10 ways to make a trip easier using a tablet

Recently, I can not imagine a single trip without a loved iPad-mini at hand.

I will share your experience – than the tablet can be useful to an independent traveler.

When the husband gave me an iPad mini, I grumbled for a while – they say, I have a tablet on the fig, I have a laptop home and an electronic book, I’ll get so. But I am very quickly used to Ipada and now I carry it everywhere for myself. It turned out that Apad is a completely indispensable thing in self-journey. And now, if we are stuck in the midst of an unfamiliar city and do not know where to go on, where to eat or buy something, I immediately get out of the iPad backpack, and two minutes I have a ready-made solution.

Why exactly ipad min? Because the usual ipad is too healthy and heavy, he and in the lady’s handbag does not fit, and with a big iPad in his hands is not very comfortable walking down the street. And the phone is too small, it is inconvenient to read travel guides and PDF files. I think that ipad can be easily replaced with any other tablet of similar format.

10 ways to make a trip easier using a tablet

1. Cards, cards and again cards.

Everyone who has ever enjoyed the card with GPS navigation is not necessary to explain how it is convenient and cool – follow the magic blue dot, which shows exactly where you are now and where you move. Therefore, I recommend taking iPad CO built-in GPS module.

Google Maps and Yandex Maps are excellent apps for navigating in an unfamiliar area, but they have one essential drawback – they are online. And the Internet abroad can fly to a penny. Especially if you came to the week, and you do not want to spend time and money for the purchase of a local SIM card. WiFi Also in the middle of the street is not lying. Therefore, it makes sense to search and in advance download maps that work offline. If you are not going to ride a lot by car, it is not necessary to pay for expensive navigation programs like Tomtom-navigator or Navitel.

Before the last trip to Italy, I found a wonderful traveler application: CityMapstogo.

Maps work offline, contain descriptions and addresses of the most famous attractions, hotels, cafes and restaurants, transportation schemes, sometimes even walking routes in the mountains.

On the map you can put the sprockets of different colors. Before the trip, I noted on the map of Naples all the places where I would like to go – it is yellow asterisks. Violet asterisks I noted interesting cafes and restaurants nearby. It turned out very convenient – on the one hand, looking at the asterisks, it is easy to estimate the day of the day, on the other hand, at any time, when I wanted to eat, you can find a good restaurant.

Piece of Naples Map with my marks:

Cards of five cities can be downloaded for free, access to all the rest together is a symbolic 99 rubles.

On the map with GPS navigation it is easy to navigate both on the streets of cities and on country roads. The only thing in the intricultural streets of the narrow streets of the old quarters does not always correspond to reality, but at least it can always be determined by the direction.

If you are traveling on the bus, you need to get out on a turn leading to the slyly related fjord or a waterfall, and the driver does not understand your broken Italian, simply open the map, find the right point and follow the trajectory of movement to scream in time: "Stop!"

In general, GPS has served us many times on travel.

Another great card for iPad is 2GIS. Surprisingly, the fact – in 2GIS there are cards not only Russian cities. It was very convenient to use 2GIS-map of Venice and Padua.

Well, a little remark: if you walk in such a city like Naples, keep your tablet in your hands hard 🙂 Especially when motorcyclists are passed by. And in the subway / train too, especially during stops.

2. Guidebooks.

Class – no longer need to carry the fat volume guidebooks! Everything can be downloaded in electronic form and pour into iPad.

My favorite guidebooks is the Dorling Kindersley and Rough Guides. All of them are published in electronic form, in any case, in English exactly. In Dorling Kindersley I like the detailed schemes of museums and well-drawn robes of walks in quarters. In Rough Guides – the best advice on restaurants and cafes, and there you can find a description of even the most tiny towns and little-known, but curious sights. Rough Guides part "Nourishing" Recommendations will easily survive TripAdvisor – only thanks to him, even such a capricious nature, as I, truly love to dine in the restaurants 🙂

Page of DK:

Page from Rough Guides about Restaurants:

3. Transport.

Transport – a very important thing for an independent traveler. There are at least three ways to make public transport travel easier with Apad:

1) Special Applications. For example, the Italian railways TRENITALIA has a Prontotreno’s own application, where you can watch the schedule and buy tickets. However, this requires access to the Internet. However, it is not as critical as in the case of cards – WiFi available in hotels and many restaurants.

2) You can download the schedule for the right destinations in advance, save in PDF format and pour on iPad. For example, in our last trip in Italy, I had files with me:
– Schedule Circumvesuviana Naples Sorrento and back;
– Schedule of Naples Caserta trains and back;
– Naples Metro Scheme;
– Surento-Positano-Amalfi bus schedule;
– Sursto-Positano-Amalfi boats schedule;
– Flight schedule to local villages for which I wanted to see.

An example of such a file:

3) Finally, you can take a picture of the buses or trains directly to the iPad or at the bus station. Very convenient in cases where the online schedule is not available, and the booklets are not issued.

Here, for example, a photo with a bus schedule to the old Caset:

Well, or in such cases where part of the flights were canceled:

4) If you bought electronic train tickets in advance and suddenly lost a printout, a ticket can be shown right on the ipad screen. If you, of course, did you preserve in advance or you have online access to mail.

4. Museum schedules

There are weekends in museums. Sometimes unexpected. And sometimes elongated workers, until late evening. Some days can let. Some places are allowed only with a tour of a specific schedule. Moreover, information in guidebooks may be outdated. So as not to score to yourself all this’s head, I usually look through the websites of interest to me and I do for myself "Square" – Save in a separate file graphics of their work. Then I make a sign: In one column – the days of the week, to another – the list of museums, in which these days it is not worth going, or vice versa, you need to go that day. File with graphs and sign I also save in iPad. It takes all this for a couple of hours, but there are no situations when dragging through the Polgorod to the museum and are in front of closed doors, because this museum suddenly decided to rest on Wednesdays, and not as everyone else – on Tuesdays.

10 Ways to make a trip easier using a tablet

Here is such a modest, but very useful file for neapol:

And this is an example piece "Squata":

5. Dictionaries

Well, here and add nothing to. When you flip the menu or read the ad, there is nothing more useful than to have a dictionary. The English-Russian dictionary will be useful in any country, and before the trip never will prevent the Language Dictionary on which local residents speak. If this is not Chinese, of course 🙂

6. TripAdvisor

I often use this site before the trip than in time. But if I bump into some museum or other interesting place, and I have doubts whether it is worth spending money on it, looking at TripAdvisor. For example, being in Italy, I found that in Herculanium there is a multimedia museum dedicated to Pompei. The ticket cost quite expensive, and the museum looked tempting. However, from feedback, I learned that half of the exposure does not work, and the museum is definitely not worth their money.

7. Booklets and programs

In Naples, we bought a local Campania Artecard tourist map, in addition to which I was given a booklet guide weighing with a good brick. In order not to carry with you this Talmud, I just downloaded on the site its e-version.

In the tourist items of information you can always gain a lot of useful and interesting booklets, but it’s much easier to download all this from the Internet in electronic form. The same applies to the schedules of concerts, cards of pedestrian tourist routes, boat tours programs, travel schemes and T.D. and T.NS.

eight. Weather forecast.

The weather can be in the phone, but convenient when everything is at hand. In my experience, more or less adequate forecast regardless of the site gives Weather.COM, and in the screenshot – their app.

nine. Lists of things

ten. Finally, iPad is a great way to pass time

on the train, waiting for the bus or in line. With the advent of Apad, I practically abandoned an electronic book, I read it only on the beach, t.To. Ipad on the sun screen selects.

Most of the information I keep in PDF files and look through with iBooks.

This is how my collection of documents on a trip to the Neapolitan Rivier looks like:

Funny, just now noticed that my favorite guidebooks – the same author!

IPad replaces me a huge bunch of printouts I used to carry with you. Now printing only the most important thing and what can ask on the border – electronic tickets (or route receipts), insurance policy, hotel reservation or invitation. In the morning I do not choose from a stack of paper what you need today, but just throwing the iPad in my bag. Most importantly – do not forget it in time to charge!

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