Getting ready for a vacation can be a combination of anxiety and excitement. To make it easier for you, here are some tech-related tips for travel you may follow before you embark on your next vacation.
1. Screenshot your important plans
You’re going to have your phone with you and chances are you’ve got hotel addresses, restaurant reservations or tour guide information somewhere on an email. While many email applications work pretty well while offline, sometimes they have trouble loading emails that were received more than just a few weeks back.
That’s why you should take screenshots of everything that’s relevant. You could be heading to a country where you don’t know the local language and it’s much easier to show the taxi driver the address on your phone instead of trying to explain where it is.
Keep all that information readily on you instead of waiting for it to load.
2. Install Some Messenger Apps
In case you don’t have any installed, be sure to put something like WhatsApp, Viber or Google Hangouts on your phone. Not only will you be able to communicate with friends and family back home, all you’ll need also is a WiFi connection to be able to talk to others.
WhatsApp is incredibly popular around the world and it’s usually the preferred form of communication among international travelers.
In case you’re not going to have a phone plan in your next destination and need to call a landline, you can always load some Skype credit on your phone. It’s quite cheap and never expires. So many places have free WiFi so you’ll be able to sit down and call whoever you need to call.
3. Bring Your Entertainment
While you’ll surely be off exploring new areas and new sites, you might want to have a quiet evening where you can relax after clocking 20,000 steps on your step counter.
The easiest way is to bring your streaming device, like the Amazon Firestick, and plug it into a TV. With the help of Troypoint, you’ll be able to access all your content no matter where you are in the world.
A VPN will allow you to spoof your location so you won’t be restricted by your current geographical position.
4. Have the Maps
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is walking around the city to find a hole-in-the-wall restaurant or quiet cafe. You never know what you may find by wandering off the beaten path.
Make sure you go into your maps application on your phone and download the map for the city or area you will be in. There are some nights when you just want to get back home and your coverage may be spotty or you may not have access to data.
Your GPS feature on your phone works even while you are in airplane mode, so you can simply have your map open and the GPS feature turned on. You’ll be able to find your way back to the hotel or wherever you’re staying.
5. Find a Good Cloud Service
Losing your phone is already a huge headache but losing your phone while on vacation just seems like cruelty. You’ll lose all your photos and will have to recover your contacts.
Before you go somewhere, make sure you have a backup service for your photos connected to another device. It could be your laptop, home computer or tablet — just make sure you have photos being stored in separate locations.
6. Bring a Backup Charger
The average phone will give you anywhere form 5-10 hours of battery life a day and that may not be good enough while you’re traveling. You use your phone for a lot of different things and that battery can dry up quite quickly.
Outlets are not always the easiest to find and if you do find one, you may not be able to use it as you like.
Buy a backup charger to take with you for those moments. Many are quite small and even the larger ones can still easily fit in your purse or a pocket. You don’t want to be staring at a red battery while you’re trying to find your hotel or take pictures.
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