Latest travel accessory trends
Many of us are keen on travelling. Some of us look forward to a short annual break in the sun, while others like to save for a little longer with the goal of getting away for a few months at a time. Whatever our travelling preferences may be, each of us who likes to spend time on the road has something in common – the use of technology.
Many of us are keen on travelling. Some of us look forward to a short annual break in the sun, while others like to save for a little longer with the goal of getting away for a few months at a time. Whatever our travelling preferences may be, each of us who likes to spend time on the road has something in common - the use of technology.
Technology can complement the pursuit of travel in a variety of ways. In some cases we might look for some way of documenting our trip. Alternatively, we might look for a piece of technology to keep us entertained on longer journeys.
Just as in every other corner of the technology world, the devices which we use when we travel are always evolving. Here, we take a look at a number of the latest trends in the world of travel accessories and say a few words about what we might be able to expect in coming years.
Remote controlled smartphones
Smartphones have been applauded by just about everybody but it could well be travellers who are the most pleased by their development. It's always been smart to carry a mobile phone of some kind whilst on the road but for that phone to be combined with a number of different forms of entertainment has really made life easy for travellers.
While the Nokia brand has been focusing on incorporating high quality photographic technology into their latest smartphones, Samsung have been working on an accompanying watch. The Galaxy Gear makes your handset even more accessible which is great news for those who like to use their smartphone whilst on the move.
Needless to say, the ability to access the internet at all times is priceless for a traveller. The future for travel-friendly smartphones will undoubtedly focus on two things - portability and battery life.
Noise cancelling travel headphones
Whether we're travelling for business or pleasure, and whether it's a week in Sicily or a few months hitching across the United States, there are sure to be a number of long journeys involved. To make the time spent travelling from place to place fly by, any traveller requires a good pair of headphones to help them while the hours away.
The beauty of travelling undoubtedly lies in engaging with the environment around you. However, when you're sat on a plane, train or automobile for hours at a time, what you want is the precise opposite - isolation and relaxation. This is why noise cancelling headphones are a complete blessing.
Noise cancelling headphones actually include a small microphone which is able to pick up ambient noise which could be a distraction. The headphones then invert these sound waves, having the effect of silencing any unwanted noise. The best noise cancelling headphones for travel may be from Sennheiser, in the form of the MM450X. Not only do the headphones offer high quality sound, but they are also foldable, wireless and lightweight.
Wireless headphone technology has come a long way in recent years and this is a part of the market which we can expect to see expanding in years to come. The lack of a cable is sure to be welcome to any music lover but this is a feature which is particularly attractive to those who travel on a regular basis.
There has also been a lot of development around binaural sound lately which is designed to mimic the natural hearing processes for better clarity. As research and development continues, this may be a feature we can expect in headphones of the future and certainly something to keep an eye out for.
Robust travel cameras
Wherever we're travelling, it's always nice to document certain parts of the trip. It doesn't matter whether you're looking for something you can strap to your head before hurtling down a mountain on a pair of skis or simply something to help snap some beautiful shots of the luscious landscape in the warm afternoon sunshine - a good camera is an absolute necessity for any traveller.
Action cameras are becoming increasingly popular, largely due to their versatility. Several years ago those looking for a resilient and hard-wearing camcorder would be forced to sacrifice features or quality. Today, there is a wide range of fully functional, full HD camcorders available which are perfect for those on the move.
The GOPRO is a great example of a versatile action camera. Shooting in full HD at 60 fps, the user benefits from a fully waterproof case and an incredibly lightweight body. The Wi-Fi connectivity also makes it possible to control the camera using your smartphone - perfect for those on the go!
If you're only after stills, you won't be let down by the range of compact digital cameras on the market. Megapixel counts are now in the double figures as standard and most compact cameras will also allow you to shoot a video in full HD should you so wish.