Summer vacations… It’s time to switch off your laptops, put some sunscreen on and go explore the world. But when you do it, do it the right way. Below you’ll find some gadgets and gear that will help you spend summer vacations like a real GeoGeek!
Oh boy I love geo gadgets. Since you are reading this blog I bet you love them too. One of the key gadgets that every GeoGeek has or will have at some point in his life is a GPS watch. When you travel, hike or visit new places your regular running watch might not be enough. You need a watch that will tell you where you are, record your daily paths, easily switch between time zones, be water-resistant and survive all your crazy summer trips. The watch of my choice is Garmin Fenix 3. It can do all that and on the top of it connects to your phone and acts as a smartwatch. Cool device for every GeoGeek and gadget addict.
During summer vacations you also need to take care of your look and style. Can you think of anything more awesome than a custom-made map t-shirt? You can order one of these on a website called Monochome that lets you pick any location from OpenStreetMap and create out of it a stylish shirt, tank, skirt or even a pillow. Everything happens via an interactive online tool. And it looks really cool!
3DSLR camera only with GPS
Cameras on our smartphones are getting better and better, but you cannot fool the physics… To take great photos, you need a great lens. When it comes to DSLR cameras, the choice is endless. Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony…. but remember about one parameter when you search for your new camera GPS=yes. Every photo taken with DSLR with built-in GPS will be geotagged which is a must for every GeoGeek. Pentax K-3 II is one of the coolest location-aware cameras out there, but you can find a decent camera with GPS in any price range.
If you consider yourself a GeoGeek you also need a proper read. The are many ‘mappy’ books our there, but I recommend you two casual geo reads perfect for summer vacations. The first one is “Map Addict” by Mike Parker which is a light-hearted story about British cartography. The second one is a new book by Greg Milner “Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds.” I’ve just started reading it, and I’m telling you, it’s worth it.
1Map & compass
As GeoGeeks one our basic skills should be reading maps and using a compass. It’s not difficult, but in practice, not many of us had a chance to do it. This summer I’ve bought myself my first compass, and my goal is to master it. And imagine how awesome you will look with a paper map and a compass instead of Google Maps app in your hand?