Travel Trends and Tech

July 25th, 2013

Summer is a great time to travel, and studies show Americans need the time away. Almost 70 percent of Americans planned to travel this summer, up from 51 percent just two years ago. Thanks to technology, our road trips, plane rides and relaxation looks a little different than it did a few years ago.


According to Travel & Leisure, top travel trends for 2013 include better mobile maps, electronic wallet app and in-flight WiFi. Exploring the unknown isn't so intimidating when you're so connected.

The Huffington Post collected some of the favorite mobile apps to make a trip less stressful, including translators, last-minute hotel finder and airport guides.

Whether traveling for work or fun, having favorite or important content easily available also can make a trip more relaxing or productive. The new MediaShair Hub makes movies, photos and large documents wirelessly accessible from up to seven devices through its own secure WiFi network.

MediaShair Hub

For many, our favorite content also is how we unwind. To get into the travel spirit, download a few of the best travel movies for the road trip or flight.

Other fun gadgets to help you relax include the Re-Timer that emulates sunlight to help travelers fight jet lag and the Belkin's NetCam HD to let you check in on your house to make sure all is safe and sound.

Authentic and alternative experiences

Thanks to blogs, Pinterest and other online tools, we have new ideas so we no longer have to visit the same places in the same way as before. Popular travel trends are glamping (glamorous camping) and voluntourism with volunteering in a unique location.

To make sure you can share your adventures in style, jump on Instagram, which now has more than 130 million monthly active users. The most popular places to take an Instagram photo (using your phone) might even give you a start on your vacation planning.

Keep that phone charged while you're there with an IOGEAR GearPower 2400mAh Capacity Mobile Power Station. This portable power has a micro USB charging cable that is compatible with most smartphones so you aren't out of luck if you haven't brought the right cord. Happy snapping!

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About the Author

Gene Chi

Gene Chi

Gene Chi is a marketing and communications ninja who has worked in various industries including computer and consumer electronics for the past six years. He has a passion for all things that require a power source and is responsible for social media, event and public relations management at IOGEAR.