An old raincoat won't ever let you down

These traveling companions are worn and falling apart. Yet they are comfortable. Such are the times when I miss my Saigon backstreets where an equally weathered man can fixes my shoes, and gives me the news of the town. 

People often ask me the best phone for travel.  I will recommend the Nokia 1280. This is the sole phone I am using at the moment. The reason I like this phone is that you’ll only need to charge it once every 10 days or less.

The screen easy to read in bright sun. At night the backlight is bright enough. There is also a flashlight feature that is helpful when you in places where power is often out.  The phone is light. This phone was launched in 2010 and it is probably the last non color phone you can buy. I bought mine about a year back in Vietnam and it was 20 USD.

I will highly recommend getting this phone while they are still selling them. Just keep it in your travel bag. Even if you have a smartphone, just buy a cheap sim card and slot it in the Nokia 1280. It is a good backup to have. I also bought an USB to Nokia charging cable, this lets you ditch the charger. A caution though, this phone will not work in Japan as it has no 3G radio.

The title of this post is another song from the 1970s that I like.