Travel, glamorous as it is, can sometimes be peppered with awkward moments.
Like trying to keep on top of what time of day it is between time zones, asking locals for directions via mime in foreign countries where you don’t know the language, and attempting to find your passport in the bottom of your bag; beneath all those travel brochures you found in some foyer—the ones you’ll probably never read.
Some may say that moments such as these “add to the experience”, and truth be told they probably do, just not in the way that you want them to.
But don’t despair. Travel awkwardness can be cured—as long as you’re prepared.
Because travel should be a hoot and not a hassle, man invented technology. And because technology should be readily accessible, FOSSIL invented the smartwatch, which has essentially everything you need when you’re globetrotting, strapped onto your wrist.
Equal parts nifty and nice-looking; here are five reasons why every serious traveller needs a smartwatch in their life.
It knows what’s going on before you do
Logic tells you that when you travel to the other side of the world, the sun will be in a different part of the sky. But once jetlag comes to the party, it’s hard to remember what your suitcase looked like, let alone what time it is.
It’s okay; your FOSSIL smartwatch is one step ahead. Once you enter another time zone, it will automatically update to the correct local date and time. Meaning you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.
You won’t have to carry around your phone
Between all the things you carry while you travel: camera, bag, water bottle, and binoculars—depending on location—it can sometimes become difficult reaching for your phone.
That’s why the guys at FOSSIL have made sure your smartwatch and smartphone are totally in synch, meaning you can read things from your wrist while waiting in line for popular attractions.
You’ll be notified of texts, calls and app updates, without having to dig through your pockets or your bag.
It can talk the (multi-lingual) talk
Because who really wants to lug a phrase book around when they’re trying to effortlessly blend into their novel surroundings? Nobody.
Thankfully FOSSIL’s newest accessory has made the weighty phrase book defunct—you can now ask your watch how to say things instead. The ingenious accessory is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones, and enabled with Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. More simply put, you can Okay Google how to say nice to meet you in French, and your watch will respond with Ravi de vous rencontrer.
You’ll be able to see how far you’ve gone
Your FOSSIL watch is designed to record and report back on the nitty gritty details, with its built-in activity tracking. Keep on top of the distance you’ve travelled, the calories you’ve burned, and each and every step you’ve taken, all by glancing down at your wrist.
When you get lost in a foreign city with your FOSSIL watch, you’ll at least know how far you walked between your hotel and that karaoke bar you ended up at in the tiniest pocket of the strangest corner of town.
It will be your (LED illuminated) eyes
Most of us know what it feels like to be blinded by that mini “reading light” above your plane seat. It’s not pleasant, and unfair considering you were only trying to find your travel sleepy time eye mask in the bottom of your bag without disturbing the other people in your row.
Luckily, your FOSSIL smartwatch is equipped with its very own LED flashlight, allowing you to readily illuminate the interior of your carry on Mission Impossible style. Because who doesn’t want to feel like a badass government operative when they’re on a plane?