BerndtCanada Travels

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This travel information site is geared for travelers who wish to travel frequently; exploring, learning, and appreciating the geography, culture and history of the places being visited. We believe a balance of independent wandering and guided local wisdom ensures the richest experiences. We hope you will find this website useful in imagining and planning your travels.


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Gadgets and Apps

The advent of many new electronic devices, various travel gadgets and a range of mobile apps has made traveling more convenient, more organized, safer and more fun. The websites listed below offer some suggestions about travel accessories and gadgets. While some are just good geeky fun, others are quite essential; the accessories that add comfort while in flight or on the road, the packing tools that help keep clothing, toiletries and electronics organized; and, the electronics themselves. While many people do everything with their phones, we still travel with a digital camera, a tablet (with downloaded e-books and music), a laptop with photo-editing software and Skype installed, a noise-cancelling headset, a flash drive, and a variety of electronic chargers and adapters.  See:


The 27 Best Travel Accessories To Save Space, Time And Money In 2020

27 Travel Gadgets That Are Too Cool To Resist

57 Brilliant Travel Accessories Every Traveller Must Have In 2019


We also travel with a GPS on the trips when we rent a vehicle. There are many good options  depending on the destination and the features you want. Smartphone GPS apps, like Google Maps and Apple maps offer comparable functionality but have some downsides to their use.

What is the best GPS for International Travel?

What is the Best GPS for Europe Travel?

Best Car GPS Navigation 2019


Keep a detailed list on file of essential items to pack

There are hundreds of possible travel apps for Apple and Android devices. Some are better than others. They can be categorized as: mapping tools, including tools for finding WiFi hotspots, public washrooms, and recommended restaurants; booking tools for airlines, accommodations and land transport; and tracking tools for such things as walking routes, bus schedules, and shareable maps and journals.  The writers of the articles below have identified some of the best:

15 best travel apps for your next trip

The Best Travel Apps for iOS and Android

The Best Travel Apps for 2019



Particularly helpful apps are those which assist with communication and language translation. The articles below provide excellent advice about translation tools that are available via  website interface or a mobile app.

Essential Translation Apps You Need for Travelling  including:

 Google Translate

Microsoft Translator and iTranslate Voice.


                                                          The Google Translate tool


Two other suggestions we would make are to have a means for secure internet connections, and a means for making phone calls and using WiFi without excessive roaming charges. We  recommend having a VPN (Virtual Private Network). It provides security for your personal information such as passwords on web browsers and apps, allows for torrenting, encrypts data, and helps to get around internet filtering. We use NordVPN, but there are many to choose from. We also use Surfeasy, a paid subscription service that essentially creates a VPN. We can be assured that when we do online banking or other sensitive activities we are secure.

We also have an unlocked cell phone which allows us to change Sim cards. We have purchased a Global Sim card for use in 85 countries. This is for making and receiving calls and messages only, not for data. Each call and sent message is billed at various rates to our account at recharge minutes.

For more ideas see:


How To Stay Online When Travelling (And Avoid Roaming Fees)

Everything You Need to Know About VPNs for Travel


In addition to these suggestions, there are some simple definitely low-tech items that we find essential for travelling: zip-lock bags in various sizes, reusable twist ties, hand sanitizer gel to be used copiously, a microfiber face cloth (not all accommodations supply these), a swiss army knife with multiple tools,  dryer sheets to keep luggage smelling fresh, a refillable water bottle, and yeah, a ballpoint pen, notebook and a discardable paperback book.


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