Travel has always been a cool way to spend your time. And now in the age of techie gadgets, its coolness has risen exponentially. While some modern travel gadgets help our other travel gadgets work better, some just get our day started off right. Here’s a look at four travel gadgets that are way too cool to resist.
1. Coffee, Anyone?
If you believe that coffee belongs in one of the four food groups, you’ll love Wacaco Minipresso machine. This thermos-size, hand-pump style espresso machine will keep you stocked with coffee even if there’s no coffee bar in sight for hundreds of miles.
This mini-espresso machine uses the coffee pods made for your home espresso machine. It comes assembled and looks and operates much like the thermos you used to carry to work. Just pop in the coffee bud, add water, and pump. Presto. Out pours your morning coffee no matter where you are in the world.
2. A Battery Recharger
While this may not rank right up there with Batman and Superman in terms of coolness factor, you’ll be sorry if you’re on vacation and can’t recharge the all cool gadgets in your backpack. The Aukey 20,000mAh Portable External Battery Charger comes highly recommended, and it even allows you to charge two devices at at a time.
Just remember, if you’re traveling out of the country, you’ll also need an adaptor for your outlets in the country you’re visiting and possibly even a gadget that ensures you won’t fry your equipment once you plug it in. In other words, if you’re traveling to a destination that has a higher jolt in the electrical socket than your home country does, make sure you get an electronic adaptor as well a plug adaptor.
3. Your Mobile Phone
What’s not to love about the modern mobile phone? Yes, you can make calls on it. However, you can also take travel photos on it, use its GPS system to get yourself unlost, and even play a game or two while you wait for your next train or plane.
If you’re not sure which mobile to choose, why not do a little online shopping on sites like Unique Mobiles? This site has an abundance of different phones to look at and to compare. This allows you to look at each phone’s features relative to its cost and make the best decision for you and your next trek.
4. An Electronic Translator
Going to France, but you don’t speak French? Want to stop at Germany while you’re at it? Don’t speak German, either? Once upon a time, this was an issue, but not so much anymore. Mashable recommends a couple of different translators to keep you on the road and saying, “hello” in more than two dozen languages.
If you have access to the Internet, you can use Google Translate. You may also want to try Sigmo, a translation/ interpretation tool that “speaks” 25 languages so you don’t have to.
And of course, you can go the old-fashioned route. You can always carry a phrasebook. While it’s possible to find a good book of phrases in the foreign language you want to speak, why not just download a mobile app that has the same function?
Final Thoughts on Travel Gadgets
Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to think about traveling without some cool technology to go with it. From the universal translator (or at least very close) to the mobile phone in your pocket, these travel gadgets make every trip better. Use them by themselves or in tandem for a better overall experience when you travel.