Most of us have a severe case of wanderlust. We just can’t stay away from visiting exciting places. But, more often than not, we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. For many of us, our phones have become the long-lasting travel companions we can rely on. In our hardest times, our phones act as our guides, give the best dinner recommendations, and capture memories. If not for these handy little devices, I would still be wandering in some local street in Bangkok. Here are four ways I use my phone as a perfect companion, and if you follow my lead, you can too. So, without further ado, let’s carry on with the tips.
Manage Your Trip
The number one reason why smartphones are the best companion for travelers is that you can control your whole trip through certain apps. If you already have a destination in mind, you can book cheaper flights, get cheaper hostel rooms, and get a lot of discounts on various expenses. Almost every American spend 10% of his budget on vacations. With the help of traveling apps, you can save a lot of time and money.
Handle Your Money Wisely
When it comes to handling money, Western Union makes it a piece of cake. All you have to do is download their mobile application, and you are good to go. You can easily send money on your phone directly to someone’s bank account, a physical location or even pay a bill on your phone.
Set Up an International Phone Plan
Whether you are going to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean or want to explore the Middle East, you don’t have to disconnect from your work or family. Before going on a trip, you should ask you carrier what international packages do they offer. Having an International Plan set up reduces the risk of outrageous mobile data and call fees when travelling abroad. Furthermore, there are a lot of apps that require an internet connection and GPS so you must choose your plan wisely.
Capture Mesmerizing Pictures
Last but not least, smartphones have become so good at taking pictures that they have totally taken over the DSLR industry. A vacation is all about taking a break and unplugging from the hectic life routine. But in all honesty, if your vacation is not posted on social media with eye-catching pictures, did it really happen? Take a couple of shots, save them, and put your mobile away. Don’t become a picture freak because, at the end of the day, it is all about the memories you create. Pictures are just a reminder that you enjoyed all those things and will take you back in time when you look at them.