Tips for Using Technology While Travelling

Technology has changed the way we live – the way we work, the way we entertain ourselves, and even the way we travel. Before, you were left to your own devices when going abroad, no matter whether for work or business. However, nowadays, you have a whole host of gadgets and technological tools that you can use to make your trip easier and more enjoyable. With that in mind, read on to discover some top tips on how to use technology effectively while you are travelling.

Keep your phone charged while on the go – The invention of the rechargeable battery pack insert for iPhones, Samsung phones, and other popular smartphone brands has been welcomed with open arms. This is ideal for those who are travelling and are going to be out and about all day. You don’t need to worry about your phone dying and you being unable to access Google Maps. With a battery pack insert, you will essentially have at least two full battery’s worth of phone life. You can actually see other technology trends that have taken off here.

Leave voicemails without calling someone – You may be wondering how to leave a voicemail without calling, but it is a feature that is available today. If you are leaving your loved ones at home and you are in a different time zone, this is going to come in very, very useful. There’s nothing like waking up your partner at 1 am in the morning because you are in Australia and you want to tell them about something amazing that has happened! Instead, you can leave a voicemail without disturbing them.

Download the Google Translate app – Let’s face it; there are going to be times when you are abroad and you don’t really know what on earth is going on! This is where the Google Translate app comes in very, very handy. Whether it is baffling road signs or mysterious menus, you can enter the information into the app and you’ll be able to find out what is going on.

Make sure your maps can be used offline – Don’t forget that you aren’t going to have access to Wi-Fi all over the world, and the last thing you want to do is turn your mobile data on, as you will have a nasty bill waiting for you when you get home. Instead, make sure you can use your mobile map app offline. To do this, you need to preload the destination when you are at your hotel or apartment. By doing this, the GPS will work without data, and it will still direct you as you move along.

Have an offline backup plan – Lastly, make sure you have an offline backup plan should you find yourself in a hotel or an airport with a spotty service, or find that your international mobile data bundle is not working. You need to have a plan in place so that you are prepared for such a situation. The best thing to do is screenshot all of your important travel documents beforehand, as well as a map of the area you are travelling to.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is an Information Security Analyst, OSCP, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.
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