Tips for traveling with technology

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Although the gadgets are designed to make life easier and entertain, organize a trip with digital equipment involves certain complications. In this note, we will achieve a complete guide to travel comfortable and make the most of the devices.

Whether traveling abroad or at home

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Travel used to be easier when we had to worry about all our electronic devices. Now, before embarking on any trip, people kept among his things for something that resembles a bazaar-mail (iPhone, USB devices, radio mp3, digital camera etc. This will tell you my personal experience is that after many trips with all the equipment on his back and after consulting many friends and fans on facebook, I collected many suggestions and is based on that and my experience backpacking trip that my recommendations here are our favorites for when you have to travel from hand with technology. Whether traveling abroad or at home, here are some of the best ways to make the best of all our teams.

1. Take a few things, but do not overdo

According to the trip to be done, always a good idea to keep a couple of extra cables, adapters and other accessories as use. For travel abroad, one of the things you need to bring itself or if it is a power adapter to charge your camera, phone, e-books and other equipment.

I recommend a universal adapter that works with outlets in many countries. For most electronic equipment, an adapter is all you need. For other devices, such as hair dryers, shavers and hair irons, also may need a transformer.

Will handle a lot with rental cars? Take your music player, an audio cable male to male, and a car charger to listen to songs while driving. Or consider, otherwise, a cable to connect your laptop to a TV so you can watch DVDs in your hotel room.

2. Local calls abroad

If you have any old cell floating around who does not?, Could become the ideal tool to make cheap local calls abroad. Before leaving, find out if your phone can be «unlocked» to work with other networks. When you arrive, visit a local store and buy a cell phone SIM card, which will cost about $ 20. When you enter the card into your old phone, get a local number. From that moment, the calls you make in the city will be a bargain.

3. Communications with our house

Do not call home with the local SIM. The long distance rates can become exorbitant. A better trick is to use Skype, the Internet telephone system. Skype claims to have a laptop or a smartphone and an Internet connection, you can get in a hotel or a coffee. With Skype, you can call home for nothing more than a few cents per minute. And if you set your Skype account as call forwarding, people in their home may call a local number to call you anywhere in the world, and the call did not leave anything.

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4. Avoid buying Wi-Fi hotels

Internet access is priceless whether traveling for business or pleasure. The only problem is cost. Some hotels want to charge the same as paid per night for a month Internet service. That is why it is wise to take into account the Wi-Fi prices before booking the trip. In the U.S., many hotels offer low and intermediate rate Wi-Fi, while the strings faces charge between 10 and $ 20 per night for the service. For international travel, see the Hotel Chatter invaluable guide to see which hotels offer free Internet world, or at low prices.

5. Tips for owners of smartphones

If you have an iPhone or some other Internet-enabled device, you want to take before traveling abroad, because it is a good way to access the Internet while traveling. Remember to enter the phone settings panel and turn off the roaming long distance (long-distance roaming). This prevents the build bulky phone tariffs through foreign networks. Your phone may anyway Internet access via Wi-Fi. There are some iPhone apps that are especially useful in the exterior and Yelp for reviews on restaurants and attractions; Skype to call home, and TripIt, an online service that keeps wonderful sorted all the details of your itinerary. The Web site TripIt is great even if you do not have an iPhone.

The Internet telephone system

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6. Do not hesitate to get a iPad

I discovered that the Apple tablet PC is a great travel kit. Is small, lightweight and, best of all, the Safety Administration (TSA by its acronym in English) the U.S. does not require that we get out of our suitcase during checks at the airport. (Most of the time at least). During a trip I made recently, a TSA agent asked me at Kennedy Airport (New York) to take out my iPad. The iPad is most useful for a pleasure trip that business. It is the perfect way to read books and watch movies while traveling. But if you plan to write the great American novel while visiting cafes in Paris, take a small Bluetooth keyboard (Apple makes a pretty) to connect to your iPad. Even with the keyboard, computer iPad is easier to transport, in a backpack or large purse, which most notebooks.

7. Identify your photos

That old photo of his grandfather next to an elephant «was made in Spain or Africa? Digital photographs offer a way to solve this kind of geographical confusion. Your files can be integrated with information about the place that will enable us to always remember where we took our photo. Some newer cameras and smartphones this geographic information inserted automatically, but if you have an old camera, consider buying a memory card to put labels on the place, as the Eye-Fi Explore. The card has a Wi-Fi chip embedded. The chip not only sets its location but can upload their photos to the Internet automatically.

8. Want photos of you?

Some people still can not digest the fact that your photos are in memory card. Naturally, they can print them when you return home, but if it loses to instant prints, look at the Polaroid PoGo portable printer. This equipment is sold at $ 40, but requires special paper that costs about 30 cents per page. If traveling with kids, the snapshots can become a fun project to build an album on the road.

9. EBooks on the beach

If you plan to spend your vacation with a whole shelf of classics, would have to adopt digital technology. With a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or another reader level, there is no practical limit to the number of books they can enjoy and not have to worry about weight. There is only one problem: how to protect these delicate devices through the sand and surf? Could consider the option of purchasing a waterproof sleeve for your reader. TrendyDigital makes one that sells for $ 20. Or else, go for cheap: put your ebook in a plastic bag with sandwiches such seal. These bags are usually transparent enough to be able to read them, and strong enough to protect the equipment from the elements.

Tips for traveling with technology

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10. Headphones that eliminate noise

The headphones that electronically eliminate ambient noise have been around for a decade at least. But now they are so cheap, you can get the Sony MDR-NC7 for less than $ 40 in U.S. no longer the exclusive domain of frequent travelers. This type of headphones are a must have or yes, if you plan to watch movies or listen to music on planes, trains and other means of transportation noise. Without them, you have to rise much volume, which is not good for your hearing. Think about carrying a couple, even if not interested in listening to songs as these headphones make air travel cacophonous into something like a vacation.

Traveling with technology

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Bon voyage!

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