In this day and age, traveling isn’t just about experiencing the luxurious life anymore—it’s not just about going on vacation to take a break from a hectic job, or jetting from country to country for a business trip.
These days, traveling is about discovering different cultures, exploring new places, meeting new friends, learning from thrilling new experiences, and finding oneself along the way.
For most young people, traveling has become a way of life. Millennials have changed the face of travel in a lot of ways. Most millennials dream of a nomadic life and many have achieved it. If you’re one of the lucky few who get to live out this dream life, then you’re probably always on the go.
When you’re constantly traveling, there are certain gadgets that can be useful in making your nomadic life simpler, easier, and more memorable. Among all the recent gadgets on the market, there are a few that should always be by your side.
Here’s a list of five must-have gadgets that traveling millennials shouldn’t leave home without:
Smartphones have become absolutely essential to our daily lives. They keep us connected to the rest of the world, wherever we may be. They also give us limitless access to awesome mobile apps—some of which were created specifically for travelers, such as Google Trips, Sidekix, Guides by Lonely Planet, and more. Tinder is also another must, particularly if you’re a young person who loves to meet new people (and go on dates with them) from all over the world.
This handy gadget is a must-have travel companion for young adults, as it can be used for connectivity, for researching information about your destinations, and for the purpose of documenting your travel experiences. Some are even built for rugged environments that backpackers often frequent. The iPhone 7, for instance, is built with Series 7000 aluminum, which allows it to fully submerge in water for at least 30 minutes without getting damaged.
Most smartphones have impressive cameras that allow you to capture stunning views and unforgettable experiences in sharp and crisp detail. Others can even record 4K UHD footage that can serve as a great remembrance of your trips.
If you’re considering a career in freelance travel blogging, having a good smartphone with the capability to capture high-quality content is absolutely essential.
When you’re always on the go, having a power bank is pretty much a requirement. But having a wireless power bank is even better. After all, who wants to deal with messy wires and the hassle of constantly having to look for a power outlet to plug your charger into?
How is a wireless charger an essential gadget for millennial travelers? If you haven’t already noticed, more and more smartphone makers are incorporating wireless charging capability into their devices. Similarly, many public spaces have already adopted wireless charging—free-to-use charging pads are now readily available in major airports, coffee shops, and other public establishments all over the world. Certain hotels have even started offering these wireless charging pads as add-on amenities.
The bottom line is that the recent evolution of technology points to a thoroughly wireless future. The world is slowly switching to wireless charging due to the simple fact that it’s vastly more convenient. And if you’re a traveler who’s always on the go, you can definitely benefit from having a portable wireless charging device.
If you don’t have a smartphone with wireless charging capability, you can easily purchase an external case that will make your phone compatible with wireless charging pads.
Always up for thrill-seeking activities during your travels? Then you definitely need an action camera.
You can choose from a wide variety of action camera brands, but for most people, the GoPro line is still the best brand of choice. Their cameras are packed with special features for an action-packed photo or video coverage in rugged environments, making them perfect for traveling millennials whose motto in life is #YOLO.
For instance, the new GoPro HERO5 has a voice control feature that allows you to control the camera using simple voice commands. As for viewing photos, it has an integrated 2-inch LCD touchscreen that’s easy-to-use for navigating the camera or viewing previously taken photos and videos.
For travelers who enjoy filming their water adventures, you also won’t have to worry about using the GoPro without the housing case, as it can be submerged up to 30 meters underwater.
Now that everyone’s getting into health and fitness, smartwatches have become even more of a necessity in our everyday lives. Why? Because they offer plenty of features that aid in keeping oneself fit.
If you’re the type of traveler who needs to track steps, calories, heart rate, and all of those other fitness metrics while you’re hiking mountains in South Korea or exploring the tropical rainforests of Guyana, then you might want to get yourself a smartwatch or a fitness tracker.
Smartwatches not only allow you to track your fitness efforts—they also allow you to view reminders and notifications or answer calls and texts directly on the watch, which is convenient because you won’t have to take your smartphone out of your bag or pocket.
If you’re constantly traveling, then you know how hard it can be to stay connected to the rest of the world when you’re jumping from place to place. You won’t always find places with free WiFi, and you won’t always get good cell reception—especially when you’re off-the-grid.
This is why it’s a good idea to invest in something like the goTenna, which is a handy little device that allows you to send texts without the help of cell towers and routers. Thanks to their revolutionary mesh technology, this device enables people-powered communication by relaying messages through other users who are in point-to-point range. If the person you are trying to contact is out of range, the message will go through the user who is nearest to you, then passes to the user who is nearest to them. It’ll keep going from user to user until it reaches the person it was intended for.
This device also allows you to connect with fellow travelers who are using the same technology. All you have to do is turn it on, pair it with your Android or iOS smartphone, and you’re good to go!
With this gadget, you can talk with other people privately or create private group chats.
Another great feature is that you can download free detailed maps of any location in the world.
And there you go—five of the most important gadgets every traveling millennial should have on hand for every trip.
What about you? What are your must-have gadgets for travelers?
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