11 Jun Top 7 Technology Must Haves of Summer 2015
This may seem like a severe case of magnification and hyperbole, but the truth is, technology becomes severely temperamental when you’re in a foreign country. For this very reason, I find that a holiday causes far more anxiety than relaxation.
Technology helps us stay organised, entertained, and informed. When these three things are taken away, within a few hours you could be counting down the days till you get back home.
To help you stay connected and entertained we’ve devised a list of gadgets that you can use on your holiday this summer.
What if we told you that there was a cooler out there that has its own blender, speakers, beer opener and a USB charger? What if we also told you that this cooler has wheels, tie-down straps for any extra bits you want to carry, and built in storage?
Out of all the gadgets that we’ve found, this is a definite must have. Nowadays we only take pictures using our smart phones, and if a digital camera is thrown into the mix, the likelihood of us printing these pictures is next to zero.
With this phone case you can combine your smartphone with a Polaroid camera and print all your summer holiday pictures instantly.
Unfortunately the cases aren’t available to order. If you’re in no hurry to get your hands on one, you can preorder yours with 50 sheets to print on for $154.00 (£99.65) by clicking here.
Hotspot – Notebook Portable BBQ
If you live in the UK, then you know just how much we cherish our summer BBQ cookouts. If you’ve ever walked by the beach at night in Spain, you’ll see hundreds of people cooking fish on abandoned boats that have been filled with sand. With this portable BBQ by Hotspot, you can have your own cookout on the beach for only £25.50 from Amazon.co.uk.
CGear Sand Free Mat
Once you get out the sea you instantly become a fish fillet, covered in flour and ready to be breaded. Having sand stick to your body after a refreshing swim is annoying enough. Having sand all over your towel is just infuriating.
For £49.99 you can put an end to this problem with the CGear Sand Free Mat from Amazon.co.uk.
Selfie sticks were the go-to stocking filler for Christmas in 2014, but we’ve got the go-to suitcase filler for Summer 2015.
Podo releases you from having to hold your selfie stick. You can stick this little device on any surface and use your smartphone to instantly take pictures. You can finally take as many group photos as you want without having to ask locals to take them for you for $99.00 (£64.06) . Also, because they’re on your smartphone you can share across social media as soon as you get yourself some Wi-Fi, if you haven’t stretched for a 3G plan.
Click here to order one in a range of colours.
Peeple is currently a Kickstarter campaign and isn’t necessarily a device that you should take on holiday with you. It’s one that you leave at home as a security measure.
Peeple connects to your home Wi-Fi and then sends notifications to you when someone knocks or opens the door. You can be anywhere in the world and as long as you have a mobile phone with a signal, you will receive the notification. You can open the Peeple app (free in the iOS or Android app store) and virtually look through the peephole and see who is at your door for $149.00 (£96.40).
If you’re on holiday and want to monitor your home this is the device for you. Click here if you think this is the gadget for you.
Bolse® 12W NFC Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Summer, the beach, and music go hand in hand. Most people don’t go to the beach without their headphones, but here’s a little gadget that can help you turn a small patch on the beach into your very own beach club. For £29.99 you can get these Bolse® 12W NFC Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speakers with free delivery from Amazon.co.uk.
We can’t fix the fact that access to the internet will be limited to the hotel room and the restaurants and bars that we visit unless we stretch for a 3G plan. However, we can make time away from the internet much more enjoyable. Best part is, when you are able to connect back into the real world, you’ll have lots of content to post, and it won’t be just a picture of your thighs with a pool or the sea in the background.