Most of us travel with some type of gear including noise-canceling headphones, travel pillows, security bags, and portable WiFi to name a few. And since we all pretty much carry a smartphone, finding the ideal smartwatch to pair it with can make traveling even easier.
Brands such as Apple have created a smartwatch that does about everything but can be overrated. So for those of you who are looking for a practical smartwatch developed by other high-quality brands, here are our top three picks for you to check out.
Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch
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Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch is a great option for traveling. It has all the right functions to keep you in check, including receiving SMS notifications or alerts from your phone, tracking your heart rate and activity, and paying for that drink, meal or gift with Google Pay. This smartwatch also has a built-in GPS system to help you get around any city without getting lost, and the face along with the band can be customized to suit your style. Developed for both men and women, the Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch is waterproof, has a battery life that can last 24 hours or more when using the GPS functionality, can be charged up to 80 percent in under an hour, and is compatible with both Apple and Android phones.
Price: $199 on Amazon
Fitbit Versa Lite Edition Smartwatch
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Another smartwatch for travel is the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition. Unlike the earlier Fitbit models, this touchscreen one is high-tech with more functionalities such as displaying all your personal reminders for the day, notifications from text messages and alerts, and fitness levels and heart rate. Do you like to swim while on vacation in the pool or ocean? This Fitbit can be used underwater up to 164 feet, so go on, swim away! The smartwatch is compatible with Android, Apple iOS and Windows devices, and is customizable for men and women.
Price: $159.95 from Best Buy
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch
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Garmin makes terrific smartwatches for travel, and out of all the different options, Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch may be the right one for you. Similar to the Fossil Touchscreen Smartwatch, this one also has a built-in GPS system, can track all your fitness activities and heart rate, pay for all those lunches and dinners with a tap, view messages and respond to them, as well as check notifications without ever having to pull out your phone. Do you like to keep track of your stress levels as well? The Garmin Vivoactive Smartwatch 3 will learn “how your body responds under various circumstances”, which can ultimately tell you if you are starting to feel stressed based on your heart rate (which is different than what your heart rate is while working out). As a result, you can find a way to ease that stress with a walk on the beach, bike ride, stroll through a new city or more. The watch battery can last up to seven days on regular mode and up to 13 hours if using the GPS system and is compatible with most phones that have Bluetooth technology.
Price: $199 from Amazon