Top technology to keep you in touch when travelling the world

Gizmos, gadgets, things. No matter what you call technology, you can’t deny its usefulness when you want to set off and explore the world. From taking photos to looking up travel times, technology is your best friend when you’re jetting off – and when you want a reminder of home. Whether you want to keep in touch with your friends on Facebook, call your family, or take a look through some old photographs, these pieces of technology can lend you a helping hand, no matter how far you are.

Smartphones and Tablets

These devices are fast becoming necessities in today’s world, especially when travelling. They allow you to keep in touch with friends and family, while also enabling you to access a multitude of apps to make you more informed of things you need to know while travelling, and making your journey much more convenient. This trend is helped by the fact that many airports now provide free Wi-Fi, which means that among many other things,  travellers can use their phones to stay up to date with what’s happening back home. Whether it’s through interacting on social media or sending emails, or perhaps even making a face call over the internet, these tools will keep you close to those who are close to you, no matter where you are.

Social Media

Facebook is probably the easiest way to let your friends know how you’re doing in your travels in a few short sentences at a time. However, if you want to write about your trip in more detail, you might consider posting your musings in a blog. Of course, photos are the best way to tell the story of your trip and these can be uploaded through a number of sites such as Facebook, Flickr or Picasa. If you prefer more privacy, no matter where you are, companies like Macquarie Telecom can allow you to store and access files in your own space with restricted users through the use of cloud computing technology.

TripIt

This innovative app is available on a wide range of smartphone platforms, tablets and online. It is simply a must have for the organised traveller. It allows you to control all aspects of your trip planning and preparation and access all the details of your journey in one convenient location. Importantly, it also allows you to share this travel information on social media, which means that your friends and family can keep track of where you are and what you’re doing. So tell mum not to worry, she can see for herself what you’re up to!

Skype

Perhaps the closest thing to them actually being there, this voice-over-internet Protocol software and service allows you to talk to your nearest and dearest on video or by voice, via the internet. Skype has become so ubiquitous that the service is often used as a verb, as well as a noun denoting long distance video chats.

Don’t Be a Stranger

There need be no tyranny of distance for the modern traveller. With these technological solutions letting you be constantly in touch with those that matter, the world just got a whole lot smaller.

Author Bio: Paul Roebuck is a university student and a keen traveller. Having the best technology at his disposal to use abroad is an essential feature of his travel checklist.

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