The Best Travel Gadgets For Tech Lovers

There’s no question that technology enhances our travels. These days smartphones act as a GPS and camera in addition to helping us stay connected with our loved ones. Drones and action cameras capture moments in ways that cellular devices can’t. And there are even other electronics, like power banks and trackers, that help us travel better and smarter. So if you’re looking for something that the globetrotter in your life will undoubtedly use while exploring the world, these nine gifts will go a long way.

DJI has upped the ante once more with their new Mavic 3 drone that just launched last night. It’s gotten a huge upgrade from its predecessor in virtually every aspect, with video capture up to 5.1K resolution; a dual camera system that that results in crisper images and up to 28x zoom; a battery life that’ll last up to a whopping 46 minutes; an increased range of 15 kilometers (about 9.3 miles); and upgraded sensors to avoid any collisions. You’ll also find an improved Active Track 5.0 to better follow subjects. If you really want to go all out for your loved one’s gift, opt for the Fly More Combo, which will include additional accessories like three batteries, a charging hub, an ND filter set, and a bag to carry everything in.

GoPro has long remained a front-runner in the action camera space and the Hero10 Black is better than ever. This compact device packs a lot of technology and produces ultra-smooth and stable videos that can be shot in either 5.3K60 or 4K120 resolution as well as a 23MP camera, its best one yet. The small gadget is also waterproof up to 33 feet, meaning you can still capture moments underwater without worrying about anything being damaged. This latest version also has improved low-light capabilities, ensuring that you still get crisp images and videos as the sun sets. If you want to go all out for your gift, throw in a few accessories like the three-in-one grip, arm, and tripod or the floating grip.

Sony’s WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds balance solid noise-canceling technology with an unmatched sound quality. They also boast an IPX4 water resistance rating; an eight-hour battery life with an additional 16 hours in a fully charged case; and an even more compact design than its predecessor. The accompanying app is a great bonus, too, allowing you to adjust equalizer settings to your liking. And if you’re looking for over-ear headphones that can block out more ambient noise, the brand’s WH-1000XM4 will do just the trick.

For the fitness buff in your life who somehow manages to get a workout in during a vacation, the Fitbit Charge 5 is the ultimate gift. The smartwatch measures all of the expected things like steps, distance traveled, heart rate, and calories burned, but it also goes far beyond these metrics. The device clocks in what they call “active zone minutes,” which is meant to guide the wearer to their target heart rate to maximize the intensity of an exercise routine and has silent alarms to remind you to move when you’ve been sedentary for too long. It also allows you to log your meals, record water intake, examine your sleep quality, and even keep track of your menstrual cycle, all via an easy-to-understand app.

We all know and understand by now just how bad plastic is for the environment, but one concern that may come up while traveling is just how clean tap water is. Enter LARQ. When the company launched in 2018, it introduced the first self-cleaning water bottle that uses a UV-C LED light that not only kills 99.9% of the bacteria that may accumulate inside over time, but also the liquid contents poured into it. The one downside, however, was that it was a little heavy, but that has since changed with the addition of the Bottle Movement PureVis. Made with an ultra-light stainless steel, even its largest size is lighter than its original counterpart. And while this iteration doesn’t insulate, it’s a small price to pay for the weight difference. You’ll still get a long battery life that last up to a month and it even has a built-in silicone sleeve that’s interchangeable should you want to have a few different color combinations to match your outfits.

My personal favorite brand for cables also makes some of the power banks. And when you’re running around all day, snapping photos every few seconds, searching up where to go next, and using location services on your smartphone, your battery will inevitably drain. Carrying around one of these handy devices is a must to help recharge while on the go and Anker’s PowerCore III 10K Wireless is one of the best in the game. The 10,000mAh power bank lasts all day and offers wireless Qi charging up to 10W as well as high-speed USB-C and USB-A ports so that you can refuel up to three devices at once. It also has a small hook that slides out to serve as a stand.

These days our phones double as our cameras and the recently released iPhone 13 Pro can make any amateur look like a pro. The smartphone has three 12MP cameras—telephoto, wide, and ultra wide—on the back with functions like portrait mode, night mode, and macro photography. For more serious photographers, it also allows you to take RAW images, allowing more flexibility when editing. The device can also film 4K videos that are smoother and steadier than ever with additional capabilities like night mode time-lapses and slo-mo support. The phone also boasts the longest-lasting battery to date, fast Qi wireless charging, and is compatible with MagSafe accessories.

For the Android user, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is the best in its class. The smartphone can shoot super-sharp and smooth 8K videos, has a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, a 108MP wide-angle camera, a 10MP telephoto camera for 100x zoom, a 40MP front-facing camera for those crisp selfies, and several built-in settings like night mode and blur. It’s also boasts a long-lasting battery, fast Qi wireless charging capabilities, and a dual SIM slot for extra storage.

If you have a friend who has a propensity for losing things, Tile may just be what they need. These trackers come in all shapes and sizes so that they can pair up with just about anything. The card-like Slim, for example, is great for wallets; the Pro can be looped onto anything with a loop (hi, there, AirBnB and car rental keys); and the Sticker has an adhesive back that can stick onto things like eyeglass or wireless earbud cases. All your friend will have to do is use the app and so long as the Tiled item is within several hundred feet of them they’ll be able to find their misplaced item.

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