With summer approaching, conversation about vacations has become more common. Are you taking the road trip of a lifetime? Hitting the beach? Exploring canyons, climbing mountains, or hiking nature trails?
If you are enjoying any of those vacations or are participating in other fun activities this summer, how do you think your trusty smartphone will play a part?
Mobile technology is no longer limited to making calls or sending text messages – the whole world (and what everyone else thinks of it) is now at your fingertips.
If you’d like to make more use of your smartphone while traveling, here are a few suggestions:
– Use your device as a navigational partner – access maps, compasses, trail guides, or even use your device as a GPS for driving, hiking, or geocaching.
– Want to try a new restaurant? Look up locations and reviews on a variety of apps, like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and UrbanSpoon.
– Smartphone cameras are now equipped with more megapixels than my first digital point-and-shoot, so use that to your advantage and save some space in your luggage! Take some photos and videos and share them with your friends and family instantly. Spice them up with camera apps like Instagram or FxCamera.
I’ve also seen folks use their devices to obsess over the weather forecast, locate stars and planets, and even as a flashlight. Mobile devices not only make calls and send text messages, but also can check on flight statuses, find hotel rates, and calculate tips, all while keeping you connected.
Can you part with your phone for a week? Or how does your technological companion help you pursue relaxation and fun?