Portable Travel Buddies You Can’t Live Without

I have things I usually bring with me that I can’t live without. I’ve been a fan of new technologies, and everything is constantly improving. The scientists invent these gadgets to make our lives so much easier. They make everything in smaller package but with all the necessary features that a person might need. It all depends on every individual needs.

Now we can even fit everything in a bag – from a telephone to a mobile phone, a radio to an mp3 player, and analog camera into digital camera. I, myself can’t live without certain things in my bag. I always see to it that I have everything available when I need it. Here are some of the gadgets I always have with me. I call them my “travel buddies”.

Ø Credit Card and ATM Card

I find that bringing ATM and Credit cards much safer than bringing a big amount of money with you. Credit card is very convenient to use and it is very accessible when ever we need it. You can use your major credit cards to shop anywhere in the world. It also provides an easier way to track your expenses.

Ø Cellular Phone

I just bought this amazing phone, the Sony Ericsson K850i cyber shot; it is a true digital still camera with a 5-mega pixel power. What amazes me most about this phone is the automatic lens cover, with auto-focus so you don’t have to worry about the sharpness of the picture, and it also has xenon flash for poor lighting conditions. You can even print the pictures directly from the phone, no need to transfer it to your computer. I just plug it in any printer and pick the picture to be printed and BOOM!, I have my picture printed. You can even have a quick and easy access to the internet. With my new phone I am able to do video calls, audio and video streaming, internet surfing, and email on the go, who could even ask for more? I don’t even have to bring my laptop with me, making my life much easier.

Also watch out for these phones, Sony Ericsson C702, Samsung Soul U900, Nokia N96, Giga-byte MS820, and Android OS SDK. Let me give you a bit of information about these phones. Maybe one of these phones would be compatible to you.

o Sony Ericsson C702

This phone has face focus function. The C702 will automatically detect and focus on the face when the view finder detects it. With this feature, you don’t have to worry that you not being in the picture. It also has a built-in A-GPS which guides you to your destination. It actually leads you to where ever you want to go. Hmm, maybe I should get one too, so I won’t get lost when I travel. Instead of asking around where to find a certain place, I’ll be able to track it myself – pretty clever!

o Samsung Soul U900

Same as Sony Ericsson C702, this 5 mega-pixel camera phone also has a face detection function. You can enjoy super-fast internet access with its 7.2 Mbps High Speed Downlink Packet Access browser. This phone is perfect for people who love to listen to music because of its music library navigation feature and a digital power amplifier. The digital power amplifier actually uses special switching circuits that will minimize the voltage that is dropped in the output semiconductor devices, giving you a higher efficiency.

o Nokia N96

This Nokia phone has a built in DVB-H receiver for digital TV signals in Europe and Asia, and a kickstand for desktop viewing. It is truly an optimized TV and video phone.

o Giga-byte MS820

It is a 3.5G smartphone at 3GSM, and it has a TV and a GPS feature. The motion-sensing G-sensor and UI feature manages the phone’s activity which is based on your activity.

Ø Digital Camera

Not that I don’t enjoy the camera feature on my phone but of course to take a better picture, one has to own a digital camera. Since I travel a lot, I take lots of pictures as souvenirs. I have the newest edition of Casio’s EXILIM, the EX-V7, which is best for travelers like me. Because it is very slim and exceptionally portable, has a very powerful zoom lens and it’s also great looking too. With those features, it’s so easy for me take quality pictures anywhere without any hassle. This 7 mega-pixel digital camera has the four blur reduction technology of Casio that mechanically compensates for any camera shake. Then automatically analyzes the velocity and vector of a moving object setting the appropriate ISO sensitivity and a faster shutter speed. What actually eliminates the blur is the electronic camera shake compensation function. These features are actually great for me since I like to capture beautiful scenery even when I am in a moving vehicle.

Ø Play Station Portable

The newest version of PSP was made to be slimmer and lighter making it much easier to bring. You can have access to your games anywhere you are, as well as an internet browser, and you can also store videos.

The fact that I love video games, PSP gives me the option of getting to bring my favorite games while I’m on the go. And since I get bored easily, if I’m not listening to music, I’m most certainly playing my game.

Ø iPod

This was actually designed for music lovers like me at first. Then after awhile many variations of iPod came out. There is the iPod classic, the high-end touch screen iPod touch, iPod Nano, the screenless iPod shuffle, and the iPod mini.

I personally have the 32-gig iPod touch; I preferred this one because of its great features. It is Wi-fi capable with Safari and Apple browsers. This is the first iPod generation to have wireless access to iTunes Store. It can even detect the last 10 songs that were played in Starbucks café within the vicinity. Pretty cool!

Since I am a music lover and all, it is great for me. I don’t just get to listen to my favorite songs; I can also watch movies and catch up on my favorite TV shows. With my iPod Touch, I need not worry.

How about you? What are the travel buddies you can’t live without?

Benefits of Prepaid Forex Cards for International Travelers

Cash has been out since the advent of plastic money. Carrying a card instead of hard cash to a foreign trip is far safer and cheaper as well as protects one against currency fluctuation. Find out why you why you should opt for Prepaid Forex Cards:

1. You get good exchange rates compared to cash

Most of the people aren’t aware of the fact that converting your money into a Prepaid Forex Card fetches them a better conversion rate than getting foreign currency. You get more value of money by converting into a prepaid card than converting your home currency directly into foreign currency.

2. Prepaid Forex Cards are a safer option than cash in hand

It is obvious that handling cash in hand, especially in a huge amount, is a hard task for many of us. Additionally, carrying hard currency to a foreign land makes the travellers vulnerable to thefts. Therefore, it is better to carry prepaid Forex cards are that PIN-enabled and are safer because of in-built chip. Also, whether you are travelling abroad or within the country, avoid carrying excessive amount with you.

3. A Prepaid Forex Travel Card is replaceable

Once you have lost your cash, there are slim chances of recovering it. Honestly, that is next to impossible. Therefore, you are advised to convert your money to a prepaid travel card. In case you have lost your card, you can get it blocked within a few minutes and get a replacement card reissued on your name. The balance from your previous card is transferred in the new card. International travelers often get their replacement card with the original Forex kit; however, you should keep the alternative card safe at your hotel or hand it over to your fellow traveler.

4. Carry multiple currencies with you

If you are planning to travel to multiple countries on your international trip, then most probably you will end up carrying currencies of different nations in a single bag thus always confusing yourself and mixing them often. However, a prepaid travel card is a smart card that allows you to store multiple currencies and then detects the country where it is used. Neither you need to worry about shuffling between different wallets carrying different currencies nor you have to worry about the safety of your cash. The preloaded local currency would automatically deduct from your card.

There are many other benefits of a prepaid Forex card for international travelers such as Forex cards being cheaper than the debit or credit cards. Moreover, they are accepted widely throughout a foreign country. You can even pay your taxi bill with a Forex card.

The Shuffle – A Different Kind of iPod

The iPod Shuffle is a step in a whole new direction with micro MP3 players. They’ve just never gotten this small, like the newest iPod shuffle. This is mainly because of better chips from Apple that do more with less space. Traditionally, you always had to give up something when you chose a smaller sized version of anything electronic. That’s not really true anymore. Another model from Apple that follows this same principle is the iPod Nano. This MP3 player is almost as thin as a credit card, but still has plenty of space for your music, and a great battery.

People have always wanted to carry their music around, whether they listened to it while traveling or not. We had tape players, “Walkmans,” and decades later we had the first round of MP3 players, which were a joke. They were big and bulky, often had no screen, lights, or any way to tell you what song you were on. The biggest joke of them all was actually an enormous sized one, heavy and made of metal, from a boutique audio brand, which had an on/off switch, but no other way to tell if the unit was on. Storage also left a lot to be desired.

The iPod Shuffle is such of a night and day difference from those old models. Size isn’t the only thing people consider, although with this model it plays a major role. When you put the iPod Shuffle next to other MP3 players that have been dubbed “small,” the iPod wins out in pretty much every area. Other MP3 brands make you rely on buying batteries, external media like cards and memory sticks, and generally won’t play your music for that long. The iPod’s battery is a built in lithium-ion batter, the same kinds they use for the best cell phones on the market. Most users say their iPod shuffle plays hours of music for them, before needing a recharge. The iPod storage is also built-in. All you do is sync it up with your computer and download all of the songs through the USB port.

Apple also put out numerous other models of the iPod. Features that the shuffle doesn’t have are video playback, photos, or mainly anything graphical. The iPod Shuffle is geared towards those who are only interested in the audio, and want a micro solution. The shuffle has become so small that it can clip onto basically anything and go unnoticed. The reputation of the iPod Shuffle before was that it couldn’t play the songs in the order you wanted to, since its “random play” function was always on. Now, today’s model lets you turn that random “shuffle” mode on or off.

Apple isn’t the only choice you have if you’re looking for a small MP3 player, but most people go with the iPod because there are so many clear advantages. They don’t just make one product, like so many do. They’ll release five different versions, each intended for people with different interests, and different ways of life. Take the ipod nano [http://www.ipods-mania.com/ipod-nano.html], for instance. Apple also releases a range of storage options for their models. You’re not locked into buying the most expensive version with all this extra storage if you don’t need it. It’s pretty obvious why Apple is the leader in MP3 players everywhere in the world.