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Keeping up with travel entertainment

WHETHER TRAVELLING for work or on holiday, one of the unavoidable annoyances comes from the unavailability of what we have at home. Sometimes, the best way to blow off steam is to jump into the comfortable and, when that is not available, our frustrations can leave us in a poor state of mind.

Having recently come into that situation ourselves, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the form of entertainment which can survive the test of distance. These could be your go-tos with a little preparation, for your sanity and the sake of a productive trip.


Amazon Kindle (CC BY 2.0) by James Cridland

The most obvious solution to this problem is one which has worked for years, that of taking the written word. Of course, taking books can be a pain, especially if you have limited space or are planning on a longer trip, but there are alternative solutions with modern technology that can alleviate this burden. Specifically, we speak of ebook readers.

Devices like a humble Kindle are not only light, but they can also easily store hundreds of books and come with a physical profile no larger than a tablet computer. Even better, some of these models have such low power draws that they can last for dozens of hours before needing a recharge, keeping you covered in the most remote of locations.


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Another commonly missed choice is that of catching our favourite shows on streaming services. While internet access is standard today on almost all business and holiday locations, there are issues when it comes to region locking. Fortunately, this is another common problem that can be easily avoided.

For a direct example of this, we could look at Sky Go. One of our personal first choices, this is only really available at home but, with services called VPNs, this limitation can be overcome. Using a Sky Go VPN works in a way in that it effectively relays data back through a chosen location, in this case, the UK. This tricks a connection into unlocking everything you would have at home, eliminating the issues of region locking.


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The final solution we would recommend is that of traditional digital gaming. While larger consoles or even handhelds might be problematic given their weight and power requirements, mobile gaming has far fewer concerns.

With enormous selections in terms of both modern gaming and the emulation of older systems, these platforms can offer far more than you might think. Even better, there are many smaller wireless and wired controllers that can be connected to mobile devices, reducing discomfort for longer play sessions.

The right choice is one which is going to depend on you, your likes, hobbies, and a variety of other factors both predictable and not. With these in mind, you’ll be able to find a starting place that is right for you or maybe discover a new path to an option you already preferred.

Just remember that planning ahead is the key to success on this front, and you’ll be well on your way to a happier and more productive trip, whatever the purpose may be.

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