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Some blogs like to talk about how you should disconnect from the online world when you travel. It might be alright for some people, but let’s be honest we have things to keep up with. It’s 2019, not 1919.
As someone who also works as he travels, I need to have a variety of tech gadgets by my side. So if you’re about to go away for spring break in 2019, I’m going to give you my top gadgets.
I’ll leave you with a few suggestions for each type of product so you can make the right decision for you.See Also: 6 Secrets for Saving Big Money in Las Vegas This Spring Break
Portable WiFi Hotspot
It’s amazing just how much we take unlimited WiFi anywhere for granted. A portable WiFi hotspot will let you use WiFi in most countries in the world. So if your hotel’s WiFi is god awful, you’re safe.
Most of these hotspots come with various passes. Most day passes are under $15, so if you need to work on the road this is the way to do it.
Personally, I don’t pay for these hotspots unless I have to work. I’m not going to pay real money to send a message on Facebook.
My recommendations for portable WiFi hotspots:
Water Purification System
As someone who has encountered a lot of sickness over the years, I can tell you that the biggest reason is to do with water. Whether it’s drinking water or the water a piece of food was washed in, dirty water is a big problem.
Most of the world doesn’t have easily accessible clean drinking water. So unless you’re going to buy water all the time (which is difficult in remote areas) then you’re going to have to accept that diarrhea.
So I recommend a portable water purification systems. This technology purifies dirty water in a matter of seconds.
The best water purification systems, like the Ultralight Purifier from GRAYL protects against heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, and other dangerous chemicals.
Every replaceable cartridge is good for around 40 gallons of water and it takes just 15 seconds to purify your water.
Bluetooth Portable Speaker
Music is the one thing that brings every culture together. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the beach or sitting in the middle of some mountain range, there’s always a desire to have a bit of music.
These days portable speakers are smaller than ever before. They’re easy to transport and don’t lose out on any of the features you’d expect.
Some people want to have all the gadgets like voice recognition, gesture controls, and even cool light shows.
I, on the other hand, favor battery life and size above everything else. I want speakers that are as small as possible (without compromising on sound quality) and are going to last for hours.
Here are my top recommendations for portable Bluetooth speakers:
These are a cool new gadget. I must admit that I’ve never used video sunglasses because I never wear sunglasses, but I have always wondered what it would be like if you could save the things you see permanently.
These video sunglasses, known as Spectacles V2, are cool and good looking, whilst doing what they’re actually supposed to do. And they don’t look absolutely stupid. We all remember Google’s attempt at smart glasses, don’t we?
So what do they do?
They’re camera-enabled and can take photos. They’re also able to take video clips lasting ten seconds. Supposedly, they’re even functional for a few feet underwater.
Even if you don’t think they’re for you now, they’re a product range that gets better with every new release, so they’re well worth watching.
Are you the sort of person who wants to head into the wilderness for spring break?
For me, the thing I worry about most is getting lost. Granted, if you’re paying attention it’s quite difficult to get lost. For years I’ve always used my GPS-enabled smartphone and an app like Maps.me or Google Maps to keep me in line.
But these days there’s real merit in a GPS-enabled watch. These smartwatches aren’t as expensive as they used to be, and they’re useful even after you come home.
Here are my top recommendations for GPS watches:
A Word on Taking Tech Overseas
I must admit that I’m not a big tech guy. I don’t believe that travelers should be wired up for absolutely everything. However, I do believe in some essentials that are going to make your life easier and keep you safe.
My top tip is to opt for the smallest products because these are easier to conceal. You don’t want to become a target for theft.
Remember, crime levels are higher in many countries and the police are incredibly corrupt and have no interest in helping out foreigners. And even if they do they’re unlikely to actually get your things back.
When it comes to travel tech, always prioritize safety.
Last Word – What’s Your Biggest Travel Frustration as a Solo Traveler?
Tech is there to counter many of the most common travel frustrations that solo travelers experience. These are five products that I think are not just cool but solve many of the big problems we experience when going away from home.
So what’s your biggest travel frustration as a solo traveler?