The new year is coming up fast and there is no better way to celebrate the upcoming year than with a refresh of all your essential tech gadgets to prepare you for the next chapter of your life. It's time to up your travel game to the next level!
If you are a travel blogger, a digital nomad, or just a traveler that enjoys creating travel content, here are 5 tech gadgets that you should consider buying/upgrading for 2019.
To be honest, as a travel blogger myself, these are all the gadgets I wish someone would buy for me for the holidays 😅 so if you are looking for a gift list for your tech-savvy travel friends, this is the list for you.
1. Sony A7III Mirrorless Camera
One of the best things you can do to up your travel game is to upgrade your current camera to the latest and greatest. One of the best camera, yet affordable, you can buy right now is the Sony A7III mirrorless camera.
With its jam-packed features, portable size and a price of a mid-range DSLR, the Sony A7III is the best travel camera you can buy right now. Sony has improved upon its predecessor with sharper 4K recording, excellent low-light performance, better battery life and to top it off, comes with internal optical stabilization.
You will not just have new cutting-edge features at your fingertips but having a new camera opens you up to much more opportunities to improve as a content creator and allow you to be more creative in how you tell your story. Your audience, friends, and families will notice the improvement in your photos and there is no better way to motivate you for the new year than by having people acknowledging the changes you have made.
2. DJI Osmo Pocket
There is no better way to capture your journey than with a video. I mean, would you rather watch a 3 minutes video of your trip or go through 1,000 photos? Exactly, and 2019 could be the year where you start recording more videos for your memory sake and for your friends and family to enjoy and the first step you can do to improve your travel videos is to have a smooth cinematic footages of your trip.
DJI Osmo Pocket is a pocket-sized video recording camera that are equipped with a mechanical stabilizer and is capable of recording 4K footage. Now you can record a smooth moving video without having to carry a heavy gimbal in your backpack all the time.
3. 15‑inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega
This may seem like a huge upgrade but if you are constantly editing photos and videos of your trip on your old computer and you feel like Adobe Lightroom and Premiere are taking twice as it used to, may be it's time for an upgrade. When your cameras are taking higher resolution photos and videos, you will need a more powerful laptop to handle all the pixels.
The 15‑inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega is one of the fastest laptop you can buy if you are in to photo and video editing. With the new graphics card, the Radeon Pro Vega, you will be able to edit your full-frame photos and compile your 4K videos in a few minutes. It will fly through whatever you throw at it which I think is a good long-term investment.
4. Samsung T5 1TB Portable SSD
If you are like me, you are probably carrying a few external hard drives in your bag to store all your photos and videos when you are on the road. Now that the photos and videos are increasing in resolution, you found yourself waiting a lot more for the computer to load. That is due to your old hard drive not reading and writing fast enough. It is time for you to upgrade your external hard drive to SSD (Solid State Drive).
The Samsung T5 1TB Portable SSD is what you need to speed up your content creation workflow. Large files like 4K videos open up much faster, the size more portable, and due to the fact that SSD has no moving parts, it is more durable than your old hard drive, which is important when you are on the road, and always throwing your bags around.
5. Kindle Oasis
Last but not least, an ebook reader. Look, I was a purist before when it comes to books and I used to haul 3 - 4 books around in my backpack for years but when I used one of the Kindle, I was blown away.
First, the small size makes it easier for me to carry in my backpack, secondly the battery life lasts for weeks which was always my concern with ebook readers, and lastly, you can switch books whenever you want! If you are looking to change something in 2019, try changing the way you read.
The Kindle Oasis is the perfect high-end e-book reader that has everything you need in a book and more. It has a high-resolution screen, waterproof body, portable size and best of all, it's perfect for one-hand reading. Now, you can kill your travel downtime with whichever book you want.
And there you have it, the 5 travel gadgets you should consider buying/upgrading for 2019 to prepare you the adventure-filled new year!
Further Reading for Resources
Looking for more articles to help you with your travel may it be camera gears or clothing? Here is a collection of articles you might like:
- Are you looking for the best travel camera for your next trip? Why not the Sony a6500? Here's why Sony a6500 is the best travel camera.
- Picking a camera body is one thing. Picking the lenses is a whole different game. Here is the ultimate guide to best travel lenses for the Sony a6500.
- You can't travel without a backpack and if you are looking for one, check out my guide on the best Herschel Supply backpacks for traveler.
- If you are into making travel videos, here is my ultimate advanced filmmaking gear guide.
- Technical hiking gear doesn't have to be ugly. Here is a guide to hiking gear that actually looks good on you.
- If you are a light-weight traveler and is looking for a powerful gear to go with your setup, check out the extremely light-weight photography gear guide.
- Looking for gift ideas for your traveler friends or family member? Here are 10 great gift ideas for backpackers.
- For more resources like this, visit my Resources page.
The Solo Traveler’s Resources is a series of posts by Bucketlistly where we will explore the ways of life of nomads including how we work, travel, and what we carry in our backpack.
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