Whether you’re traveling to a relaxing beach destination for a week or planning on gallivanting around the world this summer, traveling can be an extremely rewarding and unique experience. Even though you’re getting away from your current location for a certain period of time, that doesn’t mean you should necessarily be forced to completely disconnect from your friends and family back home. Using your phone in a foreign locale can get quite expensive and free Wi-Fi isn’t always an option. Here are some useful travel cellphone hacks to help keep your device fully functional and safe without breaking the bank.
Keep Your Phone Hidden
As a tourist in a new location, you naturally want to take pictures of all the sights and even sneak in a few selfies as well. In some countries, though, being a tourist is pretty much like putting a giant red bullseye on your back for savvy pickpockets. Walking around with an expensive looking device in your hand is practically like an open invitation to have your cellphone stolen.
This is not meant to scare you out of traveling to different countries, but you should definitely be hyper alert of all your surroundings and try to keep your devices properly hidden and secured to your person when you’re not using them.
Use Free Wi-Fi or Carry a Portable Wi-Fi Connector
Finding free Wi-Fi even when traveling can be a little tricky sometimes. Most public places such as restaurants, bars, shopping malls, and hotels offer free Wi-Fi connectivity. But sometimes, the connection may be weak or limited due to the sheer volume of people using it at the same time as you. And depending on where you are in the world, sometimes the Wi-Fi connection just isn’t very strong to begin with.
Staying connected to loved ones back home is important to let them know you’re safe and having fun, which is why you might want to consider bringing along a portable Wi-Fi connector for your device.
Adjust Your Data Setting to Roaming
Most experienced travelers already know to set their data settings to roaming when crossing international borders to help reduce cellphone costs. As far as phone safety tips go, this is a pretty important one for travelers because it could prevent your phone from getting hacked while you’re overseas.
If you really need to connect with a travel partner or someone back home, consider using a Wi-Fi calling service such as Skype or WhatsApp to save some money. Europeans traveling within the 28 countries in the EU don’t have to worry about roaming charges because they were abolished in 2017, which means that these customers can use their phones freely without having to worry about overage charges.
Invest in a Portable Power Bank
Portable power banks are great for traveling because they’re lightweight, convenient, and they have the capacity to charge multiple devices simultaneously. For instance, The Charge M.E. from Ohming Technology can charge up to eight devices including cellphones, tablets, laptops, wireless headphones, and so much more. It’s perfect for North Americans traveling to European countries and vice versa because that means you only need to bring one power adapter with you.
The best part is it’s lightweight and easy to carry, you don’t need to worry about it adding too much weight to your luggage.
Buy Water and Dustproof Cases for Your Devices
One of the most important travel tips when it comes to electronic devices is to purchase water and dustproof covers to protect them from external elements. Regardless of where you’re going, it’s always better to be prepared for any kind of disaster whether it’s dropping your phone in a puddle or unexpected inclement weather conditions.
Tropical destinations are especially hazardous for mobile devices since there’s lots of sand and water that could potentially cause internal harm. If you’re planning on going scuba diving, water skiing, or participating in any other type of water sport and want to capture the adventure on camera, then it makes sense to encase your phone in added layer of protection.
Most duty-free stores inside local and international airports sell everything you need to keep your mobile devices safe while on vacation.
Use Smart Travel Apps
Whenever you’re able to get on Wi-Fi or find a local hotspot while traveling, use travel apps to help you navigate your destination. Apps like Google Trips, Google Flights, and Hotel Tonight can help you easily organize your trip, download maps, and navigate through foreign locations so that you don’t have to worry about getting lost. This is also a great way to create an easy to follow trip itinerary and find popular local hangouts wherever you go.
Create Soft Copies of Your Important Travel Documents
No matter where you’re going in the world or how long you plan on staying there, you need to protect your personal information. Creating soft copies of all of your important travel documents including your passport and other forms of identification (i.e. driver’s license, health card, etc.) and your major credit cards can help keep your vulnerable information safe.
That way if something gets lost or stolen, you’ll at least have a backup copy of it to help you recover your information and file a police report.
Download Device Tracking Apps
Downloading tracking apps on all of your devices including your laptop, tablet, and cellphone will help guarantee that all of your devices are kept safe. In the event that one of your devices does get stolen or lost, you can at least try to track its whereabouts and report it to the local authorities for assistance.
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