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Using Kindle Fire as a Travel Companion

The new Kindle Fire, like its predecessors, will mean many different things to many different people. Sticking with our theme here at the Thrifty New England Traveler, we’d like to consider it an indispensable, affordable travel companion.

This incredible seven-inch tablet truly offers endless entertaining and educational possibilities during your vacation and travel. It can mean a favorite or new book, newspaper or magazine to bring along on your trip. How about as a device where kids can watch a movie during the journey to your travel destination? Or as a mobile music machine by tapping into Pandora radio? You can even use a GPS Google maps application to find your way around unknown areas! Regarding web browsing, Kindle Fire is accessible through public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots. Although you might want to just get away from it all and not be in touch with anyone, you could, on the other hand, contact family, friends and business contacts through email, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Google +1 or any other social media platform.

You’ll also be be to find hundreds of valuable travel apps for your Kindle Fire, including TripAdvisor, GasBuddy (lowest gas prices), Orbitz (hotels, cars flights) and weather information.

Not good enough? Yikes! Well, you can purchase a “Prime Membership ” to enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows. With that membership, you can also tap into a “lending library” by choosing from thousands of books to borrow for free – including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers – as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.

Ultimately, imagine accessing a book services, digital music, magazine and video device with a web browser, and apps and games on a vibrant color touchscreen for about the price of four tankfuls of gas for your mini van? For just $199, we consider this an incredibly valuable travel tool, amongst many other different uses!

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