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Last week we looked at some photography apps for travel and smartphone photography. In the final blog of this four-part series, Andrew looks into cloud storage.

Welcome to the final installment of this four-part series where we look at technology to assist your travel experience. For this final part, we’ll take a look at some of the various cloud storage options that are available to you.

What is cloud storage?

Cloud storage is the ability to store data on a virtual drive which can be accessed anywhere around the world.

Think of your hard drive in your computer where you store your pictures, videos and other files available to you but instead of only accessing it from one source you can access it instead through other computers, smartphones and tablets via the Internet.

For a more in-depth read of cloud storage, read up on Wikipedia

Flickr

The ultimate in sharing and storing your images while you’re on the road, just upload your images through your computer, or on smartphone (iOS and Android) to your Flickr account and share it to your friends or family.

In addition, another great thing about Flickr is the access you get to an established online community to link up with other photographers (both professional and amateurs) around the world. People generally share tips on how they and where they took that photo which at the end provides inspiration for other travellers/photographers to visit.

Visit Flickr for more information

YouTube

The largest collection of video content on the planet and one of the largest search engines period! YouTube is a great way to quickly share the video you’ve captured on your mobile phone while you’re travelling and save memory.

Visit YouTube for more information

Google Drive

Google last year launched Google Drive, which replaced Google Docs, Google Drive offers Cloud storage for all Gmail users with the basic free package providing 5GB of storage.

The great thing about this is that you can automatically sync your documents from one computer to another both online and offline. This is ideal for people who have multiple devices (i.e. laptops, iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones) and want to either share or work on while not being tied to one spot.

Visit Google Drive for more information

Amazon Cloud

Amazon also released their version to compete against Google Drive with a Free account to give you 5GB of space and the ability to sync automatically between computers, tablets and smartphones. Amazon Cloud also allows you to work on your files offline by designating a folder on the physical drive of your computer.

Visit Amazon Cloud for more information

JustCloud

Another one that I recently saw, JustCloud, offers pretty much the best Cloud storage at the time of publishing in terms of the allowance you can get with there free account, which is unlimited!

Visit JustCloud for more information.

If you’re wondering which ones are the best for you, apart from Google Drive and Amazon Drive, the rest have their advantages on a particular part of cloud storage.

  • Flickr is a great way to store and share your images to the public.
  • YouTube is video focused. Also have a look at Vimeo, which is like YouTube, but focuses on HD quality short films.
  • JustCloud is a great way to back up your computer files with its unlimited storage capability.
  • Google Drive and Amazon Drive are virtually the same with some minor details on uploading file sizes and pricing (only if you maxed out your 5GB allocated storage). If you’re using a Gmail account, it’s probably easier to use Google Drive, but if you’re not, definitely take a look at Amazon Drive.

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