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Gear Review: The TomTom® Adventurer Watch On Vacation In Jamaica

Gear Review: The TomTom® Adventurer Watch on Vacation in Jamaica

When my boyfriend Michael turned 30, I decided to surprise him with a trip to Jamaica. I knew the laid-back lifestyle, music and cultural scene, people and beaches would appeal to both of us. Literally hours before we departed the TomTom® Adventurer watch showed up by courier so we decided to test it out on vacation. Michael charged the TomTom® Adventurer watch during our layover and acquainted himself with the various settings on the flight. Even though it only took two hours to charge the watch completely, we were pleasantly surprised at how long the watch kept its charge after – about a week to a week and a half.

While we experienced some hiccups traveling (including a chaotic check-in with two multi-hour plane delays) all was forgotten as soon as we landed in the tropical paradise. There was no question we had arrived in Jamaica. Within moments of stepping off the plane we were amidst the ya mon’s and no worries mon. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you adopt this jargon (and how it stays with you even after you return home!). After a 1.5 hour car ride, we arrived in Negril – famous for its Seven-Mile Beach.

Gear Review: The TomTom® Adventurer Watch on Vacation in Jamaica

Jamaica landscape

The first morning on vacation is always my favourite – especially when travelling in the colder months. Waking up and stepping out onto the balcony in the warm breeze is how I spent every morning.

Gear Review: The TomTom® Adventurer Watch on Vacation in Jamaica

A view of the watch on the balcony in the early morning hours.

We spent the first couple of days just relaxing and decompressing from our busy work lives. As with other beach destinations I’ve visited, locals walked the beach selling various handcrafted goods and fresh coconuts. There were also men strolling the shores with a guitar on their backs belting Bob Marley tunes. Every day the fishermen would boat past offering fresh crab and lobster caught mere feet off the shore.

Gear Review: The TomTom® Adventurer Watch on Vacation in Jamaica

Singers on the beach in Jamaica

Our resort came packed with a number of fun activities, including snorkeling, catamaran, wakeboarding, etc. Of course we weren’t going to pass up the opportunity to try everything out and we loved that we were able to track everything with the TomTom® Adventurer watch because of how waterproof it is! Michael brought the watch on all the excursions. Below you’ll see him wearing the TomTom® Adventurer watch as he decided to try his hand at wakeboarding. He also wore it jumping off a 35-foot cliff at the famous Rick’s Café. (I jumped too!)

Gear Review: The TomTom® Adventurer Watch on Vacation in Jamaica

Wearing the TomTom® Adventurer watch in the water

One of the most surprising things about having the TomTom® Adventurer watch on vacation was how it motivated Michael to walk more. I think the endless amount of food consumed was a little more digestible when he was able to compare his activity levels and calories burned on the watch each day.

We made sure to get out of the resort to see more of the “real” Jamaica if you will. The island is incredibly lush but we were taken aback to learn that wildlife is minimal. The trees seemed ripe for abundant bird and animal life but we barely saw a thing. While I think we only had a taste, we spent a day in the jungle ziplining and floating down the river then ATVing up in the hills. I was actually really surprised by how hilly the island is and it was really interesting to see the altitude changes captured on the TomTom® Adventurer watch. It makes you see the island from a bit of a different perspective and I will be very curious to see the altitude changes on the watch when we get up into the Rockies.

Our trip came to an end and while we were sad to return home, we are excited for the winter season to take advantage of the Canadian outdoors, and to continue staying active throughout our daily lives. Michael has already put the TomTom® Adventurer watch to use on his evening bike rides and will be bringing it with him to the slopes this season. We’re excited to see how the various features like ski lift detection, trail exploration and altitude help us navigate our favourite ski resorts!

Gear Review: The TomTom® Adventurer Watch on Vacation in Jamaica

Heading out for a bike ride

Here are a few more thoughts on the TomTom® Adventurer watch.

Features of the Tom-Tom Adventurer Watch

  • Multiple activities represented on the watch – a significant difference from competitors.
  • Ability to track and measures altitude changes.
  • Wire free heart rate monitor.
  • Built-in sleep tracking.
  • Ability to build maps of favourite routes through the GPS capabilities.
  • Storage capacity – can hold up to 500 songs.
  • Includes Bluetooth headphones.
  • 24/7 activity tracking helps motivate you to go further.
  • Simple night mode which turns on just by covering the screen momentarily.
  • Solid online support – videos and more instruction on usability were very helpful.

For more information on the TomTom® Adventurer watch, please visit their website.  And let us know what activities you’d like to try out with the TomTom® Adventurer watch!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom. The opinions and text are all mine.

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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