Published in travel accessories
Whether you're climbing Mount Everest or spending a weekend in Paris, packing the right gear is a must. With the change in technology and the need to be charged and connected to the internet 24/7 travel has turned very electronic & it's more chargers and cables than books and road maps. We've been travelling for just over 6 years now and here's just some of our tried and tested must-have travel accessories for under £50/€50.
1. Anker Portable Charger Powerbank (Astro E1 5200mah external battery)
There's nothing worse than you being at one of the most beautiful places in the world and wanting to take a picture or be lost in the middle of a city and your phones died. It's important to keep your devices charged and Anker is the brand to go when you want a reliable and affordable portable battery pack, we use both the small Astro that charge your phone from dead 1-2 times regularly, then we use the Powercore 13000 and the bigger Powercore 20100 when we need to charge multiple devices and for the price tag we couldn't recommend them enough.
2.Huawei E5577 Black 4G Low-cost Travel Mobile WIFI Hotspot (MIFI)
Okay, you've got us it's not exactly under £50/€50 its little sister is though the HUAWEI E5220 at only £35 its a great way to stay connected when travelling, we normally use a Three 12GB SIM CARD which costs about 20 pounds which you put into the Mifi and it creates a wireless hotspot for 8-12 hours & with Threes Go Roam service it allows you to use that 12gb over 12 months in destinations such as USA/Europa/Indonesia (including Bali), Vietnam, New Zealand etc. (full list here) What the Mifi does is you can use a UK sim card such as the three sim card or an international sim once you arrive and it gives you access to the internet saving a fortune on roaming charges from your own network.
3. Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
It sounds so simple but whether your on a long haul flight or in a warm climate for us staying hydrated and healthy is super important, when we fly for long periods of time or are in the sun for a while we tend to get cracked lips so we find Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm is a life saver especially for under £3/€3. Or why not try the gift set.
4. Syncwire 4 Port USB Wall Charger with Interchangeable UK,USA. EU Adapter
We love this one, we actually have about 6 of them around of apartment and ones kept in our bags 24/7 as they are so handy. It saves you trekking 4 travel adapters, 4 plugs and 4 USB cables just one plug that works around the world and for under £17/€17 you really can't beat it.
5. Mpow Phone camera lenses
One of the best-priced user-friendly accessories we have bought in the last year has to be the iphone attachment lenses for your phone. We love to take photos on the go on our phones or post videos on Instagram and with these lenses it gives you change to shoot with a wide angle or fisheye. Of course, they aren't as good as a professional DSLR or mirrorless camera but for the money and size, its a handy gadget any professional or amateur photographer should have in their bag.
6. Travel Sleep Mask with Adjustable Strap and Ear Plugs
Your not yourself when your tired & there's nothing worse than travelling and not being able to sleep due to jet lag or street noise from your apartment/hotel. Somethings are just unavoidable when travelling, but if you have this wee handy mask & ear plugs combo there isn't anywhere you can't sleep. They say you can't put a price on sleep but at £5.99/€6 we think this comes in at the cheapest we've seen.
7. Anker Bluetooth Speaker- SoundCore mini
Back to the guys at Anker for this one. Everyone loves a bit of music when your travelling, now, of course, don't be that person that plays some banging dance music on the beach when everyone is chilling out but if your in your hotel/apartment or travelling long term and want to rely on a decent, small, affordable Bluetooth speaker this is the one. We have the first generation sound core mini & its a perfect little speaker that packs a serious sound punch.
8. APEMAN 4K Action Waterproof Camera
We all love sharing our travels & one of the best ways is with an action camera such as a GoPro, especially when you are at the beach or underwater the action camera is an amazing way to show your friends and family what you got up to but off course this is the best gadgets under £50/€50 so we decided to test out the Apeman action camera & to be honest we were very surprised. We have had every GoPro there is and really heavy on them for videoing underwater or just for a different angle that's not possible with a mirrorless camera. Know off course it's not as good as a GoPro but for 300 pounds cheaper it's definitely not far off. If it's just for you to or for Instagram it's more than enough, if you are doing videos for youtube or making money out of them then get a GoPro but if its value of money you want an Apeman is the way to go.
Published in World Festivals
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Grape Throwing Festival
Mallorca, Spain: 8th -22nd September 2018 (2019 TBA) last weekend in September The Grape Throwing Festival is held annually during the last weekend in September and celebrates the grape harvest in the wine-growing village of Binissalem, Mallorca. Find out more.
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Published in World Festivals
Gay Pride Parade
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Tokyo, Japan: 13-15th August 2018 (13-15th August 2019) An traditional eye-catching festival where Japanese Families release floating lanterns into the water to represent their ancestors’ spirits being sent off. Find out more.
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