Choosing the best Kindle for travel 2019

Choosing the best Kindle for travel 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Final Thoughts

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!

Choosing the Best Kindle for Travel 2019

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. 
  • – I LOVE 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
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers 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! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • 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.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. amanda

    i went through the exact same thing!!! My only issue with the kindle is that I forget which books I’ve read because I haven’t seen the cover – do you find this?

    1. Claire Summers

      Yes! I get so lost with it. I also buy them and forget what I have. I also struggle with the guidebooks a bit. I like reading the guide on my kindle before I get there but while I’m there I prefer to have an actual guidebook to hold and see the pretty pictures haha. I don’t think I’ll ever love my Kindle as much as a real book!

  2. SindhuMurthy

    For any book-lover, Its is very practical to use Kindle during travel. However, being old school, I still would love to hold a book. But then, I m not that voracious a reader 🙂 I hope your Kindle will give you great company during your travel.
    Happy reading!

  3. Andi

    Good for you and congrats on deciding to get a kindle. Books are books and it all depends on how convenient this are for you when you go everywhere. As long as you love what you are doing, go for it!

  4. LC

    I KNOW I should transfer from books to a Kindle, but I just… can’t? I love the smell and feel of books and I even end up buying them as souvenirs when I travel. Oh well! Good luck with your new toy.

    1. Claire Summers

      If you don’t need to then no reason why you should ever transfer 😉 I only do it because if I didn’t I’d run out as I’m long term travelling. If I wasn’t I’d still be buying them! Out of 3 boxes I have in storage 1 of them is full of books I just couldn’t stand to part with…I’m such a bookworm! Happy reading to you 🙂

  5. Anita

    I think it is very practical, specially when you travel you don’t need to carry books. Thanks for your opinion

  6. Erica M Poyauan

    It’s clever to choose Kindle if you wish to have and access different books at once. Glad you got your own!

  7. neha

    i can totally relate. i do love reading books and I love their smell as well. However, I did switch to kindle last year pretty much for the same reasons

  8. Sheena

    I’m not ready to convert to a Kindle yet! My main issue is that it would just be another electronic I’d be carrying on my travels that I have to watch & risk losing… so instead I’m currently travelling with 4 books! I would sure love to lose the weight though, I think it’s one of those things I wouldn’t buy but if I received it for a gift I’d happily take it 🙂

    1. Claire Summers

      I hear ya! If I wasn’t travelling long term I would suck it up with the extra weight. Know what you mean about electronics. I travel with a Mac Air, a Chrome book, a tablet, iPod and a kindle! Hardly room for anything else. Joys of being a Digital Nomad!

  9. Marge

    I still love having a real book in hand, but if I am being honest, reading an ebook is much more convenient for me especially when I want to save some space in my bag. I read an ebook on my phone but I have been considering buying an ebook reader for quite some time now. I think it’s okay whatever your choice of book format is. We’re living in the 21st century anyway. The important thing is to read.

    1. Claire Summers

      Agree 100%! So long as people are reading it doesn’t matter how 🙂

  10. I think most people now preferred to read online story where they don’t have to carry book. But for me, I still love the essence of reading books. Anyway, thank you for sharing your thought.

    1. Claire Summers

      I don’t think I will ever love reading on a kindle as much as holding a real book and reading. But sadly for me with limited space and access to books on the road I don’t get to read many real books anymore. It’s a treat for when I’m at one of my parents houses though, or if I find a left book at a hostel.

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