Have you ever heard anyone say they wanted to take a covered wagon journey across the country and lose half their traveling party to Rocky Mountain Fever along the way? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
It’s a simple truth that modern technology has made travel easier and more pleasant– and the advent of tablets and e-readers is no exception. Here at The Loftus Guides, we’re big fans of the Amazon Kindle, because we think it’s an ideal travel companion for any twenty-first-century traveler. Read on for 4 good reasons why Kindles are, in our book, the best e-readers for travel.
Considering purchasing one? Here’s our take!
Kindles are lightweight. These things are some of the lightest pieces of tech you can buy, especially at such a low price point compared to iPads or laptops.
And that’s not even getting into the weight of taking even a single book with you. Books are heavy and bulky, and even if you bring a few only have little flexibility in your reading material.
You can tuck a Kindle in your carry-on without feeling a difference, and, even better….
The battery lasts forever. Seriously. On an e-ink Kindle, the battery life can last you weeks on end. If you brought a portable charger- read for a month completely off-grid. Covered wagon journey, anyone?
But if you opt for the more full-featured Kindle Fire model, your battery life isn’t as impressive, however you have an LCD screen and a host of apps you can use to make up for the decreased battery life.
Still, we’ve been consistently stunned by the battery life on Kindle e-readers.
Plus, they’re cost effective. You can get an entry level kindle for under $80, which is pretty mind-blowing considering the battery life and weight of these things. Buying a single Kindle is about the same cost as buying four regular books at a bookstore.
When you add in the sheer number of free or incredibly inexpensive books on Amazon (or wherever you like to buy books), the savings of switching to a digital reader are immense. For people who travel a lot, this can really add up. Plus, if you have Prime, you’re entitled to a suite of free (or next to free) books.
They’re flexible. When you’re choosing between Kindle models and deciding which is best for you, there’s a whole range of options you can select from. If you’re a no-frills reader, the entry level models give you all the space and flexibility you want at a low price point.
If you value having a backlit screen, you can get a Paperwhite model for not too much more money. For people who travel a lot, this can be a really helpful feature if your light source is unpredictable. For example, it’s nice to be able to read on airplanes at night without having to turn on those horribly glaring overhead lights.
And if you want something with more advanced features and reading options, the Fire model gives you the reading, bookmarking and scrolling power of a sophisticated tablet.
All in all, we think the Kindle is the way to go in terms of price, size, flexibility, and battery life. Do you have any travel tech essentials? Drop us a line and let us know!