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Meet My New Assistant: Surface 3

Intel Microsoft Surface 3 | The JetSet Family

My life as a travel + lifestyle blogger can get crazy around the holidays, so I’m grateful to Intel for providing me with a Microsoft Surface 3 to stay organized.

Being a travel + lifestyle blogger, my life behind-the-scenes isn’t always as glamorous as it seems on the monitor. Truth be told, it’s quite chaotic. Between balancing my editorial calendar, Kiddo’s extra-curricular activities calendar, our travel schedule, Hubs business trip schedule, blogging events, our social calendar, and every other date under the sun, I have no idea if I’m coming or going. I need an virtual assistant. 

But the problem is, I don’t really want one. I long for a devise that I can keep with me at all times and have the world and our schedules at the tips of my fingers 24/7. So for those nights I wake up in the hotel room of a strange city panicking that I’ve missed a deadline, I’m covered. Let’s just say it’s happened more than once.

Enter the Surface 3 from Microsoft

Lightweight and portable, my Surface 3 is never far behind. In one week, I found myself bringing the tablet with me everywhere. With sleep barely from my eyes, and coffee in hand, I researched our latest trip to Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village for our annual LetItSnow holiday weekend, grabbed concert tickets to the Royal Machines show,  and my latest blog post from the road because I just didn’t feel like bringing my laptop.

Intel Microsoft Surface 3 | The JetSet Family

The entire time, I had all of our scheduled synced to one calendar which made finalizing future plans a breeze direct from the Action Center. 

Hello, Cortana…

So remember how I said that I needed a virtual assistant? Well after all of this time being a blogger, I finally have my very own virtual assistant. Her name is Cortana and she’s a keeper. All I have to do is voice my needs and my wish is her command. Thanks, Cortana!

My Own Personal Headquarters

I now consider the Surface 3 my mobile office. The “Virtual desktop” is not only great for keeping me organized, but has a fabulous camera allowing me to I leave my beloved DSLR behind. Quite honestly, I’m not sure how I’ve managed this long without it. 

Four Seasons Westlake 2015 | The JetSet Family

Easy as Riding a Bike

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t used Windows in years, so I was a bit apprehensive at first. But the truth is OS is clean, familiar, easy to understand and a wealth of new features. I enjoyed working on the Intel-based Surface 3 immensely and I look forward to taking my new sidekick into 2016!

How would the Microsoft Surface 3 make your life easier?

Photo credits: Nicole Standley

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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6 COMMENTS
  • Kim Croisant December 14, 2015

    I hear ya. I’m sure you are busier than me, bc I’m not a travel blogger – but I’m busy ! I don’t see how you travel bloggers do it – but I know its a fun business to be in. I’ll check out this further as I’m sure it would make my life easier too.

  • Tonya December 14, 2015

    I recently discovered Cortana and wow. What can I say? Where has she been all my life?! Cortana is definitely and amazing tool for bloggers and travelers. I’m hooked.

  • Danielle K December 15, 2015

    Sounds like you have a pretty awesome assistant. I really need to check this out for myself for a Christmas gift – would be perfect for me 🙂

  • Jennifer December 15, 2015

    The Surface sounds awesome! I really love what Microsoft did with this one. It’s the perfect combination of tablet and laptop!

  • Danielle December 15, 2015

    We love our surface pro 3. It’s easy to use, very portable, and does everything I need it to do. And I love the accessories. When I type on my purple keyboard it makes me happy 🙂

  • Grace Hodgin December 15, 2015

    I love all the new things that are coming out with technology to help make our lives go smoother. The Surface sounds like a wonderful option.

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