People aren’t getting about as they used to and they certainly don’t need the same things to travel–here are some great tech tips for right now, perfect to see you through a pandemic.
OS Maps App
Ordnance Survey maps used to be the default travel guide for anyone above a certain age who remembers a time when you left the house without a mobile phone. With the meteoric rise of Google Maps, OS maps have arguably become a little redundant but as Suitcase Magazine points out, it should actually be your best friend.
It doesn’t need an internet connection (MapsMe is another handy friend to have on standby, for the same reason) and so it also allows you to find and plan new routes as you hike up mountains or around remote regions of the planet. And post-pandemic, it doesn’t hurt to rely on a little old-school travel technology to get by. It also looks delightfully retro, sharing the colours and design of the older paper maps.
App in the Air
Recent research suggests that one of the biggest factors for safety in the air relates to how different airports are managing sanitary protocols. Another key factor is differing airline policies on middle seats, which can have massive impacts on the likelihood of increasing infection rates for Covid-19.
For passengers worried about sanitary conditions whilst flying, App in the Air–a personal travel assistant for frequent flyers–is a good option. The app has new features to help travelers book flights–you can choose preferred hygiene features and find the ideal times to fly at the lowest prices. Users can view airport and airline procedures such as mask requirements, if airlines are operating a policy of using middle seats and free cancellation policies (particularly important with ever-changing travel bans).
The app’s landing page is regularly updated with country-to-country information on government restrictions (quarantine, health declarations etc), airline and airport rules and everything fliers need to travel safely.
When there’s a need to stay outdoors as much as possible and keep kids entertained, there’s never been a better time to go geocaching–the act of searching for ‘caches’ or hidden containers using global positioning system (GPS) software and other navigational techniques.
It’s past its heyday (it officially began in 2000 in the U.S.) and it’s nerdy–once you’ve found the boxes of hidden treasure, you must log your presence, anything you’ve taken from the box, and if so, replace it with something else of equal value. However, that’s what gives it its value–the geocaching community self-polices its members and where things are hidden, which can help restore a little faith in humanity in uncertain travel times.