Improving on paradise: top travel gadgets for your holiday

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What travel gadgets can enhance paradise?

So you’re planning a luxury holiday somewhere exotic and want to know some of the latest travel gadgets to take along to make your trip that little bit more special? Here’s a roundup of some of the essentials:

Kindle (ebook reading device)
The Amazon Kindle is fast becoming the ebook reading device. Small, lightweight and not backlit like tablets, it is the perfect travel gadget for bookworms. You can store more books on your Kindle than you could ever get through on one holiday – and with built in wireless and contrast control, it’s means you can leave the bulky printed books at home and travel light.

Find out more about the Amazon Kindle

iPad, Motorola Xoom or other tablets
Since it came on the market less than a year ago, the iPad has taken the world by storm and a host of android tablets followed, like the Motorola Xoom.

The perfect travel gadget, tablets can store your favourite movies and TV shows, let you browse the web to find out more about the local area and can house your music collection.

Portable, cool and functional, tablets have finally come of age. The new iPad2 even has a built in camera and video recorder and a new, slimmer and lighter casing.

Find and more about the iPad or the Motorola Xoom

Apps, apps, apps
If you’re taking a tablet away on holiday with you, you’ll need to know the best travel apps to download. Here’s just a few ideas:

  1. XE – a free app providing simple, live currency conversion. A must have app. Just search for XE in your tablet or phone app store. The website is www.xe.com
  2. Flight Status (£2.99) – this app allows you to check on the status of flights in real time, so you’ll be the first to know about delays or cancellations. Just search for flight status in your table or phone app store.
  3. Weather checker – there are a number of free weather apps for androids and Apple products that will tell you local weather worldwide. Just search on weather in your app store.
  4. Phrase books – from Lonely Planet to myLanguage Pro, there are a number of phrasebook apps available. Most cost between £2 and £5, but are well worth it if you want to try out the local language.

3D Camera
Everyone takes a camera or a video camera on their special holiday – but how about a 3D camera? For example, the Sony MHS-FS3 Bloggie 3D HD Camera is a handheld camcorder and can shoot up to 240 minutes of high definition 3-D footage. If people were impressed by your luxury holiday snaps before, just think how amazed they’ll be when they see you diving and golfing in 3D!

Find out more about the Sony Bloggie 3D

Franklin 12-language global translator TGA-490
With 12 languages, over 450,00 words and 12,000 phrases, this hand-held translator is the ideal travel communicator. It speaks back over 115,000 words in a recorded human voice and allows you to record custom words and phrases. The future really has arrived.

Find out more about the Franklin Global Translator

Travel chargers
Travel chargers might not be top of your list for luxury travel gadgets, but they are an essential piece of travel kit for the modern holidaymaker… and they’re not what they used to be.

Travel chargers come in all different shapes and sizes, from solar chargers for laptops, mobiles and tablets, to universal chargers that will adapt for Blackberries, iPhones and other mobile devices.

Find out more about travel chargers on the Powertraveller website.

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