The Bose QuietComfort 20 Are (Still) The Best Wired Headphones For Travel In 2018

In 2015, I told you the Bose QuietComfort 20 noise-cancelling headphones were the best a traveler could buy, having used them for a few years by then. After more than 4 years and countless flights later, they’re still the best headphones for travel, assuming you still have a headphone jack on your phone.

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The Bose Quietcomfort 20 are so good, Bose still sells the QuietComfort 20 as their premier wired, noise-cancelling earbuds, for roughly the original price. Most electronics aren’t on sale for more than a year, let alone 4, and still have a premium spot in a brand’s product lineup.

Road Tested: Bose QuietComfort 20 Review After 4 Years

In the video above, I review my original pair to show you how well they have and haven’t held up. Noise-cancelling has been inconsistent in the last year (Bose only guarantees it for 3 years after purchase) but even without it, the ear seals do a good job of filtering out ambient noise. The plastic and rubber cords and seals have held up surprisingly well, and the noise-cancelling battery still works, holding a solid 10+ hour charge.

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There’s something refreshing about a tech company keeping a product on the market for a longer period of time, rather than releasing an incremental annual update. Some products obviously need shorter refresh cycles but more often than not companies often release what feel like beta products, in between actual upgrades, in order to keep on a predictable schedule.

At $250, the Bose QuietComfort 20 is a solid investment in good headphones with a feature (noise-cancelling) that frequent flyers will find practically essential after a single use. The QuietComfort 20 are ultra-portable but if that’s not a concern for you, an over-ear pair have several other advantages, and for wireless sport headphones, the NuForce BE Sport3 are the best option under $100.

Durable, lasting as long as you’ve got a headphone jack plus small with an audio super-power, the Bose QuietComfort 20 are the wired headphones to get, so long as you’re willing to pay upfront for years of use.

Interview With Game Of Thrones Actor Tom Wlaschiha About Fan Conventions

From Star Trek to Harry Potter and yes, Game Of Thrones, nerds travel for many reasons. I was fortunate to attend a small press conference with some Game Of Thrones actors and asked Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar) about the other perspective – what do the actors think of fan conventions? A man has no name but he’s got a nice answer you can hear in the video above.

Some Of The Best Things I Never Imagined Would Happen: foXnoMad 2017 Highlights

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Meeting rescued elephants at Wildlife SOS, for example. Years ago when I set a goal of visiting every country in the world and created this site, I had no idea where it would take me. Every year, I’m still amazed at the experiences I have and often as these things are happening, I’m thinking, “I can’t believe this is my life.” A lot of it gets spread across blog posts and social media, so I wanted to share a condensed version of some selected highlights of the past year with you.

These are some of the things that happened in 2017 I never thought would, but I’m very happy they did.

1. I Was Named Honorary Ambassador To Granada, Spain By The Mayor

After many years of coming close, Granada won the Best City to Visit Contest. Granada, Spain, is one of my favorite cities in the world but I never thought on my second visit I would be named an honorary ambassador by mayor Francisco Cuenca. Before visiting, I wanted to throw a party celebrating the city’s victory with food and drinks for all the people who helped vote Granada Best City to Visit in 2017.

With the help of the Granada City Council, Tourism Board, and Botanico Cafe, we accomplished just that. And, the person who nominated Granada in the first place, Tianna, used her prize to book round trip tickets to Istanbul. The Best City to Visit Travel Tournament 2018 begins next month, expect even more prizes.

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2. WiFox Became A Top 7 Travel App

There are over 2.2 million apps in the App Store and last year, WiFox became the 7th most popular travel app for iOS.

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I released a second app, DroneMate, in 2017. Having it mentioned and recommended by a professional filmmaker like Casey Neistat was also surreal.

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3. Interviewed Game Of Thrones Cast

A man has no name. But he has an answer. I interviewed some of the Game Of Thrones cast at Aniventure Comic Con in Sofia, Bulgaria.

4. Met Nick Seluk

At the same convention, I had the opportunity to meet Nick Seluk, the artist behind The Awkward Yeti comics. Nick’s story is very inspirational and I highly recommend you watch this video to hear it.

5. Wrote My 2,487th Blog Post

This was it. This is number 2,491. Wow.

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At the end of 2016, let alone 2006, I couldn’t dream that I’d be training at an mixed martial arts academy in Edinburgh, trying to get scammed on purpose in India, or that foXnoMad would be in the New York Times. There’s a lot I can’t even remember, I’m sure which will come back to me as soon as you are reading this.

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I want to thank you for all of your support in 2017. Support you showed in so many ways on foXnoMad articles, videos, apps, emails, comments, likes, coffee, beer, suggestions, and countless other ways. I hope you have a lot of travels and fun trips planned and that I can help you travel smarter in the upcoming year.

Cheers to all of the unexpected in 2018.

Travel smarter,
-Anil

The Best Travel Apps Of 2018

Travel apps are useful though tend to give you diminishing efficiency the more of them you load on your phone. Over the past 12 months, I’ve tested a lot of travel apps, but these are the ones I kept and ended up using the most in the last year. You can see all of the apps I would recommend to you in the video above or read on.

These are the travel apps you should load on your phone for 2018, in no particular order.

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Google Maps [Android/iOS]

Although there are respectable alternatives like maps.me, once Google Maps added the ability to download maps offline it was game over. Google Maps, because of all the data the company collects from everywhere, is just so much more accurate than any competition can really hope to be. It’s also free – well, except that you’re trading in a lot of your privacy to use Google Maps – it’s so useful, a lot of people don’t mind the trade.

Uber [iOS/Android]

Despite a lot of the bad press the company seems to keep generating, Uber is very useful especially when traveling in foreign countries. Uber can save you from getting ripped off in a taxi and carrying unnecessary amounts of cash. Of course, Uber’s not available everywhere, like Serbia, so here’s the best way to catch a taxi in Belgrade.

Currency [Android/iOS]

I’ve written an entire post reviewing Currency, one of my favorites that’s simple, but essential for international travelers.

Google Translate [iOS/Android]

The Google Translate app a good way to use technology to replace your lack of a foreign language to easily translate these 4 word combinations you should learn everywhere. But a lot of people don’t know about it’s superpowers: audio and video text translation on the fly.

Convert Units [Android/iOS]

The developers of Convert Units seem determined to completely muck it up with ads, but it’s still passably usable as a very effective converter of temperatures, distances, weights, and 22 other units.

Good Options For VPN

Two of the best VPNs for travelers come in mobile form. IPVanish has an always on feature, forcing your phone to always connect over a VPN. TunnelBear on the other hand is a bit more user-friendly, here’s my full review of TunnelBear for mobile devices.

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Some other good security based apps:

Track Your Movements

Although the science on sleep monitoring apps is questionable at best, they can give you reliable data on how much you’re sleeping, snoring, and Sleep Cycle breaks it down by location too. It’s fun to see how much you’re sleeping on various vacations and business trips, along with the other statistics Sleep Cycle keeps for you. Also available from the same company, Northcube, the Lifecycle app (iOS only) automatically tracks how much time you spend walking, in planes, on trains, working out at the gym, and countless other activities giving you an insight into your life and travels. (The data Lifecycle keeps is kept on your phone.)

Airport Wireless, Multi-City Flights, And More

A few other apps worth mentioning are Shazam to find out what song is playing on the speakers around you and Kayak, whose app offers a multi-city flight search, missing from most other travel search engine apps.

Finally, I can with bias, recommend two apps I created – WiFox [Android/iOS] and DroneMate [iOS/Android]. WiFox has airport lounge and wifi passwords for over 900 access points around the world (updated continuously) and DroneMate shows you all of the current laws for flying your drone in every country in the world.

12 Things To Know Before Flying A Drone So You Don’t Crash It [VIDEO]

Drones are most vulnerable when you’re first learning to fly them while repairs are just as costly and crashes potentially dangerous. Earlier this year I wrote the 12 things I learned from crashing drones you should know before your first flight. In the video version above I go over basic settings, why higher is better, and what types of birds do what to drones in the sky – plus more – all with the backdrop of drone footage from several countries around the world.

The Best Place To Travel Right Now: Answering My Inbox Q&Av2

I’m sent a lot of travel and tech questions by email and although I reply to them all, I want to share some of those responses publicly to help more of you travel smarter. In the video above, I answer your questions about the best places to travel right now, good VPN choices, and more.

I’ll have an occasional Q&A video for you on my YouTube channel so feel free to let me know any travel questions you might have in the comments below.

About Anil Polat

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