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Hands up if you’re reading this because you want to be a travel writer? Just about everybody, right? And why not, being paid to travel has got to be one of the ultimate dream jobs, and over the last couple of years it’s become a much more attainable dream for most of us.
If you’re planning a trip abroad and want to try your hand at travel writing, check out these handy gadgets that will help you launch your fledgling career.
A lot of people decide to ditch all modern technology when they go travelling, swapping smart phones for old school Nokias that make calls and might have Snake on there if you’re lucky. It’s an understandable desire when you want to really experience your surroundings, but as an aspiring travel writer you need to also think about your audience.
A Smartphone lets you access social media sites from just about anywhere in the world (in most countries it’s possible to pick up a cheap sim card that will let you access the internet), and new travel writers need to engage with their readers, be it on your blog or twitter, regularly.
Smartphones are also a complete godsend for beginner photographers- with apps like Instagram it’s almost impossible to take a bad photograph, and all travel articles look better with a couple of atmospheric pictures. There are also apps like Photosynth and Trip Journal, which can help you easily create interesting photos and posts.
Portable Internet Routers
The second thing that you need to think about as an aspiring travel writer is your access to the internet. Unless you’re planning to go completely off the beaten track, you’ll probably be able to get to an internet café at some point. But if you need to research new destinations, update your blog or respond to briefs, it’s often much easier to do when you have your own internet access.
Internet ‘Dongles’ already have a semi-retro feel to them, but when travelling in places like South East Asia, it’s often easy and cheap to pick up a dongle that will let you make almost any location into your mobile office. It also means avoiding the sometimes-hefty Wi-Fi charge that hostels and guesthouses charge.
The other option available in some countries is to rent a portable Wi-Fi router. These are great short-term options if you want to avoid roaming chargers on your phone bill, and often it will let you connect multiple devices at the same time to one router. Websites like www.alldayinternetspain.com make these gadgets very easy to order.
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