Mobile Technology Makes International Travel Hassle-Free

Looking to discover the lesser-know nooks and crannies of our world? This vision once seemed suited for seasoned explorers or those not worried about returning. But with today’s smartphones and their virtual toolkits — world travel has never been more accessible for the adventurer in all of us.

For many, smartphones have become the ultimate travel companion. It makes sense when you think of the type of friend you’d like to have along for your trips; someone who can make you feel confident and prepared to tackle new places, someone who can make long treks more enjoyable and ultimately more memorable. Your phone can do all this and more — serving as a stand-in for everything from your trusty travel flashlight to your credit card. In fact, 3 in 4 travelers say they use their mobile device while on the move.

Take a look at the most useful mobile features that are sure to make travel issues a thing of the past.

A World-Wide Directory in The Palm of Your Hand

Whether you’re a veteran globetrotter or a newbie traveler, it’s undeniable that the maps application on your smartphone is a liberating feature. This preinstalled app lets you chart your course before you even step away from your hotel lobby. Once you’re on your way, the app will alert you with helpful notifications like any traffic delays or road closures that may cause disruption to your well-laid plans. But it won’t leave you stranded trying to come up with a new route on your own, it offers alternative directions to ensure you still get to your destination of choice. And of course, when traveling abroad, you need a little built-in flexibility which is why this feature can still work it’s magic if you decide to take a last-minute detour from your initial route.

Your maps application takes it a step further by offering you a “local services” option which comes in handy if you’re looking for, say, a top-rated breakfast stop or additional attractions while sightseeing.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6’s map feature, you get the confidence any world traveler deserves — that no destination is off-limits.

Secure Payments Abroad

Once you arrive at your travel destination, it’s safe to assume you’ll need some form of currency and nothing derails a successful getaway quite like a payment crisis. But, where cold-hard cash and physical wallets can fail, smartphone payment apps provide an extra layer of security savvy travelers want. Built-in card and transaction protection, user authentication and data security are just some of the methods digital wallets like Samsung Pay use to keep your financial information safe.

You don’t have to worry about accessibility being limited as the payment app can be used at almost any retailer that accepts traditional credit cards.

Communication Availability

Global coverage is something every world traveler craves. You want to know that you can communicate with friends and family back home as you share your epic adventures on social media and through text. But roaming charges can catch many mobile users off-guard. To avoid racking up expenses, make sure to check your mobile plan as only a few carriers offer international plans that give users free text and data. Dual SIM capability is another basic mobile feature which offers faster speed and connection when traveling abroad for a continuous communication experience.

See your smartphone in a new light — making travel more seamless and enjoyable than ever before.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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