Travel is definitely one of the joys of life. Nothing compares to the excitement of exploring a new place and getting to know its culture, language and people. It is one of those experiences that can change you in so many ways.
This can be one of the perks if you’re a high performing member of a business organization. Travel opportunities can come in the form of an assignment or a reward.
While the standard practice is for your company or business to take charge of essential travel arrangements, getting accurate, real-time information comes handy as you navigate new places and cultures.
The good news is, there are many different ways your phone can ensure your safety while traveling, including the following.
1. Connect to the internet using your phone
When abroad, you can connect to a public Wi-Fi or make use of the unlimited internet offer that comes with your phone plan. This will allow you to connect to search engine sites and find the information you need about the places you want to check out. Most information bits you need to ensure a safe travel are available online.
2. Use a navigator
Download a navigating app that can provide you clear directions on how to get from point A to point B. This app is a much better option to a map especially if you do not read maps well at all.
Most navigator apps provide an estimated time of travel as well as alternative routes you can take to avoid traffic and stay on schedule.
3. Connect to your social media accounts
This is quite helpful if you want your office, family and friends to easily keep tabs on you. Whenever you post on SMS, information about your location can be included. Also, if you can stay logged into Facebook without internet using your phone plan, you can use its messaging feature to connect with contacts that are online.
It’s worth mentioning as well that staying logged into your social media accounts will help you tap into services that can assist you in your trip. For example, you can tweet or send queries to business establishments and get answers right away especially if the business claims to be active on Twitter and other platforms.
4. Download a safety app
This is particularly useful if you are traveling with a few companions but you all like to do some exploring on your own.
An app like Watch Over Me will track your travel time and it will allow you to create an emergency contacts list that will be notified if you have not checked in after the pre-set time of your travel.
Another cool feature such safety app provides is an emergency alarm function that turns on the camera once the phone is shaken vigorously. The camera will record a video of your current situation.
At the same time, the app will send an alert to your emergency contacts. You can hope that if you really are in danger, the alert will prompt your contacts to take action to ensure your safety.
5. Download transportation apps
When you find yourself lost and unable to find a cab to take you to your next destination, a ride-sharing or cab-hailing app can come to your rescue.
Find a safe place as a pick-up point and wait for your smartphone-arranged car to arrive and take you to your next stop. This beats wandering around aimlessly, which will make you an easy target for muggers and other people with bad intentions.
6. Use mobile payment apps
Payment apps are quite useful and is increasingly becoming the preferred option for travellers in many parts of the world. If you are not keen on bringing a lot of cash or your credit card while you are on the road for security purposes, you can pay for various services using these apps.
Indeed, a smartphone is the most reliable device to have when you are traveling for business or work. But, don’t just rely on its built-in features; use a well-designed mobile phone plan, too. With such a phone plan, you automatically get special services as well as the ability to tap into programs that can further increase and diversify your phone capabilities.
Al-moottil P Antony
Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.