Category archives for Travel Tech

If you spend any time watching adventure videos and films, then you know Camp 4 Collective. The powerhouse production team includes some of the world's best climber-photographers—Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Tim Kemple—shooting in the world's most extreme, least seen places. Last week they released The Denali Experiment, featuring an all-star crew of mountaineers, skiers,…

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Gear of the Year 2011 -  Fall-Winter >> The Air Display ($9.99) app solves a problem of the modern world: Not enough screen. Even on a 15-inch laptop, real estate is lacking. Processes as simple as emailing can feel…

  By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro’s gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >> This is going to have to be quick: I’m writing this story and saving it to a file located on the ioSafe Rugged Portable 500GB external hard drive ($212.50 for…

By Mary Anne Potts; photograph courtesy Apple When the first iPad came out just over a year ago, we were sure it would transform travel: Apple's tablet computer married work and play utilities so well, it rendered a laptop excess weight on a vacation. Thirteen months later, our computing behavior has already evolved drastically. Everyone from…

By now, we’ve come to depend on our smartphones to be very smart, smarter than we are. They solve our every logistical conundrum: Where should we eat? (Yelp.) Where are you now? (Beluga.) Where am I? (Google Maps.) And a growing number of smartphones offer a new feature that cements these devices in the center…

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> Back in the pre-digital dark ages, I’d pack for long flights by loading up with stacks of magazines and a book or two. Today I still load up, but it’s with batteries and extra…

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> Anybody who’s ever seen my backcountry pantry knows I’m not a foodie. Trader Joe’s Pop-Tarts and organic ramen, that’s about the extent of it. After decades of backpacking trips where I’ll inhale anything remotely…

Not to undercut the value of actually speaking several languages, but the new Google Translate app is knocking down communication barriers—which just made it so much easier to travel. Just speak into the app and select a text or audio translation. The apps currently works in 57 languages—15 are available for speech to text and…

Valentine's Day edition Dodocase seen here; photograph courtesy Dodocase By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> When I first slipped my iPad into the hardback Dodocase ($60), I fully expected to remove it after a few days or a week of…

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> After five days in Utah at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in search of the best new products from 800 brands and 18,000 attendees, I returned home with a swag count of two pairs…

By Keene Haywood How often have you stood before a glorious mountain range and marveled at the peaks and wondered: “What the heck are the names of those spires?” Just a few years ago you would have been out luck unless you had a good map—and some solid range finding skills. Enter recent technology advances…

By Keene Haywood There is only one person on the planet who can wrap up aluminum and glass and sell it to the masses in the form of a computer called the Air. That person is Apple's Steve Jobs, and he recently unveiled the new MacBook Air laptops. Incredibly thin and light as the name…

By Keene Haywood Satellite phones are the de facto way to keep in touch with the world when you are on the edges of it, where no other communication options are possible. However, sat phones have always been very expensive, bulky, and somewhat finicky even on a good day, let alone in a raging blizzard…

  By Mary Anne Potts While fuel costs soared and the economy gasped, 2010 has actually been a great year for outdoor recreation. Good ol' camping may be more popular than ever, as reported by CNN, and national parks, such as Yellowstone, are breaking attendence records. Which means: There is no guilt in investing in…

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could update your Twitter feeds and Facebook pages via GPS units when we are far afield? Well, the wait is over. By Keene Haywood As the social networking scene explodes around us, it seems there is nothing it has not touched in our lives–except for maybe those venturing into…

By Keene Haywood  Yesterday I reviewed the Everytrail.com website and service that allows users to upload trail information from their GPS, annotating their travels with geotagged pictures, videos, and text. It is a very rich site offering many options for sharing and documenting your backcountry treks. One area where EveryTrail goes further is with their mobile app development.…

 By Keene HaywoodEditor's Note: Read this review then find a hike in our Best Trails feature, with 30 weekend, city, park, and backcountry options. In today’s world, our mobile devices almost always have the ability to provide location, giving us directions as well as many other location-based services on bright, sharp screens with good maps.…

Cape San Blas, Gulf of Mexico. Music by Phoenix from Mary Anne Potts on Vimeo. By Mary Anne Potts; Music "1901" by Phoenix.Indulge me for a moment and pretend this video features your family, your favorite niece, and your beach escape to the Gulf of Mexico just after the country's worst off-shore oil disaster. Or…

By Keene Haywood Your bags are packed with tickets and passport are in hand. Do you have everything? Check again. Good. You’ve got it all. Breath a sigh of relief. Off to the airport. Did you remember your iPhone? Yep, you got that, but what about the apps? Huh? Yes, the travel apps. Did you…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeTry as you might, you will never blend in in the souks of Marrakesh, nor will your Nikon or Canon DSLR nor the fancy adventure camera bag you bought to protect your gear. Despite your best intentions, nothing screams “rob me” in a…

By Keene Haywood For those in the mapping know, the company ESRI is the Mount Everest of the field. It has long been the leading provider of software solutions for those who need to do heavy duty geographic information analysis. Such systems are referred to as GIS or Geographic Information Systems. Recently, ESRI has been…

Text by Keene Haywood; Photograph by Jonathan Forsythe Concrete canyon dwellers have been toting around the iPad for a few months now. Falling comfortably between a laptop and your smartphone, the device has shown us there is a middle ground that works for our computing needs—especially our digital content consumption needs. However, walk away from…

When we first introduced Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin in our Adventurers of the Year feature story last November, we were all blown away by his groundbreaking archaeological quest in northern Mongolia—you even gave him the Readers' Choice Award. Now you can literally be part of his expedition team with our new Field Expedition: Mongolia website.…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life With 1.7 million iPhone 4s sold in three days, you don’t need me nudging you toward the Apple store. If anything, I should be trying to pull you back, since I don’t have mine yet and supplies are short. But I want…

By Keene Haywood The pace of technology innovation can leave one a little out of breath. Just got a new iPad? Great! In six months to a year, it will be out of date. This is just a fact of tech life. Unfortunately, with our increasingly mobile computing lifestyles, the one area of tech innovation…