5 bits of kit to kick-start an adventure
Island hopping, road tripping or marathon running? Make your summer travels memorable with the right tech…
Do you prefer authentic experiences on winter breaks to a summer holiday? Airbnb to package deals? Local culture over all-inclusive?
The younger generation enjoy experiencing the authentic culture of a place over anything else when it comes to their holidays.
And whether that’s walking the Great Wall of China, exploring off-grid Cuba or road-tripping across Route 66, tech plays an important role.
Make your experience more memorable with these 5 ideas for adventure…
1. Stay en route with a sat nav
In a nutshell: For the great American road trip, from coast-to-coast to Route 66, satnav is essential
Sure, back home we mostly rely on our smartphone GPS and Google Maps to get us around, but if you’re heading into the wild blue yonder to tackle a road trip of gargantuan mileage, your phone could rack up serious data roaming charges.
With a satnav from Garmin or TomTom you can buy special US maps that give you turn-by-turn directions to where you need to go.
They also point out gas stations and restaurants, so you won’t have to worry about running out of fuel.
2. Prepare for a marathon with a GPS watch
In a nutshell: Ensure you’re ready (as you’ll ever be) for your next challenge with a running watch
Counting down the days and weeks ‘til that marathon you signed up for months ago?
You can get more from your training in the run up to an event with a range of GPS watches and fitness trackers.
With these trusty fitness companions, you can set tailored training plans to suit everything from a beginners’ 5K to a full marathon.
The watch will record how far you have run and at what pace. You can also monitor your heart rate to adjust your pace to suit your style.
Each watch can be connected to your smartphone through an individual app, so you can check your progress over time and follow your training plan.
Here are some of our top choices…
Garmin Vivoactive 3
- Up to 7 days battery life allows for plenty of uninterrupted training
- More than 15 pre-loaded apps help track your progress – and even find your phone if you've misplaced it!
- Garmin pay-ready - leave your wallet at home, load your card details and simply pay with your watch
Or alternatively, you could try...
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
- Turn the outer bezel to answer calls, browse apps and read emails with ease
- Check the weather and avoid getting caught in the rain
- Built-in GPS helps you get the most out of every adventure
Fitbit Alta HR
- The step and calorie counter makes for foolproof progress-tracking
- Connect with over 200 other smartphones so you can swap top-tips with friends
- Monitor your sleeping patterns each night and wake up to the Fitbit's relaxing, vibrating alarm
Or if you'd prefer a more affordable option...
Goji Go Activity Tracker
- A three-hour full charge which lasts 7 days - so you can track your exertion without interruption
- Lightweight design makes for comfortable 24/7 wear
- Upload personal details to get accurate and customisable information, like stride length, age and weight
3. Soundtrack your ski trip with a portable speaker
In a nutshell: Soundtrack your travels with a satchel-sized, music streaming speaker
Whether you’re togging up for a day on the slopes or watching the snowfall from your cabin window, you want the music to match your mood.
Portable speakers are small and lightweight, playing music from your phone wirelessly – whether that’s listening offline with Spotify or bingeing on your iTunes archive.
They’re designed for life on the road (or the slopes). Battery powered and budget friendly, you won’t need to worry about trailing cables or foreign plugs.
Things to look out for:
- Long battery life: Some speakers can play for 8 hours+ on a single charge
- Outdoor-friendly: Waterproof speakers can be submerged down to 1 metre and are dirt resistant
- Beefed up sound: Consider speakers that can be grouped to create a bigger network
- Tough shockproof design for life in your rucksack
4. Make memories with an action camera
In a nutshell: From hiking to island hopping, document your travels from your perspective
One of the best ways to avoid post-travelling blues is by sharing all your memories with friends and family back home.
And what better way to reminisce than seeing footage as you saw it through your own eyes.
Action cameras like GoPros are worn on your head, body or mounted to your surfboard, helmet or rucksack. They shoot footage of your adventure from your own unique perspective.
Most are waterproof and shockproof – great if you’re heading off on an action-packed sports holiday where it’s likely to take the odd knock. Many film in Full HD and some even shoot in 4K.
We love the GoPro Hero6. It can shoot 4K Ultra HD video up to 60 fps and 12 megapixel still photos. Plus, it’s waterproof up to 10m without extra casing, you can edit your video straightaway on the app, and upload to social media via the built-in Wi-Fi.
5. Share your travels with your smartphone
In a nutshell: Document your travelling experiences every step of the way with a premium smartphone
In the quest to unearth the most authentic, ‘Instagrammable’ destinations, our smartphones are key.
Some 56% of millennials post pictures of their holiday while they’re away, with 1 in 3 saying it’s important to have someone comment on these photos, according to the Expedia Millennial Traveller Report.
Choosing a smartphone for travelling:
- Powerful camera packed with useful features (low-light shooting/optical image stabilisation)
- Waterproof design for when you’re hitting the beach or trekking in the rain
- Fingerprint scanner security for added peace of mind when you’re staying in hostels
The Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X are great options. Find your perfect smartphone.
Want to take your computer in your kit bag too? See our pick of laptops for travelling