Travel Gadgets: Smartphones vs. iPods

The constant influx of new technologies can desensitize us to their extraordinary range of capabilities; it can also prevent us from looking into the full extent of our own gadgets’ powers before we look into purchasing the next “big thing” on the market.  So before you stop by a shop to gear up for your next voyage, take a look at home to prepare yourself for your destination.  Here are some travel gadgets you may already own without having known that they are also ideal travel tools for the modern backpacker. Let’s give it a try and turn into a Flashpacker of the 21st century!

iPhones and Smartphones – Travel Gadget

iPhone Hostels - Social Travel Gadget

Some mobile assistance can go a long way when you’re living the mobile life. After all, serving as a compass, alarm clock, portal for communication, directory of travel contacts, GPS map, camera and video recorder, and more, you can’t find a gadget that offers more versatility for a smaller size than Apple’s iPhone or another Smartphone based on Android, Windows, etc. Moreover, there are countless travel and social travel apps that you can download directly to your iPhone or Smartphone in everything from navigation to tourism, and from social networking to city guides.

An important point to make when browsing applications for download is that one should not be put off by an application just because it isn’t free.  You know the saying “it’s too good to be true?”  Well, the same principle applies for “free” applications, as they’re not always exactly free. Instead, you pay in other ways, like with your data, or they will throw advertising at you until you give up.

So sometimes it can be worth the price to get a resourceful application that also doesn’t shell out your digits, like Time Out Travel Apps for iPhone. In this case, we’d recommend scrounging up the whole 1€ charge for its benefits, which include being able to locate nearby restaurants, attractions, hostels, venues etc. reviewed by locals and plus, here comes the coolest part for travellers: it works without the use of WIFI.

iPods – Travel Technology

Here are some travel gadgets you may already own without having known that they are also ideal travel tools for the modern backpacker. Let’s give it a try and turn into a Flashpacker of the 21st century!Of course iPods are most known and beloved by backpackers for playing the soundtrack to their odysseys, for setting the mood for their treks down long stretches of road, and for passing time watching movies while waiting for a layover flight at the airport.  But they can also have other uses beyond being a device for storing all of your favorite jams.

For example, if you’re backpacking through Europe you may want to consider purchasing this useful App “iSubway Europe,” which offers maps of station lines and listings for 16 major European cities including hotspots Paris, Berlin, Budapest, and Moscow.  You can also use your commute time on buses, metros, trains, or airplanes to study the language in your area of travel through an audio language application or audio dictionary such as Lonely Planet Mobile Phrasebook.  And of course, these can also be downloaded to your Smartphone or iPhone if you’d prefer.

So, do not underestimate the power of a tiny iPod. This travel gadget is more powerful than you might think.

What kind of travel gadgets do you use?

Want to see more Travel Gadgets? Check out Travel Gadgets Part 2 Tablets vs. Laptops!


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