Travel Tech: 10 gadgets that make traveling easier and fun

Staying Connected, Travel Products & Services — By on July 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Visiting new places can be fun and exciting, but getting to the destination can sometimes be boring and stressful. There’s no shortage of gadgets on the market that claim to make travelling easier, but more often than not, these gadgets don’t live up to the hype or cost just as much as your travel budget itself. Here are a few tech gadgets and apps that are great for both the tech savvy and the tech-challenged traveler, as well as being worth every penny:

1. Gadget: iPad2

Despite the hefty price tag, the iPad 2 really is a traveler’s dream come true in terms of entertainment and usefulness. Not only can you watch movies, play games and browse magazines, but the Ipad also has GPS-enabled maps and translators! What’s more, once connected to Wi-Fi you can make video calls via FaceTime from anywhere in the world.

2. App: All Subway HD

This 99 cent app features subway maps from over a hundred major cities around the world that are available even when your phone/ipod/tablet is not connected to a wireless device.

3. Gadget: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Anyone who has been on a red-eye with an infant can attest to the torture involved in hearing a screeching child all night long. No matter how you’re travelling, investing in a pair of noise cancelling headphones can make your travel a much easier process. Able Planet’s Clear Harmony NC1100b ($350) is a great choice, albeit expensive, since the headphones serve as a headset as well.

4. App: Free WIFI Finder

This app spots out all free Wifi locations for you so you can spare surcharges on your data plan. The free app lists more than 545,000 hotspots in 144 countries, making it a great travel tool. The spots are even updated weekly.

5. Gadget: Digital Luggage Scale

A small compact luggage scale saves you the hassle of removing items from your check-ins or having to pay through your nose for a little extra weight. It’s simple to use and very light weight so you can take it with you to use on your journey back. All you have to do is attach the scale to the handle on your luggage and lift!

New app National Parks Maps HD6. App: National Park Maps HD

If you’re a nature junkie and like to adventure into the wilderness, then consider this invaluable app for a mere $4.99. The app offers high-resolution maps of 15 national parks in the US.

7. Gadget: Mini Tripods

Avoid the hassle of asking strangers to take pictures of you and your travel mates by investing in a mini tripod. The Gorillapod ($22) is a great gadget to consider since it doesn’t require a flat surface to rest on—the multijointed legs allow it to balance almost anywhere. It’s almost like you’re getting your own personal photographer for $22!

8. App: Sit or Squat

Dubbed the “Zaggat of Potty Breaks,” this free app locates public toilets for you—a priceless tool for destinations that are not mandated by law to allow tourists to use restrooms. Not only does this app find the closest toilet to you, it also offers reviews.

9. Gadget: Portable Power Strip

Most travelers have an array of chargers to carry for their gadgets (lap tops, cell phones, camera, etc) and it’s a hassle to have to carry enough adapter plugs for them all. Consider investing in a portable power strip so that you only need one adapter when travelling abroad! The strip will also come in handy if you’re ever stuck in a place with only one outlet.

10. App: Share-A-Bill

If you’re splitting costs with a friend, Share-A-Bill removes the headache from all the dividing! It allows you to plug in numbers for each individual so you can divide evenly or go dutch without having to peruse receipts.

Thumbnails courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald and National Geographic

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    We’ve got an app that helps make it easier to create a travel journal. See My Vacation app (iPhone and iPad). It can also help you plan your trip.

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