8 Reasons To Take Your Smartphone On Vacation

by Robyn Wright on March 26, 2015

in Tech

8 reasons to take your smartphone on vacation from RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Summer is on its way and that means time for vacation! Now as much as I am connected to the world I do like to unplug sometimes. However, when I am traveling that is not a time I want to totally unplug. I plan on taking my smartphone on vacation with me. Yes, the phone will have to work a bit, but I promise I will still put it away some of the time for both of us to enjoy some down time. I rely on my Verizon 4G LTE data around the country as I travel as one of the Verizon Lifestyle Ambassadors and it serves me well!

  1. Your Trip Details In One Place
    There are thousands of ways to do this, but keeping all of your travel details on your smartphone in one place is so incredibly convenient! There are apps specifically made to do this or you can use your phones calendar, OneNote, Evernote, or other similar apps as well. Make sure that you can access the data though even if you do not have a connection – it happens. Include flight reservations, hotel reservations, addresses, phone numbers, digital ticket information, lists of things you want to see, and anything else that is important to you during the trip.
  2. Keep Track of Members of the Trip
    Before you head out on the trip make sure you have important details and a recent photo of everyone you are traveling with. Include full name, their smartphone number, photo, and other info. You can actually take a new photo of each person each day with your phone. This way if someone is lost you have all the info you need to share with people to help you find them. Make sure everyone has this info on each of their phones too in case you get lost!
  3. Never Get Lost
    Before you head out on your travels be sure to find your favorite map/GPS/location app so you never get lost. Ideally you want maps that can be used for directions even without a connection too. People do get a bit confused with map apps at times so familiarize yourself with one before you actually leave. Make sure to also input the address of your hotel or homes you will be staying on while you travel also.
  4. Photos and Videos
    No longer do we have to carry around separate cameras and giant video cameras. Remember those full size VHS ones that weighed a ton? Today’s smartphones have amazing cameras and video cameras built into them. Use this to document your trip!
  5. Destination Information
    Before you head out on your trip search for apps related to your destination. If you are traveling to San Francisco for example, search for that in your favorite app store. You will find many apps that include things like local mass transit maps, sightseeing information, apps for museums and self-guided tours, and so much more.
  6. Eat and Sleep on the Fly
    If you are less of a plan maker and want to just go where the wind blows apps that find hotel rooms available for that night or open tables at nearby restaurants can really be beneficial.
  7. Translate Text and Speech
    There are tons of great apps that will also translate both text, by taking a picture, and speech, by recording a voice. While there is still nothing like learning a new language (use an app for that too), having some translating help can really be a life saver.
  8. Stay Entertained
    Finally, when we travel we all inevitably seem to end up waiting. Waiting for a plane, train, in line at a park, for a hotel room, etc. Pack your smartphone with music, ebooks, video, and games to keep you entertained when you are waiting and can’t get out and see the sights!

How do you use your smartphone when you travel? Do you have any favorite apps to help with traveling?

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P.S. Hi Cindy if you are reading this!

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{ 21 comments }

1 coupontammy March 26, 2015 at 7:25 pm

These are all great reasons. We use ours all the time to find restaurants, local activities. Most importantly to stay connected o friends and family.

2 Robyn Wright March 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Great ideas @coupontammy:disqus

3 AngelaLilly March 27, 2015 at 10:33 am

We use my hubby’s iPhone ALL the time when away from home, even just locally. We don’t use any applications though. We just use built-in stuff and the internet. :-D

4 Robyn Wright March 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Sometimes just using a standard search is easiest, but there are some great apps to help with specific tasks too

5 AngelaLilly March 28, 2015 at 9:50 am

:-D Very true! I tell you what though, we use our car’s build-in GPS more than anything we have. LOVE it! LOL

6 Nicolthe pickle March 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

We always use the navigating app. It’s super useful.

7 Robyn Wright March 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Which navigation app do you use?

8 ginette4 March 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm

The smart phone is a great tool, use it if you happen to break down, use it to help guide you to your next destination, use it as an alarm clock and cannot forget the great pictures that they take

9 Robyn Wright March 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Fabulous ideas!

10 coupcrazy March 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm

I don’t think I could travel without mine. I have to drive to the “city” once a week and last week I forgot it for the first time! Talk about being lost!!

11 Robyn Wright March 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

I understand – I freak out a bit when I can’t find my phone

12 Robin March 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm

I would rely heavily on the Evernote app, because I store notes about _everything_ on there!

13 Robyn Wright March 31, 2015 at 4:09 pm

I’m not an Evernote user myself, but the folks who do use it, like you, use it for everything!

14 Jaimee March 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

A great list. Its hard to leave your cell after you carry around with you always anywhere you go.

15 Robyn Wright March 31, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Agreed, and I know most would take their phones with them on vacation anyway – but this just gives them some ideas on how it can help on their vacation too

16 tannawings March 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I have to laugh you know the title just struck me funny. Reasons to take your smartphone on vacation versus does your smartphone want to vacation separately? ha! I dont have data so I am that lost person that is rifling with an old paper utdated map. :)

17 Robyn Wright March 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm

ROFL – Sometimes I bet my phones DO want a separate vacation from me!

18 shellypeterson March 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

These are definitely great reasons. I wish I had a smartphone lol :)

19 Robyn Wright March 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Well hopefully you will get one soon @shellypeterson:disqus – they are really so amazingly helpful

20 Amber Cheras March 30, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Great tips ! I always have my smart phone handy when it comes to traveling. I used to print or write down directions before owning one and always winded up getting lost . Tried asking around for directions but people usually gave the wrong ones lol. Thank goodness for smart phones and GPS systems ! It’s amazing how much technology has evolved over the years.

21 Robyn Wright March 31, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Thanks @amber_cheras:disqus – I agree, it is amazing how for our personal tech has evolved in such a short time.

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