Mobile phones – your most valuable travel companion

Whether you are going on an overseas holiday or just a day trip to your famous, local tourist attraction, a mobile phone has become indispensable for travelers the world over.

With the advent of smartphones, your mobile is the perfect travel companion and can be used in so many different ways. In this blog, we will take a look at the best ways to make use of your mobile phone as you travel.

Don’t get lost ever again

Perhaps the greatest use of your mobile phone while on holiday is its GPS feature. This, in conjunction with map program such as Google Maps, will help ensure you never get lost again, especially on a driving holiday or when using a rental car in one of the cities you visit. With Google maps, in particular, you can download the map of the city you are in for use later while not connected to the internet. Should you prefer another map and direction app, there are many available on both the Google Play store and the iStore including Citimapper and OSMand. Some of these even allow for route options without a constant GPS connection.

Perhaps the greatest use of your mobile phone while on holiday is its GPS feature. This, in conjunction with map program such as Google Maps, will help ensure you never get lost again, especially on a driving holiday or when using a rental car in one of the cities you visit. With Google maps, in particular, you can download the map of the city you are in for use later while not connected to the internet. Should you prefer another map and direction app, there are many available on both the Google Play store and the iStore including Citimapper and OSMand. Some of these even allow for route options without a constant GPS connection.

Plain and simple

Ever get that sinking feeling when you are about to board your flight, but you cannot find your ticket anywhere? Well, did you know you could use your smartphone as a place to store your ticket? Most major airlines now offer electronic tickets as a way to board their aircraft.

How does this work? Well, it is simple. You just need to download a QR code to your smartphone which can be used instead of a piece of paper you would ordinarily have printed. Airline staff at the airport will now just scan the QR code from your phone, and you are free to board the plane!

O-key!

Although not very widespread at present, some hotels are allowing their visitors to use their smartphones as a key to their hotel room. This even allows you to skip registration at the hotel desk, perfect after a long journey where all you need is your hotel bed and some much-needed rest.

Safety first

Although discovering a new city is always an incredible experience, all of them have some areas where tourists should not venture. There are a number of ways to keep yourself safe. Perhaps the easiest is to download an app for the local taxi service and have them take you to your various destinations. Uber is very popular worldwide with most of the major cities having a local Uber taxi service.

To ensure personal security, consider a panic app. This can be set up to call the local police station should you be in any danger. A GPS signal of your location is also sent, allowing you to be tracked by the police if you are in any danger.

Plan your itinerary

A host of apps are available to help you plan your holiday itinerary. These are perfect for ensuring the perfect holiday, helping you to schedule your day to day activities even before you go on vacation. This can be done from your laptop, with the final itinerary then downloaded onto your smartphone the day before you travel. Now you will have all the information you need at your fingertips, including flight numbers, flight times and hotel addresses to name a few. Many itinerary planners also feature handy reminder system.

Other helpful ideas

There are a number of other great ideas to consider while on holiday. Let’s take a look at a few.