What would you do without your smart phone?
We really on it all the time when we’re at home and on the move and it can be just as useful when we’re off on our travels too. Perhaps you want to stay in touch with those back home, or simply take some photos to document your time there – either way, your smartphone can be highly beneficial.
Here are ten ideas for how to use your smartphone during your trip. Some you probably do every day, but others may be more specific to your travels:
1. Your Phone Makes Navigation Easy
Your phone’s GPS helps you find your way around.
Awareness of your location is especially important when traveling as it’s a completely new area and you don’t want to risk getting lost. Simply put in your destination in your smartphones map application and save yourself the hassle of having to ask someone else for directions.
2. Your Phone Helps You Preserve the Sights and Sounds
The camera’s available on smartphones today are truly outstanding, so much so that people are settling to use them over a digital camera. Some smartphones like the LG G5 even have an 8MP wide angle lens, meaning you can get detailed and quality images of your destination. So whether you want to have something to share on social media to your friends, or simply some snapshots to look back on – your smartphone’s camera should definitely be utilized.
3. Your Phone Helps You Find the Best Activities, Shops, and Restaurants
Whether you simply browse the internet for what’s available in the area, or download a specialist app such as Yelp to make some discoveries – your smartphone can save you the trouble of wondering what there is to do in your destination, not only that, but you will also be able to find reviews and descriptions of selected places and activities meaning that you can assure it’s perfect for you.
4. Your Phone Makes It Fun to Keep a Travel Journal
Back in the day, travelers would keep travel journals and scrapbooks, your smartphone makes this super easy.
You can use a note taking or writing app to record thoughts and observations about your location so you have something to look back on when you’re home. You can even import photos and videos into the notes with some apps, making it much more stimulating and fun to create.
5. Your Phone Helps Keep You Safe
Prepare for your trip by creating contacts for local services. Enter local police, hospitals, embassies, travel services, and taxi services in your phone’s contact app. Be sure to include the street address, phone number and web URL for easy reference. It also may be wise to look at safety apps if traveling alone.
6. Your Phone Helps You Stay Connected to Travel Companions
If you’re travelling in a group, you may find that you don’t all want to do exactly the same activities each day. In this case, you’re going to want to be able to stay connected and find out exactly where each person is if you want to meet up. You can use your smartphone to share your location over a messenger service, meaning you can easily pin-point where each individual is.
7. Your Phone Helps Keep Your Snapchat, Instagram or Other Social Media Channels Active
What could be better than posting pictures of the beach you’re walking along whilst everyone else is back home and stuck working? Make your friends and family back home envious of your trip by keeping your social media up to date, it also gives you something to look back on when you’re home!
8. Your Phone Keeps You Informed
There’s something extremely peaceful about being away from reality when you’re on holiday, but deep down we all still want to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world. By downloading news apps, you can assure you stay informed on everything whilst your away.
9. Your Phone Keeps You Connected to Family and Friends at Home
Whether you want to send a text message, make a phone call, send an e-mail or check into social media – the communication possibilities are endless on your smartphone and each option allows you to stay connected with loved ones with ease.
10. Your Phone Is Your Personal Guide
There are so many apps to help you enjoy local nature, the city or nightlife. Whether you’re going on a hike and need to download a wildlife app to keep you alert, or a simple lifestyle app that gives you the ins and outs of a city – you can use your smartphone to guide you around your destination and inform you of everything you need to know.
If you are traveling internationally, check with your carrier about any discounted services. Roaming costs are expensive. Fortunately, your carrier can give you advice on how to avoid unexpected charges. When possible, look for apps that work offline just in case you find yourself without cellular coverage and stay searching for WI-FI spots whenever possible to help avoid unnecessary costs.