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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.