Traveling soon? 5 smart technological steps to take before setting off on a journey

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Travel Now means that your tickets, maps, hotels, rental cars and more are all stored on your phone. But what if That disappears? Here’s how to find your phone when it’s lost, even if the battery is low.

The other big telephone emergency? Your battery is running low and you need to leave for the airport. Oops. Tap or click to find clever ways to extend battery life.

Traveling can be stressful, but these hacks can make a huge difference.

1. Keep an eye (digitally) on your stuff

Digital trackers help you keep an eye on your valuables and find them if you lose something. I put an Apple AirTag on my dog’s collar, on my key rings, on my bike and in my cars. Here are 10 clever ways to use an AirTag.

AirTags use signals from other iPhones to determine where they are. Using the Find My app, you can see the location of each AirTag associated with your account. It is a good idea to throw one in your checked baggage. This way, you can see if your bag arrives at its destination.

But the AirTag will be useless when your baggage passes through the airport’s internal conveyor system. There are usually not enough iPhones nearby for the AirTag to work. But once your luggage is out of there, you will know exactly where it is.

Want to grab some now while you’re thinking about it?

  • Apple AirTag they are ideal if you have an iPhone, Mac or iPad.
  • The Tile 2 package It is compatible with Android and has a tracker for your luggage and one to put in your wallet.

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2. Track flights the easy way

Here’s a handy iPhone trick if you have a family member or friend pick you up at the airport. Send an SMS with the airline you are flying on and your flight number, for example “Southwest Airlines 1175”.

The person can tap the message to open a flight tracker. They can see the flight progress and estimated arrival time without searching for the flight online or on a tracking site. Easy!

If your ride uses an Android, they can search the web for the airline and flight number to see the same information.

This travel trick is awesome! Uber has a new way to have a car waiting for you when you land. Your Uber driver will follow your flight. Here’s my 60 second tip on how it works.

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Travelers stand in front of an information panel at BER Airport in Berlin, Germany on Saturday, Dec. 12, 18, 2021. The German Transport Minister is advising people against traveling over Christmas as the country tries to stem a wave of coronavirus infections. (Joerg Carstensen / dpa via AP)

Travelers stand in front of an information panel at BER Airport in Berlin, Germany on Saturday, Dec. 12, 18, 2021. The German Transport Minister is advising people against traveling over Christmas as the country tries to stem a wave of coronavirus infections. (Joerg Carstensen / dpa via AP)

3. Get these photos on your phone

There are essential photos that I have on my phone. In the worst case, you lose your wallet. It will be much easier to go home if you have photos of your essential documents.

Make sure you include at least your license, passport and health card.

The easiest way to do this on an iPhone is to use the handy document scanner built into the native Notes app.

  • Open the Notes app. Create a new note by clicking on the icon square with a pen located at the bottom right of the screen. Click the camera icon at the bottom of the new note and select Scanning of documents.

On an Android, take a few photos and mark them as favorites in your image gallery or use the crawl feature in Google Drive:

  • Open the Google Drive app. Click the multiple buttons in the lower right corner.
  • Faucet scan and allow access to your camera if you haven’t already. Follow the onscreen instructions to take and save your photos.

Professional tip: I also recommend that you save your identification documents as a PDF file and save a copy of them on your iOS books, Android e-book app, or even sending it to your Kindle. This way you can access it offline. You may also want to send a copy to your travel companion.

SMART STEP: Take my advice and upload these 9 photos you should always have on your phone at hand. You can thank me later!

Flight to an exotic travel destination

Flight to an exotic travel destination
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4. Check your rental for hidden spy cameras

It happened to me. I rented a house, got settled and realized how many cameras were watching me. It was very disturbing.

If you rent through Airbnb, cameras are allowed in public spaces and common spaces, but not in bathrooms or bedrooms. They cannot be hidden and must be indicated in the listing descriptions. VRBO bans indoor cameras altogether, although outdoor cameras are allowed for “reasonable monitoring. ”

Larger cameras are easy to spot, but anyone can easily hide smaller cameras behind furniture, vents, or decorations. Then there are the hidden cameras that can disguise themselves as all sorts of things, from a Roku to an output extender. Seriously, you will be shocked when you see these things.

An easy way to locate most types of cameras is to look for the lens flare. Turn off the lights and slowly scan the room with a flashlight or laser pointer, looking for bright reflections. Scan the room from multiple points, so you don’t miss a camera that is only aimed at certain points. Also inspect the vents and any holes or cracks in the walls or ceilings.

You can also go up RF detector. This gadget can detect wireless cameras that you may not see.

If you can connect to the rental wireless network, a free program like Wireless Network Observer shows which gadgets are connected. You may be able to locate connected cameras. Note that the owner may have placed the cameras on a second network, or they may be wired or record-only.

If you find an indoor surveillance camera that hasn’t been revealed to you, pick up the phone and call the police. Tell them that you have direct evidence that your landlord is spying on you inside your rented home without your knowledge or permission. Use this exact phrase.

Document the situation with videos and photos on your smartphone. Once you have the police report, contact the rental site.

5. Find the most comfortable seat

If you are tall, you know how important a few extra inches of legroom are on a flight. It can be the difference between being comfortable or cramped for hours.

Google Flights is a great way to find the cheapest flight, but go one step further to find the most comfortable seat.

  • Get the Chrome browser extension called Legroom for Google Flights. When using Google Flights, you will also see the legroom per seat per flight you have selected.
  • Another solid option is SeatGuru.com. Enter your airline and flight number and you’ll see a map of the best seats with more legroom, no downloads required.

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