Best VPN for China – The Complete Guide to Connect The Free Internet While Traveling

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Currently, in China, the free Internet does not exist. It is constantly being censored and monitored by the government. If you are going to visit China in business or as a tourist you will encounter problems with access to many of your favorite sites including Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and many others. Not only sites are blocked. Two years ago the Chinese Government decided to ban Whatsapp. That’s why you need to take a good VPN app with you. Read on to check what is the best VPN for China base on my research.

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Best Gifts for Travelers – 27 gadgets which will increase your comfort and productivity

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Nowadays you can select among tons of travel gadgets which helps you survive the travel. I’ve decided to crawl into this ocean to pick the best things on the market to make your choice easier. As Christmas is coming soon this text can be also valuable hint to pick the best gifts for travelers in your family (if you are not the one).

Traveling is filled up with different types of waste (especially time and money) therefore I’ve decided to list the products in the categories which you can see in below table of contents:

Comfort increase

Noise Cancelling Headphones: Bose QC35 (Series II)

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Headphones with noise canceling are life-saving equipment during flights. Noise in the cabin during take-off and landing can reach 105 decibels (dB) and can stay around 85 dB during the cruising flight. 85 dB can cause temporary hearing problems and can devastate your comfort.

If you want to get rid of headaches after long-haul flights, then noise-canceling headphones are must-have in your luggage. And as holidays are coming up, this could be also one of the best gifts for travelers in your family or in your surroundings.

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The Trtl Pillow – neck support

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Why it’s worth to have it?

This neck support lets you take a nap wherever you are (especially in a plane – red-eye flights…). I’m using it alternatively to my travel pillow as it is lightweight and easy to carry – I always wrap it around the handle of my carry-on bag.

The material is soft and cozy. If it gets dirty, it’s easy to wash it – just take out the plastic part and put the material to the washing machine.

Where can I buy it?

Cabeau Evolution Travel Neck Pillow

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Why it’s worth to have it?

When I was using other pillows, the problem was that after an hour or more, my neck started to sweat. With Cabeau Pillow it is different. This pillow not only keeps your head on position but also has a cooling feature so you can wear it for long hours.

Another advantage is that it compresses to 1/2 of it’s original size and you can attach it easily to your luggage.

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The Ostrich Pillow – Power Nap Tool

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Traveling often means a change of time zone and this usually causes a phenomenon called jetlag. Sometimes jetlag can be a real killer and can put you down in the middle of the day.

Hopefully, at that time you will have at hand The Ostrich Pillow to take a short nap. This thing enables you to cut yourself off from reality for a few minutes. After a quarter you will be like a newborn.

To know more on that, you can read my article about some ways to beat the jetlag.

Where can I buy it?


World’s Smallest Travel Steam Iron

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Imagine the situation – you have just landed, grab your luggage, the plane arrived late and very important meeting with the customer will take place in two hours. You rush to the hotel to change your clothes and it appears that your shirt is crumpled as hell, and in the room, there is no iron and time is running…

In this situation, a travel iron will save you. It heats up in 15 seconds. It’s really small, portable, and can save your business meeting. Definitively worth to have it packed.

Where can I buy it?

Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot & Power Bank (Skyroam)

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Why it’s worth to have it?

If you struggle with the internet connection on your long distance trips (especially with its costs…), then you should know the Skyroam. It’s delivering the prepaid internet connection with WiFi hotspot that you can have internet with you all the time, whatever country you visit.

And what’s important – it’s in much lower prices compared to this what you could pay using roaming data transmission (like 20 times less… 🙂 ).

There are two options to get it. You can buy the WiFi hotspot with a subscription or you can rent it for the time you need it.

Where can I buy it?

Best Travel Adapter: Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Did you know that there are 14 types of sockets around the world? And because this is how the reality looks like, the socket adapter is a must have gear of each traveler.

Pac2Go has sliding plugs for US, EU, UK and AU with an 8 hole input socket. This is compatible with every 2 and 3 prong plugs on the world.

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Best Small Portable Charger for Travelers: Xiaomi Mi Slim Power Bank Probest gifts for travelers - Xiaomi Mi Slim Power Bank Pro

Why it’s worth to have it?

If your phone is almost dead but you cannot afford any minute to stop and charge it up, then you need to use a Power Bank. In my opinion, there are three main things each traveler should care about when buying a Power Bank:

  1. Make sure to buy a trusted manufacturer’s equipment – the batteries are no joke. It’s better not to wonder if overcharge blocker is there installed or not. Especially when you are on a plane.
  2.  Keep in mind that in some countries there are limits for a maximum capacity of the battery which you can take on a plane – for example in China you can have in your carry-on luggage battery with capacity <20 0000 mAh with 5V (or less than 100wh) clearly indicated on the battery. Otherwise, they will ask you to throw it away or step out of boarding.
  3. These days, almost all the phones enable a quick charge function. Therefore, it’s a must-have feature in power banks I’m looking after.

Xiaomi Mi Slim complies with above-listed points that’s why I recommend it. Think about it and if you already have a power bank, then maybe you would like to buy it for someone in your family as this is one of the best gifts for travelers.

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Juice Pack – Best Phone Charging Case

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Why it’s worth to have it?

The problem with Power Banks is that it’s something you need to carry on, it’s heavy and you need to connect it with a cable to your phone. The alternative is to use something which always sticks to your phone – the charging case.

Such charging case uses wireless charging to recharge your phone and also protects it from mechanical damage as a regular phone case.

As this is 2 in 1 solution, the manufacturer had to make some compromises. The capacities of such batteries are significantly lower than Power Banks but according to producers, it can extend up to 33 hours the life of your phone.

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Best Travel Water Bottle: HYDAWAY Collapsible Bottle

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Going through airport security control you have to get rid of all your liquids in volume above 100ml. It means you can’t cross it with water bought in store outside the airport and you will have to pay twice more for the same bottle at the airport, behind the security check.

Well, there’s a solution for that. You can go through security with an empty HYDAWAY collapsible bottle and refill it for free at the drinking water station. The advantage of HYDAWAY compared to the regular empty bottle is that it’s a portable solution. After usage, it’s easy to store it and after a few usages, it becomes a part of your must-have travel gear.

Think about it as it can be one of the best gifts for travelers in your family or friends.

Where can I buy it?

Best Smallest Wallet for Travelers: Ridge Wallet

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Why it’s worth to have it?

I think nobody likes when a regular wallet fills up your pocket. There is a perfect solution for that – it’s light, looks good and protects your credit cards with RFID protection from being scanned by thieves.

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BAGSMART Small Travel Electronics Cable Organizer

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Wires, cords, chargers, everywhere… all tangled up. It’s high time to put it under control.

This BAGSMART organizer has all you need to bring order with your chargers, USB cables, headphones, batteries and other small stuff which you want to have always with you.

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MacBook Air 13 inch – Best Laptop for Travelers

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Why it’s worth to have it?

This 13,3 inches, lightweight MacBook Air (1,3 kg / 2.96 lbs) is one of the best gifts for travelers if you have deep pockets. It’s a productive and reliable tool for each road warrior. As it works on battery up to 12 hours you don’t need to search places with socket near the table – the park will be also a good place, even for the longer session.

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Scratch Map – Mark the Place You Have Visited

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Each time you visit a country for the first time you can scratch it on your Scratch Map to mark your visit there. This gadget brings a lot of fun and drags attention of visitors when it hangs on the wall in your apartment or office.

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Fitbit Charge 3 – Track Your Fitness Activity

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Why it’s worth to have it?

In this type of devices not only the list of features is important. 24/7 heart rate tracking, calorie burn, and sleep analysis would mean nothing if the battery was not lasting long. Fortunately, it’s not a case of Fitbit Charge 3. It can work without charging for 7 days if not heavily used.

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Moment Wide Lens – The Best Lens for Perfect Insta Photos

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Why it’s worth to have it?

While traveling you have a lot of occasions for really good shots. Beautiful window seat views on the airplane or great architecture of visited cities are on top of the list of each Instagram fan. Therefore to make your photos even greater, invest in Moment Wide Lens.

Note: If you are going to purchase Moment Wide Lens, don’t forget that to attach it to your phone, you have to purchase the Moment case.

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Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit for Steady Shots

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit is one of the best gifts for travelers who need a stable support for their photo camera. If your friend or somebody in your family is a vlogger or photographer, then for sure they will love such a gift. You can wrap this high-quality tripod around any surface and get great, steady pictures. The weight of the device to mount should not exceed 3 kg.

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Travel Pro Crew 11 – Best Carry On Bag

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Travel Pro Crew 11 was designed with the professional flight crews cooperation. It’s a durable bag which will serve you for years. It has features which are becoming more and more popular like USB port in the back to charge your mobile devices or dedicated pocket for Power Bank.

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Waterfly Sling Backpack – Your Everyday Companion

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Why it’s worth to have it?

This triangle crossbody backpack accompanies me every day and I love it. I’m keeping there all my stuff including wallet, car keys, sunglasses and cords organizer with chargers and wires. While traveling I always have there also my medicines and headphones. It’s small so you do not have to put it to compartment while taking off and landing which is great as I have all my stuff within the reach of hand.

As this could be one of the best gifts for travelers it will also satisfy any stationary male representative of the population in your family…

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Patagonia Refugio Backpack 28L – Best Backpack

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Why it’s worth to have it?

It has all that the modern backpack should have: a padded laptop sleeve and lined tablet pocket, tone of pockets for accessories and small items.

Interesting fact – the producer says it weights 666 g … it is a hell good backpack 🙂

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Sea to Sky Pack – Best Lightweight Backpack

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Why it’s worth to have it?

This one fits in your pocket. Great solution if you are going to buy some souvenirs at your destination and don’t want to buy an additional bag to bring purchased items back home.

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Kindle Paperwhite – Best eBook Reader

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Why it’s worth to have it?

Pack light is my guiding principle and this is in contradiction with my love for books as these take a load of space in my bags. But in fact, this is no more my problem since I use Paperwhite.

You can fill it with hundreds of books (8GB of storage), it works on the single battery charge for weeks and it’s waterproof.

Where can I buy it?

My Recommendation for Top 4 Books for Your Next Business Trip:

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Which of best gifts for travelers did you like the most?

I hope this list could give you some hints on how you can improve your comfort and productivity. And if it’s not you who travels a lot then maybe you could find here some best gifts for travelers in your family.

Fast guide through China and Chinese culture for first-time travelers

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Recently I was looking through my photos from China. Some of them remind me about the differences between European and Chinese culture, the others bring me the memories of things which surprised me. I was repeating myself “it’s a pity I did not know that before”… That’s how I came up with the idea for this article. Today, I’m going to collect all that what I’ve experienced and considered different in China compared to that what I’m used to in Europe. If you are going to visit China in the near future, reading this article will be a good start.

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How to tip around the world – the ultimate guide

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To tip or not to tip? This is the question… This is tricky because unfortunately there is no main rule which you can apply all over the world. In some countries you will find a tip on your bill by default, in others, it’s up to you if you want to tip or not and finally there are countries which you should not tip at all. That’s a real headache… I was lost in that. That’s why I’ve decided to write a guide on how to tip around the world. Continue reading How to tip around the world – the ultimate guide

What to do in Shanghai if you have two days free?

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Shanghai is the biggest city proper in the world (at least that’s what ‘uncle Google’ tells us). It is also one of the biggest economic, financial and trading centers in Asia. If you’re doing any business in China, there’s a high chance that you’ll end up going just there. Or, that it will at least be your point of entry since one of the three main international airports in China is in Shanghai (aside from Beijing and Shenzhen). Have you ever wondered what to do in Shanghai during your business trip, when you have one or two days free to spend in Shanghai? Here are some ideas… Continue reading What to do in Shanghai if you have two days free?

The best souvenirs to buy in Asia, Europe and America

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Whenever I travel in business to a country I have never been before I’m trying to grab some of the best souvenirs as giveaways for my family and friends. Buying local souvenirs also helps me to remember the trip for years to come. The problem with a business trip is that you are always in hurry. You have limited time to pick the right thing which will best reflect the local culture and local habits. Continue reading The best souvenirs to buy in Asia, Europe and America

How to say hello in different languages – basic phrases which will impress your business partners

How to say hello in different languages

Say Ni hao! to greet people in China and you will earn their respect. This is common in all countries all over the world. People appreciate when you know a few words in their own language. They see it more positive the more difficult the language is. By knowing at least how to say hello in different languages you show that you are not ignorant and you respect local culture.

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