Thursday, March 26, 2015

Summer Travel Just Got Easier With Travel Tips From U.S. Cellular #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Brigade Program,  I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 15+ years.




OK~ Since savvy moms are beginning to plan their families' summer vacations, I thought it would be a good time to share some apps and devices that can make traveling a little easier.

Family is what makes travel so special. There is nothing like planning a family vacation, whether is is immediate family or your extended family. However, managing logistics can often cause unwanted stress. Fortunately, there are a growing number of apps and accessories that travelers can use with their mobile devices, such as the 4G LTE iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, to streamline nearly every aspect of travel while improving the experience as well as saving time and money. We have some tips for you!

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Did you know that 68 percent of smartphone owners have used their smartphone to assist them while traveling, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey? I can tell you, that I use my smartphone all the time to make travel plans. Three common booking apps that I use regularly include:

Expedia
Orbitz   
Kayak. 

When searching for car rentals, flights, and/or lodging, these apps will serve you well. Here's another interesting statistic that is really picking up steam. Did you know that a recent U.S. Cellular survey found 27 percent of smartphone owners have booked a hotel room directly from their smartphone and 16 percent have purchased airline tickets? I can also tell you that these apps often offer discounts when you book through your app, as I speak from experience.

EN ROUTE

Ever been that person fumbling at the ticket counter for your confirmation number? Go paperless with Gate Guru, which organizes your full travel experience- from flight and rental vehicle information, to airport amenities.

IN-FLIGHT

With more than 10 hours of battery life and up to 128 gigs of memory, the lightweight iPad Air 2 makes a perfect travel companion for reading, listening to music, watching movie or playing games. Plus you can create your own in-flight oasis with a pair of noise cancelling urBeats-In-Ear Headphones designed for music lovers who don't want to sacrifice sound or style.

ON THE GROUND





Upon arriving at your destination, you'll want to look like a local. The Around Me app shows nearby restaurants, banks and more (including hospitals or emergency care centers for anyone traveling with an accident prone family member, including directions to your destination. While you're enjoying your vacation, Postagram keeps you in touch with loved ones. Just take a photo with the app, and for a nominal fee your message will be delivered as a mailed postcard.

AFTER THE TRIP

Crate an album of your favorite vacation photos on our phone so you have them on-hand any time you want to show them off or remind yourself how great your family trip was.

And as always, be sure you have the Parent Child Agreement App installed on the smartphones that your children are using. You can never be to careful when it comes to the safety of your children at home and while away.

Enjoy our summer travel and be sure to pack a little bit of patience and remember to pack your cell phone chargers! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?





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