Language Barriers

Language barriers are always a problem when many of us travel to foreign countries unless you have the great fortune of having a son that speaks French and or travel with European friends that can translate for you.  Even with Google Translate, I still struggle to communicate with people I meet when traveling in a foreign country. 

I am thinking back to my recent trip to Changsha, China with my friend Eric.  We were in the car that Hainan Airlines provided for our trip from the airport to the Sheraton in Changsha.  I was laughing so hard at Eric who was trying to ask the driver to turn up the air conditioning.  Eric's hand-motions and unsuccessful attempt to explain he was too hot.  Compare that with the video below:

The new product (called Pilot) that is being funded with IndieGoGo that takes a lot of existing technology (and new technology) and melds it all together.  Waverly Labs has developed such an interesting product that brings hope to people that struggle with foreign languages.  This can be a game changer for business and leisure travelers.  Love it!

Keeping Cords Organized On The Road

Elite TechGear Ties and Belkin Velcro Cable Tie

Elite TechGear Ties and Belkin Velcro Cable Tie

Staying organized on the road can be a challenge.  Let's face it, we all have multiple devices (and accompanying cords) that we need to keep track of and keep them in a useful manner. 

Here are a couple of travel items that I have found to be useful.  I love to tie thing cords with Elite TechGear Ties.  Since some come in some bright colors, I use that to further help me to stay organized.  I use the lime green ones for any thin power cords (like the USB cords for phones/other mobile devices).  I then us e the orange ones for for audio accessories like earbuds.  When you are grabbing things from your bag on a dimly lit plane, having the bright color to know you have the right items is very helpful.

Another thing that I love to use for larger cords is the Belkin Velcro Cable Ties.  They are the perfect size to handle the larger cords for computers and other thicker items.  Because they are sold in various colors as well, I think it is a good idea to leverage the color aspect of these for various cords as well.