Using technology to travel smarter

Gone are the days when you had to make travel arrangements by physically transporting yourself to various places like bus and railway stations or travel agencies in order to book buses, trains, flights and hotel rooms. And, when you are done, you are almost ready to give up the ordeal and to unpack your luggage and stay put at home. Technological advancement has made all that passé.

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Travellers around the world have taken to the use of technology in a big way. From bookings of various kinds to staying in touch with those who a traveller has left behind, it is all accomplished effortlessly these days.

79% of all the travellers communicate with their friends and relatives with the help of technologically advanced devices. Smartphones with their many apps are ubiquitous and so are laptops, internet, GPS etc. They very ably provide many avenues of communication.

Travellers can be identified as belonging to 5 broad categories. Informally put, they range from the New recruits at 7%, Road Weary at 25%, the High-tech aficionados at 14%, the Veterans at 33% and the Anxious and Wide-eyed at 21%.

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The most common feature that runs through all these people is the facility with which they all utilize technology to fulfill all their needs while travelling or resting after a hectic day of business or sightseeing.

A business card is a brief narration of your own self and your business. A businessman without his business card might have to face some unpleasant consequences. The nice little card in your pocket rather than inside your suitcase from where you might not be able to retrieve it in a hurry can even make or break a business preposition. However, succor comes in the form virtual cards that you can transfer through Bluetooth technology.

Technology enables one to work from anywhere, be it on the flight, airport lounges or even one’s bathroom.  Before you start, spend some time to do a good research to dwell on the choices you are offered in WiFi connection facility in airports, hotel rooms, convention halls etc. Rig up a good data plan to include all the places of your visit within the country. If you are planning to travel abroad, contact the right authority within the country of visit or its representatives in your own country to put the plan in place.

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Mobile devices and laptops will lose charge progressively. You do not want a dead phone on your hands, do you? Make sure you pack extra chargers in your suitcase. Never mind the fact that you can buy one wherever you are at the time.  An option available here is to leave your chargers at home and using USB ports to get your devices charged.

Electronic organizers are an ideal replacement for a secretary in your office. These marvels assist you in keeping to your schedules and organize umpteen other things like reminding you of the agenda that is to be gone into when you are in the middle of a discussion.

Use technology wisely and be a smart traveller.

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Alicia Lambert has been an author for an online content creation blog that talks about various niches like travel, technology and lifestyle. Her post on Top 10 Sites Like Omegle got an outstanding response and ranks high on the SEs.

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