If you love your technology, then you certainly will not want to leave it behind when you travel. For most of us nowadays it has to be said that tech has become more of a friend than a mere companion. There are many ways to indulge in and to enjoy the latest travel tech, while at the same time justifying the fact that your preferred apps or devices are crucial to a successful journey. Here’s a quick guide to get you started:
Rapid eye movement
Maybe it’s (almost) the stuff that dreams are made of, but advances in travel tech are developing very quickly and lots of apps are becoming more essential, so while a decent Trip Advisor review used to be the ultimate in anyone’s expectation of inside travel information, there’s a lot more going on now, and thus a great deal more to discover. Helping you to ‘not get lost’ is a great example of a perfect travel friend.
Not getting lost
Having looked around carefully, it seems that among the newest and most interesting software in this category, which you can find out about on BAEdaily, is MyTransitGuide. This wonderful app will help you find your way in the big (and even in the smaller) cities, by navigating absolutely everything. It gives you the lowdown on buses, trams, trains and subways, as well as pointing you in the direction of automobile rentals and related services. It works in foreign countries as well as in the US and you can use it to check out transit maps, trip planners, fares and schedules.
Understanding the lingo (not the software version)
If you fetch up someplace where an unfamiliar language is spoken, there is no program that can possibly improve on one that delivers access to a live interpreter and translator. One of the newest and the best is undoubtedly Whym, which provides 24/7 instant access to helpers who are skilled in the language of your choice. This is the most effective and the most immediate app for situations in which translation is critical – for example, in case of accident, unexpected hospitalization or criminal incident.However, it’s also great for day-to-day interpreting when it comes to accommodation, restaurant menus and general conversation.
Seeing is believing
The whole Pinterest thing has taken off and now many new companies are jumping on this particular bandwagon, including Maptia, which recently boasted some 20 million photos pinned to maps. That’s an awful lot of pics, but maybe you’re one of those folks who want to see every aspect of a destination before you decide it’s the place you want to be. Gogobot did something similar a few years ago and totally turned the spotlight on places that people wanted to see.
Visit the USA
In a renewed attempt to attract international travelers, the VisitTheUSA website has been launched. It seems likely that it will replace the current DiscoverAmerica.com site during the 2016 fiscal year. The switch from ‘America’ to ‘USA’ is an interesting one as, of course, the Americas comprise no less than 35 different countries. The new site is intended to focus on the different states and the wonderful things they offer visitors.
Ok, so you don’t often associate people who routinely enjoy a cruise with a demand for top-end technology –you might however be surprised at the level of interest in the increased availability of quality tech services on cruise liners. Among the quirky features to be found are robotic bartenders and gaming options that can only be described as state of the art. For example, Quantum of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean,delivers Virtual Balconies (à la Disney’s virtual portholes), a bionic bar tended by robotic arms,and a skydiving simulator for those who like to live dangerously. If you’re into a bird’s eye view, you can also check out the North Star, which will give you a 360-degree view of your location from roughly 300 feet above sea level.
Finally, high-spec travel tech is driving vacation seekers to the African continent as they search for the best hotels, wildlife experiences including the ‘big five’ of rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard, as well as the developing technology cities that include Konza in Kenya and Hope City, an ambitious technology park in Ghana.If you want to know more about these, check out the mgafrica.com website.