There are a lot of things to consider when you’re about to take a trip. You pack the right clothing, prepared all your personal documents, and you even organize how you’ll spend the itinerary. But you might not have even considered buying a new watch.

Watches are amazing for travelling because they can help you to keep you to stay on time, can track how many calories you burned hiking through the Alps, help with translations, getting around and even paying for things. 

There are lots of different watches available for all budgets, so whether you fancy an old fashioned classic or want something high-tech and modern, you will be able to find something to match your interests. 

Check out our guide to the best travel watches to buy right now.


Smart Watches

The giants of the tech industry have made smart watches the new must have travel item. Smart watches are there to help you out when you are far from home. They can keep you connected to loved ones or work, take calls, browse the internet, get local updates, and offer a lot of little perks.

Smart watches are great for traveling for so many reasons including:

  • Goals. Keep track of your calories, your activity, and stay on top of your fitness goals even when you’re traveling. Everything from the FitBit to the Apple Watch will help you from straying while you’re on the move. 
  • Connected. Smart watches are great for frequent travelers because they help you be connected to the world back home without being glued to your phone! You could miss a LOT of amazing things while trying to travel the world if your phone is a constant distraction. Keep connected, but stay present!
  • Information. Smart watches are great for traveling because they are constantly keeping you updated on local weather, news, and updates that you would otherwise miss. No need to grab a tablet or laptop to search for local events! It’s all right there, on your wrist!
  • Perks. There are other little perks that smart watches can offer while you travel that no other watch can. Like tracking your menstrual cycle so you don’t have any surprises while on holiday, or making sure you’re getting enough sleep, or even tracking your heartrate when you get anxious during take-off and landing! It really is the little things that these tech marvels can do that will be helpful while you travel!

These are some of the best smart watches available right now:

Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit Charge 3

This popular advanced fitness tracker watch is amazing with key features including a heart rate monitor, swimproof and water resistance to 50m, a 7 day battery and sleep monitoring. This watch looks stylish and is great value for money especially compared to other fitness watches on the market.


Apple Watch Series 4

Apple smartwatch 4

The Apple Watch 4 is one of the market leading smartphones. The latest model comes with GPS + Cellular, 40mm, a choice of cases and straps and there are so many perks including electrical heart sensor, automatic workout detection, the ability to take calls, read messages and listing to music and podcasts and more.

Apple really do make some of the best travel gadgets, and if you are looking for a modern watch with all the latest tech you will love this. There are also lots of accessories you can also purchase including a custom leather Apple watch band by OLPR, which will really enhance the look and feel.


Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch

You're out running or on your bike. Perhaps halfway up a mountain or maybe just out for a walk. You still want to take calls, get a snack or stay motivated with your songs. All you need is the Samsung Gear S3. The Gear S3 looks and feels like a real watch but does a lot more by allowing you to answer calls, read messages, or use apps.


Classic Worldly Watches

High-end horologists have been creating watches with the ability to track time in various locations for generations. Classic watches have never gone out of popularity and add to some of the most iconic fashion and jewelry world’s pieces. Whether you’re looking for a good gift for someone who likes to travel, or want to treat yourself to some finery, you can't go wrong with a worldly watch.

Worldly watches usually include multiple watch faces, embedded into a single watch, that keep the time in multiple locations is a great piece for someone who frequently jumps time zones. Whether traveling for business, or pleasure, it’s a great way to keep track of time at home, as well as whilst away!


Tissot Analogue Quartz

Tissot Analogue Quartz

Tissot are one of the most popular classic watch brands with great looking timeless watches. This watch looks great, gives accurate time readings and is waterproof for up to 30m.



Some people buy a watch to tell the time, or read latest news, then there are some who are a little more adventurous and need a watch to give altitude and distance stats. Whether you’re an avid hiker/climber, love outdoor sports like surfing and going off the beaten track, or want a watch to help with being in the great outdoors, outdoor watches are great for the more adventurous travelers!

These watches now cater to nature enthusiasts come with hightech and practical applications. They are generally waterproof, have embedded compasses, can track altitude to avoid altitude sickness, can track your location in case you get lost, and so much more!

When it comes to adventure traveling, an outdoor focused watch is great purchase. These are some to consider:


Garmin Fenix 3

Garmin Fenix 3

The Garmin Fenix 3 is is a GPS multisport watch with outdoor navigation and wrist based heart rate. This watch is perfect for athletes and adventure enthusiasts. The watch comes packed with multi-sport training, trail running and navigation. Choose from several different colours including silver, sapphire, rose gold, black/silver, grey, black/titanium.

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is designed to assist people during their sport activities and outdoor life. It supports performance sports like running, cycling, swimming, trail running, rowing, indoor training, cross country skiing as well as triathlon and recreational activities such as hiking, SUP, climbing and downhill skiing and more.


Nixon Base Tide

Nixon base tide

The Nixon Base Tide is one of the most unusual and also coolest designed watches available. This watch is affordable, great for both adults and children and perfect if you are going to be spending time on the beach or love surfing. Key features including being water resistant up to 100 meters, a tide chart and countdown clock/timer.