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MAXOAK Bluetti AC100 Portable Power Station Review

Posted by on 10:09 am in Blog, Equipment Reviews, Technology | 8 comments

MAXOAK Bluetti AC100 Portable Power Station Review

These days, there’s absolutely no reason you should ever find yourself without power, electricity, or battery charge. Not even when the power goes out!

Not when you’re camping in the wilderness, not when you’re driving through remote places, and not even in a natural disaster. Why? Because today we have portable power stations and solar generators that allow us to charge our electronics regardless of whether you’re outdoors, far away from a wall outlet, or caught in a power outage.

One of the highest capacity and longest lasting portable power stations with a solar recharge is the MAXOAK Bluetti AC100; a 1,000 watt hour battery with a load capacity of 600 watts, and a built in Sine Wave converter which means you can use AC power.

If you want a high capacity portable solar generator, this is the one you want! It means you’ll never be without power or battery charge.

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The Basics For Keeping Your Personal Data Safe While Traveling Abroad

Posted by on 1:25 pm in Blog, Technology, Travel Tips | 6 comments

The Basics For Keeping Your Personal Data Safe While Traveling Abroad

Safety is always a big priority when traveling abroad, and everyone knows the importance of being vigilant and aware of your surroundings; of protecting yourself against tourist scams and threats.

But while most people worry about their vacation being ruined by thieves, or hospital visits, most people don’t think twice about cyber threats.

While it’s obviously important to care about your physical safety, these days you’re actually much more vulnerable to online threats than you are being mugged on the street. Because personal data has become far more valuable than your wallet.

When you consider that the personal data held on just one of your devices includes usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, flight details, logins, etc having this information stolen is quite the nightmare situation.

So without getting too complicated, we’re covering today some of the basics – straightforward, easy steps you should be taking to protect your personal data, every time you travel.

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5 Reasons to Use a VPN for Travel

Posted by on 11:09 pm in Blog, Technology, Travel Tips | 0 comments

5 Reasons to Use a VPN for Travel

We’ve written a lot about the ins and outs of using a VPN for travel, and why it’s an absolutely essential piece of tech – and that’s because it legit is essential; something every traveler should have, and treat with the same importance as your passport and insurance.

Because that’s exactly what a VPN is – in most cases it’s both a passport, and an insurance; a passport to information and free access to uncensored internet, and insurance against a cyber attack.

If this is the first time you’ve heard of a VPN, or if you’ve heard the acronym but don’t really know what it stands for, this is a Virtual Private Network – a program you run on your devices which allows you to securely and privately connect to the internet.

The perks of using one as a traveler include accessing region-restricted websites, minimizing your risk of being hacked while using public WiFi, and preventing your bank accounts and email from being frozen.

And while they’ve previously been thought of as ‘a nice thing to have’, now it’s more important than ever to have a VPN.

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Reasons You Should Travel with a Portable WiFi Device / Mobile Hotspot Overseas

Posted by on 11:21 am in Blog, Technology, Travel Tips | 4 comments

Reasons You Should Travel with a Portable WiFi Device / Mobile Hotspot Overseas

Internet is something we’ve come to rely on as travelers, and anyone able to venture off the beaten path with absolutely no connection is somewhat of a unicorn and deserves our reverence.

Yes, I’ll admit that I’m addicted. I like having constant online access while traveling; to be able to pull up Google Maps when I’m lost in Venice, to make bookings on the go, and stream Netflix on a long haul bus ride.

It’s not easy to find WiFi when you’re traveling, and all the usual haunts for travelers; the airports, cafes, hotels; these networks aren’t safe (you’re very vulnerable to cyber attack when you connect via open networks). So the prospect of traveling with a reliable device in my pocket, which offers constant 4G WiFi where-ever I go, is password protected, lightweight, has a long battery life, and isn’t expensive, well, that’s just made my day!

A portable WiFi device is exactly that. It goes by many different names; you might have heard it called a portable Wifi hotspot, mobile hotspot, portable WiFi, pocket WiFi, portable WiFi router….the list goes on. But regardless of what you call it, here are 6 solid reasons you need one!

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Things to Know About Using a VPN While Traveling

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Things to Know About Using a VPN While Traveling

As tech savvy travelers, we’re constantly stressing the importance of traveling with a good VPN; about the dangers of using public WiFi, why your privacy is otherwise at risk, and the best ways to keep your data safe and protect your tech.

A Virtual Private Network is the most important thing to have for internet use while traveling. It encrypts your traffic and sends it through a secure server, which means you can browse the internet securely and anonymously.

There are many perks of using a VPN, like accessing country-restricted websites (like Netflix), and skirting around Government censorship (like China), though the reason a VPN is actually essential is a matter of safety; using a secure connection means that no-one can hack you to steal data like they could on an open, public network (think free internet in airports, cafes, and hotels).

So, having established that a VPN is right up there with your passport in terms of what not to forget, the following are things you need to know about using one when traveling.

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How to Find the Best VPN for International Travel (What to Look For in a Great VPN)

Posted by on 1:02 pm in Blog, Technology, Travel Tips | 2 comments

How to Find the Best VPN for International Travel (What to Look For in a Great VPN)

We’ve written plenty of posts about the importance of traveling with a VPN; about the dangers of using public WiFi, why your privacy is otherwise at risk, and the best ways to keep your data safe and protect your tech.

But one thing we haven’t yet addressed is exactly what you should look for in a good VPN; what type of features are the most important for international travelers.

A Virtual Private Network is the most important thing to have for internet use while traveling. It encrypts your traffic and sends it through a secure server, which can be in a country of your choosing.

For instance, you could be logging on from Peru, but as far as your browser is concerned, you’re accessing the internet from Australia. This is great for getting around internet censorship in countries such as China, but also means that your connection is totally private.

You’re able to browse the internet securely and anonymously, and no-one can hack you to steal data like they could on an open, public network (think free internet in airports, cafes, and hotels).

But not all VPN services are created equal. So, when evaluating your options, you should make sure you get the following functionality and services.

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The Best Apps For Staying in Touch With Family and Friends Overseas

Posted by on 10:24 am in Blog, Technology | 0 comments

The Best Apps For Staying in Touch With Family and Friends Overseas

Being away from home can be hard even if you’re having the time of your life traveling; whether you’re on holiday, taking a gap year, or have moved abroad permanently, sometimes all you want to do is chat with your friends and family.

Thankfully, these days we don’t have to rely on traditional snail mail and wait two weeks just to get a smiley face emoji, and the internet means that staying in touch is now easier than it has ever been.

From sending messages on social media and sharing photos of your adventures to audio and video calls, there are all sorts of apps that help you to stay in touch with your loved ones overseas and combat feelings of homesickness.

And most of the time, bar the cost of your WiFi connection, you can use the following apps to stay in touch for absolutely free.

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Tips for Playing Online Games While Traveling

Posted by on 12:27 pm in Blog, Technology, Travel Tips | 6 comments

Tips for Playing Online Games While Traveling

From podcasts to Netflix, and reading a good old fashioned book, there are many ways to stay entertained while you’re traveling, though one of the most popular ways to pass the downtime is by playing online games.

The world is increasingly more connected, and now that many cities have WiFi on the streets, and you can even connect from the plane, more and more people are turning to online gaming for those moments you find yourself needing to kill time.

From playing Candy Crush while you’re sitting out an airport delay to hunting Pokemon across Venice, there are many reasons people log in to play. However, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind before you start your game.

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How Vane Pumps Work To Improve Air Travel

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How Vane Pumps Work To Improve Air Travel

Vane pumps have been around since 1874, when they were invented by Charles C. Barnes of the USA. Though, for any-one not keenly interested in mechanics, they are one of those inventions that form an integral part of our daily lives, but that commonly go unnoticed.

And they do play an integral part in our daily lives.

Vane pumps are usually used as high-pressure hydraulic pumps for cars which allow for braking, supercharging, air-con and auto-transmission. Though there are also mid-range pressure pumps used for things like soft drink dispensers and espresso coffee machines.

That said, these pumps have also become an essential part of air travel, and without them, today’s modern airplanes simply wouldn’t operate.

So to that end, today you’ll learn a little more about vane pumps; a hommage to the mechanical genius that allows us to fly from country to country, and recognition for a piece of engineering that has had a huge impact on our lives, whether or not we know it.

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The Best Way to Save and Share Your Files While Traveling

Posted by on 1:31 pm in Blog, Photography, Technology, Travel Tips | 6 comments

The Best Way to Save and Share Your Files While Traveling

Whether you’re snapping pics to post on social media, or shooting new material for your professional portfolio, taking pictures is a part of travel. As the number of stamps in your passport grows, so too does the documented footage of your adventures around the world.

No matter how much you might cherish each one of these photos, there’s no denying that they’re taking up space on your computer and overwhelming your emails attachments.

Sure, USBs can get the job done if you want to share your photos with a family member or travel partner – you know, and not blow up their inbox because of the size limit on email attachments – or are trying to transfer all your photos from your laptop to your desktop.

But what if we told you that there’s an easier, faster way to do it?

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