It’s been a while but I’m back to give a few tech tips that are useful during travel. In today’s age where the smart phone is arguably one of the most important pieces of technology you can carry, it is important to know some basic tips to help maximize the usefulness of the smart phone. Of course you can travel without one but it is pretty convenient to have in areas that are new.
When traveling abroad, do you extend your mobile coverage or explore other options? It really depends on how long you will be at your travel destination and if you will be doing a lot of exploring. If you are in a country around 2 weeks or more, I would highly recommend just getting a prepaid sim card (in the destination country) with data and or minutes. You can get these sim cards for relatively cheap (20 euros). This allows you to use your phone for navigation, finding recommended restaurants/activities, making reservations, using related travel apps, and etc. while on the go. Otherwise, you can always hope to find a Wi-Fi area…good luck.
If you don’t really need or care for having data coverage while traveling, I do recommend using the “OK maps” feature in Google Maps. “OK maps” is a feature that allows you to save map views for offline viewing. While you have data service, search for the areas that you will be traveling to. When you zoom in the area of interest, type in “OK maps” in the search field. This will allow you to save the map for later viewing offline – no need to buy maps! For more info, please see this article.
The only downside of OK maps is you cannot save Points of Interest in the offline view; however, the work around for this is to take a screen capture of your phone as you have the Points of Interest custom map pulled up. You can add Points of Interests or My Places to a Google Map by creating a custom map. See here for more details.
That’s all for now!