Today, we bring you the next installment in our “TELUS 10” series, where we bring you our top 10… well, anything goes!
Our top 10 tips for travelling with your mobile device
Whether you’re heading home for the holidays, globetrotting to exotic locales to enjoy sun and a great book, or travelling on business, your mobile phone will surely be with you. To ensure you’re prepared and your phone is ready to be your guide, camera, and overall communication hub, we’ve got you covered with our top 10 tips to keep in mind:
1. Back up your data
Before leaving on your trip, make sure you sync your contacts and back up any other important information on your home computer. In the event the device is lost or stolen, knowing your information is housed elsewhere will help reduce stress and make it easier to relax and focus on the things that matter.
2. Keep it close to you
Just like your wallet or passport, keep a close eye on your mobile device and don’t leave it unattended. Avoid sticking your phone in rear pants pockets or leaving it in a visible place such as a restaurant table or in a parked car – you’re just asking for trouble. Consider keeping your phone in a purse or bag with zipper closures. I’m swooning over the new collections of the bags at Caya.
3. Mobile data plans
When travelling abroad, mobile charges can get pricey if you don’t have the right travel package in place. Before you leave, be sure to contact your wireless provider and let them know where you’ll be travelling, and they can suggest the best package for your needs. Once you arrive at your destination country, you’ll receive a free text message informing you of the voice, SMS and data rates in that country and roaming options including how to turn off your data roaming if you wish. Don’t forget if you have apps running in the background they use data too so turn off all your apps.
4. Share your experience with family and friends
If you read our first TELUS 10 post in October, you’re now surely taking amazing photos with your smartphone! While travelling with an iPhone or Android device, put your new skills to work and document your travels by sending postcards to friends and family back home with the Postagram app. This app lets you can send personalized photos and messages from the Web or from your iPhone or Android device to friends and family, which they’ll receive on actual postcards for $0.99 a piece (postage is included). This is a guaranteed Mom pleaser.
5. Translation please?!
If you’re travelling to a destination where you’re not familiar with the language, translation apps can be your best friend. Before you leave, be sure to download a good translation app like Google Translate or iTranslate Voice to help you out of tricky situations
6. Travel apps
Isn’t it a great feeling to know everything is under control when you’re travelling? Travel apps can be lifesavers when you’re visiting new cities and looking for information on the ground. Apps can help you with everything from accessing maps, suggesting tips for sightseeing and local restaurants, to housing your pertinent travel documents. Some of our favourites include: Trip Advisor Offline City Maps, Trip Advisor City Guides, XE Currency app, Dropbox.
7. Calling home
Missing a little face time with your loved ones back home? Fortunately, these days it’s impossible to completely lose touch! Stay close to friends and family while travelling by making free video calls over Wi-Fi using FaceTime, Skype, or Google Talk.
8. You’ve lost it!
Mobile phones are lost and found every day, but many are not returned to their owners because contact info can’t be found, especially on a password-protected device. Consider adding contact information on the lock screen on your phone to potentially expedite its return to your hands, while keeping your data secure. Several apps are available that can help locate your phone if you misplace it such as Find My iPhone and Lookout Security & Antivirus.
9. Use Wi-Fi
Take advantage of free wireless access on your phone while travelling. Wi-Fi is often available at coffee shops, internet cafes and libraries, and can be found using wireless finder apps such as Wi-Fi Finder on Google Play and iTunes. Be sure to avoid banking or online shopping when using free and publicly available Wi-Fi as your personal information can be easily compromised.
10. If your phone takes a swim
Should your phone accidentally jump into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, there’s a good chance it can still survive if you act fast! This is where your DIY skills will come into play – immediately cut the power by removing the battery, remove the SIM card and pat dry your phone with a cloth to avoid any moisture sinking in. Submerge your disassembled phone, battery and SIM card in a bowl of grains overnight to dry out (uncooked rice works well!). The wicking powers of grains should extract any remaining moisture. You can also visit TELUS and pick up a waterproof mobile case like the Lifeproof case for added peace of mind.
Got any other good mobile travel tips to share? Leave a comment below. Happy Travels!