Travelling the world with that special someone for company is the perfect recipe for happiness. Here are some gizmos to make your trips even more special. By Vaibhav Sharma
1. FITNESS BAND
Fitbit Versa 3
Versa 3 straddles the divide between fitness bands and smartwatches with aplomb. It has a six-day battery life, 24- hour heart-rate tracking, sleep analysis, SpO2 monitoring, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands, and even Spotify integration—all of the essentials without any of the fluff that most people rarely use. The understated look and choice of colours makes it suit any wrist. From INR 23,990.
2. COFFEE MAKER
Aeropress has become something of a favourite among coffee snobs. Now there’s a new, compact version that’ll make sure you never have to use the ghastly instant coffee sachets in your hotel room. It’s easy to use and clean, makes delicious coffee, and comes in a travel-friendly size. USD 31.95 (INR 2,319). (global shipping available)
3. PORTABLE PRINTER
We may be in the era of unlimited memory and instant sharing, but the charm of old-school photo prints is unmatched. Instant cameras can be a bit of a letdown, especially when you have the latest smartphone in hand. So, what do you do? Get this Instax square-format photo printer. There’s 800dpi sharpness; you get editing tools with frames and filters; and there’s cloud connectivity that lets you print directly from your Insta feed. INR 12,999.
4. ACTION CAMERA
GoPro HERO9 Black
This GoPro pretty much guarantees stunning travel footage. There’s a new sensor that shoots in 5K (30fps) and 4K (60fps), can take 240fps slo-mo, and even 20MP stills. Also upping the ante is the upgraded stabilisation and time-lapse recording, better battery life, and a new Max Mod lens (sold separately) for super-stabilised wide-angle footage of your adventures. INR 49,500.
5. BLUETOOTH TRACKER
Whether you’re at an airport, hotel lobby, or beach shack, LetsTrack’s range of Bluetooth trackers keeps your valuables safe. Available in two sizes (Tag and Tag Mini), its features include sound alerts (Tag only), automatic separation alert, and community lost-and- found tracking. These nifty little trackers also double up as a smartphone camera trigger! From INR 1,799.
This itinerary planning website (app available for iOS and Android) helps you and your plus-one get that special trip just right. Pick and save the sights you like, check out routes for road trips, explore interactive maps, and most importantly, work out the scheduling so everyone’s bucket list is fulfilled!