Vital Tech Travel Tool: An Unlocked Smartphone

Smart phones really are the Swiss Army knives of tech.  And as long as you’re either connected to wifi or your carrier’s data and voice network, they’re worth their weight in gold when it comes to keeping  you connected, informed, and out of trouble. But when you’re roaming, especially internationally, your smart phone either becomes…

Word Lens: An Indispensable Translation Tool

You may not have read the writing on the wall, but with Google’s Word Lens app for smartphones and tablets, you’ll be able to read writing just about anywhere even if it’s written in French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or Russian.  If you think this sounds unbelievable, it is, but it works, and it works amazingly well.…

Driving in Europe? Choose a Rental Car with Integrated GPS

  Most frequent travelers have invested in portable GPS devices, smartphones, and tablets.  All of these offer great voice-prompted navigation which is especially useful when you’re traveling in a foreign country, particularly if you’re not fluent in  the local language.  But as these portable technologies have developed, so have the integrated systems that most automobile…

The Right Tools

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ― Henry Miller Seasoned travelers agree that travel enriches us in ways that can be hard to measure or define.  Travel certainly deepens our understanding of the world,  and often deepens our understanding of ourselves and our fellow travelers.  Business travelers understand the enormous…