The iPad is our absolute FAVORITE travel gadget and we take it everywhere when we travel! In fact I can’t remember what travelling was like before owning one.
Photo from Sean MacEnteeWhile travelling, this awesome device is everything from my connection to home (with FaceTime, Skype, email and Facebook) to entertainment while travelling (Videos, books, music and games) to my Internet browser, to my work computer (I can post blog posts, tweet or update Facebook posts and do other tasks for my businesses), to storing, editing, and uploading photos and video and much much more.
My goal is to show you why it should be your favorite travel gadget as well! It will be hard to do it on this one page, so I will ask you to click on the links throughout this page to get more information that is suited to you.
Why You Will Love the iPad
You will have an all in one entertainment, internet enabled, travel gadget (for lack of a better word). You most likely won’t need to lug a laptop around with you. Even if you are concerned about the on screen keyboard, there are lots of keyboards you can purchase to use.
Most importantly however, the time will go by faster on those long, boring travel days. There has been many times where I didn’t want a flight to end because I wasn’t finished watching a movie I had brought with me. Good thing I can just pick it back up and continue on on the next flight!
You Can Watch YouTube on It
You will want to get a good pair of headphones for your iPad and don’t forget to download some great video, music and of course some apps to use. And then you are off!
I can’t imagine life without it anymore. We started with the original iPad, and purchased it in Las Vegas before they came out in Canada (where we live).
I chose the WiFi (non 3G) version as the only time I would need 3G is if I was travelling in Canada. As most of our travel is overseas, or to the USA, I didn’t want to have to worry about getting a 3G account and you can find WiFi just about everywhere. I have not regretted this choice at all.
When I first got it, people asked to try it out or at least just see it, and were really impressed. Nowadays, the guys sitting next to me usually has one too! In less than 2 short years they have almost become a staple in many traveller’s carry on bags.
I use lots of apps and games while travelling and make sure they are up to date before I leave home!
Then the iPad2 came out. I resisted. I thought nah, it can’t be that much different. That lasted about 3 months.
The main reason why I ended up purchasing my the second version was the camera in it. Now I could take photos and videos with it, or upload them with my camera connection kit, edit them on it, and post them to the internet right away. That is a really bonus for me, especially for my other website Excellent Vacation Ideas!
It is faster and lighter and to be honest I like having the “latest and greatest” iPad. Call me a gadget nut but I guess this is why I started this website in the first place!
The Good and the Not so Good
All in one entertainment system with you whenever and where ever
Internet always with the 3G version or where ever there is WiFi with the WiFi version
A place to store and capture photos and video while travelling
Light and easy to use
Can link it to your iPhone with a portable hotspot if you have a WiFi version
Some really cool accessories are available
Can take hundreds of eBooks with you and not have to carry physical books
You really need to purchase a case to protect it
Some functions aren’t possible on it yet (for me I can’t create and upload web pages with it)
Some people don’t like the on screen touch keyboard (I bought a Bluetooth keyboard to work with it)