We’ve been traveling the world since 2017 and we’ve definitely learned a few things. These are 3 of our favorite travel hacks and they all happen on your phone. These travel hacks will make your travels easier, put your mind at ease while you’re on the road and I think you’ll end up loving them, too.
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I’m really glad you’re here today. I’m going to share with you three of my favorite travel hacks and what’s really cool is they all happen right on your phone. The last one is my favorite. I can’t wait to share it. Let’s get started.
Tip #3 – Regardless of what translation app you may be using, make sure that you download the languages you’re going to need for your trip for offline use BEFORE you leave your home country. This is to ensure that you have the languages and communication ability that you’ll need as soon as you land.
It’ll make your life a whole lot easier upon arrival in the country. You don’t have to worry about, ‘how am I going to get around? how am I going to get to my hotel?’ It’ll be extra easy because you’re going to have your translation app ready to go.
I happen to like Google Translate because it’s free and not cluttered and it’s very easy, but whichever one you choose, just remember to make sure you let download all the languages you need.
Because you might be going to France where you’re just going to download French, right? That’s easy. Then you might go down to Morocco. Well, you’re going to want French and Arabic. Or you might be doing a tour of Southeast Asia, so you’re going to want to get Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian.
So just make sure you download them all. They don’t take a lot of space on your phone, so don’t worry about that. It just gives you peace of mind when you arrive that you have an easy form of communication at your fingertips.
By the way, I did a full tutorial on Google Translate. I will make sure that there is a link at the end of this video and in the description. Be sure to check it out.
Travel secret for your phone #2 is simply a bit of knowledge and a good way to use it.
The GPS on your phone is almost always working, which means you don’t have to have a local sim card and you don’t have to be on wi-fi for the GPS to work.
The reason this is so wonderful is when you arrive it’s nice to know where you’re headed. So be sure to put the location of your hotel into your map app, whichever one you’re using, and the GPS will still work. This is really nice when you’re dealing with taxis and tuk-tuks and trotros.
There are two things that it protects against.
One, it protects against a scam. You can always make sure that the taxi driver is taking a good route, or a decent direction, towards your destination, towards your hotel.
The other thing that it really helps with is for when the taxi driver gets lost. You would be surprised how often taxi drivers get lost. I am amazed sometimes, in certain countries especially we’ve encountered it, but how poor some taxi and tuk-tuk drivers are at reading Google Maps and understanding how it works. so it helps you make sure that you’re going to the right place, even if there’s nothing nefarious going on, that the cab driver actually knows where they’re taking you.
This is a nice bit of reassurance, especially when you’ve just arrived and you’re tired and you just want to make sure you get to the hotel safe and easy.
So don’t let yourself get lost or ripped off. Know that your GPS works almost all the time and you can use it to make sure you’re headed in the right direction, as soon as you land, as soon as you leave the airport.
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Now for Tip #1, my favorite tip, because I kind of came up with it on my own. However I am embarrassed at how long it took me to come up with this idea.
We had been traveling a year and a half, almost two years, and every time we landed I would get a sim card from the new country so my phone would work. You get this tiny little sim card and you get the little business side card that it comes on and that has your phone number on it. I always would just carry it around with me for the duration of the trip for that that country.
Well, we got to a point where some of our stays were longer than planned and we ended up staying in Ghana for like five months, and even by the end of that, I mean, who memorizes their phone number anymore right? You know, I never memorized the phone number. I just kept pulling out the the card, and for some reason it kept getting harder and harder to pull out the card because it would end up in a different pocket.
Ironically, it wasn’t until we got to the next country, China, that the light bulb went off and I finally figured out how I could have solved the problem all along, and it’s this – put my phone number on my home screen.
It sounds so simple, but I put my phone number on the home screen. It’s the equivalent of putting it on a piece of masking tape on the back of your phone, or on a post-it note. Not only did I figure out to do it, but I also figured out a really cool way to do it that kind of is great because you get to show off the country you’re in and make this really cool little graphic for your phone.
I’m going to use an app called Canva. It’s online, there’s a free version and a paid version. I’m going to put a link in the description so you can pop over there if you don’t already know Canva. It’s easy to use, easy to learn and what I’m showing you is going to be really simple.
I may make up some templates at some point. If I do, I will put that link in the description as well and so that’ll make it super easy for you.
What’s really cool about this, is it lets you honor the country you’re in. It lets you make a really cool, beautiful lock screen and it has your phone number on it. So when someone says, ‘what’s your phone number, how can I contact you?’ you can just hold it out for them. Being able to just hold it out makes it super simple. It makes it easy for them to write down, makes it easy for them to follow, no problem at all.
It is by far my best travel tip.
As I say, it’s one I sort of came up with on my own, even though it’s sort of stupidly simple. But I did jazz it up and make it look really cool. So let’s pop down to my computer and I’ll show you how to do this.
Of course, the big secret that makes this so cool is that you’re going to use photos from the country that you’re in, where that the phone number is from. That way you can use this as a keepsake, you can use it on your tik-toks, your Instagrams, but always remember to choose a photo from the location you’re in.
Whether it’s a photo you take yourself, something off of Canva, something from a stock site, whatever you like. But take advantage of the fact that this is a really cool travel thing and make sure you use an image from your destination.
This isn’t going to be a full Canva tutorial, I just wanted to show you a couple of design elements to consider while you’re making your awesome new lock screen for your travels. Let’s get going.
First, you’re going to need to put your phone number about a quarter of the way up the page. That’s because when you have your apps across the bottom, and in the top of the screen, that’s about where you can leave an empty row so you can always see your phone number.
The other thing to consider is your background. Here I’ve chosen a nice and dark, mostly all here, and it’s easy to read. You want your digits to be easy to read. You also want to consider sometimes, what happens once apps come over the background.
See how this is a nice picture here, but then when you put the apps over it it doesn’t look as good.
The other thing to consider, if you just love a busy picture that you’ve got, put a color box behind it so that it’s easily read no matter what the background is.
I hope you found these travel tips useful. All the links for things I mentioned in the video will be in the description.
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Happy travels everyone!