With so many ingenious gadgets now revolutionizing the way we travel, tech is only getting cooler, sleeker and more intuitive. We're no strangers to the powers of smartphones and wireless headphones while on the go, and now the Apple Watch Series 2 seems the most desired gadget on the market right now. Equal parts informative (yes, there are waaay more features than telling the time) and stylish (you can even buy a Hermès wristband for this litte gem), the Apple Watch Series 2 may just be our most beloved travel gadget yet. Here's why...
The Apple Watch Series 2 has a built-in GPS (a feature that its predecessor lacked), which is arguably the number one feature for travelers. No more pulling out your smartphone or (gasp) looking at a mess of paper maps. The Apple Watch isn't the only smartwatch with GPS, but this feature combined with its overall performance makes it a genuinely outstanding smartwatch option. For those of us who already subscribe to the Apple way of life, the Series 2 is a no-brainer. Next time you're in uncharted territory, just look to your wrist to find your way.
Long Lasting Battery
The last thing you want when traveling is to be stranded without access to GPS and all your apps due to a dud battery. Luckily, the Apple Watch Series 2 takes its battery life seriously. According to testing performed by Apple, the smartwatch can last up to 18 hours a day. The test included 90 notifications, 90 time checks, 45 minutes on apps, and a 30-minute workout done to music. After using the Apple Watch all day, it takes about two hours to recharge it to full power. No more need for those emergency power outlet hunts.
Travel is supposed to be fun, spontaneous, and occasionally messy. No one wants to worry about breaking their smartwatch while exploring and so fittingly, the Apple Watch Series 2 is up for some more wear and tear this time around. The device is waterproof up to 150 feet so beach goers (and serious swimmers alike) no longer have to worry about inadvertently destroying their smartwatch. Waterproofing is just one feature appealing to active travelers, upping the competition with popular brands like Fitbit. You can also more accurately track your runs and swims with this device.
Whether you're a solo traveler or part of a globetrotting group, safety is an important consideration for any trip. With that in mind, we have great news for Apple Watch wearers — you can simply hold down a button on the side of the Apple Watch Series 2, which will call emergency services to your location. Much like an SOS flare for the digital age.
The Apple Watch, like the iPhone, allows users to access Apple Wallet. You can add your credit and debit cards to this app, which lets you pay for purchases via Apple Pay. You can also use Apple Wallet to organize your boarding passes. But enough about the basics. Any device is only as good as the apps it can run, and the Apple Watch Series 2 has a ton of handy travel options to download. Our recommendations? Check out the following apps for exploring Europe like a local, learning a new language, and even dating when abroad!