Our 2017 Picks

Navigating the vast array of technology available to travellers can be daunting. Which phone is best? Do I need an e-reader – and if so, which one? How do I keep my photos safe?

These questions – and dozens of others like them – are what we try to answer around here. For those who don’t have time to search through hundreds of articles, however, we have gathered together our recommendations across several categories. In each case we've chosen a few of the best products on the market, and explain why they’re better than anything else out there right now.

What does that mean? In our opinion, recommended products do the job better, faster, cheaper or easier (or, likely, many of those things) than the competition for most travellers. It’s as simple as that.

SMARTPHONES

Galaxy S7 in hotel room

Their small size and combination of functions make smartphones one of the most useful travel gadgets out there.

They’re definitely not all created equal, however, and picking the wrong one could end up being a frustrating and expensive mistake. Here’s what you need to know.

LAPTOPS & HYBRIDS

HP Spectre x360 laptop mode

While many travellers have switched to tablets or smartphones, there’s still nothing better than a laptop or hybrid when it comes to getting real work done on the road.

If you want maximum performance, flexibility and storage space — or just want to type those long emails to Grandma without wearing out your thumbs — these are the ones to buy.

STORAGE & BACKUP

Sandisk Extreme lifestyle

Whether you’re backing up your files, sharing photos with friends or just adding a little extra capacity to your camera, storage matters more than ever.

Here are our recommendations for all the options that matter to travellers – hard drives, flash, wireless and up in the cloud.

ACCESSORIES

Gekkopod

It’s easy to get carried away with the number of gadgets and accessories you take on a trip, and most of them are unnecessary.

There are a few, though, that are definitely useful enough to justify their size, weight and cost, from chargers to tripods, batteries to Wi-fi extenders and more.

TABLETS & E-READERS

Kindle Paperwhite

For many travellers, tablets are replacing laptops as their main way of staying in touch from the road. The best are light, well-made and can do everything you need… and the worst are none of those things. Which is which?

Travel brings a lot of down time. It’s hard to justify the extra weight and space that physical books take up, however, and it’s not always easy to find replacements on the road. E-readers solve both of those problems — but what model should you buy?

These are our picks.

SOUND

NYNE TT on the beach

Whether it’s a screaming child in the seat in front of you on a long haul flight or blaring music videos on an overnight bus in Vietnam, sometimes a pair of decent earphones is all that stands between you and a very miserable few hours.

Other times, it’s all about sharing your music with those around you — a day on the beach, or a party back in the hotel room.

Here are our recommendations for better sound, no matter your style of travel.

TOOLS & SERVICES

Tangalle beach

Need to know which company has the best travel insurance, or the best VPN for travelers? Which site gives the best hotel deals, or how to get into airport lounges without being a high roller?

These are the tools and services we use.