Travel Gadget Reviews

This HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. She will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel experiences.

Do You Check for Bed Bugs in Hotels?

I don’t like bugs, and by that, I mean all kinds of bugs. Bugs give me the creeps, even the supposedly cutesy kind like the ladybug.  Irrational or not, I suspect I have some sort of phobia around bugs and insects.  So when I travel, I’d prefer not to see them, least of all in the hotel room.  I am grateful that I have yet to encounter a bed bug scenario in my travels. A Close Encounter? Earlier this year, I stayed at a large chain hotel on the outskirts of New York, which will remain unnamed.  My Dad,...

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3 Reasons Why You Should NOT Buy an Apple iPad

  Is Apple’s iPad still a good investment? The other day, someone asked me if it’s a good idea to invest in an Apple iPad for travel. I unequivocally answered no. Let me be the first to say that I am a fan of most Apple products. The Macbook? A solid product. The iPhone? Incredible if you think about the evolution of phones.  Apple Watch?  Ok, maybe not so much that one… As for the iPad, I’m actually one of the early adopters. I purchased the 1st generation of iPad Wifi + 3G when it first came out. There were...

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Everything You Need to Know about Travel Tours (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of 3 in the Everything You Need to Know About Travel Tours series. Part 1 started off with an introduction to travel tours. Part 2 elaborated on what to look for in a tour. In this post,  I will cover where I go to book tours and walk through a practical example for an upcoming trip.  (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links from an affiliate marketing network, which means I may receive a small commission if you purchase using the links. )   Where to Book Tours? I book most of my tours through Viator.com (subsidiary of TripAdvisor)...

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My Experience Booking a Hotel with Citi’s Prestige 4th Night Free Option

For cardholders of the Citi Prestige, one of the great perks of the card is the 4th night free benefit. The short version  is that Citi would reimburse you for the 4th night if you book 4 or more consecutive hotel nights through Citi’s Concierge Service. Others have done an excellent of summarizing the product, such as this resource from Frequent Flier: Complete Guide to Citi Prestige 4th Night Free. Since I haven’t used the 4th night free benefit, I want to share my experience using this benefit for the first time. Citi’s Concierge Booking Experience I called Citi’s...

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Which Travel Adapter is the Best for International Travel?

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you purchase using the links) I traveled quite a bit internationally in the last couple of years, and I often get asked what type of travel adapters I use when I am abroad.  I have no interest in buying a different travel adapter for each country, so I wanted a “all-in-one” solution.  Since it can be kind of dry to write about travel adapters, I’m going to review them from a first-person point of view. Kensington International All-in-One Travel Plug “Hey, I’m Kensington International All-in-One...

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Scammed! Chump Change for a Rainy Day Fund

I wrote this post after a rough day at work. I was quite disappointed in the events of the day, when I suddenly remembered a travel lesson I learned in Belgium. Let me backtrack a bit. I love chocolates. A few years ago, when the opportunity came up to travel to Brussels with my brother, I couldn’t pass up on that opportunity. It was clearly a match made in heaven, as Brussels is known as the Chocolate Capital of the World. We were only there for a few days, but we did a lot and even tried out a...

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Everything You Need to Know about Travel Tours (Part 2)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TRAVEL TOUR This is Part 2 of 3in the Everything You Need to Know About Travel Tours series. Part I gives an introduction of my experience with travel tours.  In this post, I will go over what to look for in a tour.   Introduction There is a common misconception that travel tours will take care of all the details for you.  I would amend it to say that a tour is only as good as the tour operator you pick and the tours you choose. In other words, you still need to do...

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International Voice and Data Roaming Planning: Japan

In my earlier post here, I gave a general overview of some of the international roaming options. However, there is nothing better than a real, practical example. In this post, I will cover how I go about researching the voice and data needs for an upcoming trip to Japan. Voice and data roaming in Japan I will be traveling to Japan as a first-timer, and I will need both voice and data plan when I get there. I suspect that the data plan will be more critical since I probably will be doing quite a bit of Google translations. ...

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Your International Phone/Data Options When Traveling Abroad

I am one of those people that believe that when you’re on vacation, it’s best to try to get off the grid. Obviously, that’s not always practical. Sometimes you are in a new place and need directions. You need to call your family or friends to let them know that you arrive safely, or you are waiting for an important email. Or you just want to periodically check emails to make sure that nothing is falling apart at home or work. Whatever the reasons, it’s not always possible to stay disconnected. YOU NEED TO BE CONNECTED WHEN YOU ARE...

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Everything You Need to Know about Travel Tours (Part 1)

  IS A TRAVEL TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? If you ask a group of people if it is worth doing a travel tour, you will get a lot of different answers. I generally find that most people fall into one of two camps: The pro-tour group: “Tours are great! Travel companies take care of all the details for me.” The independent travel group: “Why? It’s so easy to get around, you don’t need a tour to get to the attractions.” “You’ll miss out on the interactions with locals if you’re stuck in a tour.” “Save your money so you...

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