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10 Travel Tech Apps and Gadgets To Be Thankful For In 2015

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | November 26, 2015

10 Travel Tech Apps and Gadgets To Be Thankful For In 2015

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Let’s take a moment and honor the season by giving thanks to commercial products.

Obviously, I’m over the moon thankful for my family, friends and ability to retain every meal with no hope of ever shedding the pounds. Thanks genetics!

However, it’s important to take a quick look at some of the travel apps and technology that gets me through so many wonderful adventures.

The thing I realized recently is that no matter how many apps you actually download, you end up using just a few of the most helpful.

What follows is a list of those things I have found invaluable over the past year. Now most of them will be obvious, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t made my time out and about exponentially easier.

Also, I would love to hear what tech you are thankful for at this time of year.

Waze: I live in Los Angeles, which means traffic is about as ubiquitous as overpriced tacos. This little baby gets me to where I need to go efficiently, even if it does toss out the random scary left turn every now and again.

The fact that it cameos characters like C-3PO once in awhile makes up for it.

Hopper: See in vivid color when you should and shouldn’t book that plane ticket. I am a simple person who likes pretty colors.

Viber and WhatsApp: Homesickness is a sad fact of business travel. I’ve had to fly solo a couple times this year, but each time was able to stay connected with these two apps anytime I was around Wi-Fi. It makes the hotel room a little less depressing.

GlobeConvert: I may have put you to sleep with this pick. But honestly it’s the simplest and most accessible app I have seen for conversion, and I use it all the time for International travel. Not everything can be a selfie stick.

Selfie Stick: Now I might get some rolled eyes from the contingent that hates the selfie stick, of which I am a part actually. Consider this a love/hate relationship.  

I just know there is a time and a place for something like this. It was invaluable when my wife and I traveled the British countryside with nobody within earshot, much less arm’s length.

This doesn’t mean I condone its use near crowded areas or, I cringe at the thought, where people can see you.

Uber: For years I wondered why Los Angeles struggled to embrace the taxi like so many other cities. Well, it took a service like this to shrink a gargantuan city to a more manageable size.

Airbnb: I do have to say there is something rather wonderful about spending a few days on holiday in something that isn’t a hotel. It’s like vacation-plus.

GetClose: I like to give a shout out to an app that I just recently discovered and haven’t stopped using. It allows the user to text businesses, saving your valuable time.

iPhone: A lame pick? Possibly.

You see I racked my brain trying to think of all the tech I use in my travels, but the list has continued to shrink each and every year thanks to this magical device that allows me to video conference home, text, browse the web, manage apps, record video, take pictures, archive notes and so on and so on.

And really, it’s the one thing save my passport that I would never think of leaving without.


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