Here’s my favorite travel agenda: Check into the hotel. Set the alarm for an early morning. Rise and set out on foot to explore the new city’s charm.
To explore a new city on foot, you’re able to discover the inner workings of the place. You’re able to find the hidden cafés, dusty bookstores, old bars.
When you travel like this, you might ask yourself: technology? Why would I need technology to practice the art of traveling. An art that’s been practiced for centuries without any technological device.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Technology is embedded in our lives no matter where we go. And whether we love it or hate, there’s no denying that it has real purpose when used correctly.
I’m an advocate of slow-travel, like the slow-eating movement. But that doesn’t mean I’m not incorporating tech into my day. Professionals and recreationalists alike can use technology to make their vacations more enjoyable and less hectic. Check out the following travel apps. There’s a clear reason these are the most popular apps downloaded today.
- Instagram / Snapchat
It’s your call. But for any photo-snapping traveler, enlisting an app to help document your journey is a great idea. Instagram works well for the traveler looking to share and archive their photos. Snapchat? Great for families or friends who want a fun way to stay connected when they’re apart. Both are useful. Both are easy. And, both offer great filters to add a custom feel to your photos.
- Bring Fido
If you bring Sparky on all of your vacations, you’ll want to download this great app. Bring Fido will let you explore the area and help you navigate which hotels, restaurants, shop are dog-friendly. The best part? The app directs you to nearby parks. A great tool to make your trip, and Fido’s trip, a great time.
When you plan a trip where wifi may be spotty, be sure to plan ahead and download a few maps to get you through your stay. This app is a great resource and offers articles for research so you can map out a solid game plan for you arrive.
Part of the appeal of traveling is finding unexpected places along the way. But there’s another appeal, too, when it comes to finding the best beer in a new town. Check out Untappd, a great new app that will point you in the direction of whichever beer you’re craving that day.
- Heads or Tails
Great for those mornings when you set off on foot and find yourself in a new corner of town. You walk a few blocks, searching for a small café to stop for breakfast. But, which direction should you go? East. No, West. Now, finally, there’s a way for you to decide. A coin flip! This basic app has one function. It’s a coin flip. But be careful. Once you start using this old-school method of decision making, you’ll find yourself employing it more and more back home!