Chris is about to go on a photography trip and he wanted to talk about packing for it. Chris says there's your checked baggage and your carry-on baggage. Never pack your camera into checked luggage. Always just bring your camera with you. Don't pack your film, either. It won't survive the security X-Ray scan. Batteries also need to be in your carry-on luggage. You can check your tripod in your luggage, though.
Peter is going on a cruise in the fall and wants to get a really great camera. What should he get? Leo says that nowadays smartphones are really good, but they can't zoom very well. Leo likes the Olympus TG-4. It's 16MP, very durable, and has a fast 2.8 lens. Great for traveling.
Johnny Jet took his dad to Kentucky to attend the Derby, about 100 yard short of the finish line.
App of the week - FILLD. It's like Uber for gas. If you need gas, they'll bring it to you for only a $5 service charge. It's available on Android and iOS. It's currently in testing in Silicon Valley, but there are plans to roll it out nationwide.
Andrew is always traveling and he's thinking about using a VPN since he's always on public Wi-Fi hotspots. Leo says that's a very good idea. Most places he'll visit online are encrypted, but Leo has read lately that it's becoming really easy to get into computers over public Wi-Fi. Leo says a VPN will work, but it slows him down.
If you plan on using your smartphone when traveling overseas, it may be worth checking to see if your phone is compatible with the wireless bands in that area.
Diane is going to be traveling to Switzerland and wants to be able to use her phone and tablets locally. Leo says since she uses AT&T's service, she can request that they unlock her phone for the trip so she can buy a local SIM. She's also going to three other countries, and that will cause issues as well.
Johnny's app of the week is Cloak. It allows you to go "incognito" as it tells you where your friends are so you can avoid them. Leo says that's interesting, but he really doesn't mind people following him because he's made friends when he's traveling and gotten tips on where to visit.
Mike Elgan has become a 'digital nomad'. He sold his house, put everything in storage, and has been living wherever he feels like for the past year and half. He's written an article about his experiences on how to travel with technology.
Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere (ComputerWorld)…
Sebastian Harrison of Cellular Abroad joins Leo to talk about using a smartphone abroad. Most of Leo's friends are geeks and care more about data than making phone calls. Sebastian says that carriers have more solutions that involve not using your service, than using it! Everyone has different needs, but for a smartphone, it makes sense to take out your SIM and use a local SIM which will give you $10 a GB. Leo asks if international roaming is the issue? Sebastian says yes, it is, and it's expensive.
Johnny Jet says that American Airlines is testing a new boarding procedure which lets people on without carry on luggage right after first class and families board. Johnny Jet tweeted it and now everyone knows about it. Southwest, Alaska and Frontier are doing it as well.