24 Oct Carry Your Smartphone on the Group Expedition
At presents, most of us carry personal computers around in our pockets at all times. It’s pretty crazy what you can possibly do with your smartphone, and that list just keeps growing. With the comfort of information and apps at our fingertips, it may make one wonder why you would like to schedule an outing with a tour operator, since it seems easy to handle all the particulars that a tour operator does on your own, using your phone.
We enjoy working with tour operators to handle all the transportation concerns for their group. And, all the benefits of smartphones aside, it’s a good deal to be able to go through a tour operator when you travel because they iron out all the details and make the going easy. It’s what they do all the time, and they’re good at it.
Yet. Do we think you should leave your smartphone at home, or that it won’t be essential for your upcoming tour? Absolutely not! You’ll love the services your tour operator gives, but you’ll love having your phone along for these perks, too.
It’s essentially the best way to stay in touch with those who stayed home. You simply can’t get around the convenience of managing 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.
Utilize it to document your trip. Nowadays, there are some pretty incredible cameras installed in phones. Gone are the days of film, when you got only a lot of exposures on a 35 millimeter roll, and you never knew if the pictures were any good or not. Digital photography has blown all of that out of the water and kept it easy to take pictures, erase the ones you don’t like, or take another one if someone’s blinking. And that’s just the beginning. Take video and sound clips and share them quickly with your family members, too.
Edit your videos and photos. Utilize that phone to apply filters, add text over a photo, clip segments from video, apply back light or flash to a dark photo, and the list goes on and on. This is an amazing 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 if you’re away, you’ll still feel attached and it’s exciting to share the details!
And let’s just speak about apps for a second. Need to check your bank account information so you know how much money you’ve got to spend? Need guidance to the restaurant where everyone is meeting for dinner? Need to double check the trip details so you know what the schedule is for the day after tomorrow? How about using the mobile check in feature at your hotel? There’s practically an app for everything nowadays, and they’re super convenient and can make your traveling adventure a lot easier!
Take notes. Want an easy way to keep in mind all the aspects your tour operator is giving you at each of the stops in the process? It’s not important to haul a notepad or pen along on the day trips. That little device in your pocket is the best place to type up all your thoughts. It’s small, hardly weighs a thing, and is super hassle-free! Once you get home, you can pull the notes off of it and move them to a Word document or wherever you prefer to store them.
Enjoy your favorite tunes. There’s certainly something to be said for Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora. Regardless of what you’re doing on your trip, there’s always room for some good music!
Ensure you don’t miss out on the podcasts you love when you’re travel, either. Your phone is a great way to listen to those podcasts while you get your workout in or take a walk in the early morning before the day begins.
Unsure what the weather will be like the next few days? It’s easy to review your phone and see whether it will be rain or shine, hot or cold, 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 plan for.
How about making use of your phone for downtime? Sometimes you’ve got a few minutes to kill while you’re expecting members of your group, or you need a few minutes to take a break 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!