Technology has come on leaps and bounds in my lifetime; I genuinely cannot even comprehend how much more it will develop in the coming decades. I am a child of the early 80’s, therefore I remember a time before all the fancy gadgets everyone has and takes for granted nowadays – some may even argue it was a better time! The struggle of not having mobile phones, wi-fi, and laptops was real, although at the time we just didn’t know what we were missing out on. Yep, technology at our fingertips just was not a thing.
I remember travelling with a disposable camera, you know the ones – you took a picture, wound it on and then had to take it to be developed and wait a few days to get the photographs back. Crazy, eh? Quite often, in my case, at least, all the photos were rubbish, but that was life. Whereas now we can take a billion and one until we are happy and then even add a filter.
As bloggers, we have embraced technology and basically, couldn’t do what we do without it and over the years the amount of tech we travel with has grown rapidly. Destination2 asked us what we travel with now to make our job easier. We started with just one handheld compact camera a decade ago when we first started traveling together, now we have 5 key items of tech that we always travel with, they are:
Canon SX610 HS PowerShot – this is our second Canon Powershot because we loved our first one so much. We paid around £150, it was on sale at the time, around 18 months ago and it has been worth its weight in gold. The Canon SX610 HS PowerShot is the perfect camera for taking selfies with. I don’t think it is the most up to date model anymore however it is perfect for our needs.
Canon EOS M3 – – This is my latest camera. I recently bought my Canon EOS M3 as it was recommended to me and I must admit, it was a great recommendation. I have never actually used the 15-45mm STM lens that came with it, in fact, it is still in the box. Instead, I bought a Canon 22 mm pancake lens which is awesome when it comes to taking close-up shots and portraits.
Canon EOS 100D – This is Mr. ELST’s camera, he’s had it for a few years now, however, the quality of the photographs are pretty good. He uses a Sigma 18mm – 250mm zoom lens on his Canon EOS 100D and finds it to be a great lens and because of the zoom range on it, it means that he doesn’t have to change it all the time. We use this camera mainly for landscape photos.
Even though I have a bit of a rule – no blogging whilst travelling I still always carry my MacBook Air with me just in case I need to write something quickly, back up my photos or get an urgent piece of freelance work done. Travelling short-haul with hand luggage only can sometimes be a struggle as space is limited. However, I always happily sacrifice a couple of tops or a pair of shoes to make room for it. I love my MacBook, and even though it’s nearly three years old now, I will not part with it until it gives up on me. I could never imagine using a windows laptop and even though MacBooks are pricier than laptops, for me the investment was certainly worth it.
Beats Wireless Headphones
Our Beats wireless headphones were maybe a bit of a luxury purchase but we do use them on every flight we take, only after take-off of course. We find them especially useful on long-haul flights as they are so much more comfortable to wear than the horrible cheap little in-ear ones most airlines usually provide you with. They are also great for long coach or train journeys and perfect for using whilst we chill around the pool, on the rare pool days we get, especially because they are wireless and once charged the battery lasts a really long time.
We’ve had iWatches since they were first launched a couple of years ago and I’ll be honest when I first got mine I regretted it for a couple of months. I couldn’t believe I had parted with so much cash for something that I considered being gimmicky. However, now I LOVE it and if I ever forget to put it on, really miss it. When travelling I always need to know the time, especially if we have a tour booked or bus, train or plane to catch. I also love knowing how many steps I have taken and how many calories I have burnt in order to weigh up whether or not I can have another ice cream!
Probably the most important and useful piece of tech we travel with are our iPhones. They have so many functions it would be impossible to list them all, but the key ones for us are:
- Call and message people, whether it be friends and family at home or the hotel we are running late to check into.
- Surf the net, this is great for booking hotel rooms, tours, show tickets etc. whilst on the road.
- Google map a route, we love old school maps but if we haven’t got one with us or need to find somewhere fast we always use our phones
- Update social media – Hi I’m Vicky and I’m a social media addict!
- Download music and listen to it, especially on long-haul flights
- Ability to take photographs, on a number of occasions when my camera battery has given up, I have had to rely on my iPhone to snap away on.
Therefore it is important that our mobile phones are always charged and we carry a backup power supply with us at all times, whether it be a charging case or backup battery because we would simply be lost, sometimes literally without them!
What tech do you always travel with? We’d love to know, please drop us a message in the comment section below.
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