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Dec 14 2015

Christmas Gifts for Travelers

If you have a frequent traveler or someone with an upcoming trip on your Christmas list this year, you may be tempted to get them something that will be useful for them on the go. Has your sister been talking your ear off about how excited she is to take pictures on her trip to Germany over Christmas? Or maybe your best friend mentioned they want to upgrade their headphones before they have to fly across the country?   Traveling is always exciting and there are tons of gadgets to help make...

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Jun 25 2015

The DROID Turbo by Motorola (Pushing The Limits Of Smartphone Photography)

I love travel photography. You probably already know this from my previous posts but I often take between five hundred to a thousand photos a day while traveling. Ever since my last long term excursion I have been upgrading my travel photography gear to keep up with the growth of Poplar Travels and as I hone my travel photography skills, I am always looking for the newest and best thing to add to my travel bag. About a month ago I reviewed a phone that, at the time, was the newest...

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Jun 16 2015

The Five Stages of Losing Your Data

Recently, from our hard drive, which we rely on to store all our data from our travels, came forth a terrible death rattle. It clicked and whirred and simply refused to register and thus began our panic. The possibility of losing all this information, which was mostly photos, has taken us through a range of emotions. As we move through “The Five Stages of Losing Your Data” we are doing our best to find a bright side (care to help us out with that one?) and pass on the valuable...

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Jun 04 2015

Dripthat Social App For Travel

As you already may know, over the past year I have been quite the social media addict. On any given day I am active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook but I also use another platform that you might not be familiar with. Dripthat is a new social app that enables you to combine video and photos into “drips” which can be shared instantly with your friends or the public and also over a stretched amount of time. This might sound a little bizarre, but I have been testing this new...

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May 20 2015

Travel Gear Test: LG G4 Smartphone

The past few weeks I have been testing out a new piece of travel gear that I’m sure will make waves when it is made available to the public. The G4 is the newest top tier smartphone from LG and I’ve been testing its functionality, aesthetics, and features thoroughly during my recent travels. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4554,4553,4550"] Upon first opening the box I was surprised at how nice the phone actually looked. Its gunmetal accents and light brown, stitched leather back give it a sophisticated aesthetic. It was a great match for my...

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Mar 31 2015

A Great Small DSLR Backpack For Travel

Before we embarked on our most recent adventure through five countries in Southeast Asia, we had to carefully choose what gear we were going to bring. We decided to only travel with carry on luggage and began to research what to do with our camera and all its accessories during our travels. We were sick of putting our small DSLR bag inside a larger backpack, so we decided what we needed was a small, durable camera backpack that could fit multiple lenses but still qualify as carry-on luggage. We have used...

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Feb 15 2015

Inateck Surface Pro 3 Felt Sleeve Review

One of the most important "techcessories" will always be the protective case that keeps your expensive devices safe while you use it and during travel. Inateck has created a new line of good looking protective tablet and laptop sleeves. These sleeves are made from thick felt with neat leather details. They are also built using sustainable production practices and are made from eco-friendly materials. I had the opportunity to test out the Surface Pro 3 Felt Sleeve while working around Claremont, California. The case fit the Surface Pro perfectly and the velcro secured the...

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Feb 11 2015

Inateck Ultra-slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard Review

“Techcessories’ are becoming ever more important in today’s culture. These techcessories allow us to use our devices more efficiently and in many different work situations. The Poplar Travels team recently received one of the newest portable bluetooth keyboards from Inateck for review. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3517,3514,3518"] Within just a few minutes of opening the Inateck Ultra-slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard, I had it connected to my iPad via bluetooth and I was ready to start typing. Once it's hooked up it works seamlessly in any app and is especially useful for word processing. The full...

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Feb 10 2015

Elago Tripshell World Travel Adapter Review

One of the necessary items in any perpetual traveler’s travel kit is a world power adaptor. I received my Elago Tripshell World Travel Adapter a few months ago and since then I have put it through some rigorous use. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3458,3460,3459"] The Tripshell World Travel Adapter supports over 150 countries and comes with a dual usb charging component so you can charge multiple devices at once. This feature is so handy that I use the Tripshell World Travel Adapter almost every night to charge my iPhone and iPad. The construction is solid...

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Jan 07 2015

Crosskix: Your New Favorite Travel Shoe

As the name might suggest, Crosskix are a bit of a cross between Crocs and traditional running shoes. How does that work? Really well, actually, and at just 7.5 ounces for a size 9, these featherweight shoes are ideal for active travelers. Deciding which shoes to bring on a trip is always a struggle for us. They take up so much room in a suitcase and are often heavy, but how do you decide which ones aren’t worth it? Especially if you are planning a mix of urban and wilderness adventures,...

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Jan 01 2015

The Best Wireless Mouse For Travel: Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse

The new year marks the new age of tech reviews here on Poplar Travels. We are currently reviewing dozens of travel technology products so that we can help guide you through the vast ocean of techcessories. For the past few months I have been testing the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse in various travel situations with my MacBook Pro. Here are the results: [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2819,2821,2820"] The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is exactly as the name describes. Ultra thin and sleek, at first glance it resembles a space age ouija planchette rather than...

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Dec 29 2014

The Latest Tech Accessories From Zagg Tested By Poplar Travels

The new age of tech accessories (techcessories) from Zagg is upon us. As you may know, Zagg is the maker of my favorite Ipad keyboard, that I am currently using to send emails while I write this post. A while ago our friends at Zagg sent us some new gear to test out the Poplar Travels way. After over a month of rigorous testing, here are the results. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2809,2804"] Invisible Shield GLASS The new line of Zagg screen protectors includes the GLASS screen protectors which, as you might have guessed, are...

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Dec 18 2014

SleepPhones: The Most Comfortable Headphones For Travel

What saves you on long flights? For me, it’s getting sleep and listening to music. With standard ear buds or bulky headphones, it’s hard to do both at the same time and usually that is exactly what I want. Enter SleepPhones, the amazingly comfortable headphones made for sleeping. I honestly don’t know how these didn’t come into existence a long time ago or how I’ve managed to go this long without them. I tested out the SleepPhones Classic Breeze for the first time during our 24 hours of traveling from the...

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Dec 11 2014

The North Face Ultra Fastpack: The Best Hiking Shoe For The Perpetual Traveler

I’ve always been an outdoorsy person. Whether I’m in the mountains, at the beach, or in the city, I can always find some time to take in some fresh air. I have found over the past few years that because of the various climates and terrains that I find myself in, I tend to have a large variety of shoes and boots. About a year ago, as I was planning my departure from a normal career and taking a step into travel blogging, I made my first trip to New...

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers

For the travelers on your list this holiday season, we broke our guide into categories: stylish, frequent, tech, and adventurous. Whether you're looking for something for a friend who constantly travels for business or your cousin off on her first backpacking trip, this is the ultimate holiday gift guide for travelers. The Stylish Traveler Style doesn't stop when you leave for a trip. Stylish travelers are always on the lookout for travel accessories and clothing that don't look like travel items. Utility, organization and multiple-use products will be at the top of...

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Dec 06 2014

How To Unlock Your iPhone For Travel

There are many preparations that you need to make when planning for a trip. If you happen to be traveling to another country an important and overlooked preparation is making sure that your phone is able to work with a foreign cellular service carrier. For vacations of only a few days, buying a cheap disposable phone or only using your current phone with wifi is a simple option, but if you are traveling for a while or if you need reliable internet, like us, then knowing how to unlock your iPhone...

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Nov 02 2014

Why The Jackery Giant Portable Charger Belongs In Your Travel Bag

The first time we went on a long trip overseas, we quickly realized that some of the most important needs of a travel blogger are a connection to the internet and a consistent source of power to charge all our devices. Usually we have the internet situation figured out, but it is always hard to plan how you will charge your devices in the field. Jackery Giant to the rescue! When we travel we always take two iPhones, an iPad with Zagg Keyboard, and a GoPro that need to be charged via USB....

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Oct 06 2014

Zagg Keyboard Review: The Best Ipad Keyboard On The Market

About three months ago I became the proud owner of an Ipad Air. I bought it so I could have an ultra lightweight alternative to my Macbook Pro in terms of word processing and internet use. Since I am a travel blogger, I am usually typing for hours every day, and I needed to find a keyboard for my Ipad Air that would be comfortable to type on, slim and durable. I did a lot of research and finally made my decision. I have actively used this keyboard in all types...

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