The fall and winter seasons are commonly seasons when we travel to visit friends and family for the holidays. So whether you're driving back to university, taking a road trip to your hometown for the holidays, or just rolling off on a much needed vacation, there are a few tech options to make any road trip a more comfortable and entertaining excursion...
• Gone are the days of relying on folded maps and street signs to get you where you need to go. A good GPS navigator will tell you not only where to turn or switch highways, but it will give you traffic updates, an ETA based on your speed, and details about which burger joints are at the next few exits. Check out this roundup to get a few ideas, or grab one of these feature-packed GPS apps for your phone.
• Road trips are a great time to catch up on movies and TV shows. Get comfortable in the back seat with a car mount for your tablet screen. I love this Deluxe Universal Tablet Headrest Mount from Arkon ($34.95), pictured far above.
• Maybe the kids in the back want to watch a movie on their iPad or the common backseat TV screen system, but you're hoping to catch up on your best seller book on CD. Give the kids a pair of Farenheit HP-12S Infrared Wireless Headphones with Swivel Ear Pads
so both of you can listen to different audio sources without bothering one another.
• All those apps and games you use to pass the time will definitely wear on your phone or tablet's battery. Take along a portable battery charger to extend your juice. We like the Mophie Powerstation Duo
($99), which can juice up IPhones and IPads, or anything from myCharge
($39.99-$99.99), which offers a whole line of portable battery chargers for Apple, Blackberry and Android phones and tablets, pictured directly above.
• Unlike your local coffee shop, the highway doesn't offer a wi-fi connection. If you want to get online on the road and don't have tethering capabilities, try Autonet Mobile. It turns your car into a wi-fi hotspot via a device that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. It's pricey—the device is going foraround $200 online, plus $50 for Autonet's 3G cellular service—but totally worth it if you find yourself road tripping all the time.
(Images: Arkon, myCharge)