Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Seattle City Guide

 While Seattle does have a reputation for being a bit rainy, locals will tell you one thing. They love their city and there is plenty to do, both within city limits and in the surrounding suburbs. Do you like art? Check out a local museum.



Seattle Skyline from Queen Ane Hill


Do you like the outdoors? You’ll want to head to the mountains north or south of the city for some hiking, biking, or even kayaking. There’s simply no excuse for not taking advantage of all this Washington State based city has to offer.


WHEN TO VISIT SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Seattle Houseboats on Lake Union.



Despite its rainy reputation, the city of Seattle actually gets less rain per year than other popular cities like New York, NY and Miami, FL. There are quite a few gloomy days but on many you’ll find nothing more than a drizzle – hardly enough to dampen your adventures.


Even the winter months, with cold temperatures, can be beautiful in Seattle. During this time of year the skies seem extra blue and the grass is still very green. The sun shines throughout the winter, giving you a slightly warmer feel than you might expect. The spring and summer months are gorgeous and there are less rainy days during these seasons. Temperatures between July and September tend to over between 75 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 36 degrees Celsius), with the worst temperatures around August. You’ll always be able to find something to do, even on the warmest or rainiest of days.


TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT SEATTLE

SAFECO FIELD SEATTLE WASHINGTON



Seattle is a large city and, as such, you won’t be going far on foot unless your destinations are very close to your Seattle hotel. While you can always take a taxi to and from your destinations, you’ll find that the number of available taxis is relatively low compared to cities around the same size. If you have trouble finding transportation, ask your hotel concierge to help you arrange for a taxi or a private towncar. Renting a vehicle is also an option if you have a drivers license in the United States or an International Drivers License.


TRANSLATING LOCAL JARGON


Seattle Washington Space Needle 


If you’re traveling to the northwest from another part of the United States you’ll likely hear a few phrases you aren’t familiar with. Every area has its own local slang, though, so don’t be put off by a little bit of confusion. If you’re visiting from another country you’ll find that some of the language, or jargon, is a bit different. Here are a few differences you might want to note:


Always call Pike Place Market by its full name. Calling it “Pikes Market” or “The Market” will automatically label you as a tourist.

People in the western section of the United States tend to order “pop” instead of “soda.”

In Europe, individuals look for the “city centre” while in the United States people look for the “downtown” area.

Still Mineral water in Europe is known as bottled water in the US.

Sparkling mineral water in Europe is known as seltzer, sparkling water, or club soda in the US.

The lift in Europe is known as the elevator in the US.

In Europe, public transportation systems are referred to as the Underground, Tube, or Metro. Depending on the city you visit, United States translations usually equate to the Subway, Light Rail, BART, Speedline, or some equivalent.


Japanese Garden - Seattle, Washington


While some United States citizens are familiar with the differences in terminology, you will run into many who are confused by your request. Learning a few common United States English phrases will help you to communicate more effectively.


WHAT TO SEE IN SEATTLE


children museum


There are dozens of incredible attractions scattered throughout Seattle, perfect for individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life. Children will particularly enjoy The Children’s Museum. Inside they’ll find a number of themed attractions including a giant Cog City made of pulleys and pipes as well as a number of wilderness style playgrounds.



Sea Otter, Aquarium, Seattle, WA


The Seattle Aquarium is perfect for visitors of all ages. If you go, make a special effort to visit the otters. They spend the day playing and entertain visitors for hours on end.



Sher's Favorite place: Pike Place Market


As mentioned earlier, Pike Place Market is a destination locals hold dear. This particular market bazaar has a history dating back as far as 1907. Farmers from all over the region flock to the market to sell produce, flowers, seafood, spices, tea, wine, coffee, crafts, and so much more. Some shopkeepers rent stores while others have stalls. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, so if you want a formal tour you’ll want to book at least a day in advance.


Put away your umbrella, grab a parka, and simply enjoy the city. Rain or shine, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied!

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Marrakesh City Guide

 


The city of Marrakesh (or Marrakech), in Morocco, is known by a wide variety of nicknames. It’s been called the Jewel of the South, The Pearl of the South, and The Rose City – all for good reason. The city lies at a crossroads – at a point that was once the resting point of caravans traveling from Timbuktu during ancient times. Marrakesh, home to a blend of Berber, Arab, and African cultures, is the pulse of the country of Morocco.


WHEN TO VISIT MARRAKESH


The legend of the Blue Bird./ Marrakesh ,Morocco


The city of Marrakesh, for the most part, is located in a very warm and sunny climate. That said, its proximity to the High Atlas Mountains puts it in a position to be the recipient of some very cold weather, during both summer evenings and throughout the winter months.



on the road to marrakesh, morocco4


The most pleasant time to visit Marrakesh is during the spring months, usually between March and the middle of June. The temperatures during this time of the year are usually very comfortable, the skies are clear and sunny, and the gorgeous area flowers are in full bloom. The only time you may not want to visit is during Easter week – a time that tends to be very busy and crowded.


TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT MARRAKESH


Marrakesh


Most people enter the city of Marrakesh by bus or taxi after having taken a train or plane to the outskirts. If you should happen to take a petit taxi, you’ll want to negotiate your price before you get into the car to avoid your driver jacking up the price later on.


Once you are in the city of Marrakesh itself you’ll find that foot travel is not only convenient, but also pleasant. You’ll have to walk quite a bit to see everything there is to see, but if you get tired you can always hop on a bus or taxi.



Harem patio - palace Bahia - Marrakesh


Horse drawn carriages are another popular method of transportation. Head towards the Square de Foucauld to see if you can catch a ride, but make sure you negotiate your price in advance here as well.


HEALTH AND SAFETY IN MARRAKESH


Marrakesh is, for all intensive purposes, one of the safest cities you’ll ever visit. Some say this Moroccan city is safer than those throughout Europe. The reason the city is so safe is because of the presence of the Tourist Brigade Police Force. These officers are concerned with the safety of foreign tourists, giving them a sense of safety in a strange place.


Instances of petty theft are, as in any place, relatively common. Avoid leaving your phones, cameras, or bags where they can be easily snatched.



Section of old wall of Marrakesh


You should, however, be very careful when crossing rods. Mopeds, cars, bicycles, and mules all share the same roads and some are obviously more observant than others. Don’t try to race any vehicles across the street – just wait until the roads are clear and safe.


Avoid allowing strangers to offer you their services as tour guides out of the blue. Most will help you find your way and then demand payment after leading you towards a place where they have friends waiting to back them up. Simply refuse help from strangers and look for the Tourist Brigade Police Force if you need assistance.


THE CULTURE OF MARRAKESH


Marrakesh market in daytime


The city of Marrakesh has a very large Berber population. As a result, the overall culture of the city is strongly influenced by Islamic and Arab traditions.



Djemma nel Fa - the centre of Marrakesh


If you visit the Museum of Dar si Said you’ll have an opportunity to see a stunning display of Moroccan architecture. Inside, the 19th century palace you’ll have an opportunity to browse a collection of old artifacts that once belonged to past sultans.


The city of Marrakesh doesn’t have a wide variety of theaters or dance troupes. What you will see is a series of informal performances, usually done right on the street. Despite the lack of formality, music is a huge part of the culture and you will find several festivals in the main city squares, especially in Jemaa el Fna Square.


ETIQUETTE IN MARRAKESH


Fruit and nut cart in Marrakesh market


All of Morocco is Muslim so when you visit Marrakesh you’ll want to respect local customs. The most important thing to remember is to dress moderately and conservatively, especially if you are female. Avoid public displays of affection, including hand holding, at all costs. You should also avoid drinking, as public drunkenness is considered a very serious offense.



Restaurant Marrakesh... it was ridiculously good


Remember – people themselves are not tourist attractions. You can take photographs while in Marrakesh, but if you see Moroccans in the picture you must ask for permission first. How would you feel if someone visited your home and took a picture of you without asking first?


Exercise some restraint and be respectful. The rest will fall into place. Book a hotel in Marrakesh, pack your bags, and prepare for an exciting adventure. This is one trip you’ll always remember!

Friday, 4 June 2021

Santa Fe City Guide

 Located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the United States, welcomes visitors from around the world with open arms. At an altitude more than 7,000 feet above sea level, the city is filled with architectural anomalies, ruins, and remnants of the past. Check out one of the many art galleries, visit a public market, or explore a museum or two. There’s plenty to do.


WHEN TO VISIT SANTA FE


Black Mesa Golf Course, Santa Fe New Mexico 1


Despite its relatively high altitude, the city of Santa Fe and the surrounding desert area does experience four distinct seasons. The temperatures during each average as follows:


Fall – 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 Celsius)

Winter – 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius)

Spring – 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.6 Celsius)

Summer – 90 – 100+ degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 – 37.7 Celsius).

186 Santa Fe, New Mexico, St Francis of Assisi Basilica, Highest Building in Santa Fe


The evenings in Santa Fe are usually about 25 degrees cooler than the afternoon temperatures. Except for during the summer months, this means the evenings are significantly different, so you may want to pack a sweater or jacket for the latter parts of the day.



Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe


Don’t discount Santa Fe during the winter months. Snow falls in the mountains from late December through February, and sometimes as long as April. Skiing in the mountains is a blast and the hotel prices are generally cheaper during the winter months.


TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT SANTA FE


Santa Fe Plaza


If you’re staying in a Santa Fe hotel you may just find yourself right within the Santa Fe Plaza. The plaza is incredibly popular amongst tourists, and is the site of several parks, restaurants, museums, and monuments. If you are staying in the plaza you will find it easy to simply travel by foot from destination to destination.



The Governors Palace on the Plaza


Those staying outside of the plaza, on the other hand, have two options. You’ll either have to rent a car and look for parking in the Santa Fe visitor’s center (a feat you’ll only accomplish if you get up early in the morning), or you will have to take the bus to the plaza itself. The tour buses are safe, reliable, and stick to a very regular schedule that runs Monday through Saturday.



Saint Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe


Anyone with plans to travel across town, or to leave the city, will need to rent a car.


HEALTH & SAFETY IN SANTA FE

Don’t forget that you are in a desert climate. If you do opt to rent a vehicle, make sure the gas tank is always full and that you have a gallon of water in the car at all times. Tourists tend to forget to check their gas tanks and frequently find themselves stranded between destinations – a situation that can become very unhealthy during the heat of the day.


When touring Santa Fe, and the surrounding desert areas, make sure you drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen (including chapstick for your lips), and get plenty of rest each evening. Try to eat light meals and avoid alcohol for the first four days you spend in the area so that your body can adjust to the climate.


Dust storms become more frequent during the summer and fall months. If you are on the outskirts of a storm, simply turn your headlights on. If you are in the midst of a very strong storm, which are uncommon, turn your lights off and pull off the road as far as possible.


CONSERVING WATER IN SANTA FE
ANOTHER WATER FALL NEW MEXICO


Those living in the Southwest of the United States already understand how important it is to conserve water. If you are visiting from anywhere else in the country, or the world, you’ll need to help conserve water as well.


Some things you can do to help include:


Taking very short showers;

Turning off the water while you brush your teeth;

Only washing your car at a commercial car wash; and

Reusing your towels.

While drinking water is important, most restaurants won’t serve it to you unless you ask for it. This is to eliminate wasted water glasses, so if you do order it, please try to drink it.


WHAT TO SEE IN SANTA FE


Canyon Road Galleries, Santa Fe, NM


There is certainly enough to see and do in Santa Fe. Start your day with a trip to Canyon Road. The road was at one point a trail used by indigenous people to get to the forest and water above them. The road now features a series of incredible restaurant, art galleries, and shops. Most of the businesses you’ll see will be located in old adobe homes – a testament to the incredible architecture within the city.


You should also make a special effort to visit the Guadalupe District. This area of the city was once the Railyard District, filled with historic warehouses that have since been converted to art galleries, studios, bookstores, and a myriad of other specialty stores. You’ll also find a gorgeous urban park at the corner of Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street – the product of years of work and dedication.


Not sure what to see next? Ask the concierge at your Santa Fe hotel for help. There is certainly no shortage of things to see or do in the city. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Veracruz City Guide

 Located right along the Gulf of Mexico, about 5 hours away from Mexico City, is the stunning port city of Veracruz. The city is littered with fascinating historical sites, archaeological mysteries, and colonial charm. If history isn’t your thing, you’ll enjoy the warm sandy beaches, full of cheerful locals and tourists from around the world. It’s not quite off the beaten path, but the city of Veracruz is far from a cheesy tourist trap. You’ll just have to explore it yourself to see.


THE WEATHER IN VERACRUZ


Mexico, Veracruz Ver, Faro Venustiano Carranza,


The city of Veracruz is located within the State of Veracruz, which is located across a widely varied environmental terrain. A huge portion of the state, including the port city itself, experiences relatively moderate temperatures throughout the entire year. Temperatures in the city tend to be warm and humid, with temperatures averaging around 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 Fahrenheit) throughout the year.



Mexico, Veracruz, Amanecer, Vista al Faro Venustiano Carranza desde la ventana del Hotel Emporio


It is important to note that Veracruz, and the rest of Mexico, is prone to hurricanes. Hurricane season in that area tends to be between June and October, just after the rainy season ends. While hurricanes are closely monitored, some people prefer not to travel to Veracruz during this time.



Catedral de Centro de Veracruz, Plaza de Armas, Veracruz Ver.


The area is also prone to cold fronts, which can form any time of the year as cold air masses come up from the Polar Regions. They cold air meets the warm gulf wind and forms clouds and precipitation.


ETIQUETTE IN VERACRUZ


Veracruz, Veracruz - City Busses


When traveling in the city of Veracruz, or in any other area of Mexico, you should follow the same tipping standards you would throughout the rest of North America. Remember, though, that service employees in Mexico do not earn any type of base salary, as opposed to the meager base salaries earned in Canada or the United States. What you leave as a tip is the only income that person may receive.


Proper etiquette, however, dictates leaving your tip in Mexican currency, otherwise known as pesos. If you do not do so, the person you leave the tip for will have to have it exchanged at a bank or financial institution and may incur a processing charge.



El Barrio de La Huaca  - Veracruz, Veracruz


Taxi drivers are part of a union, charge high fees, and usually include the tip in the charge. You do not need to tip a taxi driver unless he goes above and beyond the call of duty for you.



Centro Comercial Plaza de las Americas, Boca del Rio, Veracruz


Make sure you tip about 15-20% of the bill before tax in any restaurant. If you see the word “propina,” the tip has already been included in your bill. You will usually only see this if you are a part of a large dining party.


WHAT TO SEE IN VERACRUZ


Templo de la Santa Veracruz - Toluca, State of Mexico


Believe it or not, the city of Veracruz is actually a combination of two smaller towns – Veracruz and Boca del Rio. They combined into one city, focusing in the center on a 6 mile stretch of land filled with businesses to attract tourists. The Veracruz section of the city is a bit more elegant while the Boca del Rio section of the city focuses on the beaches and beach life.



Beach at our rv park just east of Veracruz


When you get to Veracruz, start your trip with a visit to the Acuario de Veracruz. It is considered the biggest and best aquarium in all of Latin America. You’ll see more than 2,000 different marine species, all of which are native to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as several other exhibits showcasing species from around the world. If you’re brave, you can even take a dive into the aquarium immersion tank to play with the sharks.


The Museo Historico Naval was once the building several navy officers had to call home. Inside you’ll learn about the history of the country’s navy, including four significant battles fought at the port to protect Mexico from the French and the Americas. The only drawback here is that the materials provided for explanation are only offered in Spanish.



A boat in the Naval Museum


If you’re looking for a bit of traditional entertainment, head towards Parque Zamora. Men and women elaborately dressed in traditional garb dance around an old-school Victorian bandstand. The sight alone is magnificent and, you never know, you might just be inspired to join in.


The city of Veracruz is charming in its own right. Book a hotel in Veracruz, pack your bags, and prepare to explore one of the most active sea ports in the entire country. Don’t forget your bathing suit, either. You’ll want to spend some time on the beaches in between excursions into the city.

Best Universal Travel Adapter with Worldwide Compatible Plug Types

 Have you ever been inconvenienced by a dead phone or a tablet during your travel? Well, I have, and it was a nuisance. Think of it this way; you are traveling to a new place and need to call someone to direct you. Or maybe, you need google maps on your phone or tablet to get you to your destination. Unfortunately, your gadgets go off before you even get there. To make the matter worse, you have no charger or, the one you have is broken. Or maybe your plug adapter doesn’t fit in the socket system. Trust me; at this point, only the best universal travel adapter can rescue you.

The point is, with universal adapters, you can charge your phone everywhere. This is because the best multiple charge adapter comes with all the common plugs used internationally.

Some of which include the US power plug style, European style, Australian, Japan, China and many more. In other words, your adapter, as a traveler, should support charging your phone anywhere around the world.

Anyway, to solve the power and gadget charging hiccup among travelers, we sent our team of experts deep into the flooded plug adapters' market.

Their mission was to research and test a wide range of design and brands of universal chargers for travel. Keep reading to see which adapters made it to our list of reviews.

Best Universal Travel Adapter Plug Types

Before we jump right into the features to consider when buying a travel adapter, you should understand that there are several reasons as to why a global traveler needs a universal adapter.

One of them is the fact that different world regions use different plug types. For instance, the plug type used in Europe varies from the ones commonly used in the US, Australia, China and so on.

In fact, almost every region has its own unique plug type. Even further, some countries from similar regions use varying plugs. Therefore, without know the world plug types and region compatibilities; you might end up being stranded with dead batteries.

Some of the most common plug types regionally are:

  • North America, Central America, Yemen, Japan and Vietnam use type A plug.
  • US, Canada, Mexico, Niger, Jordan, Lebanon and Central America use type B plug.
  • Europe (apart from the UK), Algeria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh use Europlug (Type C).
  • For Namibia, Nepal, Botswana, India, Hong Kong, Iraq and Sri Lanka use type D.
  • Tunisia, France, Cameroon, Belgium, Burundi, Slovakia and Ethiopia use type E.

Note: Read the full world plug list by location here.

The point is, there are a lot more on the list of world plugs. Fortunately, finding the best universal travel adapter will save you the hustle. You don't get to worry about a dead phone or tablet regardless of the region you are traveling to.

 

Our Recommended Best Universal Travel Adapter Reviews

Below are our top universal charging adapters for travel this year. We picked most adapters with up to four different types of charging plugs styles. What we were looking for was the best universal travel adapter that will charge most of your gadgets everywhere around the globe.

Therefore, we ranked them according to general performance, convenience, appearance, portability and acquisition cost.

All the products listed and reviewed below were handpicked after several tests done. Some also were recommendations from customers with actual experience with the adapters. We only selected the ones that best fitted day to day travel to all common destinations worldwide.

Keep reading and have the chance to pick your travel universal adapter from the top-performing ones in the market today.

 

1. EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter – Best Overall


For those who have traveled outside the US, you probably know that power outlets and plug differ in various countries. In fact, you will find around 15 different types of power outlets around the world. Therefore, if you need to charge your devices when abroad, you need a proper adapter. The EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter is a worldwide adapter that you can use in over 150 countries that have US/UK/EU/AU plugs.

This universal adapter has smart, fast travel charging with 4 USB ports. It features 1 USB type C and 1 AC socket meaning that you can charge up to 6 devices simultaneously. The adapter is compatible with all USB devices like Tablet, digital cameras, iPhone X/7/8/6, Huawei Mate 10 and much more.

This adapter doesn’t convert voltage, and its input voltage is connected in a way that it matches the local power voltage.

Another essential feature that you will find includes the built-in protective function. Additionally, it has a spare fuse, internal spike and surge protection to ensure that your devices are safe from the circuitry.

When you open the box, you will find the travel adapter, zipper nylon bag and 2 feet charging cable for both Android and Apple.

Features at A Glance
  • The adapter is compatible with all USB devices.
  • Allows you to share the USB ports with family and friends.
  • It comes with a built-in fuse and spare fuse for replacement.
  • Features an internal spike and surge protection circuitry.
  • Multi-function adapter with 4 USB ports and provides fast charging.
 

2. Castries Universal Travel Adapter – Best Price


A universal travel adapter is essential for all your overseas trips. During your trip, you need to carry various devices like tablets, smartphone, laptop camera and Bluetooth speaker among others. If you don’t want to spend extra money at the airport buying an adapter, plan your trip in advance and get the Castries Universal Travel Adapter. This is an incredible device that offers you with international compatibility.

The adapter works well in Canada, Italy, China, Saudi Arabia, Australia and almost all southern Central &American countries. Featuring 4 USB ports, this travel adapter provides fast charging, and you can enjoy simultaneous charging using the AC power socket and the four USB ports.

It can charge up to 5 devices at the same time. Additionally, it is compatible with all USB devices like mobile phones, digital camera and Bluetooth speakers, among others.

This adapter features an intelligent identification chip that recognizes your device, outputs maximum current and charges the devices faster. Without this feature, it would take relatively more time to charge the device.

In regards to safety, this adapter has a built-in 6.3 A fuse that provides over-voltage and over-current protection. Moreover, it can resist high temperatures of up to 1472 degrees Fahrenheit.

Features at A Glance
  • Built-in safety shutters protect you from touching live parts directly.
  • The adapter is compatible with all USB devices like mobile phones.
  • Made of high-quality PC material that is resistant to high temperatures.
  • Features an intelligent identification chip to recognize your devices.
  • Gives you international compatibility and fast charging for your devices.

3. Power Plug Adapter – International Travel 220 V


Different countries have varying electrical outlets. Therefore, what works for you at home might not work the same way while you are away. Therefore, if you want to travel with tech, buying a quality universal travel adapter like the Power Plug Adapter allows you to charge your devices while on the go. This is a 4-in-1 device with several power plugs that can work well in over 150 countries.

With this device, you don’t have to worry about charging multiple devices or foreign outlets. The adapter features a unique smart power management system that is not common in most adapters.

It can regulate power efficiently between USB ports for devices that consume more amps and increase the amps for devices that require it most.

This universal adapter gives you the chance to charge more than one devices. In fact, you can charge 4 devices simultaneously. Another thing that you will appreciate about this device is the pin locking mechanism to provide a secure plugin.

This means that the adapter can lock and unlock the 8 pins safely to fixed positions. So, no worries when you press the pins and they sink back to the adapter.

Features at A Glance
  • The adapter allows you to charge 4 devices simultaneously.
  • Worldwide travel adapter that can be used in more than 150 countries.
  • Features a pin locking mechanism to provide you with secure plugin.
  • Smart power management system to regulate the power efficiently.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, power bank mobile phones etc.
 

4. World Travel Adapter Kit by Ceptics – Best Gift


When you are traveling abroad, I’m sure you want to stay connected to the rest of the world. Many people are used to laptops, smartphones and tablets, among many other devices. Moreover, you don’t want to leave your curling iron or hairdryer behind while traveling. This is where a universal travel adapter comes in. The World Travel Adapter Kit is a smart option when you are traveling to various places like China, Japan, Australia, UK and Europe.

The adapter features 2 USA outlets, 2 USB 2.4 and a micro USB cable. It is suitable for people who travel with laptops, cell phone and other devices. This is the ultimate choice that is designed with the needs of a traveler in mind.

The adapter is ultra-lightweight and features a compact size for easy packaging. On top of that, you will get a travel pouch for convenient storage during travels.

A good universal adapter should protect your devices from spikes and harmful voltages. Luckily, this is exactly what the device does. It has built-in surge protection, so you don’t have to worry about electrical mishaps damaging your precious devices.

It features a voltage indicator LED. One LED that illuminates when 110v in the outlet and both of them illuminate to show 220v in the outlet.

Features at A Glance
  • It includes six different types of international adapters.
  • Has an ultra-compact size which makes it suitable for travel.
  • Designed with Built-in surge protection to keep your devices safe.
  • Voltage indicators indicate whether the outlet has 110V or 220V.
  • The travel plug is compatible with only dual voltage electronics and products.
 

5. Ceptics International Power Adapter


Ceptics is a company that was established in 2013. It is the leading provider of reliable travel adapters that can be used worldwide. The company manufactures high-quality products that are designed to suit the needs of travelers. If you need a safe and secure way to charge your devices when traveling, you can get the Ceptics International Power Adapter.

This unit comes with one universal input and suitable for travel. You can use it to charge iPads, iPhones, laptops, tablets and other devices regardless of where you are in the world. You can use this device to charge up to 4 devices at once.

The adapter had 1 USB-C PD port, 1 Universal input and 2 standard USB ports. You can achieve multi-charging of your devices without compromising the speed.

One common problem that most travelers face is finding quality and safe travel adapter. You don’t want to risk using a travel adapter that can damage your devices. This adapter is travel certified, so you don’t have to worry about safety.

It features a built-in 8a fuse. On top of that, it provides surge protection and child’s electric shock protection. The adapter also features built-in safety shutter and plug lock to prevent your devices from short circuit and external shock when they are charging.

Features at A Glance
  • The adapter allows you to charge four devices at once.
  • Great adapter for travel and works well with all devices.
  • Built-in safety shutter protects your devices from external shock.
  • International travel adapter that can be used in different countries.
  • Safe travel adapter with surge and children electric shock protection.
 

6. Ceptics Travel Adapter Plug with Dual USB


Most adapters available on the market have dual USB which limits you from charging more than two devices at once. Travelers require travel adapters that can charge a tablet, two smartphones and camera when traveling. This is why you need to get the Ceptics Travel Adapter that allows you to charge up to 3 devices at once. You can use this travel adapter in different countries like Chile, Italy, Ethiopia, Tunisia and Uruguay, among others.

The good thing with this unit is that it is compatible with all devices. Whether you want to charge a phone, iPhones, laptops, smartwatch, tablets and much more, you can do that with this adapter.

This adapter is designed in the USA, meaning that its quality is exemplary. If you are not satisfied, you can return it and get a replacement.

This travel adapter is designed to suit the needs of any traveler. It is ultra-compact meaning that you will not trouble carrying it. Additionally, the adapter is safe, so you don’t have to worry about your devices getting damaged.

Because it features an international output plug (Type L), it can be used in overseas countries conveniently.

Features at A Glance
  • Allows you to charge 3 devices at once with 3-in-1 input.
  • It is compatible with dual voltage electronics and products.
  • The travel adapter is ultra-compact and safe for your devices.
  • Designed in the USA and features a high-quality craftsmanship.
  • Features an international output plug type L so it can be used overseas.
 

7. BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter and Converter


If you have traveled in different parts of the world, you know that the power supplies vary in terms of current as compared to the US. Therefore, you need an adapter to charge your electronics and other devices safely without causing damages. In this case, the BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter can be a smart selection.

This adapter works well for 110V devices and features a patented technology that converts the voltage of various countries. With this travel adapter, you can charge all your devices fast and safely.

It can charge up to 7 devices at the same time. The adapter has a nice design where the USB outputs are located far from the AC power to prevent any damages on your device.

Another thing that you will love about this adapter is that it features a travel design. Its compact and lightweight design makes the adapter ideal for travel. It features a detachable 5 foot power cable so you can pack it with ease when you are traveling.

You will also enjoy an extensive use in different parts of the world like Australia, Europe, Japan, China and other 150 more countries in the world.

Features at A Glance
  • The adapter allows you to charge 7 devices at the same time.
  • Has a patented technology that converts voltage in various countries.
  • Complete protection for all your devices since it is NRTL safety tested.
  • The adapter is perfect for all devices and provides you with worldwide use.
  • Features isolated USB outputs from the AC power to protect your devices.
 

8. HaoZI Universal Travel Multiple USB Adapter


A universal travel adapter is a perfect companion for any traveler because it offers a wide range of benefits. With this device, you can use different electrical systems when traveling to charge your devices. On top of that, travel adapters can be used to charge radios, shavers, digital cameras, and kitchen appliances, among others. The HaoZI Universal Travel Adapter is suitable for travelers, and it can be used in over 150 countries.

This device passes various certifications such as FCC, RoHS and CE, meaning that all your devices are safe. It is designed with a 6.3 amp fuse to provide total protection for both you and your devices.

Additionally, the adapter features built-in safety shutters that protect you from direct current when you touch the live parts on the socket outlet.

It features smart dual USB ports, and it works well with almost every device. Whether you want to charge your iPhone, digital camera, Bluetooth speaker, HTC, Nokia, Samsung or Huawei devices, the adapter will work fine.

You can achieve fast multiple devices charging because it allows you to charge 3 devices simultaneously.

Features at A Glance
  • The adapter can be used to charge devices in over 150 countries.
  • Passes the required safety certification to protect your devices.
  • Designed with a 6.3 amp fuse to protect your devices when charging.
  • Compatible with all devices and allows you to charge 3 devices at once.
  • Has built-in safety shutters to protect you from the live parts on the socket wall.
 

9. Unidapt Universal Travel Power Adapter


There are over 12 various types of power sockets that you will dint in different parts of the world. Therefore, if you are taking a vacation, business trip and you don’t want to leave your devices behind, a travel adapter is inevitable. And because there are so many travel adapters on the market today, it can be quite confusing to find the right one. I would recommend the Unidapt Universal Travel Power Adapter for all your charging needs.

This adapter has a unique intelligent charge IC that helps it recognize your devices and offer the right electric for anything you plug. This enables you to get optimized charging for all your devices.

The adaptor supports most devices like laptop, tablet, digital camera, phone headphone and Bluetooth speakers, among others. However, don’t use it on hair dryers or curling irons.

Having this adapter when traveling will keep your devices charged safely. It features a small size that makes it ideal for European outlets. You can charge up to 5 devices at once in the same outlet.

Moreover, the adapter had a built-in smart IC chip that recognizes your device to provide maximum charging. It also offers safe charging for your devices.

Features at a Glance
  • Made with premium quality material that is flameproof.
  • Has a 6.3A built-in fuse which makes the adapter safe.
  • The adapter can charge up to 5 devices simultaneously.
  • It features a superior design that makes it ideal for travel.
  • The adaptor works well with most devices, and you can use it in different countries.
 

10. NEWVANGA International Universal Adapter


Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, you need to have the right tools with you. The worst part is there are so many poor quality adapters on the market that break or fail to do their job. If you want to keep your multiple devices charged well simultaneously when you are in a foreign country, get the NEWVANGA International Universal travel adapter.

This unit allows you to enjoy worldwide charging for most of your devices. It can work well in almost 150 countries featuring US/UK/EU/AU plugs. Charging your devices with this adapter is fast and safe.

The adapter has a built-in safety shutter that protects you from direct contact with the live parts. You can use it to charge a wide range of devices which include GPS, PDAs, digital cameras, MP# players and travel speakers, among others.

The unit has an all-in-one design that includes a detachable charge with 5 varying input plugs that connect to the adapter tightly.

Additionally, it has dual USB charging ports that makes it compatible with almost every device. When it comes to safety protection for your devices, the adapter meets the requirements of CE, FCC and RoHS.

Features at a Glance
  • The adapter can be used in a wide range of devices.
  • The adapter helps you charge up to 5 devices at the same time.
  • You can connect the adapter in almost 150 countries worldwide.
  • Features built-in safety shutters to protect the user from live contact.
  • Designed with a built-in fuse that cuts power supply when it exceeds 6.3 A.
 

11. Worldwide All in One Universal Travel Adaptor


Keep your devices functioning wherever you go with the Worldwide All in One Universal Travel Adaptor. The travel adapter features 4 international plugs adapters, and you can use it in over 150 countries that have US/UK/EU/AU plugs. However, you cannot use this adapter if you are traveling to South Africa, Swiss, India and Italy.

It features dual USB ports so you can charge more than one device simultaneously. It is compatible with iPad, iPhone, smartphones, 5V tablets, headset, Bluetooth speakers, and Samsung tab.

It is also great for small power travel appliances and low power household appliances.  Do not use it high power appliances.

It is essential to check the safety features included when buying a universal travel adapter. In this regard, this unit is packed with several safety features that protect you and your devices too. For instance, it had a fuse to protect your devices when there is more power.

Additionally, it has built-in safer shutters a d LED power indicator so you can see when there is power.

Features at a Glance
    • Designed with a fuse to protect your devices when charging.
    • The adapter can be used in over 150 countries worldwide.
    • Has LED power indicators and built-in safety shutters.
    • It features a simple and portable design suitable for travel.

Has dual USB that is ideal for smartphones, Bluetooth speakers and more.

Things to Consider

We had the advantage of having technical experts and experienced travelers on the field during this assignment. Our main aim was to find a great portable charging adapter that will be convenient for charging multiple gadgets.

Once we found it, we were to confirm for a fast charging speed. Nevertheless, we had to make sure the adapter is affordable, easy to store and is compatible with the commonly used outlets.

After several hours into this market research, we narrowed down our list to the top 10 best universal travel adapters. We then reviewed them discussing their best features and why every traveler will love having them during their journey.

Anyway, before we share with you our top travel plug adapters, we will discuss the main features that we looked into when ranking them.

  • Compact Design – Small Is Always Best

To begin with, you need to remember why you are shopping for a universal adapter. For a traveler, you need something easy to pack on the go. For that reason, a compact design is an ideal feature to look for when choosing the best universal travel adapter.

Remember, small size and lightweight construction makes a perfect traveling adapter.

What you need is something that fits perfectly in the accessories compartment in your travel backpack. Besides, you don't want bulky products that will consume too much space when packing. Your journey gets even better when you pack light and still have everything you will ever need during your trip.

  • Available Plug Styles – Worldwide Compatibility

The next thing is international usability. Your travel adapter needs to have all the commonly used charging plug types. The best travel adapter should be able to charge your devices in almost all countries worldwide. From the US, Europe, Japan, China, Australia to South America, and so on.

Actually, you can never know the type of socket waiting for you in the hotel you will check in at your destination.

Therefore, having an adapter with several plug styles gives you an upper hand. It reduces the chances of you not charging your phone or laptop due to incompatibility reasons.

  • Charging Variety of Devices – Outlet Types

Apart from the plugs, you need to be keen on the outputs as well. There are several types of charging ports that charge different devices. The question is, what are the devices that you will need to pack for your trip?

All in all, the more the output options, the better. Being able to charge more than one device at the same time is also very important.

Therefore, look for an adapter with the most charging options. Most of our top pics come with 6A ports and Type A to Type O USB ports. With options to charge laptops, tablets, iPhone, iPod, Galaxy type phones, cameras, and so much more.

This makes your work easier and saves you a lot of time used charging all your gadgets.

  • Voltage – With or Without Converter

Did you know different countries have different power voltage range produced from wall sockets? In most cases, the voltage range can either be 100V-125V or 220V-240V, depending on the region. For that reason, different gadgets have been designed to work with either of the mentioned voltage ranges.

That is why you need to confirm what voltage best fits your gadgets' charging systems to avoid blowing them up or undercharging them.

Alternatively, you can choose an adapter with a voltage converter to either convert down voltages or up to fit the charging requirements of your devices. It is also essential to check with the hotels at your destination to understand their voltage provisions. This will make it easier for you to know the type of adaptor to purchase.

  • Safety and Surge Protection

Once you have the voltage issue in check, the other thing that requires your attention is safety. The best travel adapter needs to come with surge protection and all the safety precautions needed.

The universal adapter should be safe for use by everyone. You need an adaptor that protects your devices from power surges. Also, as a user, it should protect you from electrical shocks and such dangers.

Standard set for worldwide power adapters ensures that they meet children safety requirement. In other words, the best power adapters minimize domestic threats to users and kids in case you are traveling with them. A good adapter should pose zero threat to anyone.

  • Budget – Relative Affordability

After you have checked all the boxes of best features on your list of expectation, the next thing is to cash out. I mean, after finding the adapter that meets all your expectation, all you need to do is ensure it is within your budget range. If you are looking for the best travel adapter for the money, then we've got you.

The point is, if the product offers perfect performance and satisfactory service, then you have to consider adding it to cart. But the main question is, how much are you willing to spend on it?

The best universal travel adapter should offer the best usability and features, without having you part with a lot of bucks for it.

FINAL VERDICT

As I conclude, the best universal travel adapter should have all the most important plug styles usable in most countries. Besides, it should offer options for charging most of your gadgets, from your laptop, tablet, iPhone to your iPod, and so much more.

Fortunately, our list of the adapters reviewed above makes finding the right product much easier for you. In other words, you can easily find the universal adapter that will add convenience to your travels.  These adapters will serve you across most countries around the world. Lucky for you, we already reviewed the leading brands.

Therefore, look at your checklist once again and find out the features that are vital to you. Ensure you pick a worldwide adapter with fast charge options and multiple USB ports and other necessary charging outlets.

Anyway, at this point, you can differentiate from any ordinary adapter and the best universal adapter. So, go ahead and get what is best for your adventures.

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