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The Connected Traveller: Techie Taiwan

Tech journalist and frequent traveller Nafisa Akabor dishes on some of the latest technology for the connected traveller as well as a top destination for the tech junkie.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the stylish Huawei Watch GT with extended battery life, plus there are more things for you to pack on your next trip: the new Apple AirPods, the Day 2 laundry-on-the-go solution, and a fantastic pop-culture podcast.

I also tried the new Kauai app that could make your next road-trip more convenient.

Huawei Watch GT

Huawei Watch GT

Huawei Watch GT

The Watch GT is the best companion to your Huawei smartphone. Its elegant design gives it an analogue look while keeping you connected.

Fitness, heart-rate and sleep tracking aside, the extended battery life of up two weeks means you don’t have to pack yet another charging cable on your next trip.

Price: From R4 499

Contact: huaweistore.co.za

Kauai App

Kauai App

Planning a road trip across South Africa? The new Kauai app is the first local m-commerce and loyalty app in one, which allows users to buy a meal and choose a pre-selected time to fetch it.

If you are on the road and in a hurry, simply Order Ahead, skip the queues and be on your way.

Free to download: Google Play and App Store

Apple AirPods 2

Airpods 2

Airpods 2

Whether you are a traveller, runner or outdoor junkie, the truly wireless AirPods are the best iPhone companion out there.

Convenience, ease-of-use and a recharging case make it a must-have. The new model supports wireless charging, extended talk time and voice-activated Siri.

Price: R3 699

Contact: myistore.co.za

Day 2 Dry Wash Spray

Day2 Dry Wash

Day2 Dry Wash

I’m sneaking this amazing product on this list. The Day 2 Dry Wash Spray is a laundry-on-the-go solution; a traveller must-have.

It uses 0.02% water of a regular load, but it is an anti-odour, crease remover and softener in one. Laundry gets done in 15 minutes. Available in 75ml for your hand luggage.

Price: From R59

Contact: Woolworths

Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour

If you are into movies, TV series, books, comics and music, listen up, we have found your next time-in-transit killer.

This podcast covers anything from Marvel movies to Beyoncé, to new binge-worthy TV series or artists to listen to. Episodes range from 15 to 30 minutes for quick bursts of info between airport runs and flying.

Free: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts.

Techie Taiwan

I am going to let you in on a secret. If you are a tech junkie like myself, a visit to Taipei is highly recommended.

Sure, you are probably going to go for the amazing dim sum, majestic temples, breath-taking views from the Taipei 101, or maybe a day trip to Jiufen.

There are loads to see and eat, but what I am specifically referring to, is the Guang Hua Digital Plaza, located between the Zhongzheng and Daan Districts.

It is a six-storey building dedicated to electronic goods and gadgets at prices you will not see in South Africa. Of course, it comes with the advantage of tech products being manufactured in the country.

My fondest memory was spending hours trawling through the plaza to find bargains and coming out with loads of film for my instant camera.

Unheard of, but I only realised hours later that the building had free Wi-Fi, which I clearly didn’t need.

Interestingly, the internet and social media are open and accessible, so no need for technical trickery with a VPN as you would in China.

 

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