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Traveling has always been a means to get away. Toescape. To leave behind a desk job, paperwork—and more recently, technology,social media and the Internet. Lugging a laptop to the Bahamas? Most peoplewould say, “Forget it.” These days, though, that’s not always the case. As New York Times writer DavidCarr has put it, “The last time I got on an airplane without a laptop, therewere no laptops.” High-tech gizmos surround us everywhere, and whether you likeit or not, there’s no avoiding that fact. They’re as much a part of ourdaily—and now traveling—lives as, say, a wristwatch once was.

The good news, even for technology naysayers: There’splenty of high-tech stuff that can make trips more enjoyable and relaxing.Take, for example, the Philips PowerStation Pebble. Traveling with this handheld$40 unit will ensure that your phone will never again runout of power while you’re navigating back to your hotel using your mobile phoneas a GPS.

For the high-end (and deep-pocketed) excursionist,there are plenty more options. From Copenhagen-based company Æsir, there’s theÆ+Y, a handmade cell phone; from Colorfly, there’s the Pocket HiFi C4 Pro audioplayer, with its impeccable sound and retro look. Both almost make you forgetyou’re using an electronic gadget in the first place. Let’s not forget Sony’sHMZ-T1 personal 3-D viewer, either. The device mounts directly on your head,packs easily and allows for a quick escape—in certain cases, from your tripitself. (Let’s face it: Not every vacation goes as hoped.)

Even the less tech-inclined traveler can find a fix.These days many everyday items have been turned into neat gadgets: a pen, forexample, that can start a fire and includes a flashlight and compass; a SwissArmy Knife with a biometric fingerprint sensor and laser pointer; binocularswith high-definition lenses. Escaping no longer means leaving technology athome. These devices—call them travel accessories—are proof.

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