If you are planning on travelling with your family, you may be weighing up the pros and cons of leaving your technology behind. If you are constantly being bombarded with emails from work or Facebook messages from people you knew at school, it may feel like time for a welcome break. However, don’t dismiss technology completely. Why not consider how it can help you on your travels? This doesn’t have to mean letting your kids stay on their phones the whole time. Instead, it is important that your family uses technology in moderation. Below are the best ways to use technology when travelling with your family.
Plan your vacation
Technology is a great help in planning your vacation. Rather than visiting a travel agent that will likely direct you towards specific holiday packages, go online and widen your options. Visit comparison sites to make sure you are getting the most for your money. Often the same room can go for different prices depending on the website you look at, so it is really important to shop around. Download holiday planning apps so that you can plan your vacation on the go. Don’t forget to get the whole family involved in the planning stages! And once the basics planned, don’t forget to look into monthly bus pass options if you’ll be using public transport – can save you loads of money!
Unlock your phone
When writing your list for your family vacation: unlock mobile phone should be at the very top. This is a fantastic way to avoid the huge expense of arranging to have calls abroad through your current network. By unlocking your phone, you will have made it easy to use a local SIM card from wherever you are travelling to. This way, if you and the rest of your family need to stay in touch, you won’t be paying an extortionate amount of money for the privilege.
An easy journey
If you are travelling with young children, an easy journey is especially important. Some parents dread long-haul flights and the prospect of keeping their little ones calm for hours on end. To avoid this worry, you might want to consider using technology to entertain your family during your travels. Whilst relying on technology to entertain your kids is not always the best option, desperate times call for desperate measures. If you do decide to make the most of living in the digital age, be sure to find out what games your family best enjoy. Maybe limit their use of that particular app beforehand so that they are really desperate to get playing once you begin your journey.
Put your photo album online
With the rise of the internet, social media isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, it is very common for Mums to be on social media almost as much as the rest of the family. Why not make the most of this. Try uploading your favourite family pictures to social media rather than leaving them to take up space on your device. If you have a top of the range smartphone, you may even find that the camera on your mobile is better than your actual camera. Save on the space and weight in your luggage by using your camera phone instead.