Skype is a great way to connect with family and friends, but when you use it outside of just talking on the phone, you make this tool come alive!
Traveling is one of life’s greatest privileges. Few people can really afford to get out there and see the world, so when you do get the opportunity you should grab it!
When you travel long distances the cost of communication is an obvious issue and VOIP apps such as Skype have become an incredibly popular way to stay in touch when you’re on foreign soil. But there are many other things that this amazing tool can to do make the adventure of travel that much more pleasant.
5 Ways to Use Skype In a Unique Way
Get Language and Culture Tips
Visiting another country can be daunting if you don’t have any command of the local language. The good news is that before you leave for your trip you can actually use Skype to learn languages from native speakers! This will help you prepare for potential culture shock and general “getting around” skills.
So if you plan on visiting Spain for the running of the bulls (for example), you can learn to say “Help I’m being chased by a bull!” from a company like Preply, just by clicking https://preply.com/en/skype/spanish-tutors.
Use the Built-in Translator
Before you leave for another country or even when you are already there, you may have to spend quite a bit of time speaking to government officials or just tourism staff. Depending on the country these people may not have a fluent level of English, so you can use Skype to translate in real time! It supports quite a few common languages now and can even do real-time translations with Skype-to-mobile calls.
Share the Experience
It’s always hard to leave people behind when you travel, but you can still share the experience by using Skype and your phone or tablet’s front-facing camera. Many people forget that you can show others what you’re seeing as if they were there and it’s a great trick.
Sometimes finding a place to connect to the internet when overseas can be tricky, but Skype has the answer here too. By using the Wi-Fi app you can find one of a million international Those Wi-Fi hotspots which you can use for general internet access as well as Skype calls. It can be a lifesaver!
Use It to Check on Your Home
This is a really neat and creative trick for Skype users. If you don’t have anyone taking care of your home and you don’t want to invest in a dedicated IP camera, you can set up a second Skype account and then set it to always answer calls automatically.
This way you can phone your second account whenever you feel paranoid about your home and check that everything is fine through the webcam. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it’s a great trick that doesn’t require special equipment.
Just be sure to give the second account a Skype name with random numbers and letters, so that it’s unlikely to be guessed by anyone. It’s not a big risk, but there’s no need to take chances!
Wherever I May Roam
Technology has made the life of a traveler far easier than ever before. It’s taken a lot of the anxiety and risk out of what should be a pleasant experience filled with great memories. Using Skype in these interesting ways is not the only thing you can do with common technology.
Be sure to check out this article on the blog to see the best travel apps of 2016. Armed with these great apps your next trip will be a breeze!