The last few years have brought plenty of improvements for travel enthusiasts. Maybe you noticed as well how each year there is something new that can make your entire experience easier and more enjoyable. The things I want to focus on are simple, technology related, but can save you a lot of time and trouble. Traveling is meant to relax you, and you are supposed to have the time of your life while on your trip. Why bother with small, insignificant things, when there are easier ways to handle them?
Learning a new language can be challenging. The older you are, the more difficult the task. However, some developers created a fantastic app that can teach you the basics in just a month or so, depending on how much you choose to commit. There are countries where a lot of people know English. Take Sweden for example. English is the second language for approximately 85% of the population. However, you can’t say that about other countries. That is why it’s best if you learn the language at a conversational level. It’s easy to achieve, and you can say that you know how to speak a new language. You have only to gain out of it.
There are a few countries that you can get into using an e-visa. If you want to go to India, for example, you can apply online for an e-visa. It’s a simplified procedure that can spare you long hours sitting in line at the consulate. It’s affordable, you can do it from the comfort of your own home, and you can get the visa via e-mail in as little as 18 hours. It doesn’t get better than that.
When you need a passport, or you need to have the old one renewed, you first need photos. Usually, they can be done at a photo studio or a superstore. However, there is a more convenient way for you to get them. There is a website that can provide passport photos online. Just sit in front of your webcam and have your picture taken. It beats getting out of the house, and it’s cheap.
Whenever you visit a new country, you have this problem with money. You need to know the value of things, but maybe you do not do well with conversions. You don’t want to be cheated either. The XE Currency app will help you with that. It will show you exactly what you need to know, and it even works when you are offline saving the last updated rates, just in case you are in an area with low connectivity or you try to save on mobile data.
Planning a trip requires a lot of information. You buy the tickets from one site, make the hotel bookings on another, and so on. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had all the information in one place? With Tripit you can have that. Just send all the confirmation e-mails to the app, and it will turn them into a single itinerary. That way you won’t forget a thing.
I bet that if you keep looking, you will find more tools that will help you along the way, both before your trip and during. Technology has advanced in every field. So why would traveling make an exception?