7 Great Reasons to Travel With a Tablet Device
During the last year, I took the plunge and purchased a tablet device for travel and home use. Here are my top reasons for doing so, as well as my reasons for finally purchasing the one I did. (See also: 6 Ways to Save Money on iPads, iPhones, and Macs)
Avoid Eye Strain
If you make your living staring at computer screens and fine-print documents a great deal of the time like I do, you welcome any opportunity to avoid reading documents on tiny smartphone screens. Even with your favorite bargain eyeglasses, it can still be a daily ordeal for those permanently on the move. Granted, tablets are still much smaller than regular computers. But I don’t always have time to wait for a larger machine to fire up, or even to take it out of its packed hiding space between flights. A tablet device gives me a nice middle-of-the-road alternative.
Control Entertainment Costs
If I’m stuck waiting to check into my room or need to run a scan on my laptop, watching a show for free on Hulu or with subscriptions I’ve already purchased on Netflix or Amazon Prime keeps my entertainment costs stable when I’m on the road. There’s no need to track down the nearest movie theater while I wait or rack up the room tab with pay-per-view flicks when my tablet device will serve me just fine. In fact, paid in-room movies are one of the most easily avoided travel expenses if you travel with a tablet.
Social Media Work
While I find content creation on a tablet device to be an exercise in extreme frustration, I do find social media work to be somewhat doable, and the chances of me fat-fingering in the wrong characters are far less likely on my tablet device than on my smartphone. Granted, I prefer the apps I use on my laptop for this type of work, but even I have to admit it’s a thousand times easier than on the smaller screens of Blackberries and Androids.
Even if you’re used to relaxing in the comfort of Priority Pass lounges as opposed to the hard departure-gate seats, that doesn’t mean the television will be tuned to something you want to watch. Very often, it’s sports coverage, which really isn’t my thing. Or, if it is news, it isn’t on a news network I consider informative enough. With my chosen tablet device and a Wi-Fi connection, I can watch live-streaming international news from my favorite source. If there’s lots going on in the immediate area, plugging in a set of headphones helps me hear a bit better and keeps me from disturbing others.
If you need to get some extra work done during flight delays, a tablet lets you review work documents and research-related book titles regardless of whether or not you have internet access at the airport you’re stuck in. Another common irritation is when the hotel you’re staying at doesn’t have your room ready on time and doesn’t provide Wi-Fi in the lobby. At least I can review necessary items during that downtime from my device, even if there aren’t any electrical outlets available and a business center isn’t on the venue’s list of amenities.
Save Some Trees
One of the main travel supplies I purchase whenever I embark on an adventure vacation is a detailed guide book. Sometimes more than one. Lonely Planet is usually the first purchase, and if there are a fair number of archeological ruins and attractions to see where I’m going, then a Blue Guide also makes my short list. Since most guide books are available electronically now, there’s no need to purchase quite so much paper to carry along in my backpack. I like the fact that technology has finally become convenient enough to allow me this additional green perk.
If you prefer to travel light, then a tablet device is a great gear item to add to your packing list. You’ll take up less space than with the above-mentioned guide books, and tablets slide easily into the many flat pockets on various types of travel gear. You know, the kind that can only hold one item, and even that had better be flat? Even if you only skip one book, you’ll be ahead of the travel game space-wise.
While there are perks and quirks with any tablet device, there were several reasons why I purchased a Kindle Fire as my product of choice. One major point was content creation. It’s tricky from tablet devices in general, so I saw no need to pay the price of a fully functioning laptop for a tablet that would be nothing but annoying to develop and submit content from, even with a companion keyboard. I realize others have different travel needs than I do, though, so I welcome any comments about your personal tablet choices in the comment sections below.