Technically Speaking: 12 Travel Tips For Black Men | by Illmatical | Dec, 2023
Here are some tech tips for your journey
So, you’ve finally saved up or quite possibly even manned up, and you’re planning on living in another country for a while. Here are 12 tips Black men should consider when traveling abroad, technically speaking.
1. Phone — In a new country, your phone will be your lifeline. Find out if your phone is locked or needs to be jailbroken to work in another country. In some countries, you can purchase a sim at the airport.
2. Apps — You’ll need Google Translate and DeepL, unless you’re an expert at speaking the language. As far as travel, in most countries, there is Uber or equivalent. For instance, when I was in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, I relied on an app called Bolt. In Ho Chi Minh City, I used GrabBike.
Try to find out about these apps before you leave your home country. Google maps will also help you navigate the terrain. In places like China, invest in apps with OCR readers to help you read Mandarin, if necessary.
You’ll also find that Tinder and AirBnB apps extremely helpful. In most major cities, foreigners have already written articles on the top useful apps.
3. Language Learning Software — Rosetta Stone and Duolingo both have apps for many languages. You can also access this software on your computer via your browser. I recommend weekly language tutoring with a qualified instructor. I currently use Italki.
4. Laptop — You’re going to need a decent or late model laptop when traveling. Don’t even think about traveling with a laptop that isn’t working correctly. If you have an older laptop, have it serviced or diagnosed before you bounce. If you have a tablet, find out about options to use phone connectivity.
5. Hard drive — Regardless of the type of laptop you have, you need to backup your data because you can’t place everything in the cloud — backup as much as possible in the event your laptop flakes out on you. Invest in a small hard drive that does not rely on external power. I use Lacie drives.
6. The Cloud — If you don’t want to bother with a physical drive, purchase some extra space on Google drive and place your content there. The great think about “The cloud” is that you can access your…
Here are some tech tips for your journey So, you’ve finally saved up or quite possibly even manned up, and you’re planning on living in another country for a while. Here are 12 tips Black men should consider when traveling abroad, technically speaking. 1. Phone — In a new country, your phone will be your…