2017 will be treating us to lightweight, travel-friendly drones, the reintroduction of wireless, and more personalised ways to travel the world. Here are the latest developments in travel tech to look out for this year, so once you've decided where you're going, you can add a little tech power to your travels.

GoTenna

What does it do?

Acts as a walkie-talkie add on for your mobile when you have no signal.

Heading abroad with your mum or on a friend’s getaway? Don’t want to pay for mobile data when you're there? Or maybe you attend a lot of festivals or go hiking, where sometimes you'll go 'off-the-grid'? The GoTenna is a plug-in phone device which operates via Bluetooth, so you can send messages even when you’re in a foreign country (or there is no signal). Messages are transmitted via radio waves, so no more getting lost at the airport pick up.

Mavic Pro Drone

What does it do?

Creates beautiful aerial imagery, whilst only taking 734g in your luggage.

Who doesn’t enjoy the silky montages of drone footage from Portugal, Miami and Myanmar? You can create your own aerial videos and photography using DJi’s latest offering, the Mavic. This has been one of the most consumer-friendly drones so far, due to the fact it’s so small and compact (despite reaching 40mph and recording for 27 minutes at a time). However, the GoPro Karma will be relaunching in 2017 too – ideal if you’ve already got your Hero to hand.

If you are planning to fly your drone anywhere, make sure you check the laws on Airspace regulations first, especially when you travel. Drones usually have to be put into the hold when you're flying too, which is worth considering when you pack.

Bragi Dash

What does it do?

It's an in-ear fitness tracker and headphone.

2016 was the year for Apple’s earbuds. However, now it’s getting to the next level, with wearable tech being crossbred with the earbuds in the form of the Bragi Dash. These earphones not only play your favourite music via two wireless buds, but they have in-ear biometric sensors, they’re waterproof, and they can handle wireless calls too. Conference call on the surfboard? Why not.

Smart Luggage Locks

What does it do?

Locks your luggage using Bluetooth instead of keys.

2017 will be the year of the smart luggage locks: no more lost keys or forgotten codes. The Masterlock uses Bluetooth to open and lock your suitcase. Once you’ve download the eLocks app, you can manage users and access permissions for your own device and a number of others. GFC will also be introducing their new eGee Touch Smart Luggage Lock – a zipper lock that operates via the NFC app, using Bluetooth. There’s also a built-in TSA Lock in case you fly back and forth from the States often.

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Pixel Phone + Google International Data

What does it do?

Eliminates borders when it comes to data roaming.

You may have already seen the release of the Google phone this year, which stands as an excellent smartphone: 15-minute charge time, a 12.3 megapixel camera and a lightening-fast operating system. However, it’s the international data plan that will attract travellers. This year, US citizens are able to buy the Google Pixel on any of the data plans, which will work in more than 135 countries. No roaming charges, no extra SIM cards involved. At this point in time, it’s only available to those who have a US mailing address, and 2017 will be the year to watch the reviews of the data coverage from country to country.

Driverless Vehicles

What does it do? Autonomous vehicles will make for a smooth and stress-free driving experience (hopefully).

Driverless cars have now been tested in the UK with great success, but it's not expected to become the norm until 2020, when insurance policies and driving laws will have been adapted to suit autonomous vehicles. However, there are a number of cities testing out the technology before it arrives here. Helsinki has the world's first autonomous bus system, Google has been using driverless cars in San Francisco for years, and Uber is currently testing autonomous vehicles in Boston too.

The Return of the Travel Agent

What does it do? Travel gets personal again with bots and algorithms.

With AI intelligence improving year-on-year, it's no surprise that 2017 will see more travel experiences becoming tailored to each customers need. AirBnB led the way with founder Brian Chesky unleashing the world of Trips at the Los Angeles Open this year, experiences which will be tailored around the host, whether you're after vintage shopping in Paris or hiking through the Balkans. Skyscanner also introduced Skyscanner Search for Alexa as a skill this year. Alexa is the AI 'bot' for Amazon, which you can ask a variety of questions too without having to lift a finger. It's almost like going back in time to a travel agent, without the heavy scent of new brochures and package deals on the Med.

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