Electronics and apps for the frequent traveler

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As a blogger, I take quite a lot of techy things around with me on my travels. I’m going to share with my 5 all time favorite technology pieces with you & 10 additional apps you may not have heard of.

 

  1. Mac Book. At the moment, I have an older 2011 MacBook which is a testament to how long these babies last, but saying that it’s time to update. I am looking into the non-retina mac book pro.
  2. MI Note. I no longer use an iPhone and think the Samsung Androids are completely overpriced. If you follow my Instagram you can see the quality of photos I have and you might be surprised they come from a $180 dollar phone called MI Note. It’s by a Chinese brand called Xiaomi. They use the same camera as the Sony.
  3. External Hard Drive. If you travel a lot, it’s a great idea to start backing your photos up into albums on a hard drive in case your computer crashes. It’s very easy to do, just like plugging in a flash drive. I use the 1 TB Transcend USB Hard Drive, which has military shock standards in case you drop it (it’ll still work).
  4. Tablet & E-reader. Kindles are great. For a tablet, you can go off-brand and save money.
  5. Canon SX120. When I need a good zoom I do take mine along. It’s lasted over 6 years so far. It also takes batteries, which is important to me when I travel so that I can change them or recharge them rather than have to wait until I’m at a place to plug it in.

 

I like to carry my electronics close to me and always in my carry-on while flying. My carry on is a Delsey, which has a pocket for the computer. When backpacking, I keep them in a small “front-pack” and always lock them in a hotel safe if there is one available.

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Now for some travel apps! You can download these to your smartphone.

  1. CreateTrips -This is a free download with additional paid guide written by expats and travel bloggers.
  2. SnapSeed– A photo doesn’t go on Instagram until it’s been edited on this app. Go easy on the HDR.
  3. Skyscanner– For when you a fancy a vacation but don’t mind where, use the scan tool to see where the cheapest places to fly from your destination are.
  4. Whatsapp– It’s a little behind in the US, but abroad this is how everyone texts.
  5. XE Currency–  You can download the countries you’ll use, then it will work offline while you travel.
  6. Gate Guru– Put in your flight details and this will tell you everything about the area of the airport your flight is in and if changes are made.
  7. Cleartrip– You’d be shocked to find out how cheap flights are if you book them from “out of country” and Cleartrip being an Indian website gives me cheap flights even in Hawaii!
  8. TripSplitter– When you travel with a friend this keeps track of dual spending so you know who owes who in the end rather than giving each other small change throughout the trip.
  9. Google Translate– This app has a feature I adore. Take photos of signs or text in varied languages and it will translate the photo!
  10. DuoLingo– A language learning tool; download the country you’re going to and practice a week ahead for basic phrases.

 

          602776_10200386970942924_967470615_n_2-002   Rachel is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Rachel gives advice on the other 24 countries she’s been to but focuses on all the secret trendy places in India. If you’re headed to India, you can find everything you need to know on her site which has become the go-to site on India travel: Hippie in Heels. You can follow her adventures onFacebook, Twitter, Instagram,  and Google plus.

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