Best Tech Gadgets for Travelers

Taking a trip into the wild blue yonder? Then don't leave home without these handy tech gadgets that are sure to make your trip a little easier. Or at least a little more fun!

Portable Power

One of the biggest challenges for travelers is being able to charge up the myriad of tech toys that accompany us on our journeys. The Charge Card from Nomad is a flexible, wallet size travel companion. Plug it into any tech device and then into any USB port and you're good to go. If wallet sized is still too big for you, try their smaller version, the Charge Key, which fits on any key ring. So cool!

Organizing Options

Say goodbye to tech gadgets flopping around in your suitcase. Keep everything in one secure spot with Cocoon's Grid-It system. You can securely store all of your electronic devices within its little stretchy bands, and not have to worry about them getting crushed or lost in your suitcase. Plus, it works well for other suitcase items, too, like all of my art supplies or my son's toys, or my hair care tools…

Keyboard on the Go

If you're a frequent traveler you might prefer carrying your tablet instead of your laptop. But most tablets lack keyboards, a necessity if you need to type documents. The Kensington Keyfolio allows you to add a keyboard to your iPad, and even comes with a handy stand for easy accessibility.

Record Your Memories

Gone are the days of bulky camcorders and clumsy cases (and thank goodness for that). Canon's VIXIA mini is super slim and weighs a mere 5 ounces. Easy to pack or carry, this high-definition personal camcorder also has built in wifi to make sharing and posting your videos even easier. If you're a creative filmer, VIXIA offers a fisheye lens and special scene modes, just to name a few.


Video Game Accessories and Beyond…

Summer Travel Horror Story

Some years back my husband and I decided on the spur of the moment to take a week end vacation to Florida. We live in Northwest Georgia and back then 27 South was two lanes all the way to the Florida line. Our trip started out just fine we gassed our car and headed out.

After about two hundred miles we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere. We started seeing deer everywhere on the side of the highway. At first it was exciting to see them, but after the first fifteen they began to loose appeal.

They really lost their appeal when one ran into our car. It busted the radiator, knocked the headlight loose and rolled over the top of the car. We were in the middle of no where, no phone, no passersby and the car wouldn’t run. We walked what seemed like a million miles until we finally got a ride to the next town.

There we had to pay to have our car towed to the town we were in. The tow truck driver recommended someone to fix the radiator, but they couldn’t get to it until the next day. We were so tired that we rented a room at the local hotel and slept strait through until the next afternoon. By the time we got up and got our car both the week end and our money was gone. We left that little town with our tails tucked never to return.…

Travel Horror Story

I am the kind of person who always leaves ample time to get through security and to my gate. However, one time I barely made it.

It was the first day they did not allow people to bring liquids on the plane. I had a brand new bottle of expensive cologne that I took in my carry-on luggage to ensure it would not be damaged in my checked bag. It wasn't until I waited for an hour to get to the x-ray machine in security that I was told I could not bring liquids on the plane.

I was not about to throw away a brand new bottle of expensive cologne, so I ran to the counter to check it in. The line was unbelievably long. There was no way I was going to make my flight after waiting in this line.

I flagged down a manager and told her my situation. She let me cut in front of at least one hundred people to check my cologne. She then escorted me to the front of the security line.

I sprinted to the gate and boarded with the last boarding group. I barely made my flight thanks to the kindness of that manager. What a hectic morning!…

Trip Insurance from a Travel Insurance Company

When looking at vacations, trip insurance is an important part of planning any holiday, particularly when going overseas. Purchasing low cost travel insurance or single trip travel insurance can be easily done through a travel insurance company specializing in holiday insurance.

The most common coverage for short term traveling is medical and dental insurance, but other items can include accidental death, overseas funeral costs, lost, stolen or damaged travel documents as well as flight cancellations. Checking with a travel insurance company and comparing rates between them and your own insurance carrier is a good idea which can result in saving money. Low Cost Travel Insurance Can Protect Your Family Vacation

Checking for the cheapest travel insurance is easy with online services. Travel insurance online can help you get quotes quickly and compare prices. Since companies offering travel insurance can vary in rates, getting several estimates is the best way to ensure you get the exact coverage you’ll need.

Look for companies offering both single trip travel insurance as well as those with annual travel insurance. With more products to offer in their travel insurance packages, it is more likely the company can tailor a plan to fit your specific trip.

Annual travel insurance is generally for people who travel frequently normally for business. Covering areas such as delayed departures, flight insurance, international travel insurance as well as any legal assistance which might result in detainment are good ideas when internationally traveling.

Although many people vacation without trip insurance, having peace of mind with a small policy can help you avoid terrible situations in case of an accident when not at home. If an emergency should arise while traveling, assistance is very valuable and travel insurance companies can connect you with the right help quickly.

Situations can take a turn for the worst, especially when going overseas and young people with student travel insurance may find the legal aide of an attorney helpful.

The best advice is to research any travel insurance company and choose the right trip insurance to fit your budget as well as your vacation.…

Franklin County: Wilton, Maine Travel Information Guide

Wilton is a town in western Maine with approximately 4,000 residents. It offers a number of stores and restaurants, as well as a motel, banks, a hardware store, and two lakefront parks. Two of the restaurants include a Chinese restaurant and "The Boiler Room", which offers a variety of food and beverages. There are also three convenience stores and a Dunkin' Donuts fast food outlet. For the other major fast food chains you will need to travel to one of the neighboring towns.

The "Whispering Pines" motel and gift shop is outside of the business district in a pleasant rural location. The gift shop offers jewelry, maple syrup, and other Maine-related items. Rates are fairly reasonable, and the location is much quieter than those of the motels in neighboring Farmington. More information and a detailed listing of amenities are available at

A number of stores are located in the business district, including a Food City grocery store and a hardware store. Most of the other storefronts frequently change from one type of business to the next. There is also a library, post office, and video rental outlet in the same area. There is one bank near the Chinese restaurant and another beyond the grocery store, across from a church.

A small park near the business district and boat launch has benches and a gazebo. It is possible to swim there, as well as at the larger Kineowatha park, which has more facilities and a beach.

Traffic is light, except in the downtown area during daytime and on Rt. 4. Weather forecasts can be received on CNN affiliate radio stations 780-AM and 1240-AM. The nearest radio station is 99.3 WKTJ, in Farmington. A Blueberry Festival is held in the Summer, as well as a parade and fireworks on Independence Day.

The small neighboring town of Dryden has a laundromat with soda and snack vending machines, as well as a post office. Farmington is the nearest small city, which offers a larger grocery store, Wal-Mart, Sears, more lodging, and a pharmacy.…