There's a lot to learn about the practicalities of travelling, and you can find out a lot of what I've learned, both on the move and when preparing to leave, here on this page. For some subjects there is a lot of information, so I've put them all together in categories in the menu on the right; you can choose from these categories to see all of the post that include that subject.
For a traveller, Cloud storage is very useful in a multitude of ways, including: making space on your mobile devices, backing up your files and pictures, synchronising your files and pictures between your different devices so that you can access all of them on any of your devices, and sharing files and pictures with other people – especially files that are too big to email.
However, there are some security considerations when using Cloud drives.
Modern travelling involves creating and storing lots of data, such as electronic tickets, photographs, and other travel documents. While all this data makes travelling more convenient, it brings its own problems: you're going to have a lot of data to store, you're going to need to keep it safe, and you're going to need to get to it quickly and reliably when you need it. There is a solution to all of this – Cloud storage. If you want to know what Cloud storage is, and how you can use it, read on and find out!
Many travellers are focussed on visiting cities and towns; but visiting wild places is also an important part of travelling. An important part of visiting wild places is ensuring that you know exactly where you are, so that you can get to where you want to go, and are able to get back afterwards. While paper maps are pretty useful for this, the modern method is to use a navigation app on a mobile device. So just what can a navigation app do, and what’s a good app for bushwalking navigation?
Have you ever thought how handy it would be to have a large computer monitor with you when you travel? Well, you probably haven’t thought that, because, on the face of it, it’s a crazy idea: lugging around a great big heavy monitor in your luggage?!
However, this isn't an entirely outrageous idea; in fact, I’m carrying around a monitor for my laptop, and when I’ve got some heavy computing to do it’s so convenient. So how do I manage this?
I recently had cause to drive to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, for an early drop-off. It’s a one-and-half-hour trip, so I was travelling through the suburbs at 6 am. Even then, the four lanes of the Monash Freeway are close-packed with cars travelling at the speed limit, so the freeway is operating at maximum capacity, maybe hundreds of cars per minute. This will go on for a couple of hours yet, and this is only one of several big feeder roads into the city. It’s hard to believe that all of these vehicles pouring in are going to find a park for the day, and even harder to believe that I’ll find one too, by the time that I get there!
Most of my life I've managed to avoid going to really cold places for any length of time, so I've never really thought about owning a scarf.
Even when I recently travelled to some very cold places, like the British Isles in early spring, and Iceland and Yellowstone National Park in the late spring, and even Scotland and Ireland in the summer, I didn't consider a scarf because I just didn't know about them – well, I've found out!
In 2015 I spent eight months travelling around the British Isles, the Iberian peninsular, Iceland, and North America, some of which I have blogged about here (with more to come.) Now we've sold up and become completely nomadic, and we are on our way to do some extensive travelling around our home country, Australia.
One of the most amazing aspects of flying in an aeroplane is simply looking out of the window. This is why I usually try to get a window seat when I fly. I know that this isn’t something that matters to everyone, and some people have a phobia about looking out of the window of a flying aeroplane, but to me it's an opportunity not to be missed if at all possible!
Even if you are one of those people who never loses anything, not even your car keys, your wallet or your purse around the house; half a pair of socks, utensils in your kitchen drawers, tools in your workshop, your phone, your car in a multi-storey carpark, or old leftovers in the freezer, it's still a good idea to carefully guard against losing things when you are travelling.