Travel 101 - Travel Technology

Electronics

  • Safety Concerns

    Traveling with portable music devices, cameras, phones, computers and other electronic gadgets has become a norm among travelers. Although such electronic devices provide added conveniences and entertainment, they also make travelers a target for theft. Therefore depending on the monetary value of the device you may want to get it insured or just leave it at home.

  • Batteries, International Outlets and Adapters

    The biggest inconvenience about traveling with electronics is determining and purchasing the proper adapters required per specific country. Although universal adapters are readily available at travel stores, it is still recommended to bring additional batteries just to be on the safe side. World Electric Guide.

  • Cameras and Film

    If you are bringing a manual camera be sure to bring more than enough film and if you are bringing a digital camera bring a couple of memory cards. Any traveler who has ever had their camera stolen does not care about the monetary loss inflicted, instead they mourn the loss of the memories and that were on the film or memory card. Therefore, it is recommended that you separate your used film from your camera bag and regularly download the picture files from your memory card onto a blank disc, which can easily be done at most internet cafes or photo shops.

Communication

Modern advances in technology make methods of communication easy and accessible while traveling abroad.

  • Computer and Internet Access

    The least expensive and easiest way to communicate or keep in touch while traveling abroad is via email. Almost all major tourism destinations are packed with internet cafes, offering quick and easy access to the internet for a small fee. In fact, even most off-the-grid destinations offer some sort of internet access. Therefore, unless it is required for work, it is not necessary, nor advisable to pack a lab-top; chances are you will spend more time worrying about it’s safety than physically using it.

  • Telephones and Cell Phones

    Although international mobile service is common, the fees can still be outrageously expensive. So prior to departure be sure to check with your mobile service provider to determine the international rates that you will incur. Purchasing international calling cards is an alternative and usually cheaper method of telecommunication from abroad. Such cards can easily be purchased while abroad and most hotels and internet cafe’s have private areas to make calls from.