Travel Gadget Reviews

This HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. She will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel and other experiences.

International Voice and Data Roaming Planning: Japan

In my earlier post here, I gave a general overview of some of the international roaming options. However, there is nothing better than a real, practical example. In this post, I will cover how I go about researching the voice and data needs for an upcoming trip to Japan. Voice and data roaming in Japan I will be traveling to Japan as a first-timer, and I will need both voice and data plan when I get there. I suspect that the data plan will be more critical since I probably will be doing quite a bit of Google translations. ...

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Your International Phone/Data Options When Traveling Abroad

I am one of those people that believe that when you’re on vacation, it’s best to try to get off the grid. Obviously, that’s not always practical. Sometimes you are in a new place and need directions. You need to call your family or friends to let them know that you arrive safely, or you are waiting for an important email. Or you just want to periodically check emails to make sure that nothing is falling apart at home or work. Whatever the reasons, it’s not always possible to stay disconnected. YOU NEED TO BE CONNECTED WHEN YOU ARE...

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Everything You Need to Know about Travel Tours (Part 1)

  IS A TRAVEL TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? If you ask a group of people if it is worth doing a travel tour, you will get a lot of different answers. I generally find that most people fall into one of two camps: The pro-tour group: “Tours are great! Travel companies take care of all the details for me.” The independent travel group: “Why? It’s so easy to get around, you don’t need a tour to get to the attractions.” “You’ll miss out on the interactions with locals if you’re stuck in a tour.” “Save your money so you...

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Do you still carry a digital camera with you when you travel?

Whenever I pack for travel these days, I find myself wondering if I should take my camera with me. More accurately, the context is more along the lines of, “Is my phone’s camera enough for the trip, or do I need to carry my point-and-shoot camera as a backup?” I usually end up taking the digital camera, for this reason: You’d think that a 16GB phone should be enough storage, but resources on the phone (OS, apps, music and pictures) all take a slice out of the available storage. Add in a few videos into the mix, and you...

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