How the Surface Pro 3 Saved My Sanity While Traveling

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Last month I had the opportunity to take the kids on an all expense paid trip to Florida.

Alone.

My husband had to work, and was therefore unavailable to travel with me. Since I was determined not to let my kids miss out on this opportunity, I strapped on my super mommy cape, grabbed a kid with each arm, and there the journey began.

How the Surface Pro 3 Saved My Sanity While Traveling

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft. All thoughts are my own.

Traveling Alone with the Kids

While it was admittedly fairly smooth traveling, my main concern was the absence of my husband’s big manly arms that so easily tote all of our belongings from one place to the next when we travel. Since it was just I, having to tackle luggage and keep both kids from getting lost at random locations in the airport… I focused on packing as light and compact as possible.

The two things I worried about most when packing were car seats, and whether or not to drag along my laptop. Luckily, the car seat issue was easily resolved, so I was left to only worry about the laptop.

How the Surface Pro 3 Saved My Sanity While Traveling

This issue too, was easily resolved.

Thanks to Microsoft.

Rather than drag along my whole laptop, I opted to bring along my Surface Pro 3 instead! This device is like the best of both worlds! It has the entire heavy hitting power of my laptop like Windows, Office, and desktop browsers… while being in the compact size of a tablet.

The Many Uses of the Surface Pro 3

We used the Surface Pro 3 at the airport as a tablet, the kids watched Netflix and it kept their little minds occupied while waiting for the plane. Then we used it again, on the plane, with the use of Wi-Fi. The battery life is around 9 hours and gave us plenty of time to do what we needed before getting to the hotel.

At the hotel, I was able to blog, Facebook, edit photos with Photoshop, Skype with daddy and everything that we would have done with a full size computer. 

At less than 2 lbs, we weren’t inconvenienced with the weight and size. Instead we found the Surface Pro 3 to be a “must have” addition to our packing list.  

How the Surface Pro 3 Saved My Sanity While Traveling

Handiness in Unexpected Situations

I cannot even begin to tell you how handy this device came in! From the down time in the airport where the children were entertained with apps, to the late night work I did in the hotel once they were fast asleep. Then there was the incident with Andrew becoming sick while we were there, and I had rapidly search the web browser for urgent care and taxi cabs that could safely transport us!

Skip the Computer! Pack Light with the Surface Pro 3 while traveling alone with kids

Overall, the Surface Pro 3 worked wonders in helping us travel as smoothly as possible! If you are looking for a compact and easily transportable device that can replace your laptop, I suggest you check it out!

Visit the Microsoft website for more details on the Surface Pro 3

Where would you use your Surface Pro?

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20 thoughts on “How the Surface Pro 3 Saved My Sanity While Traveling

  • February 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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    This would be the perfect size fro travelling. I remember when i had to travel with my kids by myself. I had to pack a lot of little things for them to do . Cell Phones and tablets were not invented yet. Reply
  • February 25, 2015 at 9:11 am
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    I flew to Orlando three weeks ago and left my laptop at home because it is way too bulky. It sucks, because I really needed it, but I refused to be dragging such a big piece of equipment around at Universal. I ended up using my phone to write stories, but it's not as nice as having a normal size screen. I definitely need something like this for working on the go. Reply
  • February 24, 2015 at 7:08 pm
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    I really want a Surface Pro 3! Maybe when my laptop gives out on me, I'll have an excuse! Reply
  • February 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm
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    This sounds fabulous. I like compacting and this is a good way to go, Reply
  • February 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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    I've seen the commercials and totally see how useful this would be! Especially for any mom with kids Reply
  • February 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    I played with the Surface Pro 3 the last time I was in Best Buy. I would love to be able to trade in my iPad and laptop for an all-in-one type device. My life would be so much more simpler. Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 11:12 pm
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    Our tablet keeps our sanity when we are on the go. We end up waiting for practices to end or dance classes to start many days of the week. Having a tablet allows the kids to play games or work on homework. Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm
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    I checked out the Surface 3 at the Microsoft Store and was really tempted. It looks like it would be great for traveling! Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm
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    Sounds great! I haven't heard of this before I like the size and weight. Perfect gadget! Very cool Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    I have one of these and you're 100% right, they're perfect for travel. I love that you can use them any which way and not have to drag along several devices because you've got one right there that does it all. Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm
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    I have the Surface 2 and LOVE that thing! It's my go-to travel device. I can do what needs to be done without toting my everyday laptop with me. I'm so glad you were able to take the kids on a fun trip! Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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    We would definitely use it for travel too! It looks like a great way to keep the kids entertained during long down time. Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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    I love our Surface Pro 3. I love how light weight it is too and it is so easy to move around. Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm
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    That sounds like the perfect travel companion. I could use one of those Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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    I would use mine in my bed where it is nice and comfy and most likely I'd not let my kids touch it. Just saying, mama needs her own things. Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    Less than 2 pounds is nice! Not like a lead lug in your backpack while you're walking around the airport... like another tablet we have :) Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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    These sound so perfect for traveling. Even laptops can be cumbersome when you're constantly on the move. Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm
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    You are preaching to the choir here, I have the Surface Pro 2 and I LOVE mine! I bring mine to every blogging conference so I can stay productive on the go. :-) Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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    I want one of these in the worst way. I'm on the go a lot, and it would be so much easier to use this than my tablet. *love* Reply
  • February 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm
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    I have been wanting one of these for a while. I am hoping I get one for my upcoming birthday. Reply

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