Tech: Why Amazon’s Kindle is Great for Travellers

You wont get far on the Amazon website without being told how great the Kindle is. The newest version of the popular e-reader is the Kindle 3 and comes in 2 models; The Kindle (with Wifi) and the Kindle 3G (with Wifi & free 3G).

Travelers know that when you need them, Wifi connections can be as rare as a clean pair of socks in a hostel room. 3G technology has been around for years but costly roaming charges make it impractical to use it around the world until now. The 3G version of the Kindle comes with worldwide 3G included and the built in “experimental” browser makes it possible to browse the internet and check email from anywhere in the world with a mobile signal, for free!

The browser is by no means perfect. The Kindle’s e-ink screen means you are browsing without colour and it is not possible to watch videos. Nevertheless, the fact you can send an email, check Facebook or Tweet from a bus in Thailand without charge makes it a valuable piece of kit.

Kindle Vs Books

The Kindle’s primary purpose is for reading, and after enjoying a couple of books on it so far I’m finding it a far superior experience to a regular paperback. The lightweight Kindle makes it easy to read in any position, turning pages is simple and you don’t experience glare in sunlight from the e-ink screen.

Newspapers, magazines and blogs can also be subscribed to and will be automatically delivered to your Kindle. Buying books or downloading free books on the Kindle could not be quicker or easier.

From a packing point of view the kindle is invaluable, you can hold thousands of books and other reference on a device smaller than the average book. It will save you from the back strain of carrying around heavy books in your backpack.

The battery can last up to a month and is charged via USB. Protective cases come from as cheap as $10 (£6). We recommend the 3G model purely for travelling purposes which is $189 (£152)


US Amazon Kindle Page
Kindle 3G UK Amazon Page

Lee Carter

Born and raised in Accrington, UK, Lee has ventured far beyond his hometown, traveling throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of Global Goose and as well as writing the occasional rant he can be found tweaking the code and taking photos of amazing things around the world. Lee and Kelly have no plans to stop their "Gap Decade" anytime soon.

One Comment

  1. I also love my Kindle. I recently upgraded to a Kindle Fire, and the kindle in both forms has been and continues to be invaluable to me. In terms of travelling, the Fire has some advantages including a better web browser and access to tons of video and music. However, if you’re looking to just read the glare can eventually start to hurt your eyes. I might need to start to pack both on my trips.

    While I do still love the feel of a book in my hand, for travel, I agree that nothing beats Kindle.

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