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Our favourite Spring travel tech 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Our favourite Spring travel tech 2019

New season, new tech. We've compiled our list of must-have city travel gear and gadgets for Spring 2019.

wifi-map.jpg (72 KB)WiFi MAP

Download WiFi Map and discover over 100 million accessible Wi-Fi locations around the world. Including ‘secret’ passwords, plus user-submitted comments like expected download speeds.

It’s crowdsourced by real people too, so if you find a new connection, you can add it to the map for others to use in the future.

Cost: Free // iOS and Android


Designed for the most discerning travellers, the RIMOWA Classic effortlessly combines luxury with functionality.

Built for a lifetime of unhindered use, each RIMOWA Classic features a high-end anodized aluminium alloy, riveted high-gloss aluminium corners, and hand-made leather handles, creating the perfect balance between craftsmanship and superior engineering.

Cost: £700

cool-cousin.jpg (89 KB)COOL COUSIN

Get trusted recommendations from real locals at the touch of a button.

Connect with vetted locals who share your interests — aka Cousins — and explore their tried-and-tested favourite city spots and activities.

So long unidentified tourist traps and wasted hours of research, hello the best coffee in the city.

Cost: Free // iOS and Android

insider-packing-cubes.jpg (38 KB)THE INSIDER PACKING CUBES

From socks to shirts, the Inside Packing Cubes divide, conquer, and organize everything inside your suitcase.

Made from waterproof nylon that protects your clothes and designed with a mesh panel that makes it easy to find what you need without unpacking your whole bag.

Available in sets of four to six, depending on the size of your case.

Cost: £65


If you plan on heading off the beaten track, this pocket-sized offline translation device could help to blend in with the locals a breeze.

The ili can translate words in as little as 0.2 seconds without any internet connection and last 3 hours on a single charge. Just hold down the button, speak, and it will automatically translate your sentence back to you.

Currently available to translate from English to Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin.

Cost: $199 //

BLOC Hotels London Gatwick

They say it's better to travel than to arrive. We think both are important. With BLOC you won't have far to travel at all. We're waiting to welcome you just steps from Gatwick South Terminal Departures. Any closer and we'd be on the runway!

Our 245 room hotel offers 'Sleep Haven Zones', family rooms, a business floor and Presidential Suite. Park at the terminal through one of our exclusive deals; check your bags with your airline and take your overnight bag to the room; send an email with free WiFi; relax on your sumptuous king-sized bed, watching one of our HD LED TVs; freshen up in a monsoon-drench shower wet room and seamlessly check out to arrive at your gate in a great mood to enjoy your holiday or business trip. So much more for less.

BLOC Hotel London Gatwick

BLOC Magazine

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As summer draws to a close, the autumn issue of our magazine looks forward to some exciting events that are taking place in our nation's capital, London and second-city, Birmingham.

London is easily accessible from our Gatwick hotel and Birmingham is soon to be home of a second BLOC. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to add other locations where you can sample our affordable luxury.

At BLOC, we have distilled the finest ingredients into a package that provides perfect, yet affordable conditions for any overnight stay in prime locations. It's about no-nonsense style and function.

BLOC magazine embraces this theme. We've curated some of the favourite things we have discovered on our travels including the wonders of the Emerald Isle, Bentley's new concept, travel tech and apps as well as food and drink destinations.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - don't forget to sign up to be eligible for free room upgrades, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions.

We hope that this magazine provides you with insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.