For those returning to travel after a long hiatus, these smart items can make for a truly bon voyage.
This French audio company builds some of the finest headphones in the world, and the Celestee is Focal’s newest creation. While some of its models sell well north of $3,000, this $990, wired, over-ear design offers the same, closed-back frame of pricier versions to lock out unwanted sounds in noisy environments like airports and subway cars. The wired connection allows small audio devices like smartphones and tablets to drive the impressive sound.
Smaller than most cellphones, the $299 Pocketalk S is a dedicated universal translator for speech, text, and images. Programmed with 82 languages, the device can read printed words and signs in one tongue and translate it immediately. Its speech function flows between two chosen languages, allowing users to speak back and forth in real time. For carefree travel use, the Pocketalk comes out of the box with a two-year LTE data plan that provides unlimited data usage in more than 130 countries.