Travel gadgets for “rain refugees”

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iPhone, spanish computer software, eco friendly sunscreen

If you look at the weather in the picture above and start picturing your commute or a recent walk in the rain, that’s easy to understand. If it reduces you to tears and causes you to start beating furiously on a pile of couch cushions, well that’s probably not normal. This probably means you want to get away. Because, while the winter months bring us holidays and all the good stuff like food and parties to go along with it, they also bring wet things, like weather, and tears for some.

All joking aside, the constant deprivation of UV light during the cold, dark winter months can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that can be very serious. So, if you’ve been craving some blue skies and sweet sunshine, plan a vacation. You don’t have to sit around and endure the seasonal blues. Take off to a sunnier climate. In fact, the months between November and March are considered the best time to visit Mexico and Central America. During this time of the year, you will find pleasant, temperate weather, and they are also the time when many native animal species are on display. Whales and birds are migrating, and others are in their mating seasons.

So you need a game plan. If you’ve got some money saved, you’re ahead of the game. Or, maybe you’ve got some credit cards you’ve been dying to push to their spending limits. That’s for you to decide. Another decision is where to go. I recommend anywhere south of the border.

There are a lot of other things to love besides the great weather, like food for example. But you’ll need to have a little bit of the language under your belt. Spanish language dictionaries, and Spanish computer software aides, can help you cut down on your learning curve. Some programs like Rosetta Stone advertise that you will be speaking basic conversational Spanish quicker than you ever thought possible.

And then there are cool high tech translation aides like Word Lens. This app turns your iPhone into a personal interpreter. Just open the app, point the camera lens of your iPhone at a written word on a sign, menu, or even tee shirt, and voila! You will see the word translated before your eyes. Check out this video for some real life examples:

It’s a lot easier than it used to be to pick up foreign languages. And with the help of high tech gadgets like the Word Lens, you’ll be able to make your way through a Spanish-speaking country without having to lug a bunch of other translation tools. They’re all in one place.

So, don’t get SAD, get some plane tickets and a tube of eco friendly sunscreen. Fire up your Word Lens. Tell your financial planner that this blogger said it was okay to treat yourself to some sun and fun.

-Kevin

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