If you are considering buying a Kindle for travel then you are also probably wondering which is the best kindle for travel. It took me a long time to make the leap from paper books to an e-reader. Sadly when you are traveling full-time buying paper books became a luxury I could no longer afford.
If you are thinking of getting a Kindle for travel, but you aren’t sure if you should go with a standard kindle of a Kindle Fire for travel then take a read of this post, it may help you decide.
Why I didn’t want to buy a Kindle
I love books. I love the feel of them, the new book smell. But most of all I love walking into a bookshop and spending hours pottering around breathing in that book smell. So much so that it took me a long time to even consider buying a Kindle.
Reasons why getting a Kindle for travel is a good idea
I only had so much room in my backpack and books are big.
I can go through a book a day if I get really into it so I go through a lot of books. If I’m reading paper books I run out quickly and it isn’t always that easy to get hold of English books abroad. You often have to rely on people leaving their finished books at hotels and hostels. With my kindle, I can download a new book to read (or 7) when I have Wifi.
It can get expensive
If you read as much as I do buy books all the time can get expensive. I don’t have the luxury of being able to borrow books from a library on the road. But if you subscribe to Amazon Kindle Unlimited you can borrow as many books as you can read (included in unlimited), almost all the Lonely Planet Travel Guides are included.
If you also sign up to Book Bub and you will get daily or weekly emails of books that are either free or on sale.
Reading on devices
I had started to read things on my phone and tablet while away because I had run out of books but the screen glare was killing my eyes. So I gave in and bought one. Quite possibly one of my best travel tech gear purchases.
I bought a bog-standard Kindle. I love it and it suits me fine. The battery lasts forever. No screen glare and although it doesn’t have a backlight (for reading in the dark) I got a cheap one for a few pounds and it works a treat. If you want to splash out a bit more than going with a Paper Weight. If you are feeling really flush then get an Oasis.
How to choose the best Kindle for travel
One thing I would say don’t be swayed by features you don’t need. Some of them are more like tablets and this makes the battery run out faster and the screen is also more like a tablet making it harder to read on the beach. If you don’t need a device that does it all then you can’t go wrong with the standard Kindle.
If you are planning on reading at the beach or while floating in a pool on a flamingo then I’d go for the waterproof kindle.
However, if you aren’t planning on doing lots of reading outdoors. Or can compromise on having a little screen glare in exchange for having an e-reader that also works as a tablet for watching movies and doing a little web surfing then I’d say the kindle fire for travel is your best option. It is what I currently have, and it’s great. I can watch movies and read my books. The only downsides are that the battery doesn’t last as long as a standard kindle, and of course the screen glare. But it’s worth it for me personally.
I don’t think I will be able to ever give up books completely and I know I’ll always be drawn into bookshops when passing but I couldn’t travel without my Kindle now!
This post was proofread by Grammarly
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.