When traveling, your phone is your best friend. Think about
it. Travel phones are your portal to
everything back home. This includes your emails, your contacts, your photos,
and even banking information. It is such a tiny device, however if you lose it,
it can mean a troublesome time while on the road.
That is why it is paramount that you have a travel phone fit
for your trip and schedule. When looking for a phone specifically meant to bring with you while on the road, you have to
look at a few factors.
The most important thing about travel phones is their
ability to stay alive with fewer charges. Phones with larger batteries are necessary
if you want to be on the road a lot. This goes double if you plan to go
somewhere with minimal access to charging stations. A phone with a long battery
life guarantees that it will last the trip. Of course, having a power bank can
double, or even triple your phone’s life. So if you are looking for a phone and
plan on getting a power bank, one with a massive battery may not be necessary.
Here is where a conflict of interest comes in. You want a
phone with long battery life, but you may also want something that easily fits
in your pocket. Phones with big batteries (upwards of 5,000 mAh) usually also
have heavy and large frames. Of course, for a phone to carry a larger battery,
it has to be large as well. This means it can be very heavy. Not like you
cannot hold it, but more of an inconvenience all around. You would have a hard
time carrying it in your shirt pockets, and gods help you if it smacks you in
Pickpockets and thieves are known issues especially when you
are traveling to a new location. They can spot a phone’s location a mile away.
To mitigate this, having a smaller phone helps in concealing its location. At
the very least, a small phone makes it possible to keep it within your reach at
all times. Tourists should make it a priority to keep their phone within reach
to avoid theft. Placing it in your backpack can make it easy pickings for
thieves. They can nab it before you can even know what happened. And it goes
without saying – losing your phone, with all its data, in a foreign country can
be the end of your trip.
When you are on a foreign country, your phone is your one
link to everything you own. It can give you vital access to your bank accounts,
to your emails, and to your contacts. Losing it can be catastrophic. It might
also be a good idea to have a separate travel phone, while leaving your regular
one at home. This can be a good backup system, as it saves you some trouble if
it is lost, stolen, or destroyed while on the road.