A beginner’s guide to travel apps
The developments in technology in recent years are amazing, and a bit overwhelming. Every day, it seems as if we have new ways of keeping in touch, keeping us on track, and keeping us amused. Sometimes, it feels hard to remember a world before computers, a world before smart phones, a world before being constantly connected.
Travel is one of those parts of our lives that has really been transformed by technology - and it’s generally been for the better.
There used to be a time – when you were planning a vacation or an expedition – that you had to buy the latest guide book and lug it around with you. Those days are gone. Now, there are a multitude of apps and sites that give you all the local information that you need, and ensure that it’s always updated.
There’s nothing more satisfying than rocking into a new city and being able to impress your friends by being able to find the best cafe, the nearest bar, or by navigating your way to a hard-to-find museum. This is why I love technology.
Pretty much the first thing I do when I wake up each day is check the BBC News app – it’s a quick way of checking that the world hasn’t blown up. However, for longer and more in-depth news I generally look to one of the aggregation sites that bring together long-form journalism and provide background briefing context on the more complicated stories. It’s important to get your head around the stories that probably aren’t going to be grabbing the daily headlines but are generally more important to understand in the long-run.
One of the inevitable things about travelling is that sometimes things don’t go to plan. Your flight will be cancelled, your train will be delayed, or there will be some reason why you find yourself sitting around, killing time. It’s at moments like these that I opt for mindless games. The perfect way to kill a couple of hours in an airport. My fall-back option is basic games that are fairly repetitive. They’re not high-brow, they don’t require any skill or intelligence or creativity, but they’re a useful stress-release when things aren’t going your way.
Keeping fit when you’re travelling is always a real challenge. This isn’t such an issue when you’re away on vacation, but when you’re travelling frequently with work you can quickly fall out of your normal fitness routines, and your body and your health start to pay the price. There are a huge range of apps out there designed to make keeping fit easy and fun. Find an app that works for you to help keep you focused while travelling.