When thinking of a dream vacation, you might envision a relaxing getaway with your sweetie on a warm beach or a cruise with your crush. While these people would be great company on your next trip, your best travel partner fits right in your pocket.
Believe it or not, your smartphone is your ultimate travel companion. For proof, check out the following reasons:
It’s a Camera
Not too long ago, you had to lug a camera, flash, batteries, chargers and memory cards along on vacations to get great photos. Now, your smartphone can handle all of your photo needs and more. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features an impressive 12-megapixel dual-pixel camera that can take amazing photos throughout your travels. Then, when you get back home, you can digitally send your best pictures to a local photo shop for printing or to your family and friends through social media. As a bonus, instead of hanging a heavy camera around your neck all day long, your smartphone doesn’t wear you down as you capture dozens of memories from your trip.
It’s a Guide
Once you get to your destination, your smartphone acts as your personal guide. From Google Maps of the city to looking up the best local restaurants, your mobile device helps you to get around with ease. Use your phone’s GPS to head to a nearby attraction without getting lost, whether you’re walking or driving.
It’s a Communication Device
Smartphones do so many incredible things that sometimes it’s easy to forget that their primary use is to communicate with others. From texting your neighbors to make sure your dogs are eating their kibble to calling your close buddy on his birthday, you don’t have to worry about using the hotel phone to stay in touch.
Your smartphone also helps you talk to the locals. Apps like iTranslate and virtual assistants like Siri and Cortana translate words and phrases for you.
It’s an Entertainer
After a long day of sightseeing, kick back and relax in your hotel room with your smartphone. Listen to your favorite playlist, download a movie or play your favorite PC games by syncing them with your phone before you leave for your trip. Plus, any Candy Crush addict will tell you that smartphones are a perfect place to download gaming apps and kill some time.
It’s a Personal Assistant
If you have more things that you want to do than time to do them all, your smartphone can help you plan, book and track your schedule. If you are traveling by plane, download your boarding passes and look up your flights to make sure everything is running on time. Use to-do lists and scheduling apps to map out your activities, your modes of transportation and how long it takes to get from one to the other. You also can set reminders so you don’t forget to bring sunscreen to the beach or a jacket for your night out.