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!
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