The world is getting smaller. Not only do we know more about other countries than ever before in the history of humanity, but we can see them for ourselves more quickly and cheaply than our ancestors could have believed. This is largely down to the mega-technology of communications and transport, but pocket-sized technology also has a part to play. What tech can you carry in your bag to improve your traveling experience?
Somewhere to Sleep
The first two requirements when traveling are food and shelter. The first is easy enough to arrange, but the second used to be a major headache…until smartphones came along with a range of apps that can find somewhere to suit you in a few clicks.
If you are in a hurry and choose not to use one of the major companies, Overnight specializes in last-minute bookings in private homes. The developers claim that it can bring the spontaneity back into travel, restoring the spirit of adventure.
Enjoy the Flight
Nobody who flies economy looks forward to the journey these days. What you need is something to take you into another realm until it is all over. Noise-canceling headphones are part of the answer.
Shut your eyes, cut out the drone of the engines, and drift into your own chosen world for as long as you need. The good ones are not cheap, but worth it if you fly a lot.
Don’t Run Out of Power
You rely on your smartphone and your tablet for almost everything these days, especially in a strange place. Aircraft don’t always have charging points, and you don’t want to run out of power in the middle of your movie. Don’t get caught short; always carry a backup charger with you. They range from the cheap and cheerful to the stylish and elegant.
Right Place, Right Time
If you are traveling on a flexible schedule (and modern technology allows you to do that like never before), you can change your plans to fit with changing situations. One factor you will want to adjust to is changing weather. You can use your phone to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest conditions wherever you are heading; visit Google Play Store to learn more about the best apps.
Explore in Depth
You may not have time to get to know everywhere as well as you would like to, so be sure to explore each location well.
If you want to go beyond the tourist top sites, follow one of the personal (and often quirky) audio tours that can be downloaded to your phone. You will be amazed how they will open your eyes to things you will not discover in any but the most weighty guidebooks.
Making the Most
The world is unpredictable, and we never know whether tomorrow we shall be able to go to the places we want to visit today. By using the hardware and software now available, we can make our exploration of the world both broad and deep in a way that has never been possible before.