Traveling with a smartphone

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I’m not a big fan of social media (or anything social), but I do use it often to connect with people I do know (and actually like). Gadgets have always played a big part in my travels, even more so now with smartphones and tablets.

What I really like about traveling with them is that it lets me connect with family and friends, sharing photos as often as the free wifi availability would let me. I have access to my email, and sort out problems on the go. As much as I would love to disconnect while on a holiday, I have come to accept that these gadgets are here to stay.

Just a standard neighborhood scene in Mykonos

When I travel, I make sure that the necessary documents and information are all available in my phone. Tickets and reservations are labeled properly in my email, with a back up PDF stored in the device. Guidebooks are now in PDF format as well, with pages marked for easy reference. Travel apps are also installed to help me get around.

Aside from my browser, the most used app in my phone when I travel is Google Maps. In countries like Singapore, where the transport lines are encoded, I rely on it to tell me how to get to where I want to go from wherever I may be in the island. I also count on the map to tell me where exactly I am, and how I can find my way back.

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I’ve written a short piece about how I use my smartphone when I travel, and how I avoid racking up huge roaming charges over at

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 6 Comments
  1. I am then truly HONORED that you socialize with me ;p

    I own a not-so smart phone (and don’t pay data costs – as super expensive here), so I can’t say that I enjoy the perks of having a smart phone when travelling. Hehehe! I wish I had a smarter phone though because I know that there are apps that are super useful.

  2. I don’t own a smartphone kaya wala pa akong instagram account hehe. Still skeptical if I should get one since there’s a tendency na puro na lang ako internet at chat :))

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