7 Pieces Of Travel Technology You Need For 2015

3 November 2014
Read Time: 2.6 mins

Travelling is no doubt an enriching experience, but geez can it be hard to handle. Those moments sitting in the airport watching your phone or Kindle battery die can be torturous. How about getting to the airport and discovering you have to fork out 100 dollars for extra baggage so you can take all your mementoes and gifts back home?

Those and situations like them aren't the moments we rave about to friends and family, but they certainly are lessons we've all learned the hard way. Fortunately, there are technologically talented and creative people out there who are tired of stumbling through foreign languages, losing items and other such mishaps.

We can all avoid these groan-worthy travel dilemmas with a little help from the following breakthroughs in travel technology.
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Stuck On You

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 StickNFind Sticker

The crowdfunded company, StickNFind, recently brought out stickers the size of an American quarter, which can be stuck on your items and tracked using an app on your smartphone. With the various app modes you can track down lost items using radar, be alerted if your possessions are moved too far away from you (handy for catching out pickpockets), or locate the last known location of your belongings on a world map. Just don't misplace your phone.
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Ensuring Prime In-Flight Beats

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 Go Travel Airline Headphone Adaptor

Who out there has remembered to pack their favourite hi-tech noise-cancelling headphones for the flight, only to discover the plane's twin audio sockets only allow one side of your headphones to work? Instead of settling for the airline's headphones that can never fit right and give your in-flight movie a perpetual aircraft engine soundtrack, you can invest in an Airline Headphone Adaptor, allowing you to use your personal set to their full potential.
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Pack It On With The Jaktogo

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Failure to pack light often results in the dreaded purchase of extra baggage – sometimes costing more than $100. Whether you're returning home from a long stint abroad or simply need a few outfit choices for a weekend in Melbourne, the Jaktogo is an excess baggage fiend's best bud. It starts as a jacket, albeit an unstylish one, with deep pockets for clothes, tablets and other bulky items. Wear it through security – no need to check it in –then take it off and turn it into a bag once you're on the other side.
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Mobile Charging Whenever & Wherever

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 Solio Portable Solar-Powered Charger

Now days your phone isn't only a means of maintaining contact with home; it's what you use to capture videos and photos of your travels, locate your hotel and attractions, decipher foreign languages. When your phone dies, a significant amount of travel convenience dies with it. Thankfully, there are plenty of travel-handy mobile charging devices out there such as the new Mophie Space Pack (iPhone only), which is no more invasive than a phone case while doubling battery life and storage. Alternatively, you can avoid those dead battery blues with a portable battery pack by Go Travel or the Solio's portable solar-powered chargers.
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Movie Quality In Mini Size

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You will no doubt want to showcase all your travel videos during or after your trip, but it can be a nuisance huddling around a small phone, tablet or laptop screen. Bring a little movie-style comfort to the proceedings with a key chain projector. This miniature projection maestro barely takes up the space of your palm, is connectable via USB and displays DVD-quality resolution on any flat surface.

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Keeping Fit On The Road

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 Fitbit Flex

It's not uncommon to return home from a period overseas with some accumulated wealth around the midsection. The Fitbit Flex, a wireless activity and sleep tracker that fits seamlessly around your wrist, helps you maintain exercise motivation while travelling. With the Flex you can monitor your steps, distance and burned calories; set daily goals for motivation; and track your overall progress. It even functions as an alarm, vibrating against your wrist when it's time to wake up, helping you to make it to that early flight or tour departure.
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Breaking Down Language Barriers One App At  A Time

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 The Duolingo app

If you visit a country without at least knowing some basics of the local language, you may find yourself being directed to a toilet instead of the train station, blind ordering food, or becoming tired of speaking in messy charades. Download one of the many free language learning apps out there and you'll have a handy tool for avoiding miscommunications (you'll also look badass spouting out fluent foreign phrases). One of the most popular is Duolingo, which covers eight different languages, teaching you to speak and read by translating native speakers on the web.

Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.