Thanks to advances in technology, travelling the world has never been easier or more convenient and many of the must see places to visit are now accessible not only to Sir David Attenborough.
Want to learn about the customs in Borneo? Go online and research it. Unfortunately, once you get to your destination, you want to bring out your technology, but connectivity becomes much harder to get.
In spite of this, iPads are one of the coolest things you bring with you on a trip. From being used as a camera to documenting your trip, the possibilities are endless.
Niue is a country in the South Pacific Ocean, around 2,400 kilometres northeast of New Zealand. It’s considered one of the biggest coral reef islands in the world, and you can figure out the best places to dive by taking advantage of the free wireless internet throughout the country. Yes, you read that right, free internet. That means you can connect your iPad anywhere, anytime. It’s never been easier to figure out what to do in a new place.
Tourism through technology in Cape Town
Before the 2010 World Cup, Cape Town realised that they needed to innovate to accommodate all the tourists that were soon arriving in South Africa. This saw it transform into a technologically savvy destination, where tourists are aided in their visit with some neat innovations.
For instance, there is Thando, a mobile visitor information vehicle, where visitors can use their iPad for its free WiFi. This is a roving vehicle, so you never know where it’s going to end up next.
For travellers with a smartphone or iPad (that should be all of them) there’s an app that gives users personalised walking tours throughout Cape Town. Anyone can go to the VoiceMap website and record personalised GPS-based commentaries. That means no tour is ever the same, and visitors can get a wide range of views on this technologically savvy city.
Apps to make the most of your trip
One of the best things about an iPad are the sheer amount of apps available for it. When it comes to travelling with your iPad, here are two apps to bring along.
Sunscreen — While we know that sunscreen is important, how often and how much to put on is often based on guesswork. This free app combats that by determining the UVI rating of your current location, then sets a countdown timer to alert you when you’re due for more sunblock. Handy!
XE Currency — Okay, there are many currency apps out there, but this one is both the easiest to use, and free. The best part about it is how it uses live currency rates, so you know exactly how much you’re spending, no matter where you are.
There are so many cool uses for an iPad on a holiday, from getting you to your destination to teaching you about the local culture. It really is a necessity for your next trip, but try not to use it too much: you’re on holiday after all.