Tech

From Apps to Gear we discuss everything a nomad might need on the road.

Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

12 Travel Tips For Making the Most of your Smartphone on the Road

We're thrilled to have David Elias give us a cheeky and insightful look into traveling with a smartphone. David gives us a few observations to help make the most out of traveling with a compact marvel of modern technology, from the dangers of mirrored screen covers and airport scanners, to managing the constant presence of technology in our travels.
Online shopping dog Black Friday

Black Friday – The Most Sordid Love Affair of Them All

Being a technology lover, in my mind there is truly no better day of consumerism than the yearly Black Friday sales. Thanksgiving be damned! The best fall holiday is surely the day after when millions of Americans burn their turkey ingested calories elbowing and shoving their way down the many congested aisles of the local brand name stores in search of the best deal.

You'd think that being a Canadian and living hours from the US border would be enough to lessen the impact of this yearly madfest of overabundant consumer greed. The problem is, you'd be wrong...

Panasonic Lumic DMC TS4 Review Hands on Waterproof Camera Affordable

Hands on Review of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Waterpoof Camera

Buying a new camera can be incredibly frustrating. You have to sort through the dozens of cameras available, try to make sense of incomprehensible technical reviews and try to find a decent price. It's easy to get so caught up in comparing specs that you put off your purchase until the last minute and then hope that it lives up to expectations.

I think we're like a lot of people who just want to know a few simple things: Does the camera take good pictures and video? Is the camera easy to use? How rugged is it? Is it truly waterproof?

We had the opportunity to review Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TS4 for a few weeks and put it through it's paces. Is this rugged, waterproof, point and shoot camera for you? Find out in our review.

The best iPad Drawing Apps for Kids

Five Best iPad Drawing Apps for Kids

Most kids love to draw and paint. While nothing beats the feeling of being elbow deep in finger paint, the digital equivalent is sometimes just easier. This is especially true when we travel, since a tablet or smart phone is faster to set up, quicker to clean and the kids usually enjoy it just as much as the real thing. Our daughter (who's turning four soon) loves to draw and paint, so we've reviewed her five favorite drawing or painting apps for the iPad. We've used each app and all five are currently on our tablet. Some of the apps are also available on the iPhone and iPod, but these reviews are strictly for the iPad versions. She uses and loves all of these apps (and so do we!).
Tech We Like To Travel With

Tech We Love To Travel With

In this day and age, anyone that travels seems to be defined by what they bring (or don't bring) on their travels. As a result, this digital age has brought another term to the backpack scene: flashpacker. Flashpacking is simply backpacking with more technological toys. It also usually refers to travellers with a few extra dollars to spend while on the road. The term affluent is sometimes associated with it as well however in this day and age almost everyone has a few tech toys with them. As such I suppose you can call us flashpackers but in truth, I like to refer to us simply as travellers or even nomads since we tend to follow the seasons. Our little ones tell everyone we're Barefoot Nomads and to be honest, it puts a smile on my face every time they say it. When we first started seriously travelling back in '02 one of the first places we stopped was Singapore. At the time Singapore was said to be miles ahead of the West in terms in technology. It usually took a few months for products to show up in Canada and the US that were already collecting dust on the shelves in this Asian country. As such, we had decided to pick up both a digital camera and a new laptop while we were there. Though we were far from pioneers at the time, a traveller with a decent laptop was still a rare sight. These days, finding a serious traveller without a laptop is a rarity and digital cameras are cheap and plentiful. Some of the equipment the typical backpacker takes and uses could probably...
Money Belt or Neck Wallet? Reviews and Alternatives to Keep Your Stuff Safe When Traveling

Money Belt or Neck Wallet? Reviews and Alternatives to Keep Your Stuff Safe When Traveling

What's the best way to keep your credit cards, cash and passport safe when you travel? The default is usually a money belt or fanny pack that you wear around your waist, and can tuck away under your clothes. But there are much better options out there for keeping your stuff safe, like neck wallets. This review looks at money belts, neck wallets, leg and wrist wallets, belt wallets, bras and clothes with hidden pockets.