In today’s modern “mobile” world of internet savvy travellers, packing for a trip abroad is no longer just about suntan lotion and a good book, it’s all about the travel gadgets! From iPads, iPods, and iPhones, to Kindles, portable DVD Players, and of course, cameras, it seems we are more
If you are a frequent traveler, it may quickly become difficult to keep track of all aspects of your travels– including your pictures, the places you go, and your budget. After a certain point, it will also be hard to keep track of the different airlines you have flown with and your total number of frequent flyer miles with each company.
The Award Wallet is a free Internet resource that can help you keep track of your frequent flyer miles as well as other award program points. Development of the Award Wallet began in 2004 by Todd Mera and Alexi Vereschaga. As frequent business travelers themselves, they decided that they needed a tool to keep track of the frequent flyer miles they were accumulating. Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, the award wallet can help even the average traveler. It will save you time by putting all of your frequent flyer information in one place, no matter how many airlines you have flown before.
If you travel with the right gadgets, you can stay connected and secure. An Ethernet cable is another gadget that is useful to travel with. Not only will it provide you with a faster internet connection, but having an Ethernet cable can also mean the difference between signing on for free or paying for a wi-fi internet connection.
A universal power adaptor is essential if you traveling overseas, but having more than one will come in handy. A reliable adaptor is good to have, but in case you lose or break that one, it is useful to have a spare or two as well.
If you are traveling with other expensive gadgets, such as your laptop, a retractable lock will come in handy. You can lock up your backpack or your laptop, or connect several bags to secure. This is especially useful if you plan on staying in a less secure hostel, or if you plan on sleeping in an airport for the night.
Another one of the many useful travel gadgets to have is a mini flashlight. If you are traveling with others or if you are staying in a hostel, you can search through your backpack in the dark more easily without disturbing anyone else.
Finally, a USB stick is useful to have whether you are traveling or staying at home. A USB stick can hold an ample amount of information depending on its size, including documents you may need while traveling or pictures you take while on your trip. There are 12 downloadable applications to put on your USB stick, including Google Talk and Firefox Portable, that will make your USB more useful to you while on the go. USB sticks are small and easy to lose, so don’t forget to protect your information by using TrueCrypt hidden folders.
Though these gadgets and tools are not necessarily glamorous or attractive, they are useful and more likely to help you than any other flashy product.