vacation, I had planned to park myself on the beach and absorb as many rays and pina coladas as possible. But it turned out that I was the only one in my group of friends with this approach to relaxing. Torn from my lounger -- and the cocktail of the day -- I was sent out for an aquatic
After a short boat ride around the coast, I hurdled myself with the grace and elegance of a newborn giraffe into the tropical reef. Armed with flippers, a mask, and a snorkel, I was ready for my very first snorkeling experience. Excited about the prospect of exploring an underwater oasis, I took a deep breath. Rather than inhaling through the apparatus that was firmly clenched between my teeth, I opted to snort as much air through my nostrils, effectively breaking the seal and flooding my mask with half the ocean.
It turns out I am not a natural born snorkeler and that I might need a little more assistance when it comes to a submerged scenario. It wasn’t till after my trip that I discovered the Seaview 180 Full Face Snorkel ($69 US). This space-like mask provides you with a 180 degree view, an antileak design, a GoPro camera mount, and the ability to breathe through your mouth. I will definitely be grabbing one of these for my next tropical trip.
Revisit Island Life in 360
As mobile phones continue to increase their camera quality, I find my Canon DSLR takes the backseat when traveling -- especially when space is limited. It’s easier to pop my iPhone in my purse than to lug around a camera bag, tripods, and a couple of extra lenses. However, there comes a time when you really want to capture a moment, and your mobile phone just won’t cut it. For these occasions, I have started to travel with my 360 degree camera. With the ability to upload photos and videos to social media and experience them on a head-mounted display, a 360 degree camera is the perfect way to capture -- and re-live -- your vacation. The Ricoh THETA V ($430 US) is the company’s newest handheld camera and shoots 4K/30p (3840 x 1920 resolution) spherical video. In addition to improving the resolution, Ricoh added a series of microphones which create an immersive spatial audio track. So the next time you are looking to escape from a miserable day at the office just lean back in your chair, strap on your HMD, and revisit your island memories -- without the hangover! Learn from my mistakes, know when to unplug and when to stay connected! If you have any hilarious vacation fails or travel tips, I would love to hear them.
Seaview 180 Full Face Snorkel Mask
Bluesmart smart luggage
Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II
Seaview 180 Full Face Snorkel Mask
Ricoh THETA V 360 degree camera