And then they turned one…


A year ago, a little website slipped into existence without much fanfare or fuss.  On the sixteenth of January last year, a single tweet announced that Too Many Adapters was now live.

In the twelve months since then, around 60,000 of you have stopped by to see what we have to say.  For that we’re truly grateful – there’s no way we could do this without you, after all.

We’ve published over 170 posts on the site in that time, covering pretty much anything we can think of to help travellers make the most of their technology.  Three times a week, Dustin, our wonderful little team of volunteer writers and myself have done our best to add a bit of advice, spice and humour to the world of travel tech.


So which posts stood out?

One thing we’ve definitely learned is that not every article is created equal.  Some of the pieces that we thought would generate a reaction have disappeared without a trace, while others that we figured would barely raise an eyebrow have instead led to hundreds of new people stopping by the site -and often plenty of debate to go with it. 

For instance:


Dell XPSThe one with the most comments

Ok, so that’s easy.  Close to 300 of you left a comment to enter our biggest giveaway so far, the Dell XPS 13 travel laptop.  That’s probably not a huge surprise – it’s a great piece of kit (in fact, I know that Dustin was quite keen to accidentally forget to give it away and just keep it for himself…)

The one you agreed with the most

After seeing way too many people using excessively large Apple products to take photos with during a road trip in the US last year, I was moved to write a piece giving five reasons why your iPad is not your camera.  I may not have been particularly subtle about why it’s a horrible idea – and nearly everyone that commented thought the same.  One guy even listed it as a reason for his impending divorce…

Phone and moneyThe one where we ranted the most

This category had quite a bit of competition … we do tend to rant a bit around here.  After considering and ultimately discarding such worthy contenders as a diatribe about the new Lightening port and why most mobile apps suck, in the end I’ve gone with my loud complaints about the ridiculous costs of international data roaming.  Unsurprisingly, many of you agreed.

The one that has the strangest search terms

Let’s just say that when you publish a post about spy cameras in hotel rooms, you can expect to get some fairly … interesting … search queries from the people that find it.  That’s all I’ll say about that.

Burma internetThe one that required the most research

There were a few of these as well – the one about SIM cards in South East Asia, for instance, or Anthony’s comprehensive analysis of the best iPhone 5 version for global travellers.

In the end though, it had to be a category rather than a single post – Dustin’s ongoing feature on the state of technology in Burma / Myanmar.  He has selflessly sent himself back to the country time and again, just to bring you the latest information from this rapidly-changing nation.  It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s totally in love with the place, of course…

And of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday without presents.

We’ve got a couple of Scottevest vests to give away, in small and medium male sizes.  These vests are ideal for travelling geeks, with more pockets, nooks and crannies to stuff your electronics in than … well … something with not quite so many pockets, nooks and crannies.

To enter, just leave a comment below.  If you win and are based in North America, we’ll cover the postage – we’re good like that.  If you’re outside the US and Canada, we’ll have a chat about it first.

Oh, and as the late Steve Jobs would say, one last thing.


If you’ve got a spare minute (yes, just one minute) and wanted to really help us out, we’d really appreciate it if you could fill in our little survey to let us know how we’re going. We don’t ask directly for feedback like this very often, but your answers are invaluable in helping us make the site even better in the future.

Thanks so much for being a part of our first year here at Too Many Adapters.  We hope you’ll stick around for many more!


Don’t forget the survey!


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About the author

Dave Dean

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Founder and editor of Too Many Adapters, Dave has been a wanderer for nearly 20 years and a geek for even longer. When he's not playing with the latest tech toy or working out how to keep his phone charged for just a few more minutes, he can probably be found sitting in a broken down bus in some obscure corner of the planet.

18 Responses

  1. Joel

    Great job guys! Have you thought about doing a mailbag every so often and try to answer reader questions?

  2. Tristan

    Congratulations guys, and thanks for the nice roundup. I just found your site recently, so these are all articles I’ve missed.

    May there be many more years of TMA to come!

    And FYI, I found the site through Dustin’s interview on the Amateur Traveler, which I really enjoyed.

  3. Max Neumegen

    170 posts old, I will have to do some catch up reading as I think I may have missed a few (100). I remember when I went and picked up Dustin from a hostel in napier NZ, and he couchsurfed the rest of the week with high speed Internet. I really wanted him to teach me how to set up a blog site. And I still haven’t. One day, a travellers day.

  4. Bruce Nelson

    Happy Birthday! I receive your posts via email and it’s generally the first email I read. As an older traveler, I really appreciate your well-researched info on the latest technologies and your concise, easy to read descriptions.

  5. Tom

    Happy Birthday, TMA! You cover a sweet spot of travel tech that’s an add-on or “oh, yeah” for others. Thanks for the focus and the real-world reviews.

  6. Marv.n.Jo

    Happy Birthday TMA! Great job and keep up the awesome work. Love the site and really appreciate all the techno-tips. Marv could really use a scottevest, being that he’s been our “IT manager” over the past 18 months we’ve been traveling!

    Here’s to reducing trouser pockets bloat! 🙂

  7. Toni Middleton

    Congrats. Very happy to read about Myanmar — both the good and the difficult.

  8. Pablo

    Love your posts. In fact, I’m Travelling Southeast Asia now and had to sweep all hotel rooms for cameras! On the bright side, I can keep checking your posts thanks to the recommendations on SIM cards in Thailand! Cheers


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