Smartphones and Travel

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smartphoneAs a girl who has never owned a smartphone and who is putting serious thought into purchasing one, I’ve been doing a lot of research around the topic. I am interested in seeing how a smartphone could entertain me, of course. However, as a person who just booked a plane ticket to the Netherlands, I’m also interested in seeing how a smartphone could help me in my travels – maybe with booking tickets or finding places to stay or attractions to see.

Cell phones in general are of course helpful in travel, even if it’s just because of the ability to communicate. I don’t know about you, but when I am in a country and I am unfamiliar with the people around me and I don’t even really understand the language they are speaking, there is something somewhat comforting about having a device on me that can be used to call anyone from practically anywhere at any time. The only problem is that the batteries could die (which is why I always carry my charger with me!), and, of course, phone bills aren’t always cheap.

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A good idea to help reduce your phone bill is to get a data plan. At home, it doesn’t matter so much, because you’ve probably got wifi anyway, as most people do. However, when you’re out on the go, you never know what you need to look something up or find a map or Google somewhere to eat, and you won’t always have wifi. Rather than spending a fortune on data because you don’t have a plan, is better to spend a set amount of money and get a set amount of data for it.

Naturally, I cannot talk about smartphones without talking about some of the apps that go along with them. There are countless apps out there for travellers, which can be good and bad. While it’s nice to know that there are so many options out there, it’s hard to figure out which ones are going to do the best job for you. Everyone has an opinion, but there are a few apps out there that I am particularly fond of – though it all depends on what you’re looking for!

Use Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a flight-booking app that is available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone. Simply search for a flight from where you are to where you’re going, and the app will do the work of finding you the best deal! You can even pin your search to the start scree

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n, so that you can keep an eye on the rise and fall of prices. The best part – the app is free!

Once you get to where you’re going, you’re going to need a place to stay, and it isn’t always cheap. Hostelworld is another brilliant, money-saving app. The app itself is free, and available for iPhone and Android. As you may have guessed, it’s very helpful for finding accommodations, with a directory of 25,000 budget hotels listed.

I’d like to think that I’m a pretty organized person, but having the WorldMate app makes life a lot easier. Just forward your confirmation emails for flights, hotels, cars, restaurant reservations, and whatever else your big plans include to trips@worldmate.com. From there, the app will generate an itinerary for your entire trip! This one is free for the Android and iPhone, but you can upgrade to the premium version for even more features.

While there are some drawbacks to smartphones and cell phones, as you can see there are also a lot of benefits. Phones make communication a lot easier, which is comforting in a place that you are not familiar with. Aside from that there are also many apps that can help with the booking of flights and accommodations. If you’re visiting a new city, it’s also nice to know what places there are that you can go see. Of course, it’s also nice to be able to find those places while you’re on-the-go with map apps. If you ask me, the benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks!

I like to express a special thank you to Emily Hana Gaill is a student at the Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus working on a degree in International Food Business. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and takes pride in being published. She provided amazing assistance in the writing of this article.

 

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