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Traveling can be a nightmare if you don’t have the right equipment, but we’re here to help!  Scroll through our below reviews of travel equipment for advice, tips and ideas on what to take with you overseas.

Dear Travelers: Portable Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives. Don’t Leave Home Without One!

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Dear Travelers: Portable Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives. Don’t Leave Home Without One!

Who would’ve ever thought that packing a carbon monoxide detector would be an essential and life-saving item in one’s travel-kit arsenal?

We certainly didn’t until tragedy struck and my husband nearly lost his life to carbon monoxide poisoning at a “boutique hotel” in Central Mexico.

After dropping our twins off at their much-anticipated 6th grade camp in a rural community outside of Guadalajara, Frank and I set out to enjoy our weekend together, knowing that our children would be in good hands in the company of their classmates and the Camp La Cañada counselors, including a medic on staff.

But instead of enjoying a romantic weekend of exploring and relaxing together, we spent it fighting for Frank’s life. So I pen an open letter to all travelers.

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MESAY: This Voice Translator Will Kill the Language Barrier When Traveling

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MESAY: This Voice Translator Will Kill the Language Barrier When Traveling

One of the biggest challenges when traveling is overcoming barriers to communication, and for someone who frequently travels, it’s highly likely you’ll eventually land in a country where you don’t understand a word.

And this can be quite daunting. I’m sure I’m not the only traveler who’s landed abroad and felt like a mute for being unable to speak the native language. Frankly, it’s embarrassing; so you end up taking some pictures, looking at the scenery, and leaving, without having interacted with anyone.

Though as for learning a new language, the brutal truth is that not many people have the time or energy, or even the mental ability to retain a new language, especially when you’re touring multiple countries and need knowledge of several different dialects.

So if you’re wondering how to overcome barriers of communication, you’e not alone. But you don’t need to worry anymore! There’s a new smart voice translator being released which means you can speak 20 languages in 2 seconds! It’s an incredible device, and may just kill the language barrier for good.

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Wall Art Prints: Where to Buy Stunning Travel Prints For Your Walls

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Wall Art Prints: Where to Buy Stunning Travel Prints For Your Walls

Mike and I recently quit our life of full time travel to buy a house and our previously sold stuff. And one of the first things we did was shop for travel prints for the walls. We wanted something to brighten the house up. And I hate bare walls!

While there are 79 pages of incredible travel photography you can buy as a canvas from Wall Art Prints, it only took me a second to decide. The travel print I wanted was staring at me right there on the third line.

I ordered a huge 150 x 100 cm of Magical Manarola, Italy; a town which, despite not having been able to take pictures myself, left a lasting impression on my mind.

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The Complete TEP Wireless Review – What I Found After Using TEP Wireless for Three Months

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The Complete TEP Wireless Review – What I Found After Using TEP Wireless for Three Months

Earlier this year I had an incredibly busy three-month period during which I was practically forced to find an affordable travel Internet hotspot, and luckily came across TEP Wireless.

I had started a new business, and had to travel to 5 different locations in Europe in order to secure a few valuable partnerships. Failure to do so would have meant that the sizable amount I had invested would likely have evaporated in a flash.

Preparing for such a trip wasn’t easy, especially for a family man. Although I wasn’t going to be away for three months straight, I had to make sure I could communicate with my family at the same time as syncing my schedule with the various appointments and transportation providers I had picked out. It could have been a catastrophe, but it wasn’t – all thanks to TEP Wireless.

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15+ Must Have Travel Accessories – Have You Packed These?

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15+ Must Have Travel Accessories – Have You Packed These?

You can pretty much guarantee that every adventure will come with it’s bumps in the road, but with careful planning and a few handy travel accessories you can be prepared for anything.

The accessories you travel with will depend on a variety of different things – the environment you’re heading to, the length of your journey, the type of transit you prefer, and even the weather. And then the rest of the time it comes down to personal preference.

Accessories most commonly found in a travelers bag include a first aid kit, flashlight, camera, headphones, and perhaps a travel hoodie, though to cover all possible bases, we’ve listed and discussed 15 more.

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Best Headphones for Travel: Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review

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Best Headphones for Travel: Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Review

Traveling the world may sound glamorous, and many moments are indeed. However let’s not pretend that there aren’t just as many moments where you begin questioning whether all the headaches are worth it!

I long for the day when I win the lottery and can fly First Class, with fancy additions like compression socks, slippers, pajamas, and those seemingly much more high tech headphones. Upon seeing them on my last flight I was jealous enough that I finally looked into replacing my free tangled mess given to me by the flight attendant.

I came across Sennheiser’s PXC 550 Wireless noise cancelling headphones. A German based company that specialises in premium audio products, there are headphones, and then there are these.

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Choosing a Travel Backpack with Wheels: BlackWolf Grand Tour Review

Posted by on 10:33 pm in Blog, Equipment Reviews, Fashion, Reviews | 28 comments

Choosing a Travel Backpack with Wheels: BlackWolf Grand Tour Review

It’s the great debate among travelers – backpacks vs wheels. On one hand, a backpack is easier to get around with, and wheels don’t bode well on cobblestone streets or through jungles (I’ve tried). But on the other hand, after a couple of trips hauling a heavy backpack, even the most hardened travelers have secretly wished for wheels.

So which is better? The good news is you no longer have to decide. Leading brands like BlackWolf Adventure Gear offer hybrids; a wheeled travel backpack, which is basically like a suitcase you can take off road. When the terrain becomes too much for the wheels to handle, simply pick it up and put it on your back.

Combining the best parts of a suitcase (the wheels, handle and packing structure), and the best parts of a backpack (removable day pack, compression straps, terrific support), today we review the BlackWolf Grand Tour.

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Why It’s Environmentally Friendly to Travel Using Packing Cubes

Posted by on 8:37 pm in Blog, Eco Tourism, Equipment Reviews, Travel Tips | 24 comments

Why It’s Environmentally Friendly to Travel Using Packing Cubes

As global citizens, we are becoming more aware of our impact on the environment when travelling. With travel becoming more accessible we need to make sure our trips don’t have a negative impact on the places we visit and the environment.

As well as offsetting our carbon footprint we need to think about the things we bring along and what we leave behind. This means being careful about what you pack and purchase during your journey, and one way to reduce waste whilst traveling is to ditch the plastic packaging / bags.

Did you know that regular plastic bags can take up to 500 years to biodegrade? Although a lot is being done across the world to reduce plastic waste, as travelers we can do our small bit too – instead of using disposable plastic bags when packing, it’s far more environmentally friendly (and a lot easier to stay organized) to use packing cubes.

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7 Reasons the CabinZero Urban Carry-On is Perfect for Active City Adventures!

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7 Reasons the CabinZero Urban Carry-On is Perfect for Active City Adventures!

When it comes to backpacks we’re always interested to hear about the hottest, newest designs, and are constantly amazed at the newest innovations and ideas which improve the ease of both travel, and everyday life.

And I think we’ve found a backpack that active city adventurers in particular will be interested in – the new Urban Carry-On from CabinZero, optimized for urban life!

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The Best Leather Travel Bag Money Can Buy: Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack Review

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The Best Leather Travel Bag Money Can Buy: Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack Review

If there was ever a company with a cult following and legendary customer service it would be Saddleback Leather. Known around the world for producing some of the best, high-quality leather bags, briefcases, backpacks and wallets, this is a brand which has established a reputation for excellence, and made carrying things an art form.

And for those wanting a high quality bag, which exudes class, style, and makes you look as though you belong among the rugged explorers of our time, one of the company’s newest bags is the Squared Backpack; a full grain leather work of art and one of the sturdiest travel bags you’ll ever find.

This is a bag which I absolutely adore however I’ll aim to keep my romantic cliches in check. We’ll discuss the features, the look, comfort, durability, weight, and cost, and end with a verdict I’m sure you can already expect!

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