They say it’s about the journey, not the destination; but sometimes when it comes to travel, the journey can be fraught with unforeseen curveballs. Technology can be your travel best friend and there is a wealth of apps, devices, gadgets and guides out there that every savvy globetrotter should know about. Here, we outline five pieces of technology that will be sure to improve your travel experience and help you make the most out of each destination.
Starting with the simplest idea, there are plenty of apps to download that will make journeying through foreign countries smooth and seamless. Think currency converters, city guides, accommodation apps, flight trackers and more. Try XE for the most reputable currency exchange, Air BnB and Booking.com for accommodation, Foursquare and Triposo for handy city guides, and Flight Tracker so you’ll never be running for the plane again.
They say “travel light” for a reason, because no one wants to be burdened with a heavy load that needs to be dragged through airports. Technology can be bulky, especially if you accumulate multiple items, so opting for an iPad Mini or preferred android brand is a savvy move for people who need a light yet functional portable tablet device. You can take this on the plane, use it in airport lounges and pretty much have it handy on you wherever you go.
Apple Watch Series 3
Nothing says “easy travel” better than an Apple Watch, with the Series 3 being the most up-to-date. With this little gadget, almost anything is possible – including taking calls when you’re in the ocean. The freedom of this watch allows you to send messages, stream music and stay connected, without having to carry your phone on you. It’s also a great tool for motivating you to keep moving and working out while on holidays, with health, fitness and mindfulness apps aplenty.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones
With the words ‘quiet’ and ‘comfort’ in its name, we are already hooked. These chic headphones are engineered to survive life on the go. Powered with a 20-hour battery life, the Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones could keep you entertained from Australia to Europe with no troubles. Wrapped in soft, luxurious fabrics for comfort designed for all-day listening, the headphones are also optimised for Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, which means you can guide your entertainment, information and manage your day with nothing but your voice.
Flux Portable Charger
This is a God-send for travellers – the ultimate backup battery so you will never be without charge. The small, sleek yet powerful charger is about the size of an iPhone and holds enough juice to fully charge a smartphone at least three times. With a stylish design featuring a smooth material finish, the Flux comes with built-in cords for iPhone and Android. However, it doesn't stop there: you can also charge cameras, iPads, headphones, and anything with a USB, microUSB or lightning port.