Travel Tips: Traveling with Technology
When traveling the question of what kinds of technology are best for you to take with you, usually comes up. What kinds of technology and how much to take with you has changed over the years. With the disappearance of the likes of internet cafes and the rise of WIFI hotspots travelers are beginning to look at traveling with technology in a whole new light.
What Technology Should You Take Traveling?
- Laptop or tablet: Both of these are great for staying connected, backing up photos, and being able to look up information on the area you are visiting. If you do not need a laptop to work from the road, blog, or edit photos, a tablet is more than enough while you travel. Keep the laptop under 1kg with a screen no bigger than 13”. You’ll want the battery life to last at least 5-6 hours. Even better if it lasts longer for overnight bus rides, trains, or international flights. Make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold up to travel and won’t break easily when knocked around. At the very least get 128GB of storage. More is always better, when it comes to storage space. Especially when you consider all of those pictures you will be uploading from your travels!
- Unlocked Smart Phone: With an unlocked phone, you can use pre-paid SIM cards that you pick up along your travels. Those pre-paid SIM cards will give you much cheaper calling and data rates than having a plan back home. You don’t want to have to pay for overseas and roaming calls or data usage. Having a Smart Phone has become an essential piece of travel technology with its camera, apps, and internet access. Just remember, NEVER use a Smart Phone connected to a mobile plan back home or you could be charged thousands of dollars in as little as a week.
- Backup Storage: You do not want to lose your photographs to all of the amazing places you have been to on your travels. Too many don’t back up their data only to have their hard drive fail or for something to be stolen. When you copy photos to your computer, each day, also upload them to an on-line storage space (e.g. iCloud, Crashplan, Google), as well as a portable hard drive. Having your data in three different places will help you to not lose all of your digital memories.
- Camera: What kind of camera you bring on your travels is a personal decision. Some want a more upscale camera with attachable lenses while others just want a point and shoot. It’s really a personal preference of your skill, ability, and what kind of pictures you are capable of taking. Regardless of what kind of camera you are comfortable with, just make sure you have fun. Don’t forget plenty of memory cards and batteries needed to go along with your camera. We highly recommend Canon for both DSLR and point and shoot cameras. We love how easy they are to use and the picture quality of Canon’s cameras. Both of our DSLR and point and shoot cameras are Canon.
Before you leave to travel, make sure you have a laptop or tablet, unlocked smart phone, backup storage, and camera. You won’t want to leave home without these important tools to help you remember your travels better once you get home and keep you connected with others.
Is there anything else you would recommend for traveling with technology?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.