Heading out on a trip from your homebase as an expat? Here are a few electronics you’ll regret leaving behind while you travel!
There are a lot of digital cameras available out there. There are cameras for the amateur photographer and the professional photographer. A smaller camera for the amateur can be very handy in taking snapshots of the people you meet and places you see (although, the latest Smartphones in the market today offers the same resolution). But for the professional, a larger, higher resolution camera is preferred in capturing scenes and moments in travel. These captured images can then be shared. It is much better to show than to tell and describe your exploits to your family and friends, and you can re-live your adventures through your pictures.
A very long and bumpy bus ride along the winding road is very boring and can wear out most travelers (which oftentimes is the case when you want to go to that alluring beach on the travel agency’s brochure). By the time you reach your destination, all you want to do is rest (instead of exploring the place and enjoying the view). This is when the IPod (loaded with your favorite songs) is very useful. Listening to your favorite music while travelling can help pass the time. You have to remember that in vacations, a lot of time is spent on the road so you better enjoy every moment at the resort.
While on travel, you need to keep in touch with the people left at home. Your family and friends are very eager to hear from you about your travel. As a wise traveler, never ever leave without a phone, preferably a Smartphone. A Smartphone can also be used as an alternative to your IPod and camera (but not recommended) but be mindful of the battery meter. The latest Smartphones today is also equipped with maps. It can help you find your way around when you get lost while strolling around the city looking for that restaurant that a friend recommended. The main purpose of the Smartphone is communication. The phone is the only powerful tool you have to get you out of emergency situations.
Have you ever tried describing the show you saw while you were on vacation? Or describing how the lion caught its prey during your safari tour? It is always better to show than to tell. You can record it in your Smartphone but the images can be very blurry and can confuse instead of enlighten your friend of what really happened on your vacation. A trusty handy cam can do the job for you. That is if you brought one. Never ever leave your handy cam because there are moments that need to be captured in WMV rather than JPG.
Laptop or Netbook
The worst thing you can experience during your trip is when you are robbed while on vacation. A bad experience like this is very traumatizing and can ruin the whole vacation even for the family and friends left behind. When you arrive home, all you can share with them is the robbing experience and undermining the beautiful places you saw, the wonderful people you met and the strange yet very delicious delicacies you’ve tasted on your travel. That is why it is very important not to leave your laptop behind. You can store your pictures and videos every end of the day so that the memories of your great travel will never be taken away by the thug that stole your camera (since the laptop is bulky and is usually left at the hotel). You can also use your laptop to upload your pictures and videos on your social networking site so that your family and friends are updated to where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing.