Travelling has evolved dramatically over the years. These days when we are connected via our gadgets 24/7, a trip without tech seems impossible. We don’t need to ditch our devices while traveling. The modern-day brings with it all kinds of opportunities and now you can work while traveling and even simply stay connected to family, friends, and your social networks.
We asked the experienced travelers to share some great hacks for modern-day travelers;
- TSA Precheck or Global Entry
“These expedited airport security check-ins are 1000% worth it, in my opinion, especially when traveling through massive airport hubs which can have gigantic security lines. Precheck has saved me hours of airport time, and you can leave your shoes on and laptop in your bag! Really no reason not to do it.” (Michelle Checchi)
- A VPN Service
“Using a VPN was really a game-changer. Not only does it ensure that your browsing is secure when using random WiFi all over the world (and doing things like accessing your banking information) but it allows you to watch your favorite streaming platform without losing shows based on country (certain Netflix shows are only available in America, for example).” (Michelle Checchi)
- A Good Portable Charger
“I used to carry around a very inexpensive portable charger that could barely hold a charge, but investing in a more moderately priced one (around $50) was well worth it. Now I never have to worry about devices dying!” (Michelle Checchi)
- Wireless Earpods
“They’re much more handy than the chorded ones, when you’re running through airports and you don’t want wires tangling everywhere.”
Michelle Checchi, News Producer, Digital Nomad, Content Writer
“When I first traveled, I used to board planes with piles of books to read; now I have a pile of smart devices. Smart devices are now an important part of my job, helping me stay connected to offices and guests,” says Melanie Newdick. “I’ve learned a few hacks to help me stay connected along the way;
- Super-Long Charging Lead
“Firstly, always travel with a super long lead. Electrical outlets next to the bed are not the norm in every hotel so and often outlets are hidden under a desk or behind a sofa. A 15′ cable means that wherever the outlet is your smartphone will end up next to the bed. Great for sleep apps and for alarms in the morning too.” (Melanie Newdick)
“Apps for ticketless travel ensure that everything you need to travel is on your smart device. It also means that any delays or gate changes are sent through to your phone, leaving you free to relax over a coffee rather than waiting by the flight information board.
“A language app, with the language downloaded for offline use, can give real peace of mind by ensuring that in an emergency you can communicate the basics if you don’t have proficient language skills. It can also help with translating words when traveling on local transport and translating menu items too!” (Melanie Newdick)
- Spare Battery
“Finally, a spare battery ensures that if you do get caught out somewhere you can keep your smart devices charged. A spare battery gives great peace of mind that in an emergency you can contact help.”
“With modern travel and so much relying on technology, there are so many amazing things you can do while you vacation or traveling for business. There are countless apps, websites, and tools to make travel easier or more enjoyable. That being said, we rely so much on these tech tools nowadays that if we don’t have access to them, we can feel lost (both figuratively and literally!).
“So one thing I like to make sure I do when I travel is have a backup plan if I end up in a place without wifi or good internet access,” says Becky Ginther. “Here are a few of my top tips:
- Google Drive Offline
“You can activate Google docs and your Google drive to work in offline mode. This is great if you have writing or work to get done while traveling but may not always have an internet connection, like on an airplane.” (Becky Ginther)
- Offline Maps
“You can also load Google maps offline, so if you know where you’re headed you can load it in advance.” (Becky Ginther)
- Save Battery By Keeping Your Idle Phone on Airplane Mode
“If you don’t need your phone for a while but it in airplane mode (even when not flying!) to save battery. We use our phones for so much while traveling that the battery can drain quickly – and if you’re not always in an area with a good connection your phone can use up a lot of battery power searching for a signal.”
Becky Ginther, Travel Agent and Blogger Disney in your Day
- Power Adaptor with Multiple USB Ports
“It is very useful to carry around a power adaptor with multiple USB ports. With travelers carrying more devices, there are often not enough power sockets in places like airports and accommodations like hostels. Having a multiport adaptor allows you to share a socket with others. This means less time spent waiting and finding power sockets. More importantly, it is often a great conversation starter with other travelers.
“Although technology has improved travel a lot, it can sometimes also play to our disadvantage. It is important to search for flights in incognito mode or clear the cache. This is because some airline websites track cookies and show higher prices for repeated searches. This is to create the fear that prices are increasing and push consumers to make the purchase.”
Rax Suen, Travel Creator NomadsUnveiled
- Travel With A Power Bank
“We are all traveling with more gadgets, devices, and electronics than ever before. Not only do we have more devices with us, but we’ve become more reliant on them for fun and safe travels. No longer just for business travelers and digital nomads, a power bank is a must-have accessory for every modern traveler. Keep your devices charged on even the longest travel days so you can stay entertained, stay connected, and stay safe.
“Power banks come in a range of sizes and power capacity depending on the type of devices you travel with and how much backup power you need. If you travel with larger devices like a tablet or laptop, opt for a high-capacity power bank that has the voltage output required for a computer. “If you stick with smaller devices like phones, e-readers, and cameras then you’ll manage just fine with a compact, lower capacity power bank.”
Jason Kraemer, Co-founder and Lead Buyer Flashpacker Co