3 Ways To Check In At Home While You’re On Vacation

A phony spy app can help you watch your house while you're on vacation.

Continuing my series on how technology can actually enhance your vacation, I’ll show you how to monitor what’s going on at home while you’re thousands of miles away so accurately that you’ll know if something as minor as a garage door spring moves. The newest technological advancements make it easier than ever to stay connected at all times, whether it’s with texting, calling, a phone spy app, or remote video surveillance. It’s time to consider how some of these tools can make your vacation truly worry-free.

Home Security Camera

Many new home security cameras allow you to connect to them via your computer or smartphone. So, no matter where you are, you can check up on your home, family, pets, and even plants. You’ll never have to wake up in the middle of the night again, wondering how your loved ones are doing while you’re away. Instead, you’ll have instant peace of mind, allowing you to continue enjoying your vacation without any unnecessary stress.

Phone Spy App

When you’re away from your kids, no matter how short or long the duration is, it’s only natural to worry about them. One of the best ways to keep track of what they’re doing and making sure they’re not getting into any trouble is with a phone spy app. This type of program will keep track of what your child does on their phone, allowing you to read their texts and follow their GPS location. You’ll be able to quickly see that they’re safe and sound.

Smart Home Technology

These smartphone apps are essential to give you peace of mind during vacation.
You can use your smartphone for much more than taking pictures while you’re on vacation.

Did you forget to turn off the thermostat? What about locking the front door? In the rush of leaving for vacation, it can be easy to neglect something that may raise your energy bill, or worse, leave your house unsecured. With a smart home automation system connected to your smartphone, you can control the lighting, temperature, locks, and much more from another state or even continent. Not only will this keep your home safe and comfortable, but you’ll also give any on-lookers the impression that you’re still home.

Top 5 Gadgets To Bring On Your Next Vacation

Find out which gadgets you should bring with you on your next vacation

If you happened to have read my first post about vacation apps (which can be found here), then you know I’m in favor of bringing technology on vacation. While some people believe leaving your smart devices at home while traveling is the best way to enjoy your vacation.  I believe your smart devices can only help you get the most out of your time abroad.  If you’re one of these people as well, here’s a list of gadgets that you’re sure to love.

Top 5 Most Useful Travel Gadgets

Smart Suitcase

Bluesmart Suitcase
Never pack an overweight suitcase again with this smart suitcase

 

Have you ever had the misfortune of losing your suitcase at the airport? Or have you had to pay additional fees for bringing an overweight suitcase with you?  If so, a smart suitcase is just the gadget you need for your next vacation. These suitcases come standard with GPS tracking, an internal scale, remote locking and a charging station that’s powerful enough for even laptops. There’s also a smartphone app so you can easily monitor these features.

Universal Plug Adapter

Universal (All-in-one) Plug
With a universal plug, you can be sure that no matter where you stay, your devices will have power.

 

If you’re like me then you’re sure to have have brought a few electronic devices with you on your vacation.  And sooner or later you’re going to need to charge those devices.  Unfortunately, not every countries outlets are the same.  Lucky for us there are inexpensive gadgets that will make charging your electronics a snap.  A universal plug adapter allows you to easily select the country you’re staying in, giving you the correct plug for that country’s outlet.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise Cancelling Headphones
Crying baby on a flight? Hotel on a busy corner? Drown out all outside noise with these headphones!

 

Have you ever been on a long flight with a crying baby right behind you, or a loud snorer in the seat next to yours?  Even if you haven’t, I cannot overstate just how important a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones are for traveling.  Whether you’re an avid music listener or you just want some peace and quiet in a loud environment, noise-cancelling headphones are a must have.

Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth speakers
No wires, no problem. Bring your own personal soundtrack wherever your vacation takes you with these wireless speakers.

 

If you’re thinking of spending some time on the beach or poolside during your vacation, then some quality wireless speakers is sure to be a necessary gadget for you.  With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to give a recommendation that suits everyone’s needs.  My best advice would be to figure out where you’ll be bringing the speaker.  If you’re going to be outdoors make sure it’s rugged and waterproof.  If you’re going to be staying in then you can focus more on sound quality.

Portable Battery Charger

Portable Charging Station
Make sure your devices never run out of battery, even on the go with these portable battery chargers.

 

If your planning on spending most of your time outside the hotel, then bringing a portable battery with you is a necessity.  You don’t want to be left without your GPS or smartphone while you’re in a foreign country.  Once again there are many different options to choose from.  Choose the one that best fits your vacation plans.

 

The Must Have Travel Apps For Your Smartphone

Smartphone apps

While you can use your smartphone for just about anything nowadays, having that same functionality while traveling abroad might be a different story.  To help get the most out of your time abroad, try out some of these smartphone apps.

Smartphone apps for travelers.
Stay safe no matter where you travel with these smartphone apps.

Whatsapp:

There’s no doubt that Smartphones are revolutionizing the way in which we communicate to one another.  “Whatsapp” is definitely part of that revolution. This app allows you to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, while avoiding those costly SMS roaming fees that most carriers charge while you’re abroad.  Features include text, group chat, photo and video sharing, voice and video calls and file transfers.

Google Translate:  

While planning a trip to a foreign country, the local language is something that must be taken into consideration.  Especially if  your plans include some non-touristy locations.  If this sounds like your travel plans then the Google Translate app is definitely for you.  The app comes with the ability to translate 103 different languages (52 languages in offline mode).  This can help you interact with the locals, decipher a menu at dinner or learn a few common phrases.

XE Currency:  

Planning out the expenses for an overseas trip can be difficult.  Even more so if the currency differs from your own.  XE Currency helps make this issue less of a nightmare by providing the most up-to-date conversion rates for just about every world currency.  Even if you happen to be stuck without WiFi or service, XE Currency will save the last most recent rates which can be accessed offline so you’re never in the dark about finances.

DDI Utilities:

Taking some vacation time to visit a new country is an amazing experience for the whole family.  That being said, parents tend to worry far more about their children while they are traveling.  Young children can easily get lost in a crowd, while teenagers might want to venture out by themselves without their parents watching over them.  So how can parents know their family is safe without having to stand over them the entire trip?  The answer?  Installing a monitoring app on their child’s smartphone.  This allows parents to remotely monitor their children’s smartphone activity.  Everything is accessible, from texts and calls (even deleted ones) to their exact GPS location.  This app really gives parents the piece of mind they need while on vacation.

Circa:

Designed for the business professional (or anyone who finds themselves traveling between multiple time-zones in a short amount of time).  Circa allows you to keep track of the time in different areas of the world.  You can even display multiple locations at the same time too, so you always know when it’s appropriate for you to call that family member or business partner while overseas.

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