Smartphones make navigating new places much simpler. But when the details start to slip through the cracks, your device can quickly turn from ally to antagonist. Lifestyle and travel blogger Raya Rossi share easy tips to avoiding a mobile-induced meltdown while on holiday.
1. Use your phones as a dossier file
Store all information related to flights, tickets, routes and museum passes on your smartphone so you don’t have to lug around multiple travel guides with you. Apps like Google Maps (free on iOS and Android), Garmin Explore (free on iOS and Android) and Tripit (free on iOS and Android) will be key during these times. It’s also a great idea to keep image folders with copies of all your important documents, such as passports and visas, just in case.
2. Switch to flight mode
If you’re like me, you’ll use your holiday to detach from work and the rest of the world. But that doesn’t mean you should leave your device at home. Switching to flight mode will not only save your battery life, but it will allow you to still take advantage of your phone without being interrupted by work emails, too. A great trick is to download a Google Maps file of the country you’ll be visiting, this way you can use it offline without data or Wi-Fi.
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