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12 travel gadgets for your next trip

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Traveling is cathartic. There is no other thing that will give you as much perspective as seeing the world.

People travel for different reasons. Whether it be for leisure or work (or you know, you’re just running away from something *ehem*heartbreak*ehem*), a good trip will always leave you refreshed and looking forward to the next grand adventure.

From mountains to foreign cities and new beaches, you must always make sure you travel prepared! Be it a short road trip or an intercontinental flight, make sure you have all bases covered with top tech we’ve picked out for you to travel with.

Snap Spectacles

These sunnies are not just great-looking, they have built in 180-degree cameras that automatically upload footage to the Snapchat app on your phone. Hands-free, fuss-free, and fashionable, these shades are perfect for every summer beach trip or city escapade you have planned. Now your ex will see every fun adventure you’re having without him or her.

Native Union Tag Cable

This stylish and unassuming bag tag is actually your Lightning cord. No need to worry about packing those long pesky cords and bothering to untangle them. This luxury leather accessory comes in black and tan.

Zhiyun Smooth 3

This smartphone stabilizer will ensure you have flawless and fluid smartphone footage. This useful tech has 14 hours of running time and real-time charging through the gimbal itself. You may not be emotionally stable yet but at least your videos will be!

Clip-on smartphone lenses

If you can’t be bothered to lug around a DSLR on your trip, consider buying these clip on lenses for your smartphone. These compact accessories allow you to take your travel photos from a different point of view. We all need a different perspective in life — and in love — every now and then.

Insta360 Camera

Capture the whole view and even stream it on Facebook Live! The nifty device clips on to your smartphone and allows you to preview photos and videos via the Insta360 app. This means your overanalyzing brain will get to see every detail.

RJ Electronics Armadillo Speakers

These portable speakers come in four different colors and are dust- and waterproof. Perfect for any adventure, these handy things are unbreakable, unlike you.

Nilkin Car Charger

For road trips of any length, it’s always good to have this wireless car charger. Never worry about driving without Waze again!

Romoss UPower Travel Mate

This powerbank has a built-in plug which means you don’t have to bring an additional cord to charge it during the trip. Less cords, less fuss — you don’t need to be attached at all.

Xiaomi Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Remote Shutter Tripod Holder

Sometimes you have to do things by yourself — including travel photos. Make sure you get the the best possible shots even when you have no one to take your photos for you. You are a strong, independent person and you won’t need anyone again!

Sony FDR-X3000

Make sure you have photos and videos of (quite literally) everything you do with this action cam. Bungee jumping? Click away! Snorkeling? Sure! Don’t let anything stop you from making memories. This camera makes sure you’re getting action. ?

ASUS ZenBook 3

For those who can’t travel without a computer, the ASUS ZenBook 3 is the perfect trip companion for you. It’s super light and thin which means it’s so much easier to bring.

Travel Home Wall Charger USB Plug

Let’s be honest: Hotel room plugs are never enough to charge all these devices! This multi-port USB wall plug solves that problem. Now you have choices, and I’m not just talking about this plug.

These are just a few of my top travel gadget picks. What technology do you swear by while on the road? Let us know in the comments section below!

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Barcelona with the Huawei P10

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Freitag R523 Hoffmann: Recycled laptop bags have never looked this good

Each bag is literally one-of-a-kind

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Continuing the never-ending search for a laptop bag I’d actually use, Freitag’s R523 Hoffmann was the next victim.

A good laptop bag is essential to your work, and your #OOTDs! When shopping for a bag that will house one of my most prized possessions (not to mention, the tool that gives me my living) there are certain considerations: Is the bag spacious enough? Will it protect my computer? Will I be able to carry it around on long days? Does it ruin my outfit?

So, does the Hoffman live up to my standards? What’s so special about this brand? Let’s find out.

What’s the deal with Freitag?

It’s really not your usual brand. Zurich-based Freitag boasts that each bag is made of truck tarpaulin, each one selected (yes, they have special truck spotters), washed, and cut to create bags — each one entirely unique to others.

So yes, these bags are made out of recycled materials but they look oh so good.

Also, they’re heavy-duty because, well, they are made out of materials designed to be outdoors under all elements. A big plus: That makes these bags waterproof, which is a great thing because I’m putting my laptop in it.

The bag I tried on for size was the Hoffmann:

Look and feel

My pick was a white bag because you can never go wrong with this color. It looks crisp, classic, and ready to match any given outfit.

Interestingly, it doesn’t seem like it’s a bag that’s made out of tarpaulin — at least not how I imagined a tarpaulin bag would look. It’s classy and it matches even business or work outfits which is great for those long meeting days. Also worth noting: Its texture gives off a great look and feel.

It has a strap handle which is pretty sturdy; no way this will break even when you have a laptop (and a whole lot of other things like I do 🙈).

It also has a longer strap so you can wear it around your shoulder. If you’re like me and you have frail arms, this feature is a godsend.

These straps are also very sturdy and adjustable. The better to carry everything you need with!

What’s inside?

There are two outside pockets for stuff you want to keep but need easy access to.

And of course, it has a dedicated laptop pocket! There are also smaller side pockets inside for other stuff and knick-knacks. Great for organizing your things — no more bags that are bottomless pits of random stuff.

This is a surprisingly spacious bag. It can house my work gear (laptop, external hard drive, small camera, cords, and chargers) plus all my everyday essentials (a semi-big makeup bag, wallet, and perfume).

Final thoughts

Despite it being sourced from upcycled materials, this is one expensive-looking bag. That’s also because it is. All those good qualities come at a price, listed at CHF 314.80 on their website and priced at over PhP 20,000 from Urban Traveller & Co. in the Philippines.

Freitag’s Hoffmann offers a good-looking laptop bag made out of heavy duty materials, ensuring your machine is always safe. A big plus is that it’s recycled — a great whoop for the environment!

One thing’s for sure: When you get yourself a Freitag bag, you get more than just a bag. You get a one-of-a-kind piece that’s not only an awesome home for your laptop, it’s also a statement on how you can breathe new life into random objects with some creativity. Each one serves as an example of how you can create new and amazing things from stuff that are seemingly worthless.

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My top 5 pink gadgets: A guide for the pink-loving techie

On Wednesdays we wear pink!

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It’s no secret that I like pink. When pink gadgets and tech come my way, I am understandably through the roof because I firmly believe that everything should just come in this rosy hue.

Since today is October 3 and it’s a Wednesday, you know what that means! I’m wearing pink! Kidding — I wear pink every day. 😂

But, seriously: Throughout my time reviewing tech, I’ve come across a number of pink gadgets. Here are my top picks for the pink-loving techies out there.

Huawei P20 in Rose Gold a.k.a. the Pink 20

Yes, we do actually call this phone the Pink 20. Yes, I still use it to this day because it looks good with my hair and it’s just the prettiest phone ever. Look:

Yep, I know you want this phone, too.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P20 review: Pink and perfect?

Samsung Galaxy Watch

This was the smartwatch I’d been waiting for because it finally came in my color! Samsung’s latest wearable comes with a rose gold face and a pastel pink strap. This thing hasn’t left my wrist since I reviewed it.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Who is it perfect for?

Dyson Supersonic

The Dyson Supersonic is every girl’s dream hair dryer. This top-of-the-line dryer is ergonomically designed for better handling.

Plus it’s pink and makes me pretty. Alternatively, there’s a purple version, but who’d want that over this color?

SEE ALSO: Dyson Supersonic review: Bladeless hair dryer

Instax SQ6

Fujifilm’s latest Instax release has that vintage feel — and it comes in rose gold. Create beautiful memories with an even more beautiful camera!

SEE ALSO: Shooting with a Fujifilm Instax SQ6: Walkthrough, review, and sample shots

Foreo UFO

This pink puck is actually a high-tech face mask! Foreo’s UFO allows you to have the Korean skincare experience in just 90 seconds.

SEE ALSO: Foreo UFO: A high-tech replacement for face masks?

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Microsoft Surface Headphones have adjustable noise cancellation, Cortana support

A first for the company

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Microsoft launched a set of refreshed Windows-powered devices today, but none are as interesting as the company’s first pair of noise-canceling wireless headphones.

The Microsoft Headphones are a US$ 350 pair of over-ear cans that have adjustable noise cancellation by turning the left cup. What does rotating the right cup do? Adjust volume, of course!

A cool trick shown in the video below is how the headphones pause music when taken off. Check it out:

Cortana support is also integrated, allowing you to speak to the voice assistant through the built-in microphones. If going full wireless isn’t your thing, you could also opt to connect the headphones via a 3.5mm audio cable. Charging is done over USB-C.

It may seem out of place at first alongside the current Surface lineup, but Microsoft assures consumers that it has been in the making for quite some time.

As of writing, these headphones will become available by the end of the year in the gray color seen above, but only in the US.

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