Traveling is not always easy and if you’ve ever packed your bags and hit the road, you’ll understand how being abroad can often come hand-in-hand with difficulties. From language barriers to getting lost in large cities, we all need a little guidance when navigating a new place – and that’s where innovative travel technology comes in. From must-have travel gadgets to unmissable apps, travel innovations are changing the way we explore. Let’s take a look at the most inspiring products and inventions out there, that will revolutionize the way you travel the world!
The Mobile Travel Hotel
One of the coolest travel gadgets out there is the Autonomous Travel Suite. Somewhere between a hotel room and a private car, this mobile vehicle blends hospitality with transportation. The futuristic model was designed by Aprilli Design Studio and is essentially a driver-less, mobile hotel room which transports its guests from one location to another. Equipped with a bed, bathroom and workspace, the suite makes traveling more productive by allowing you to use the time on the road for sleep, work or play. Tell the Suite exactly where you’d like to go via the Autonomous Interface app, sit back, relax and allow the mobile hotel room to do the rest!
“Alexa, book my next adventure”
You can now book your next adventure using Amazon’s genius gadget, Alexa. The cloud-based voice service has, until now, been used around the home to set alarms, store shopping lists and play music – but now the system can be used in an altogether more exciting way. Using the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, ask Alexa to search for your next holiday and she will browse flights, hotels, and prices so you can select the right trip for you. Currently working with Virgin Holidays, Alexa will soon be able to browse services from a plethora of companies. Users will be able to select destinations, dates, airports and hotels, making Alexa a travel gadget you can’t afford to live without!
The pocket-sized washing machine
Designed to aid long-term travelers with cleaning their clothes, the Scrubba Wash Bag is a compact, light-weight and flexible bag containing an internal washboard – meaning you can have a machine quality wash in minutes! Perfect for travel, hiking and camping, simply add water, washing liquid and your laundry to the bag and allow the internal mechanism to do the rest. Undoubtedly one of the best travel innovations ever, the this compact washing machine is essential for all backpackers!
On the go Wi-Fi, anywhere
The perfect mini travel gadget for savvy millennial, this mobile Wi-Fi hotspot offers unlimited 4G service in over 130 countries around the world. The Skyroam Solis connects you to the internet for as little as $9 a day and acts as a portable charger for your phone, so you’ll never be without battery (and Google) again. Keeping you safe and connected no matter where you might be – including a secluded beach in Bali or a majestic mountain peak in Sri Lanka – this beautiful piece of travel technology won’t let you leave your Instagram page empty.
The goTenna Mesh
As one of the coolest travel gadgets on the market, the goTenna Mesh lets you communicate while off-grid, so you can keep in touch with your family and friends even when you’re in far off and remote places. The goTenna pairs with your smartphone and shares your location information, so you will never be lost again. Also offering messaging without mobile, Wi-Fi or satellite signal, the goTenna is one of the must-have travel innovations on the market.
Clean water in seconds
The GRAYL’s Ultralight Purifier allows you to gain clean water anywhere in the world, in just 15 seconds. This ingenious travel gadget turns water from almost any source into purified drinking water – just fill up the bottle and allow it’s special cartridge technology to treat the water for viruses and contaminants, including E. coli, salmonella, and dysentery. This incredible, life-saving piece of gadgetry means you’ll never go thirsty again!
Around the world, Smart Cities are changing the way people travel. From digital maps to free Wi-Fi connectivity and electronic buses, cities everywhere are becoming more digitally minded. Smart urban services are helping tourists stay safe and connected while they move from place to place. Such services are currently being used in Singapore, China, and New York City, to name a few, meaning you will never be confused or lost in a new city again. As far as travel technology goes, Smart Cities are leading the charge!
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Travel without traveling
Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) allow us to travel without leaving the comfort of our homes. Incredible, computer-generated imagery allows users to view real places around the world, through a genius digital headset. Hear the sounds of Bangkok, watch the sunset on Kuta Beach or walk the trails of Adam’s Peak, without having to spend a penny. As one of the most sought-after pieces of travel technology of recent years, AR and VR will ultimately revolutionize the way people see the world. In addition, they are now turning into the tools that help to get ready for a trip: to check the location, decide on where to go, select a hotel room and many other things.
While enjoying the VR/AR, make sure to mix your virtual experiences with the real ones, as there is nothing as exciting as embarking on a new travel adventure. Take a look at our guide to why travel is an investment in yourself!
Autonomous Airport Parking
As far as travel gadgets go, this is up there with the coolest! Taking the stress out of airport parking, new technology at Hamburg Airport is allowing travelers to park their cars autonomously. Set to revolutionize the travel process, drivers will book a parking space using an app and will leave their car outside a car park. Special sensors will then direct your car to its designated space without the need for a driver. When you return from your trip, simply connect to the app and await instructions on where to collect your car. Currently being tested by Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche, this incredible new travel technology is the future of airport parking!
Apps you can’t afford to travel without
Since mobile phones became life essentials, new apps have emerged to aid with everything from booking flights to speaking a new language. The likes of CityMapper and Duolingo allow you to find your way, plan your route and learn languages with the click of a button. Yet TripIt is perhaps the greatest travel gadget app out there. Changing the way we travel by organizing our itineraries, sharing our schedule with people we love and syncing our mobile calendars so that all our hotel and flight information is in one, easy-to-find place, TripIt is a must for keen explorers. We can’t think of a travel gadget we need more – can you?
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