21 Dec Take Your Smartphone on the Group Getaway
Nowadays, a lot of us carry personal computers around in our pockets always. It’s pretty absurd what you can possibly do with your smartphone, and that list just keeps progressing. With the convenience of information and apps at our fingertips, it may make one wonder why you would wish to schedule a trip with a tour operator, since it seems easy to handle all the information that a tour operator does on your own, using your phone.
We enjoy working with tour operators to deal with all the transportation concerns for their group. And, all the comforts of smartphones aside, it’s a good deal to be able to undergo a tour operator when you travel because they settle all the details and make the going easy. It’s what they do every day, and they’re good at it.
But. Do we think you should leave your smartphone in your home, or that it won’t be helpful for your upcoming tour? Never! You’ll love the services your tour operator presents, but you’ll love having your phone along for these perks, too.
It’s practically the most reliable way to stay in touch with those who stayed home. You simply can’t avoid the convenience of being able to text your neighbor about grabbing your mail at home or keep tabs on a sensitive situation with a friend. And if you need to keep track of a growth at work, there’s nothing like being able to enjoy the day sightseeing and then check your email during the night to keep abreast with what’s going on back in your regular life.
These days, there are some pretty amazing cameras installed in phones. Gone are the days of film, when you got only so many exposures on a 35 millimeter roll, and you never knew if the pictures were any good or not. Take video and sound clips and share them easily with your loved ones, too.
Edit your videos and photos. Take advantage of that phone to apply filters, add text over a photo, clip segments from video, apply backlight or flash to a dark photo, and the list goes on and on. This is an incredible tool to have along for all the photos you take on your trip.
Use your phone to post it to social media once you’ve got that photo that you love. It’s fun to share your travel adventures with friends and family. Even though you’re away, you’ll still feel related and it’s enjoyable to share the details!
And let’s just speak about apps for a second. Would like to check your bank account information so you know how much money you’ve got to spend? Need routes to the restaurant where everyone is meeting for dinner? Want to double check the trip details so you know what the routine is for the day after tomorrow? How about using the mobile check in feature at your hotel? There’s pretty much an app for everything these days, and they’re super hassle-free and can make your traveling adventure too much easier!
Take notes. Want a practical way to remember all the details your tour operator is giving you at each of the stops in the process? It’s not essential to haul a notepad or pen along on the day trips. That little device in your pocket is the perfect place to type up all your thoughts. It’s small, hardly weighs a thing, and is super beneficial! You can pull the notes off of it and transfer them to a Word document or wherever you choose to store them once you get home.
Enjoy your favorite tunes. There’s absolutely something to be said for Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora. No matter what you’re doing on your trip, there’s always room for some good music!
Make sure you don’t lose out on the podcasts you love when you’re travel, either. Your phone is an awesome way to enjoy those podcasts while you get your workout in or take a walk in the early morning before the day begins.
Not sure what the weather will take after the next few days? It’s easy to check your phone and see whether it will be sure thing, cold or hot, windy or humid. Having your phone makes it easy to check in advance for temperature and weather conditions so you’ll know what to wear and other things to think about.
How about making use of your phone for downtime? Sometimes you’ve got a few minutes to kill while you’re anticipating members of your group, or you need a few minutes to unwind before you turn in for the night after a long day. You can play a round of scrabble with friends, get in another hand of pinochle before sleeping, or read a few more pages in your book.
Smartphones make negotiating travel a breeze, especially when combined with the convenience of an organized tour with a tour operator. If you’re a tour operator planning out the details, we’d love to work with you!