The idea of travel has evolved rapidly in the last ten years or so that tools I used in the past – such as my notebook, guidebook, map and even compass – have relegated somewhat to being old-fashioned. So many tools have come up in recent years to make the idea of putting your life in a suitcase a reality. Guide books are now found as e-books and can be read over a tablet or phone while modern-day apps tell me exactly how to get from point a to b without having to ask a stranger for directions or look like a screaming tourist with a large paper map in tow. I suppose one of the main hurdles now is getting oneself familiar with these tools and the best way to use them. One tool which can easily be integrated to daily wear is the smart watch. Whether you are an android or iOS user, there are definitely advantages to be had by using a smart watch to help you with your travels. Check out the smartwatch infographic and read my top picks of the available options.
Smartwatch – Organise Your Travel
The smartwatch infographic mentions Tripcase. This fantastic smartwatch app pulls together all of your travel details and displays them in an easy to navigate window. The biggest benefit of all to travelers is that not only are all of your travel documents and ticket information kept to hand, the app will update you of any changes to your flight times. Speaking from experience, you do not want to waste time with old and incorrect travel information – never miss important updates on cancellations and stay in the loop with scheduling changes to your travel plans.
Book a Hotel on the Move
When it comes to booking trips, the options are tantalisingly endless. Most of us spend many a lost night in front of a laptop murmuring our excited oohs and ahhs before a simple decision on which city to visit is made, let alone thinking about hotels. But what about booking a hotel whilst actually travelling? What if you want to switch hotels? What if you realise you want to add a destination to your route once your trip is underway? The smartwatch has the time saving instant answer. Looking at the smartwatch infographic, companies including Marriott Hotels and Hilton Hotels already provide dedicated smartwatch apps that make booking a hotel quick and simple, all from your wrist. This advantage over needing a café with Wi-Fi and a charged laptop could prove to be a convenience that sees your travel plans grow and change in ways that will make for years of interesting stories.
Get Tailored Local Info
This may be my favourite takeaway top tip from the smartwatch infographic. Travelling solo may be your thing, or perhaps you prefer to travel with a friend. Either way, there will come times when you need information. Looking for somewhere to eat? The smartwatch TripAdvisor and Yelp apps have got you covered. Need an exchange rate? Check out the live rates and send money with the World First Money Transfer app. Receive 30 minute ‘umbrella’ weather warnings, and even translate in real time with the Time2Translate smartwatch app. You can even book a taxi with the Uber smartwatch app and make video calls to let your family know you have arrived safely. Smartwatches offer so many benefits to travelers – I hope you check them out!
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Very informative article. I have a smartwatch but I just use it as a regular watch plus activity monitoring.