Smartphones are one of my go to travel accessories. It can do a massive amount of things, and it does not take up precious space in my bag.
I can use my phone to navigate around cities by using Google Maps or Citymapper. If I didn’t have cell data I could even use offline maps and apps like Navmii. I can also use walking tour apps such as GPSmyCity.
I have used my smartphone to book accommodation on sites like Booking.com and Hostelworld. I can also get an idea of the accommodation options for cities I am interested in visiting.
I have used apps to make transportation much easier. For public transportation I have used Google Maps, Citymapper, and local apps that list the timetables for trains and busses. I have also booked trains on apps like Loco2. I also have the ability to purchase ferries and flights through different apps.
I use my smartphone to stay in touch with family, friends, and coworkers while traveling. I use apps like WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, and texting to communicate.
I have an entire library at my fingertips with my smartphone. I don’t have space in my bag to bring sets of bookshelves, but through apps like the Kindle store I can read a wide variety of books on my smartphone.
I routinely listen to podcasts while traveling. I can listen online, but usually I download episodes to listen offline. This allows me to continue listening even when I am on planes or in any area where I do not have cell phone service.
I can also watch videos on my smartphone. I can use app like Netflix or YouTube to make plane rides, train rides, and other transportation seemingly fly by.
I can also use my smartphone to get travel ideas by reading blogs or other travel websites. I can also use apps like Trip Advisor or Google Maps to see what is good to eat/see/do/try in whatever area I am in. I can also look for flights using Google Flights or Momondo.
I use my smartphone as my camera and take photos and videos of my travels. My phone will even save the areas I took my photos on a map.
I can use my smartphone to store boarding passes, which saves me the need to print them. I can also use apps to pay for things like food with my phone, which keeps me from need to print and sign receipts.
My smartphone is one of the main things I use to keep myself organized. I can access my schedule, calendar, to-do list, shopping list, and other reminders on my phone. I can also use budgeting apps to keep my finances organized. Additionally, I can view my travel itineraries on the TripIt app.
I use the clock on my phone in lieu of a watch. It also use it as a stopwatch and an alarm.
I use my smartphone as a flashlight, which can come in handy when staying in hostels.
My phone can do all this and more, and it can fit easily in my pocket or backpack. I keep mine in a lifeproof case to make sure I can keep using it. It is a great way to make traveling easier.
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