Out of the Box – Cars, Travel & Tech – This is our new show

What gadget’s do you take with you when you go traveling? If you’re looking to get the most out of your Smartphone or can’t figure what what time of productivity device to bring along, then you’ve come to the right place.

Sascha Pallenberg, Nicole Scott and Stewart Hasten journey down Taiwan’s East coast driving from Taipei all the way to Taitung for the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

Along the way they stop by Yilan where the Museum’s architecture is well worth photographing or if that’s not your thing you can always head down to the beach.  A few hours south is Hualien where they pass by Taroko Gorge, one of Taiwan’s most visited attractions. Driving the Audi Q5 down the stretch of Highway between Hualien and Taitung got pretty interesting since the crew decided that they wanted to take a break from the beaches and brave the white water.  Heading into the East Rift Valley the crew went white water rafting, which was one of Nicole’s highlights since she got to bust out her waterproof Sony Smartphone. Dramatic mountains lined the winding river, it shows just how untouched Taiwan really is. The International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was meant to be the climate of the journey but honestly, after driving down the coast it was just one of many stunning vista’s we enjoyed.

When it comes to gadgets everyone had a different weapon of choice. Sascha enjoyed his Nokia Lumia 930 Smartphone paired with a Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet paired with a keyboard to stay connected.  You can find out all about Sascha’s experience on the road where he was in the cockpit behind the wheel of the Audi Q5.

Stewart armed himself with a OnePlus One Smartphone and a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro a laptop that can turn itself into a tablet.  Apart from being a packing master, Stew’s been in Taiwan over a decade, on this week long road trip he found out there are still surprises around every corner in Taiwan. To learn more about Stew’s unique British Ex-Pat perspective on the East Coast of Taiwan and Tech, you can head on over to his road journal here.

Nicole has long been a digital nomad with a special love for on the road productivity. Gadgets of choice are the LG G3 with it’s QHD display a laser focus 13MP camera and the ASUS Zenbook Infinity Laptop featuring IRIS graphics for that extra punch when you need to run programs that are graphically intensive.  Want to know what this digital gypsie thought of her time trailing down the east coast, you can read her food and gadget focused ramblings here.

Not only do we show you some amazing places to eat and stretches of coast that seem to defy reality we also get into some apps that we can’t live without when we’re on the road.  If you’re looking for travel planning app for Windows Phone, we’ve got your covered. What about the best Photo Editing applications for Android? Pictures are the most important part of many vacations, so you definitely shouldn’t miss that one.  What about offline maps? In the show Nicole challenges Stew and Sascha to an offline maps challenge, find out some of the best alternative for travelling in Asia.

If you’re just looking for some resources for travelling down the east coast of Taiwan, we’ve got some resources on each of the cities we visited here.

Hualien Travel Guide
Yilan Travel Guide
Taitung Travel Guide

Enough of the back story! I bet all you guys want to do is sit back and enjoy the show! Grab some popcorn or maybe even a Taiwan Beer and follow 3 gadget freaks as they explore Formosa.

If you’d like to see everything we’ve written about our trip down the East Coast of Taiwan, here is a link to our Out of the Box Tech and Travel Section.