We live in the greatest time in history. It’s theoretically possible for a businessman to sit on top of a Peruvian mountain, in the lotus position and run his business in Chicago with only an iPad and a phone.
This also means that when we travel abroad, we can be happily out of reach but still in touch. Here is a list of essential tech gadgets for your overseas trip.
We, the twenty first century people, feel naked when we don’t have our computers close at hand. If you must take your laptop on your holiday abroad, keep it as lightweight as possible. Better yet, take your iPad or tablet instead. Traveling light is still the best way to travel.
Also, get a good cloud service, like Evernote for example, so you don’t lose important information if your luggage gets stolen, which is always a possibility when traveling abroad.
Virtually every cell phone comes with a camera function these days. However, when we go on holiday abroad, we want something a little better.
Capturing those unforgettable evenings in Rome is fine with your phone cam but just better with a more sophisticated camera.
Shop around and get yourself a good quality, lightweight camera. The difference will be obvious and appreciated in the years to come. Just remember to have it insured and more importantly, send every day’s pics to your cloud of choice in case of theft or loss.
If you’ve ever been in a strange land and realized that you can’t charge your phone, or laptop, because you don’t have the correct plug, you’ll immediately recognize the importance of this.
Electrical outlets differ from country to country and you need to take the appropriate adapters to your destination. European voltage, for example, is 220 volts. That’s twice as much as in the United States.
Choosing incorrect converters can destroy your devices. Do some good research and take care to ensure you buy the correct converters.
Solar Power Backpacks
Speaking of charging devices, solar power backpacks are wonderful things to have for those days of endless wandering through all the tourist places or lounging on a secluded beach all day with nowhere to charge your devices.
As the name suggests, it’s simply a backpack that converts sunlight into energy and charges all your handheld devices in no time.
These packs usually come with USB charging cables and micro USB adapters. Many have foldable solar power charging banks and waterproof battery packs with multiple storage pockets for all your stuff.
Make sure that you and your family stay connected while traveling abroad. Contact your service provider for the best roaming deals and make sure you have adequate data. You never know when you may need to get out of a nasty looking area with your phone’s GPS function.
It also wouldn’t hurt to take a back-up phone in the event that yours gets lost or stolen.
Take care, however, that you will not find an unwelcome surprise when you receive your bill. Using your phone overseas can be rather costly! Turn off your data roaming setting and all automatic features.
Many great gadgets for traveling abroad, are available, but these five essential ones should make sure that your holiday abroad is the wonderful experience you want it to be. You’ll be turned on, plugged in, and dropped out.