Hi again. I hope you’re all well and enjoying the start of the summer (has it actually started yet?!?). I’m writing this blog from sunny Las Vegas where it was a blistering 42C earlier today, so summer has definitely hit here! (Naturally I’ve been slathered in wonderful Ultrasun since I rolled off the plane).
Talking of travelling further afield, it’s that time of year when many of us are starting to head off on holiday and whether that’s a lovely weekend break in beautiful Britain or something a bit more exotic, I’m pretty sure that you’ll be taking some technology with you on your break.
It’s amazing how many of us have so much technology with us these days. It is such an essential part of our everyday life that it’s sometimes easy to forget that we’re actually using it! As a teenager holidaying with my parents the most technological things we took away with us were a travel kettle and a portable cassette player, but things have come a LONG way since the mid 80’s so I thought I’d give you a round-up of my fave tech essentials that are always with me when I jump on a plane in 2016…
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Tablet
I thought I’d start with this one as it will be the Today’s Special Value on 25th June and you won’t want to miss the amazing offer we have in store for you. Since we first started selling Kindles on QVC several months ago they have been a huge hit and with this being the first ever Kindle TSV I’m very excited.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Kindle for several years since I first purchased one at the airport before catching a flight at Heathrow. I’ve always been a keen reader and when travelling on holiday we all get the chance to read even more. As much as I love books I’m not a fan of how heavy they are, how much space they take up and how they end up looking like they’ve been tossed around a suncream manufacturing plant by the time I get home! My Kindle gets around all of those issues and also allows me to store thousands of books locally on the device which is more than I’d probably read during 20 years’ worth of holidays.
Better still, as long as I have a Wi-Fi connection I can download any book I want including over one million free books available via the Amazon Kindle online book store. Also, I don’t even need to worry about charging the device, as on one full charge I get up to four weeks usage which is simply incredible.
The Paperwhite in undoubtedly the best Kindle yet and because it now has an inbuilt backlight (unlike a tablet it doesn’t emit ‘blue light’ that can keep you awake) I can now even read in the dark without having to keep a light on. It really is THE best way to experience reading and if you join us for the TSV you’ll get to hear all about it and why it’s such an incredible piece of technology that I (and millions of others) wouldn’t be without.
Amazon Fire 10 HD
Tablets have become such a staple for many of us and are a wonderful extension of our smartphones, offering a larger screen for a better viewing experience and a wealth of entertainment for when we’re travelling, out and about or simply ‘sofa surfing’ at home.
Being a techie I have a few tablets but this Kindle Fire HD 10 is one of my favourites offering a wonderful 10″ HD screen, expandable memory and great syncing with my Amazon Prime account to allow me to watch all my favourite shows and even listen to my music.
Inflight entertainment has come a long way since the big screen at the front of the plane for all of the passengers to watch, but even with so much to see and hear via the screen in the back of the seat there are still some shows and movies that they don’t have, which my tablet allows me to enjoy. It’s also great to catch up on your favourite soaps or TV shows when you’re far away from the UK, especially if you have the wonderful Surfeasy…
This little device always sells out and once you use one you’ll know why. If you have a PC or a Mac and surf the web on it then you need one of these. Not only does it keep you secure and private whilst surfing online ensuring that none of your personal details are sent out to the web, but it also keeps your computer away from all of those annoying ad trackers so no more pop-ups asking if you still want to buy that holiday 6 months after you’ve actually returned from it! You can also use the innovative slimline USB key in other USB enabled computers so whether you’re using a computer in a hotel lobby or your own computer with hotel Wi-Fi you’ll always be 100% safe.
Better still the Surfeasy offer we have, also allows you to download the service to your tablets and smartphones for a whole two years offering protection for up to five devices. mOne of the really neat features of the Surfeasy is the ability to virtually ‘shift’ your location using a very simple dropdown menu with country choices such as the UK, US, Singapore and Brazil – the technical term for this is VPN, or Virtual Private Network.
I simply LOVE my Bose noise cancelling headphones. I still have the over-ear model that I purchased several years ago but since purchasing the in-ears last they have become my favourite flying friend. I’ve always loved my music and as you’d expect, any tunes played through them are crystal clear and sound sublime, but the noise cancelling function still makes my jaw drop.
I’m very lucky to travel a lot so am frequently hopping on and off planes. I’ve actually always found the rumble of the engines quite comforting but I can’t really say the same for the sounds coming from my fellow passengers! Once I pop these beauties into my ears and switch on the noise cancelling (the rechargeable battery lasts for up to 16 hours so more than enough even for the longest flight in the world) I am literally in a different world altogether. In fact they’re so effective that sometimes I just put them in my ears before drifting off to sleep and even without music being played through them they’re so much more efficient than earplugs.
I wish I could find enough words to truly explain how incredible they are but in this case you really need to try them to see why I’m so enamoured with them. Of course I also use them elsewhere so even when I’m not on a plane they transform a tube journey or even a night of relaxing on the couch listening to my favourite music, the TV or even a talking book.
What would we do without our smartphones? Is there anything they can’t do? In the past 36 hours it’s given me turn by turn directions to the airport, checked me into my flight, allowed me to catch up on e-mails, put music into my ears, acted as my camera (I took all the snaps accompanying this blog on it), allowed me to update my social media (regularly), gave me an insight into the weather I was heading to, allowed me to check my bank balance and even allowed me to make a few calls!
You may well know that I’m a big fan of Apple and the iPhone has been my phone of choice for many years now. Not only are they beautifully crafted pieces of technology but they also sync so well with my other Apple devices which makes life so easy when I eventually arrive back home. Without me having to worry about a thing they all perfectly sync together and that still feels like magic to me.
Now as we know the battery life on smartphones has vastly improved over the years and even though the iPhone 6 that I use offers up to 10 hours off battery life I do find that I use it all day long for so many things so occasionally I need a mobile battery top-up option and that’s where my Halo comes in handy…
I’ve been using Halo chargers for a few years now and all of their products have always been made to such high standards and look great which is a nice bonus when pairing them with a nifty looking smartphone.
The latest flat design with the mirrored finish (great for checking how your tan is coming along whilst sitting around the pool!) doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your phone so it’s very comfortable to hold alongside my iPhone whilst still actually using it. Usually by the end of the day I’ve practically run my whole life from my Smartphone so it’s comforting to have this lightweight powerhouse with me at all times and to know that it will fully recharge my phone or just give me a power top-up when I need it.
So there you have it. A little insight into my travel tech essentials and why I love them so much. I really hope you’re able to join us on the 25th June for the Kindle Paperwhite TSV (If you are on your travels don’t forget you can watch QVC live via our website of the Android and Apple apps) and in the lead-up to that I’ll be letting you know more via my Twitter feed @leeqvc and my Facebook page.
If you are off on your holidays soon I hope you have a wonderful time and always feel free to tweet me or message me on Facebook to let me know about your essential travel tech and why you love it so much.
See you soon
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