Travelling with a smartphone

When you’re travelling with a smartphone you don’t need a tour guide. Whether it’s a day tour or small group, most of the expense is spent on the transport and the time the guide takes in finding your way around anyway (From experience I know and I advise you to travel with no restrictions).

Popular travel apps you should download onto your smartphone is the Viator app. “Travel with an insider” with the list of attractions, videos, and maps. Just choose the destination you’re in and you’re presented with a range of activities and attractions to embark on, select the day and you get the specials. Viator incorporates reviews and the capability of purchasing the tickets so you can plan your trip with ease in one simple app.

The app’s map automatically pins down on all the activities listed for that area. It gives a visual perception on how close all the activities are to each other- walking distance. Explore the city’s streets and culture on your way to each activity rather than being engulfed in a group of visitors competing to get the better-angled picture because the guide will soon sweep them quickly away.

Another hands-on approach to self-guided tours is tailoring your day with Google maps.

Watch the instructional video here.

Once finished and you’ve explored the sites, return and edit the description with the helpful tips on finding the way around (like short-cuts or other fun ways to get around the city) and fun facts for other users and visitors.
Create one about your own city like the one I did below for Brisbane and share your personalised knowledge to the world- it’ll help everyone feel at home.

This is the power of your smartphone. It’s shaping a more hands-on, personalised way of travelling. Technology doesn’t always mean distancing from the world. Use it right and you have the world at your fingertips.


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