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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.