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Travel tech Q&A: coreDNA's Sam Saltis

The business-website software company's founder gives some travel tech advice.
Written by Spandas Lui, Contributor

coreDNA's founder and managing director, Sam Saltis talks about some of his favourite tech items to bring while travelling and the one thing he must do before he leaves home.

coreDNA is a business-website software company.

CoreDNA's Sam Saltis. (Credit: CoreDNA)

What tech do you travel with and why?

Bose noise cancelling headphones. True silence on a plane is priceless

What's your favourite phone app for travelling and why?

Yelp. I discovered it on a recent trip to the USA, and it was a bible for finding great places.

Most memorable travel story/experience.

Travelling for work in India and being exposed to the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. Wondering how the whole city functions and realising over time that it just does, and it functions really well.

How do you deal with jet lag?

Set your clock to the destination and follow the destination's sleeping pattern. Also, drink lots of water, instead of alcohol.

What (if any) travel websites do you use?

Trip Advisor — it helps to understand where best to stay. Google Maps and Street View — to have a look at where you're going. Google Translate — to help speak and write the language, though It's not always perfect.

What tech is in your briefcase?

Laptop, portable hard disk, Livescribe Pen to capture all those meeting notes, USB sticks (including a Lego brick USB — very cool), an assortment of cables, and an iPod.

What is your one must-have piece of tech when travelling? What you never leave home without.

Livescribe Pen. It’s amazing when you tell people you’re going to record the meeting how the mood changes. It's also great to go over the meeting later and remember everything that was said.

Is there one thing you must do before you leave home?

Make sure I backup my laptop. You just never know what may happen on your travels.

What was your last tech purchase?

The Samsung Note. It's a huge smartphone that blurs the boundaries between tablets and phone — it's a "phablet". Large screen, easy to read, and has a stylist.

Favourite destination city to work/visit and why? (in relation to technology)

San Francisco. The atmosphere is electric. It's the centre of the universe for new tech and great ideas. Everyone is an entrepreneur with the next big thing.

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