Traveling has a number of advantages for the single person. There is the fun of meeting new people, the freedom to do and go where you want, and of course the nightlife. If you love to travel, then you know that when you do, there are some daily comforts which are given up. However, this does not mean that you have to go without. There are many gadgets available that are portable and functional to help to meet your social and comfort needs. Here are 5 gadgets which are sure to add something to your travel experience.
1. Wireless Speaker
Most people have a phone that is loaded with song downloads. And where you could get a pair of earplugs and listen to your tunes, there are several Bluetooth speakers which can work with your Smartphone. Whether you are lounging on the beach or wanting to have relaxing ambiance as you soak in the tub, this is the way to do it. Personally, I would recommend the DIvoom or a splash-proof/waterproof Bluetooth speaker.
Google’s Alexa is one of those all in one gadgets that really make traveling easier. Because the system is mobile and works on your google account and preferences, as long as you have an internet connection where you are traveling, you can use the device. This is ideal for single travelers who want to find the most popular cafes in the area, know the traffic and weather of an unfamiliar place, or buy a ticket to the next destination on the list. Alexa is a voice activated gadget but it can also be access from phones making it a must have for traveling.
3. Smart Coffee Mug
If you are anything like me, you need to have your morning coffee, mid-day coffee, or an on the go coffee. The thing is that you cannot always find a place to get a good cup of Joe. The Hey Joe is a smart coffee mug that allows you to brew a light or strong cup of coffee right in the tumbler. The gadget works in the same way as a pod based coffee maker, but in a compacted way. The pods are specific to the cup, which is a bit of a disappointment. I personally enjoy being able to enjoy the local selection. However, for a quick jump start to the day or for that extra jolt of energy it is efficient. Just be sure that you keep some pods handy for that second or third cup.
Sometimes traveling as a single person has its disadvantages, like not knowing where you put your phone or keys. Tile is an interesting gadget in that is it not only a tracking/location device for you keys, it can be reversed to find your phone. Now, here is the great part of using tile. If you purchase a 4 pack you can drop one of the tiles into your luggage bag. Even if your bag is lost you can know exactly where it is in the world by checking your phone. No need to ever have to find lost luggage again. You can know exactly where it is at all times. Now how cool is that?
When traveling, there is not always an ingredient list available to ensure that you are not consuming something you are allergic to. And as a number of people have conditions which prevent them from eating gluten, the Nima is a perfect device. The gadget was engineered by 6 Sensor Labs so that food can be tested for gluten in 2 minutes or less. Triangle in design with a friendly little smiley face to let you know that it is working, the gadget is small enough to fit into a purse or a pocket, but large enough that it will not easily get lost. Granted, it does not tell you if you will enjoy the food, if it will be too spicy, salty, or just weird, but at least you will know if it contains that component.
Check what you can bring
Gadgets are great, but remember that you may not be able to bring them on your flight. Depending on the way in which your gadget is constructed, the components, and the airport that you are visiting you may or may not be able to use your gadget. Ensure that you do not run into any problems with security by checking the regulations on electronics and gadgets prior to checking in for your flight.
These are just a few of the gadgets available. There are a ton more out there such as the portable use power pack and the smart watch. The point is that traveling can have all the comforts of home if you just know which gadget to get.