12 Travel gadgets that will motivate you to explore

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You probably don’t need any excuse to go traveling this year. But if you did, these innovative travel gadgets should provide the necessary nudge. They will also make your travels that much smoother.

  • What are the hottest travel destinations in 2019? The Southern Nile Valley, Egypt; Łódź, Poland; and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA (according to Lonely Planet).
  • What is the best way to pack your gadgets? Keep your devices surrounded with something soft; pack small accessories separately.
  • How good is Google Translate? It’s a very basic tool for simple translations. You might be better off investing in a dedicated translation device.

From Adelaide to Zürich, this world has much to offer. If you are thinking about exploring somewhere new this year, consider taking these brilliant travel gadgets along for the ride.

FITO Tap Pro Advanced Translation Earphones

When you start crossing seas, the language barrier is always a problem. FITO earphones help you communicate, with live translations into 30 different languages.

Price: $99 USD, pre-order

ShelfPack Built-In Shelves Luggage

Unpacking and re-packing your clothes wastes precious vacation time. ShelfPack is a great new suitcase with built-in shelves, meaning your clothes stay perfectly organized and accessible.

Price: $168 USD, pre-order

Lenovo 700 Ultraportable Bluetooth Travel Speaker

Want to bring your music along for the ride? The Lenovo 700 speaker is ridiculously thin, at only 0.43 inches from front to back. In spite of those slim dimensions, the speaker delivers impressive sound.

Price: $149 USD

DJI Osmo Pocket Compact Smart Camera

If you’re going to visit somewhere amazing, it’s worth capturing the moment. The pocket-sized DJI Osmo lets you shoot smooth 4K video at 60fps and 12MP stills, with a powered gimbal to keep things steady.

Price: $349 USD

Yuneec Mantis Q Foldable 4K Travel Drone

While the Osmo is great for eye-level shots, the Yuneec Mantis Q offers a higher perspective. This lightweight drone folds down for storage, making it the perfect travel companion.

Price: $499.99 USD

My Passport Wireless Shock-Resistant SSD

It’s always a good idea to backup your photos and videos. This shock-resistant drive provides the perfect portable solution, with built-in memory card slots.

Price: $199.99 USD

TwelveSouth PlugBug Duo MacBook Travel Adapter

The PlugBug helps you economize on luggage space by adding USB charging ports to your MacBook power adapter. It also comes with five different plugs, covering 150 countries.

Price: $49.99 USD

Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC Portable Power Bank

In some parts of the world, power sockets are a luxury. No matter where you’re headed, the 94.72Wh Goal Zero Sherpa power bank will keep you connected. It even has a built-in AC outlet.

Price: $299.95 USD

Sony 1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

These wireless headphones from Sony will block out the screaming kids and snoring adults on your long-haul flight. They also provide Atmospheric Pressure Optimization for great in-flight sound.

Price: $349.99 USD

Microsoft Surface Go Tablet

The Surface Go tablet is perfect for staying in touch with friends and researching your destination. With the keyboard cover it operates like a laptop — but at only 1.15 lbs, this device won’t weigh you down.

Price: $399 USD

Somewear Global Satellite Hotspot

When communication is proving more of a challenge, Somewear can help. This device offers two-way messaging via satellite, along with weather updates and location tracking.

Price: $349.99 USD

Dreamlight Pro Rechargeable Sleep Mask

The Dreamlight Pro mask uses light therapy to help you sleep better when you’re crossing timezones. The mask can even play soothing audio to calm your jetlagged brain.

Price: $299 USD

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Where was your best adventure? Tell your travel stories in the comments.

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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