Continuing this week’s theme of innovation and technology, we took to the streets of Shoreditch to find out exactly which gadgets people are using to aid their travel abroad. Technology is playing an increasing role in travel experiences; there is less focus on traditional maps and guide books, and an escalating popularity in BlackBerry and iPhone apps. Here’s what we found out:
Occupation: Manager of Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes
Best travel gadget? My tablet for use of the internet: I use the map functions and travel guides when travelling.
Occupation: Government policies
Best travel gadget? I find my iPhone expensive to use so I download free travel guides before I leave. When travelling I tend to use old-fashioned notebooks and guide books. I took a solar power charger to a festival before but it didn’t work too well.
From: South Africa
Best travel gadget? I use BlackBerry Messenger because it’s free and I don’t need to buy a new sim card to use it abroad.
From: South East London
Best travel gadget? I use BlackBerry Messenger to contact people because it’s free. The only disadvantage is I have to make sure I charge my phone every night.
Occupation: Media student
Best travel gadget? I use my iPod to listen to music, I just have to make sure it’s charged. I have the U2 edition; I like it because of it’s size – it holds 30GB of music. I also download maps onto my BlackBerry.
Occupation: Software developer
Best travel gadget? I use my iPhone to listen to music and play games to pass the time – the airplane mode is really useful. I also use the map functions and book taxis on my iPhone, and the TripAdvisor app is good for booking hotels. The only drawback is the limited battery life.
Occupation: Law student
Best travel gadget? I tend to do my research beforehand – I look on the internet and speak to people who have been to the place to obtain local knowledge. I always take my digital camera with me.
Best travel gadget? My pocket alarm clock – the battery lasts for ages and it means I won’t miss any trains or buses. I also have a PowerPad to charge my iPhone – it isn’t too bulky and you don’t have to plug your iPhone in as it uses inductive charging.
Occupation: Online Journalism Intern
Best travel gadget? I always take a head torch with me – they are so useful! I have a charger with detachable plugs so I can charge my phone and iPod on the same gadget, which saves a lot of space. I always take a spare camera battery and memory card, and I have a tiny portable speaker which is great!
Occupation: Events and Marketing Intern
Best travel gadget? I always take two spare phone batteries for my Nokia phone – Nokia’s are great because they’re durable and inexpensive, plus mine has a built-in torch.