Go For The Gold (Gold iPhone 5s that is…)

As we all anxiously await the arrival of the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the internet is running rampant with leaked photos and rumors about the new iPhones.  One of my favorites is the prospect of the gold iPhone 5s.  My first thought was “would a gold version of the device would really get the masses back in line at every Apple store in the US?”  When you look at it from a global perspective, the gold iPhone could be significant driver of sales in cultures where gold holds a special cultural significance.  These also happen to be markets where the iPhone craves more marketshare.  In China, the color gold symbolizes both wealth and happiness.  In India, accumulating gold is more than a status symbol – it is more of a lifelong quest which has made India the world’s largest consumer of gold.  Maybe Apple is on to something simple but great again.

 

To celebrate the new gold iPhone 5s, here are 5 fun facts and 5 surprising items that are laden with gold:

 

Gold Fun Facts:

 

1. Gold is so rare that the world pours more steel in an hour that it has poured in gold since the beginning of recorded history. Coincidentally, there is also a rumor for an iPhone color that is gunmetal or steel for the industrially stylish as well.

 

2. “Welcome Stranger” discovered by John Deason and Richard Oates in Australia in 1869 is the largest gold nugget ever found.  It was 10 x 25 inches or the size of two basketballs.  It produced 2,248 ounces of pure gold which would be valued around $3.2 million today.  That could buy over 5,000 iPhone 5s!

 

3. The home of the iPhone is Apple’s headquarters is in Cupertino, CA.  Settlement of California was sparked by the California Gold Rush back in 1848 when John Marshall discovered flakes of gold on the ground in Sacramento, CA.  The NFL team, San Francisco 49ers, are named after the Gold Rush miners that flooded the area in 1949.

 

4. In Ancient Egypt, gold was considered “skin of the gods” and only the pharaohs could possess it.  Now it will be the skin of the iPhone and everyone can possess it.  Sorry King Tut…

 

5. Pure gold is so soft that it can be molded by hand.  Pretty sure the iPhone won’t have pure gold on the back, but we know that these devices are susceptible to damage when dropped.   Protect your device with Protect Your Bubble’s iPhone insurance.

 

5 Surprising Gold Items:

 

1. Shiny Kicks – $5,405 price tag – Created by artist Ken Courtney for his “Ju$t Another Rich Kid” exhibit.  They are a size 10 which might fit a high school basketball player.   Move over Dorothy, these golden slippers take you to the hoop, not Kansas.

 

 

 

2. Gold Toilet – $5M price tag – In every movie, I’ve ever seen thrones were made of gold,  but this throne is more of a tourist attraction at Hong Kong’s Hall of Gold.   So many jokes, so little time…but make sure you don’t drop your gold iPhone in the golden toilet.  It happens all the time, but that would probably be a first.

 

 

3. Golden Motorcycle – $1M+ price tag – The frame of this motorcycle is worth $1M alone and doesn’t scream gold.  It was designed that way by a Turkish millionaire.  It looks like something discovered in Pirates of the Caribbean.   These wheels may be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most expensive motorcycle.

 

 

4.  Golden Grillz – Unknown price tag – What list this week would be complete without a Miley Cyrus sighting?  From Flava Flav to Miley Cyrus, celebs are finding many ways to get gold in their mouth.  Billy Ray is reportedly giving Miley a gold grill that will keep her tongue in her mouth at all times after her VMA performance last week.

 

 

 

5. Gold Six Feet Under – $380,000 price tag + cellular network monthly plan – This shiny coffin is a luxurious final resting place for the rich wanting to copy the likes of King Tut, James Brown, and Michael Jackson, but let’s not ignore the golden smartphone that come with it.  It doesn’t appear to be an iPhone, but maybe we’ll see the gold iPhone 5s in the next edition.

 

 

We are excited about the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for us all.  Remember to protect your shiny new iPhone when you get it as the gold version is bound to be a popular target for thieves.  Check out our iPhone protection plans for your next device.

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Rental Car Insurance for Labor Day Weekend

Labor DayLabor Day is fast approaching, and with this weekend hiatus, we can expect more travelers than last year. AAA forecasted 34.1 million travelers this year, way higher than 2012’s 32.7M*. Traveling by car – especially a rental car – still remains the leading mode of transportation.

Every year, there are still many travelers that overlook rental car insurance until it being offered to them at the car rental facility. You may be asking yourself, “is the necessary?”

 

Here are 2 reasons why you should consider rental car insurance:

 

1. Statistics indicate that a vehicle is stolen in the United States roughly every 28 seconds.** According to the “Holiday Report of 2012”, 1,977 vehicles were reported stolen during labor day.*** Automobile thefts and break-ins are something that no driver wants to experience. Especially if you’re driving a rental car! Rental car insurance protects you from out-of-pocket expenses associated with theft, loss or damage to the vehicle.

 

2. Being uninsured or underinsured when involved in an accident can have significant financial  consequences. In the event you damage property of your hurt someone, you’re liable for the costs for repair and/or treatment. No matter how careful you are with your rental car, accidents do happen. With car rental insurance, you don’t carry this burden alone.

 

Protect Your Bubble ensures you spend your money wisely. With just $7.99 per day for rental car protection premium, you save $25, as compared to the average $35 offered by popular rental car facilities. Whether the rental gets just a minor scratch or is involved with major collision, Protect Your Bubble provides up to $35,000 collision coverage. You get the most from this deal because this rental car insurance plan serves as the primary coverage for your rental car, unlike other plans that make consumers take on the liability of filing under their auto policy first.

 

So what are you waiting for? Pack your suitcases and grab your camera and have a worry-free Labor Day. Safe travels!

 

 

 

*http://newsroom.aaa.com/2013/08/34-1-million-traveling-for-labor-day-says-aaa-highest-since-recession-driven-decline/
**http://tricountycitizen.mihomepaper.com/news/2013-03-31/News/Car_thefts_more_likely_during_certain_times_of_the.html
***https://www.nicb.org/newsroom/news-releases/holiday-theft-report-2012

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Your Checklist When Applying for Mobile Gadget Insurance

Mobile Gadget InsuranceThese days it’s very rare that you won’t see someone using a smartphone, tablet or some other type of electronic gadget while on the go.  Many use these gadgets simultaneously for business as well as pleasure. As mobile gadgets propagate around the globe, so does theft. Who gets the brunt if it gets stolen? If you don’t have insurance, then it will be you. No matter how careful we are when handling our mobile gadgets, accidents do happen. What becomes of your device when it’s damaged? It becomes useless.

 

Mobile gadget insurance provides you the coverage not included in the standard warranty terms such as: accidental damage, fire, water damage, and theft. More and more consumers are recognizing the important of protecting their investments against these types of scenarios.

 

You may be asking yourself, ‘how do I choose an insurance company?’ To help you make that choice, here’s a checklist of what you should be considering when purchasing insurance for your mobile gadget.

 

Read the Fine Print

 

Make sure that what you’re buying is actually what you need. Don’t settle for the cheapest one you can find, you need to look at the fine print and determine whether or not what you’re buying is something that fits your needs. Check for coverage, amount, deductibles and claims processing procedure and time.

 

Processing Times

 

Processing time can include the time your coverage begins and as well as the length of time it takes for you to get a claim once filed. Some insurers don’t begin immediately, so you need to check this out. You should also look into their promised claim processing time.

 

How Many Claims Can You Make

 

It is also safe to surmise that you can and may do damage to your mobile gadget more than once, so you should consider a mobile gadget insurance that allows you to claim more than once.

 

Ease of Registration

 

Hassle free registration is what we all want. A company that provides you an easy way to register or sign up for the insurance without any hassle is a definite plus!

 
In the end, purchase insurance that is worth your money and provides your mobile gadgets the protection it deserves. Protect Your Bubble’s mobile gadget insurance gives you peace of mind, protecting your gadgets from theft and damage. With better payment options, you get full coverage at a great price. The sign up process is really easy too. Go to the website and fill out the required information and voila! You’ve just got your mobile gadget insured. Yes, it’s really as easy as that.

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Free Infographic: Smartphone Dependency – A Growing Obsession

Is checking your smartphone every 5 minutes normal for you? If you answered yes, you are part of a growing trend. Protect your bubble shares the following infographic that illustrates American’s growing obsession for smartphone dependency.

 

Did you know…

 

  • 57% of people in the USA use a smartphone
  • 20% of smartphone users check their phone every 10 minutes
  • 84% could NOT go one day without their phone
  • 40% would rather not bathe than be without their iPhone
  • 50% sleep with their phone
  • 80% check their phones upon waking
  • 30% check their phone during meals
  • 48% use their phones at the gym
  • 4% use their phone during sex

These statistics show just how important our smartphones are to our everyday life.  Aside from calling and texting, we use it to check emails, Twitter and Facebook, as well as listen to music, watch videos and even play games.

 

  • Smartphone users visit their Facebook account 14 times per day
  • 132 minutes per day is the average amount of time spent on social networks

If you are one of the many who can’t go a day without using your smartphone, you know you can’t afford to lose or break your phone.  Avoid the hassle, protect your phone, and protect yourself. Get a free smartphone insurance quote today.

 

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10 of the Top Financial Bloggers in 2013

Personal finance is a hot topic these days. Thanks in part to experts and educational leaders in the field, American consumers have started paying closer attention to the topic of money and budgeting. As a provider of ID theft services and affordable lifestyle insurance, we at Protect Your Bubble have a vested interest in keeping our clients educated about this topic. So in order to help you acquire the best financial advice and tips, we’ve compiled 10 influential personal finance blogs you should visit in order to assist you in reaching your financial goals.

 

So whether it’s for making money, saving money, insurance, retirement, investment or even learning how to protect YOUR bubble, here are a few bloggers that you can’t afford not to visit.

 

sarah gilbert1. Sarah Gilbert

 

Sarah is a freelance financial blogger and literary writer. You can find her work at http://www.getrichslowly.org, a thriving community of over 500,000 readers where she talks about improving finances. Sarah also has personal blog at urbanMamas as well as Cafe Mama where she blogs about being an army wife as well as cooking and parenting. Sarah’s blog posts are from personal experiences and yet they are informative and you will be hard-pressed not to finish the whole post. Her writing is quite engaging – and inspirational. More about Sarah here, http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/blogger/sarah-gilbert/

 

David E. Weliver2. David Weliver

 

David Weliver is a top blogger at http://www.moneyunder30.com/. Here he talks about how individuals in their 20’s can overcome the stress and pressure of being a student to earning a full time income and how to ensure you don’t go broke. His advice is sound and you might want to subscribe to his 7-day boot camp.

 

3. Kevin Duffey

 

Kevin Duffey has always been inclined towards being an entrepreneur, selling candies to his elementary classmates for more than double the profit, you will surely see his money advice to be quite keen. He is not interested in rehashed topics, so you can be sure that articles on http://20smoney.com are right on the dot and fresh.

 

Bill Schmick

 

4. Bill Schmick

 

Bill Schmick is a seasoned veteran when it comes to investments so if you are interested in investing, stocks trading and the likes then head on over to http://afewdollarsmore.com/ and read up on what Bill has to offer.

 

 

 

5. Jim Wang

 

Jim Wang hails from Carnegie University and is the founder and editor of http://www.bargaineering.com/. He started the site around 5 years back with the hope of educating himself as well as others with regards to managing money and delving more deeply into personal finance. Since then the site has grown exponentially that it now has a few more writers who contribute great content to be enjoyed by its readers. The site has been mentioned in well-known publications like New York Times and Business Week.

 

6. Debra Muccio

 

Debra Muccio is the owner and editor at http://www.afrugalfriend.net/, a blog dedicated in educating the community on budgeting and cutting costs. These days the blog has extended its focus not only on budgeting tips but to shopping deals, family travels and social media events as well.

 

7. JLP

 

JLP is focused on personal finance and his blog is targeted on asset allocation, 401k, insurance, cash flow, IRA as well as financial planning and portfolio management. You’ll get a lot of tips with regards to improving your financial situation at http://allfinancialmatters.com/

 

8. Melissa B

 

Melissa B is a hardworking contributor at http://www.beatingbroke.com/. She has around 109 articles there to her credit and her advice leaves no stone unturned. You will find her articles to be full of wit and charm and you’ll look forward to the next post. Aside from her contributions to Beating Broke, you can also find her on her own site at http://www.momsplans.com/

 

9. Jessica Bishop

 

Jessica Bishop is the budget savvy bride at http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/. So for those brides-to-be out there, you will want to hop on to Jessica’s website for tips and tricks to help you get that dream wedding without drowning in debt the rest of your married life.

 
10. Mercedes Levy

 

Mercedes is a certified public accountant, so you know she is good with money. Her blog http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/ is filled with advice on how to live well within your means. The blog aims to help others live better lives by spending less and saving more. She reinforces frugal living tips with shrewd shopping techniques to help everyone become better spenders and savers.

 

 

In the end, your money is your money whether you save it, invest it or spend it, is all up to you but you might want to listen to some of their advice and you might just find yourself enjoying your life a little bit more just because you followed a tip or two.

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Hankering for a new iPhone this Fall? Rumors Surrounding the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C

iPhone 5CThe iPhone 5 ushered in another era of hype and anticipation in the Apple world, a time when techy geeks spend their time in line to be one of the first get their hands on the new iPhone. Yes, no matter how expensive or how hard to get it during its launch, people still line up to grab a brand new device.

 

Recently, rumors of iPhone 5s has leaked and many techies are already salivating for their chance to play with the newest iPhone release. But did you hear rumors of an iPhone 5C?

 

iPhone 5C Rumors: An Affordable Alternative?

 

There’s been talk going around the mill that the new iPhone 5C will be the cheapest iPhone yet. The unit is pegged to be at only around $400-$450 in comparison to the previous iPhone releases that costs around $600 plus, many think its Apple’s run for a cheaper smartphone.

 

So what does this new iPhone have in store for its users?  Well for one, many reports deem it to be as cheap as it sounds, making the pun that that ‘C’ stands for ‘cheap’, since the casing is thought to be made from plastic, perhaps a good quality plastic, but still plastic nonetheless, a far cry from the usual aluminum and glass casings. It also reports to have colored back panels like red, yellow, pink and even blue, so it might be a good steal for many smartphone users who likes colors.

 

The reports also say that the new iPhone will boast a 3.5 inch screen, will run on iOS 7.0 and will have an A5 processor. Not a bad deal for an entry level iPhone right? It is also said to have generally the same features as that of the iPhone 5 albeit in a cheaper casing.

 

A Chinese supplier is rumored to have won the contract to manufacture these phones. Who is this supplier? A company named Pegatron, who (according to local media) is planning on hiring an additional workforce of 40k people to add to their already staggering 100,000 workers in order to meet the deadline for the production.  Both the Apple iPhone 5C and it’s more expensive counterpart the iPhone 5s is expected to debut the market around September this year.

 

So whether you want the cheaper iPhone 5C or the premium new iPhone 5s, an iPhone is still an iPhone, a great smartphone fit for any user. As such you might want to ensure the safety of your phone either from theft or accidental damage. With iPhone insurance from Protect Your Bubble, you’re covered from mechanical issues, liquid or accidental damage and lost or theft of your new iPhone. Insure your phone for as low as $7.99 a month. Visit http://us.protectyourbubble.com/gadget-insurance/iphone-insurance/ for more details.

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Free Infographic: Traveling This Summer? Beware of Theft

Are you travelling this summer? Protect Your Bubble has created a free infographic on the top cities to be on guard while traveling abroad, the top airports for TSA theft, common ways travelers get robbed and how you can avoid theft while traveling. Come on, let’s travel the world!

 

The Top 10 Cities to be on Guard

 

  1. Barcelona, Spain
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Prague, The Czech Republic
  4. Madrid, Spain
  5. Paris, France
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  9. Athens, Greece
  10. Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Top Airports for TSA Theft

 

  1. Miami International Airport
  2. New York JFK International Airport
  3. Los Angeles International Airport
  4. Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport
  5. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  7. New York – LaGuardia International Airport
  8. Newark – New Jersey International Airport
  9. Philadelphia International Airport
  10. Seattle – Tacoma International Airport

 

The most common ways travelers get robbed

 

  1. ATM scams
  2. Pickpockets
  3. Bus robbers
  4. Distractions at train stations
  5. Counterfeit money getting passed off at restaurants
  6. Fake police officers

 

5 Ways to Avoid Theft While Traveling

 

  1. Leave valuables at home, such as high-end jewelry.
  2. Avoid using outer storage pockets and try to conceal belongings.
  3. Lock up your property with TSA locks and stay alert in crowds.
  4. Don’t let your guard down in your room. Theft occurs in hostels and even up to 5 star hotels.
  5. Be mindful of scams and watch out for anyone trying to be overly helpful.

 

These are just some vital information you need to know if you’re traveling this summer. If you’re interested in finding out how you can protect yourself, check out our  travel insurance.

 

Travel Vacation Infographic

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Your Gadgets and Extended Warranties

We’ve all have been offered extended warranties for electronic gadgets we buy and with what seems like ‘generous’ offers, we sometimes agree without really realizing what we are getting into. USA TODAY contributor Regina Lewis explains whether it’s worth it to invest in extended warranties or not.

 

If you are buying televisions, smartphones, tablets, computers or appliances and are ‘advised’ to get an extended warranty, there are some things that you need to consider first before jumping the gun.

 

When looking for a good deal on an extended service contract, it’s important to seek out top-rated warranty plan providers like Protect Your Bubble.

 

To read the full article, visit

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2013/07/20/money-quick-tips-extended-warranties/2569515/

 

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Our Top 10 Favorite Tech Bloggers

As a leading smartphone and gadget insurance brand, we at Protect Your Bubble read a lot about the fast-paced technology industry.

 

To help you in your search for the best round-up of tech news, we’ve listed a few of our top 10 favorite tech bloggers – in no particular order – that we know will deliver only the most relevant news in the industry.

 

Wayne Williams1. Wayne Williams


Wayne is pro when it comes to technology, computers and the web, he has been writing about the industry for almost 20 years, he has even contributed to a majority of PC magazines in the UK as well as editing and publishing a few of his own. His extensive experience in the industry makes him a name to be trusted. Read his latest work here.

 

Jody Gilbert2. Jody Gilbert

 

For the past 2 decades Jody has been writing and even editing articles for the tech industry which includes a couple of articles for the Cobb Group or the ZD Journals. She also garnered the Ziff-Davis’ Chairman’s Circle Award for Editorial Excellence in 1998 for her work on a few Microsoft Office How-To’s. You can read some of her wonderful articles here.

 

John Biggs3. John Biggs

 

John was an IT programmer for 4 years before shifting gears and deciding to write full time, although his work revolves around technology, gadgets and gears, not too far from where he originated. His work has appeared on New York Times, Men’s Health and Linux Journal. He works for TechCrunch.com as an East Coast Editor. More information on John here.

 

4. Elise Hu

 

Elise is a contributing author at npr.org mainly focusing on technology, innovation and society. She has written very informative articles that reads easily and is straight to the point. To read her work, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/

 

5. Andrew Cunningham

 

Andrew works at Ars Technica as a senior products specialist, his work allows him the luxury of working with gadgets, his dream job. Andrew reviews upcoming gadgets and provides in depth knowledgeable information that will help you decide if the gadget on hand is something for you.

 

 

 

Brandon Hill6. Brandon Hill

 

Brandon is a very active contributor at http://www.dailytech.com and provides daily hardware reviews on various computer parts and technology. Occasionally, he writes reviews on gadgets and phones. Starting out his writing career at Anandtech in 1998, Brandon is on top of each breaking news and breakthroughs the industry have had over the years.

 

7. Zach Epstein

 

With over 10 years of experience Zach Epstein is indeed a name to look up to when it comes to the ICT industry. He has been quoted a good number of times by various publications and to prove his credibility he has been named by Forbes as one of the “top-10 power mobile influencers of the world.” As an executive editor at BGR, you can be sure that their reports are unbiased and widely respected.

 

8. Austin Downing

 

Austin is now a senior staff writer for benchmark reviews and he has been with the group since June 2010. Hailing from Michigan USA, Austin has proven time and again his knowledge with his informative and unbiased reviews of various gadgets that abound in the industry. His latest reviews was on the Kobo Arc Tablet which can be found here, http://benchmarkreviews.com/678/kobo-arc-android-tablet-ereader-review/.

 

John Herman9. John Herman

 

John is a tech editor at buzzfeed and you can find his recent work at http://buzzfeed.com/tech. For the latest updates, follow him on twitter, @jwherman.

 

10. Mark O’Neill

 

Mark contributed to a variety of websites including www.googletutor.com and www.geeksaresexy.net, to name a few. He loves to read and watch movies as well as listen to music. For his most recent articles visit http://www.markoneill.org

 

 

So there you have it, a few of our top 10 favorite tech bloggers. As you know the online world is always evolving, always changing, so you might want to check up on these bloggers as they provide some of the latest and greatest in the industry.

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5 Must Haves For Tech Moms Who Work on the Go

My morning commute is pretty simple as a work at home mom.  After I feed the kids breakfast and brew myself a cup of coffee, I walk through the kitchen right to my office.  Now that it’s warmer and my kids are out of school, a change of scenery keeps us from driving each other batty. That’s when I pack up my mobile office and head to the park or the local indoor play place.

 

Besides the usual things like my smartphone, laptop/tablet, etc, here are the essentials I can’t leave home without when I work on the go.

 

My New Trent iMirror backup battery/charger is always in my bag, not just when I’m traveling. It weighs only 9 ounces so you’ll barely notice, which probably weighs less than my wallet. The iMirror is one big battery that will, via USB cable, charge my Samsung Galaxy SII up to three times before it runs out of juice! Or your iPad up to 50% battery. The battery will charge your iPhone, HTC, whatever device you have a USB cable for. The iMirror because it has two USB ports so you can charge two items at once, which will make you pretty popular at blogger events!

 

I never thought I needed a wireless hotspot until I owned one. My NetZero 4G Hotspot has come in handy at Ikea, where I worked while my kids played. I’ve pulled it out during meetings because you can connect up to 8 devices to it! I use it in the car when my son is super cranky and only the iPad will soothe him. I’ve even used it to get some work done in the car, while my husband drives of course. NetZero charges a monthly fee for its service but they also offer a very low data plan free. You just have to purchase the device. If you’re a power user like me, you will probably want a higher plan. My NetZero hotspot has also saved me from paying the high wireless fees that hotels charge. (Want more info, read my full review on the NetZero 4G Hotspot.)

 

retractable USB cable might not sound like a big deal, but it keeps my bag/purse less cluttered. The iMirror comes with one, but it’s always good to have a second one. Because it’s retractable I won’t have to worry about tangled cords or losing the tie that keeps your cord bundled up. I found mine at the Five Below store, but this one on Amazon contains different tips (micro USB, iOS, etc) that will work for almost any device.

 

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse: I don’t use a mouse very often with my laptop, but when I want one, I pull out my wireless Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. The travel friendly mouse stores flat and curls up when you’re ready to use it. You won’t lose the wireless USB adapter either because a magnet stores it underneath the mouse. I feel very Star Trekkie high tech when I pull it out of my laptop case. Maybe a little hip too. The Arc Touch is a full size mouse so you won’t get any hand cramps while using it. Bonus, the mouse is also available in different colors and designs. The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse retails for $59.95, but I wish mine was this Sangria Red one, which is currently $34.99 on Amazon.

 

good laptop sleeve is a must have for anyone who works on the go. After searching for a stylish sleeve for my new laptop (which is larger than my old, broken one), I discovered this super cute fuchsia Golla laptop sleeve that also converts to a bag with the included strap. It’s lightly padded and has a zippered pocket on the outside. If you don’t want to use it as a sling, there’s a handle that pops up from the top of the bag. I prefer sleeves because I can just stick it in my big purse and it won’t count as a carry-on item.  I just bought mine and will put it to the test on my travels soon. I’ll keep you updated! I couldn’t find the link to the bag I purchased on Amazon, but Golla has a huge, color selection of laptop bags and sleeves in many sizes.

 

Bonus Item: Last but not least, the most important thing for this working mom: coffee. If you’re traveling it can be hard to get your hands on a good cup of coffee. I always carry a stash of Starbucks VIA with me. It’s pretty easy to find hot water and sweetener at the airport. You won’t be subjected to bad coffee in your hotel room either. Sometimes I’ll bring the Starbucks VIA  Iced Coffee with me too. I’ve seen similar packets at Trader Joe’s but haven’t tried them out. If you want a Vietnamese style iced coffee, my husband drinks this VinCafe brand. Warning: it’s on the sweet side.

 

Thien-Kim Lam loves her mobile gadgets but also loves to curl up with a book on the weekend with a good book. She also writes about multicultural parenting, technology, and food on her blog I’m Not the Nanny.

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