Note: I submitted this to Frugal travel guy for a Friday tip...and it wasn't chosen. But I thought I'd share! A Kindle 3G is amazing for travel – for more than just reading. For example, I’m going on a trip to a couple countries in about two months, but I don’t want to have to lug around tons of papers and guidebooks, etc, and I want to keep in touch with family. With a Kindle 3G + wifi, I get unlimited 3G internationally (check countries here:http://kindleworld.blogspot.com/2010/10/global-kindle-3g-web-browsing-where.html) – for no additional charge. For a one-time fee of $189 for the kindle ($139 for Kindle w/ ads), I pretty much get unlimited international 3g and Wifi for however long I own the Kindle. Not only can I download and read books books – the Kindle has an experimental browser where you can load almost any website. I can check and respond email, go to various websites, etc. for free. Beats finding an internet cafe or paying high fees for hotel internet. In addition, you can set up your cell phone to forward to Google Voice and check Google Voice via your Kindle internet browser. With Google voice, you can get the text transcripts of any voicemail sent to you. And you can have people text you at your Google Voice number and text back from Google voice. So, you can keep track of your calls and texts without incurring any crazy international fees. Another benefit of the Kindle is that you can load it with PDFs. Rather than carry around a bunch of guidebooks, I can either buy the ones from the Kindle site or I can load the PDF versions . For example, Lonely Planet is one guidebook company that sells PDF versions of their guidebook (http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/). You can either buy one chapter at a time ($4.95 per digital chapter) or the entire book. You can also load PDFs of maps/public transportation system guides. It’s a lot more discreet than holding open a map in public. On a last note, I have the Kindle 3g/wifi w/ ads, which is a steal at $139. The ads are actually super non-intrusive. The only time you ever see the ad is on the home page (super small, barely notice it) and as a screensaver. The ads are actually fantastic deals. Today the ads that popped up for me were a $10 Amazon credit if I bought one of the selected titles w/ a Visa Card (bought Tina Fey's Bossypants for $13) and $10 off a $20 Kindle accessory. Not too shabby!