How ANC headphones can transform the way you travel

Traveling can be a nightmare. There's all the work that goes into prepping to leave to make sure you don't forget anything. And then you have the hassle of the airport, the train, delays, and all of the people. Wouldn't it be nice to find a way to block the world out for just a little bit?

How ANC headphones can transform the way you travel
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One way to muscle through traveling is to try to block out everything around you. If you’re able to do that, you can carve out a little piece of the world that has a little more, well, peace. Some people use their travel times and commute as an opportunity to catch up on their favorite podcasts, get through their audiobooks, or to listen to their favorite music and disconnect a little bit. ANC headphones make it much easier to do these activities and to focus on them.

ANC headphones work by countering environmental noise with additional sound. These headphones have a built-in microphone to pick up on the sounds around you. As the noise increases, so does the countering noise from the headphones. Both the environmental sound and the sound produced by the headphones reach your ears at the same time. The result? They cancel each other out, leaving you only with the audio you want to hear.

With active noise-canceling headphones, you can improve the quality of your travel and make it a bit more enjoyable. Sure, they won’t get rid of the people. You’re stuck with all of the smells (unless you have a pair of these), the jostling, and the travel delays. But you do something to take your mind off of it. Or you can spend that travel commute into the city getting a headstart on work before you get to the office. You might just be able to leave the office earlier and catch the less crowded train back home.

Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700

We love products that perform double duty. With Bose’s Noise-Canceling Headphones 700, you’ll have just that with their AR abilities. Your audio experience will be a fantastic new experience that will let you handle business better while you’re traveling. Block the world out with Bose’s 11 options for noise-canceling, allowing you to focus more clearly. If you’re on a busy train or in a crowded airport and need to take a call, you can feel confident that the person on the other end will hear you clearly. There’s no need for extra cords, and you can easily switch between music, voice assistance, and phone calls.

Apple AirPods Pro Immersive Earbuds

If you’re taking a quick trip and need to pack light, the Apple AirPods Pro Immersive Earbuds are just the ticket. They’ll offer you a full ANC headphone experience, but they also come with Transparency Mode. When you have Transparency Mode on, you’ll be able to hear everything around you. These are the perfect travel headphones to bring with you for multiple activities. So while you’re completing the travel portion of your trip, you’ll be able to block out the world around you, but if you like to keep up with your workout routine on your trip and need to take a jog, you’ll be able to hear everything you need to for your safety. These earbuds are lightweight and comfortable, and you’ll be able to talk to Siri and make phone calls on them.

Beats by Dre Solo Pro Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

You can never go wrong with a pair of Beats by Dre. These Solo Pro Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones are the perfect addition to your travel bag or your work bag. They charge using a Lightning cable, so they’ll work better with your Apple devices. Since they’re ANC headphones, they’ll do a fantastic job of blocking out the world and responding to your environment. They even allow in just a little bit of external sound so that you’re always aware of your surroundings, which can be hugely important when you’re traveling. Don’t miss your stop or gate change when you’re wearing these. And with 40 hours of battery life, they can handle the longest trip.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Personalized Wireless Headphones

If you’re the type of person who makes sure you look good when you travel, the Skullcandy Crusher ANC Personalized Wireless Headphones are the ANC headphones you’ll want to purchase. Not only do these Skullcandy Crush headphones look great, but they also perform great too. They have the ANC features you love when you travel, and they take it to the next level by combining adjustable bass with personal sound so you can rock out to your music to your specific tastes on the plane to drown out that screaming baby in 32C. And with a charge that lasts up to 24 hours, they’ll even last on the longest flights.

Jays q-Seven Wireless ANC Headphones

Got a couple of days of travel to get through? Jays q-Seven Wireless ANC Headphones have you covered. They can get you through up to 30 hours of listening time. The cacophony of airports, planes, trains can be a lot, and it can be draining. So much stimulation is such a short amount of time takes its toll, mentally and physically. Make it just a little bit easier by blocking it all out. And since you’ll have voice control, you’ll be able to use Siri or Google Assistant through your travel headphones so that you can keep up on everything even when you’re on the go.

Beoplay H9i ANC Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

If you have a little bit of wiggle room with wireless versus wired, the Beoplay H9i ANC Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are right up your alley. These ANC headphones look and feel amazing and deliver all of the ANC features you want. Want some zen time or culture on the train? The symphony will sound amazing through these, and you won’t even hear the couple arguing next to you. With Transparency Mode, you can let in a little of the world, so you don’t get too caught up in the beautiful sound quality. You’ll have up to 18 hours of wireless time on the battery. Once you run out, you can either put a new battery in or switch to wired. We love how you can control everything from one ear cup with just a touch too.

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones

One of the worst things about traveling is the fluctuation in ambient noises. And there are so many of them. With adaptive noise-canceling technology, you won’t have to worry about constantly changing the volume to block out the noise. These Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones recognize the sounds around you and will respond accordingly to block anything out. One of the coolest features of these  ANC headphones is that if you need to hear something, all you have to do is lift one of the ear cups. Whatever you were listening to will pause. You’ll have 30 hours of battery life, and with just 15 minutes of charging, you’ll get 5 hours of playtime. So if you’ve run out of juice on your flight, it’s super easy to top up on your layover for your next flight.

Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC In-Ear Headset

Over-the-ear headphones aren’t for everyone. But now, there are ANC earbuds. If you don’t want to mess up your hair, or you find it uncomfortable to wear regular headphones for long stretches, meet your new friend, Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC In-Ear Headset. You’ll have the same ANC quality you get from your headphones, only in earbuds. Thanks to dual-driver technology, you’ll have awesome sound with a full range of bass and high-frequency sounds. Hate it when your cables fray and tangle? Don’t get stuck on the train or 30,000 feet in the air with cables that are shorting out. This in-ear headset comes with braided cables. You’ll receive multiple sizes of ear tips, so you’ll be able to choose the one that will fit best to give you the best ANC experience.

A close up of a black and green ANC headphones earbud in a man's ear.

Choose your most-comfortable fit with these ANC earbuds

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to tune out the annoying person on their speakerphone at the gate? With these ANC headphones, there won’t be any need to send the passive-aggressive glares. You won’t even hear them. Do you have a pair of ANC headphones or earbuds you always travel with?

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Meet Tera Cuskaden

Tera has worked in the publishing industry since 2004 and considers the written word her first love. When she's not writing or editing, she's usually traveling, knitting, or binge-watching Netflix.

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