We live in a digital world. I am an app-tastic girl. I can’t leave my house without my phone let alone travel without it.
Here are 5 of my favorite apps I use when traveling:
- Google Maps – get directions via public transit, walking, and driving
- GrubHub – see what what eateries deliver in your current area for those days you want delivery in your hotel room
- TripIt – organize your flight and trip itinerary; have all your plans handy on your phone
- Travel Advisor – find out more about the place you’ve traveled to; see reviews and photos
- Instagram – okay, this app may not come to mind when you think of travel but I love how I can take a picture with my phone then share it to several social media sites, instantly!
Best of all, they’re all free!
What are your favorite travel apps?
Recently, I took a trip with my 3-year-old that included a flight.
I joked for weeks before that I hope the nice flight attendants wouldn’t have to throw us off the plane due to the notable unruliness of my kid. I laughed with family and co-workers but inside, I was like, ‘man I really hope they don’t’.
In Jaunted’s “10 Tips for Flying with Babies and Toddlers”
, I exercised about 7 of those 10. Here’s a few they didn’t mention:
– Bring your baby’s ‘safety thing’: my daughter finds solace in chewing on this blanket she got as a newborn. Her solace is mine. It saved us from the greater part of in-flight tantrums.
– Anticipate the discomfort of their ears popping: I bought sugar-free chewing gum – appropriate for kids with teeth. While Little’s jaws were chewing it took some of the pressure off her ears that popped during landing.
– Make every part of boarding and flying a big deal/adventure: if your little one is into Dora like mine, even going through security can be made fun. I even made going to the plane’s bathroom and McDonald’s breakfast (an extremely rare treat) into awesome occurrences.
Admittedly, I don’t have any regrets when it comes to having my daughter so young. 3 years later, hard as I’ve found it is, I still feel like everything I want to do, I can do even as someone’s mother.
A lot of the things on my bucket list include my daughter – like traveling. My single mom and I traveled extensively when I was growing up. Some of my fondest memories were created in a different state or country.
That said, there are some things I’d like to do without my daughter – travel. Yep, I want to hop on more planes, trains, or automobiles (if the car ride is under 6 hours) sans toddler. I want to experience luxury without worrying about my little person.
I’ve never truly done this. I close my eyes and can’t really conjure what a luxurious vacation would look like adults-only. Then I read this. Sounds like some luxury I want to visit.
Tell MMC (Mobile Mamas Crew), what’s your luxury vacation look like?
Meet Yo Twitter/Social Network Followers
I’ve had my share of taking online interactions via social networks and online dating, live. Recently I had a great vacation with a friend who I met on Twitter.
I’ve also had some not so great experiences so keep these Do’s in mind:
Do – Take your time to meet up. Take the time before meeting to talk and get to know each other better.
Do – Trust your intuition. If meeting up doesn’t feel quite right, stay home.
Do – Video chat and talk on the phone.
Do – Meet up in an open area. Tell a family member or friend where you’ll be going and the name of the person your friend.
Do – Research. Find out more about this person with a good, old-fashioned Google search.
If people can find real love and make real money via social networks, they, too can make real friends.