As a global company, we travel quite often, sometimes to the far corners of the globe. Thankfully we all have our smartphones to depend on while on the road. As the travel season heats up we wanted to share some travel tips for the road warrior. Have your own? Share them in the comments!
All the time in the world
Sometimes you need to track multiple time zones when traveling between locations. One easy way to stay on top of time differences is to create a “clocks” view on one of the home-screens.
While there are a number of widgets with this functionality, HTC Sense clocks are a simple way to create a customizable collection very quickly. Having a clock screen like this makes it easy to keep track of where you’re heading and when is the best time to contact friends and colleagues around the world. Personally, it has stopped me from accidentally calling my family at 2 AM in the morning!
Watching your data on the road
Having a smartphone on the road is invaluable. Whether checking-in via email or checking-out with some rocking music, we’re almost always using our HTCs when on the road. But a smartphone isn’t so “smart” without a data connection, which can be pricey when roaming the world.
Before setting off on a trip, we often purchase international data and voice plans. This buys somewhat reasonable calling rates and about 100 MB of data, incredibly useful but not a generous total. Luckily, HTC Sense 4 and Android 4.0 come with a handy data usage monitor. You can find it in Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Usage. To ensure you stay within your limit, set alerts for every 50 MB used and a shut-off trigger when you use it all. This is definitely a wallet-saver.
The one home for your trip
When traveling there are few apps we rely on more than TripIt. Basically you set up an account and email them the travel itinerary from your airline or hotel. TripIt automatically loads the entire thing into an easy to scan list. The pro version will also send SMS notices of gate information or flight changes, and track your frequent traveler programs
The airline or hotel point tracker has a particularly clever feature: when looking at a specific account, you can rotate your phone into landscape and it will show a simple display with the account number in big letters. This makes it really easy to show the clerk when checking-in to flights or hotels.
Have any of your own mobile road warrior travel top-tips? Share them in the comments!