If you're waiting on your next holiday to become a possibility again, it might be draining to just wait for the day to happen. Instead, we recommend you invest in some tech gadgets and apps, to make your travelling a whole lot more fun, and much easier once the time arrives - This is especially important for longer journeys, so you have the gadgets you need to make your travel a better experience.
Anker PowerCore 20100 Power Bank
Travelling without a portable charger is a bit of a risk-reward strategy these days. When travel does fully resume, it might be hard to find power sockets available for use, and you might find you are ushered through airports as opposed to having freedom like in pre-crisis times.
The PowerCore 20100 Power Bank from Anker is a great affordable solution to keep all of your devices charged. It comes with surge protection and high-speed charging. It takes 10 hours to power up fully, but even with such a long charge time, this power bank can last up to 7 full charges for the average smart phone - More than enough to keep a family of 3 going for most long- haul journeys.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Depending on your destination, you might find a portable speaker to be a great addition to your travels. The Wonderboom has a 100 foot bluetooth range, a 10-hour battery life, and is fully waterproof, so playing music by the pool in your villa or by the sea won't be an issue!
Amazon are selling this speaker for about S$90.00, so it is a great affordable option for the quality of sound you get in return!
Sony WH-CH510 Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphones
If your travels need a more secluded form of entertainment, then you should invest in some noise-cancelling headphones. A good option available for a competitive price is the WH-CH510 from Sony. It comes with a 35-hour battery life, as well as the ability to make and take calls from your phone and play them through the headset.
The WH-CH510 can connect with Siri and Google Assistant too, so if you need a reminder setting, or you would like to check the weather, you can do it through the headset's built-in microphone.
TransferWise - Banking Without Fees
We thought that an app would seem a little unconventional in this post, as opposed to all of the gadgets we have reviewed, but in the case of travel - More importantly international travel, exchange rate fees can be a nightmare.
Luckily TransferWise uses the mid-market exchange rate, and you can order a border-less card too (For just over S$5). The fees are very small, and because you're getting the market exchange rate, you could save up to 5% more as opposed to using a bank or travel agent. TransferWise is available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store.
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