When it comes to traveling, there are plenty of useful gadgets and gear that will make your adventures hassle-free. But, if you are a travel blogger, your list of gadgets becomes a bit more sophisticated as you need both the gear and gadgets that will allow you to stay connected with the world and share your stories.
However, how can one know how to find the right stuff and become the modern, always ready to travel and stay connected blogger? There are so many different gadgets out there and how can you be sure that you picked the right ones? That is where we jump in and give you the must have gadget suggestions.
Okay, you already know that blogging isn’t possible without a computer. But, for travel bloggers, a portable computer is a must. Now, if you are planning on getting the highest-end of the high-end laptop models, stop for a second and reconsider. You first need to make sure that you actually need a high performance machine because you might pay a small fortune for features that you are not actually going to use.
So, before cashing out, ask yourself the following questions:
- Which types of files are you going to use? Will they be large, or are you going to work just with low-needs office applications and do web browsing?
If your project will include working with high-demanding files and applications, then you will actually need a beast of a laptop. It will need to be able to process everything you throw at it and do it as fast as possible, without crashing.
On the other hand, if all you will be doing is writing texts and uploading images, while someone other will be in charge of video editing and other high-demanding processes, you can save your budget and opt for a more affordable model with lower performance, but fast enough for office applications and web browsing.
- Should you opt for a traditional laptop or go for the hybrids?
Some travel bloggers prefer hybrid laptops as some applications work better when used in tablet form. Also, while you wait for the plane, the train, or the bus, it is much easier to just use the monitor as a tablet, for watching movies, browsing the web, or checking emails.
However, if hybrids sound more appealing to you, you need to also know that, even though they are more practical than conventional laptops, they have hinges and moving parts, which are not as durable as with the standard laptops, and you do need to be extra careful when opening them, or transforming them from laptops to tablets and the other way around.
- How much weight are you willing to haul around in your backpack?
This is actually very important. Obviously, most people like using laptops because it is much easier to travel around with it than it would be with a desktop. However, even with laptops, there is a huge range of sizes, therefore weights as well. Before making the final choice, make sure that you have checked the specs, especially the weight, and see if it fits your travel plans. The last thing you want to do is choose a model that is pretty much heavy as a desktop, but not as good and high-performing.
Portable Hard Drives
Have you ever heard anyone complaining that they have too much memory in their computer? Neither have we. On the other hand, you can regularly hear people saying that they are running low on memory.
If your laptop is nearly full, and you actually need all that data and can’t afford to erase anything, a portable hard drive will be a life saver. For example, instead of storing everything on your laptop, which makes it work slower, you can save your work directly on the portable hard drive.
Now, some of you will say “Why would I buy a portable hard drive when we are living in the 21st century and things like Clouds exist?!” Well, you are right to a certain point actually. But let us ask you a question… What are you going to do if an important file is saved on the Cloud, and you are somewhere where there’s no internet? Not every corner of our planet has decent internet connection, you know. See our point now?
You know the saying “An image tells more than thousand words”. Sure, your work is all about words, but sometimes words can’t describe everything, and adding a great photo to your blog will only make it better and more visually interesting.
Now, we know that today’s smartphones have great cameras and deliver high-quality images. But, the quality of those images is not as high as the ones that come out of a DSLR camera, especially if you use post production programs.
Furthermore, not all good DSLR cameras weigh a ton and are too bulky to be dragging them around with you on your adventures. Actually, the latest trend in travel photography are, compact, mirorless cameras, that deliver the same high-quality pictures, but are smaller, lighter, and even cheaper than traditional DSLR cameras. Also, they can also use all lens types and even shoot great high definition and even ultra high definition videos
Before you say “why in the world would I need a telescope, I am not an astronomer?!”, allow us to just say that, sometimes, your camera’s lens will not be able to reach something you really want to take a picture of. Now you might say “But how am I going to take a photo of something through a telescope? Isn’t it just for looking, not picture taking?” Again, to a certain degree, you are right. Telescopes are for watching through them, but as you said earlier, we live in the 21st century, and modern telescopes have adapters that allow you to attach the camera body and actually use it as a lens. How useful is that?
Not only that you will be able to watch the stars from your hotel room or check where to go next in the city you are currently located in, but if you chose the best telescope for traveling the market currently offers, you will also have a chance to have a better “reach” with your camera, and even enrich your blog with some cool night sky images.
Speaking of enriching your blog, you are probably aware of the latest blogging trend, aerial images taken with camera equipped drones. Today’s drones are mostly equipped with HD and 4K cameras, and offer unique image and video perspectives. Just imagine how cool would your blogs look if you start posting aerial images and videos of the places you visited.
Now, you don’t actually need to be a master drone pilot to be able to capture awesome moments from a bird’s eye view. And, you also don’t need the ultra-expensive models with bulky controllers with a plethora of buttons and sticks. Once again, modern times bring modern, easy-to-use gadgets, and drones controlled via iPhone or an Android smartphone are in that group.
Unlike the famous Phantoms, Inspires, Typhoons, or other too-big-to-fit-the-backpack models, smartphone controlled drones are small, usually foldable, and can actually fit your pocket. This doesn’t mean their cameras are low-end. On the contrary, some models also come with 4K cameras and fancy features that make awesome video making, a breeze.
You will take it out of the backpack and be ready to capture everything in a matter of seconds, and your followers will be more than thrilled that you decided to give a new perspective to your adventure reports.