We all love a spontaneous weekend away (who's up for Palm Springs? New Orleans anyone?) But what do you do when you're too busy googling boutique hotels and the trendiest restaurants to bother with more boring travel specifics? The answer is, of course, technology. It's at our disposal at all times, in fact we bet it even chose your vacation spot for you. And though there's pretty much an app or gadget for everything, it's hard to know which will really work wonders when abroad. Thankfully, we've collated a list of the best. So, wanderlust wisely with our pick of the travel tech. A whole host of devices will fast become your favorite travel buddies...
Before you go, make sure to download this innovative luggage-tracking app . And upon arrival, ensure navigation expert Citymapper is on your phone. While Google Maps or Apple Maps can give you an estimated drive time, Citymapper displays an average of 10 public transit options – in addition to walking and driving options! There's also a live update function, so you'll be told when your next bus will arrive and how many minutes until the next subway.
Sure – this will make you look like more tourist-like than ideal. But what’s a trip away without the photos to remember it by? And as selfie sticks go, Xiaomi's is pretty classy. Oh, and it connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Besides the obvious reason of helping you get the perfect selfie encompassing the background, it also helps get that Insta-worthy landscape shot.
Leave it to Kickstarter to have something you needed, but no company has tackled. The VAGO baggage compressor will compress any “soft stuff” by plugging it into any vacuum bag. On top of creating more space for whatever you may need, VAGO’s egg-sized compressor also prevents odor and bacteria. Go check out their Kickstarter campaign now so you can pack like a pro.
Are you an adventurous traveler, looking to go where no man has gone before? Don’t let 'no service' stop you from entering the riskiest of travel destinations. Brace yourself with the help of GoTenna , which gives you the ability to text messaging and use GPS without any cell service. The device connects to your phone via Bluetooth and through their mobile app, and allows you to text other GoTennas up to several miles away.
For many of us, it’s difficult to even think about being disconnected without Wi-Fi. Enter: Karma Go, a portable hotspot gadget. It instantly creates Wi-Fi – and the two bonus perks? You only pay for what you use, and earn free data rewards when you let others around you share your Karma Go device. Currently, the service establishes connection in over 460 U.S. cities.
If all that travelling's got you tired out, you might be in the mood for some downtime indoors. Roku's streaming stick helps you do just that, with instant access to over 300,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Hulu, Google Play and more. The pocket-sized streamer is also able to connect to your phone or tablet, which enables you to stream any Netflix or YouTube videos from it.
Brunton’s power 'knife' is the go-to for all modern day travelers. Never worry about the low battery signal for any device – Brunton Power Knife has the adapter for any gadget.