Phones. They have become an ubiquitous part of our daily lives and it’s no different when we travel. When the telephone was invented (regardless of who you believed did it), Bell wanted to install one in every city . This was quite the fantasy. What would he say now seeing that everyone has at least one in their pocket? Phones can be a useful tool, especially when travelling. However we must remember to take a break every now and again.. In this post Roxana describes how to utilize your phone when travelling.
If Carly Rae Jepsen asked you to run away with her (oh wait, she already did that), what would you do? It’s not enough to only choose your favourite destination, book the tickets and the accommodation and pack your things. We live in the 21st century, and the small gadget that we all greatly depend on, called a smartphone, is definitely a tool that we have to have with us everywhere we go. This is why utilizing your small pocket friend for the purposes of travelling is always a great option. It’s always best to prepare in advance just in case you need something while on the trip of your life. But what do you need to pay attention to and how to utilize it in the best possible way?
Don’t Be The Sequel Of “Lost”
It’s true that the passengers of Flight 815 from Lost got lost because of a plane crash, but you never know what to expect from an unknown destination now, don’t you? This is why the most important thing that you need to do is install the map of your destination on your phone. Many people make the same mistake and do not download the map in advance. This means that if you’re out of internet connection while travelling, you won’t be able to actually use it. So take your phone, go to Maps and download the map of the whole city (or cities) that you’re staying in. That way not only will you always know where you’re heading, but you’ll save some space carrying map booklets around.
Always Have A Proof Of Where You’re Going
Imagine going to the most beautiful destination many have on their bucket list, and not having a proof you went there except for a couple of souvenirs that you bought along the way. However, taking photographs is really something that all of us do, so basically, we will always have that proof. Many tend to take with them professional cameras that take too much space and are more often than not quite heavy to carry. However, if you have an iPhone then you practically don’t need a professional camera. Namely, the cameras on these phones are magnificent, but make sure to know how to backup the iPhone as you never know what could happen. Backup all of your photographs, contacts and all the apps that you have downloaded – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Know Where To Wine And Dine (And, If Needed, Sixty-Nine)
This is definitely something all of us do before heading to a certain destination, but then again, to what extent do we actually do it? Even though we spend a couple of hours exploring our destination; the landmarks, most popular restaurants, coffee places and bars, it’s always good to have a good app to tell you where to go next. TripAdvisor is an excellent platform for these purposes, but it’s also excellent to have everything on the go with the help of applications such as Foursquare. The latter app was extremely popular a couple of years ago, and it’s still there to help you find all the hidden gems of your destination.
Don’t Pull A Bill Murray And Scarlett Johansson
Yes, this pun is indeed connected to the movie Lost In Translation (it seems that we love movies and TV shows with the word “lost” in them, huh?) and you surely don’t want for it to happen to you, do you? This is why you should always install a good dictionary app on your smartphone. Of course, many opt for Google Translate, which is a great app after all, but there are also plenty of other apps that you can use if you want to know some basic phrases in the native language of the country you’re visiting. Remember that not everyone speaks English, so it’s always best to go prepared.
One Phone To Rule Them All
Many of us book all the plane tickets and the accommodation while on our computers and laptops. However, the same can be done on smartphones as well. Even though you had already done everything you needed before arriving at your destination, you should always have booking apps on your smartphone. You never know when you will have to book another accommodation or a flight. This way you will be saving a lot of time trying to find a laptop or a computer for this purpose. It’s useful for everything to be there – just a click away.
So, packing the essentials in your suitcase is just one part of the packing process. In the 21st century, especially in this decade, packing is also utilizing your phone with all the apps that you might need. So don’t forget one, as you never know when you will need it!
From Sydney, Roxana is a lifestyle consultant and travel lover, who loves to write about her adventures. Passionate about the healthy lifestyle, she loves to run with her husband and dogs. Writing about her adventures is also a passion of hers, as well as cooking exotic meals for her family. She loves beaches and sunshine, and as a typical Aussie you can often find her hitting the waves. Find out more about her writing by following her on Twitter and Facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.