The Beauty of My iPod Shuffle

There are many iPod mechanisms that millions of people like. But when you think about what you really like you find one that works for you and your stick to it. For many people it is the iPod that also plays videos (I have that one too) because it can do so many things and if you are a traveler like I am you can use it while on the plane to entertain yourself. But for me, for my everyday use, I LOVE the iPod Shuffle.

This tiny little device (no bigger than a matchbook and really light) holds between 250 to 500 songs depending on gigabytes that the device has. I have the 2 GB one so I have a lot of songs on mine. It has this little clip (like one of those big black work paper clips) that you can use to clip the device right on to your cloths and then g about your business. For me I clip it on, put in my ear buds and go jogging. It is the best.

Music is an important part of my workout, I love listening to the playlist that I put together just for the purpose of jogging and they all fit on my tiny iPod shuffle. This little baby comes in a multitude of colors although I prefer the pink one that I have. But if you like blue, silver, green, purple or ice blue you can find one that you will like. And if size is what you are looking for you will absolutely love this one.

Now granted, the only thing that the IPod Shuffle is good for is playing music and has a great size but if you want more functionality than that you need to move up to another device. I like the classic iPod because I can also record on it and listen to video on it. But for everyday bopping around and having some musical company, I will always choose my shuffle.

Quinny Buzz Travel System – Comfortable Traveling in Winter

One of the more stressful times of year is winter when traveling becomes more difficult and slower. With an infant, traveling in winter becomes that much more stressful as most parents worry that their baby will get too cold too fast and end up getting sick more easily. In order to offset this problem, a lot of parents look for a pushchair that will be warmer, but this can be very hard to do, leading most parents to pad the chair with their own blankets. Is there a pushchair on the market that is warm enough to handle winter without having to load up on the blankets?

You don’t have to supply the warmth

Unfortunately, most travel systems rely on the parents to supply the warmth in cold weather. This is usually done with a combination of a warm jacket and fleecy blankets. The problem with this is two fold-first, the warmest coats and snowsuits are too bulky to fit in an infant car seat very well, and secondly, blankets are often kicked off, shuffled around, and otherwise rendered useless. In fact, most manufacturers point out that you have to actually take off the outer layer of clothing before putting a baby in his car seat in order to prevent accidents. This is a pretty awkward state of affairs, but most parents have to make do with this arrangement and hope for the best.

Footmuff included

Most systems have this problem, but there is one that comes with a solution for you to take advantage of. The Quinny Buzz Travel System has an infant car seat and a pushchair seat which is comfortably padded and cushioned, making it warmer than most pushchairs to begin with. However, unlike any other travel system on the market, the Quinny Buzz Travel System has a foot muff included in the system. This foot muff is made with warm fleece and is shaped like a cocoon so that your baby is covered from head to toe in the cold weather, leaving a hole so that your baby can see outside. The footmuff is designed to fit properly in the pushchair so that it’s easy to put your baby inside and your child will be comfortable instead of stifled. And of course, it can’t be kicked off or shuffled around too much, so you don’t have to worry about your baby making himself cold by moving the wrong way while you’re traveling. Furthermore, these footmuffs match the rest of the travel system and you can buy replacements, if needed, in the same colors.

Conclusion

The Quinny Buzz Travel System is the only one which actually comes with a footmufff like this one, so if you live somewhere with a lot of cold weather, then it’s definitely well worth buying.

The Top 10 Must-Have iPod Apps For Travelers and Expats

We all know that having the right tools is critical for success in any endeavor. When you travel or live overseas though, having the right tools becomes essential to completing your daily tasks. While you may be familiar with more traditional resources like guide books and maps, today I’d like to educate you on how to leverage up-and-coming technology to smooth out those rough points in your overseas adventures.

The technology that I’m referencing is Apple’s iPod applications (apps) for the iPhone and iPod Touch. These revolutionary tools can do it all if you know how to make proper use of them. But with thousand of applications available to download, the task of finding the right apps can be daunting. That’s why I’ve spent the time and energy researching them all and have consolidated my recommendations into a Top 10 list of Essential Apps for any traveler. Before we start though, a little background on iTunes for those who are not familiar.

Background on iTunes Apps

The applications referenced can be uploaded to any iPod Touch or iPhone. Traditional iPods like the Basic, Nano or Shuffle do not use applications unfortunately. All applications can be downloaded from the iTunes store. iTunes must be installed on your desktop to download the applications. Apps typically range in price from FREE to $4.99, although there are a few I will be suggesting that go as high as $14.99. All transactions are processed via credit card through iTunes and delivered instantly.

The Top 10 List of Essential Apps for Travelers

1. iMetro- $1.99 to upload. This App provides metro maps for 28 cities around the world, ensuring that you don’t need to waste your precious money on taxi fares. The metro maps are scalable, so you can zoom in or out to find your way. There are quite a few metro apps out there, but I like this one best because of the large number of maps that you get for the low cost. Another bonus: The price just fell from $4.99 to $1.99 in June!

2. Sit or Squat- FREE. This user-maintained database identifies free toilets that you can use around the world. To date, over 65,000 toilets have been identified by users. All you need to do is enter the nearest address, city, zip code or intersection and it will pull up a list of the nearest toilets. Note: Please make sure and check out the great reviews and comments for each toilet!

3. Gate Maps- $.99 to upload. This app provides airport terminal layouts for over 30 International Airports. It is an application that runs offline, which means there won’t be any charges for uploading data overseas. Savvy travelers know to check the map of their arrival airport in-flight so that they can speed off to their destination upon landing! There’s nothing better than knowing where you’re going in advance, huh?!

4. Flight Track Pro- $9.99 to upload. This Application integrates with TripIt, saving your flight itineraries to the app. Flight Track Pro then keeps you up-to-date on delays, gate changes, cancellations and more. The offline mode allows you to check your most recent flight details without the use of wifi. A bit spendy for an app, but just think of the headaches it could save you! Well worth it, in my book…

5. Packing Pro- $3.99 to upload. This handy packing check-list will make sure that you don’t end up in the Caribbean without a swimsuit! Create your own list from scratch or work from one of several custom templates.

6. Spend- $.99 to upload. Love, love, love this app! It absolutely solves the problem of how to keep track of all the daily cash transactions that occur on vacation or in everyday life overseas. Now you have a top-notch tool not only for accounting but for budgeting as well!

7. WifiTrak- $.99 to upload. This handy app locates free wifi signals nearby. Perfect for the traveler on the move!

8. HiConverter- $.99 to upload. This fantastic conversion tool incorporates all the usual bells and whistles such as temperature, currency exchange rates, distance, etc. It also includes the features of the popular App Tipulater which allows you to calculate the tip on a bill. Oh wait, did I mention that it also includes a few surprises like Clothing and Shoe size conversions? Pretty great, huh?!

9. Lingolook Flashcards- $4.99 to upload. These fabulous flashcards list 500 translations of the most common words travelers need to know to get around, all in an easy-to-use flashcard format (100 actual cards). Bonus: 300 of the translations come with an audio clip from a native speaker to help you perfect the pronunciation! The cards are available in 7 languages: Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi and German. The hands-down best part of this app is that it lives in the phone and requires no data transmissions overseas (saving you BIG MONEY)!

10. Lonely Planet City Guides- $14.99 to upload. Just in case you don’t feel like lugging the big guide book anymore, feel free to download a Lonely Planet CityGuide instead! For $14.99 you can access 1 of 20 major cities. Designed as a stand-alone application, this program does not require a data download, saving you roaming charges. It is GPS-enabled though so you can find your location on the application’s city maps. Amazing what innovation can do, huh?