Regardless of your destination, travelling can be very stressful. Whether you’re travelling by plane or taking a road trip, there are some apps to take advantage of to make your trip a little more efficient.
According to Think With Google’s insights on traveller behaviour, smartphones are the new concierge for travellers, and in recent years, almost 85% of travellers rely on their smartphones to shape their trip. Whether travellers are looking to book flights, hotels, or restaurants in the area, they are turning to their phones more than any other resource.
There seems to be an app for every niche of travelling. We’re going to go through some of the top apps that can make your travelling experience a little better.
For the Frequent Flyer – TripCase
If your work travels have made you a pro at travelling, then the TripCase app would be great for you. TripCase is like a personal assistant for your travel details, meetings and schedules. This can help you stay organized and plan out your entire trip while syncing with your travel details with your calendar.
For the Organized Traveler – TripIt
Despite best efforts to book your trip well beforehand, it’s easy to get your confirmation emails buried in your inbox. To keep the vital information about your details, such as confirmations, itineraries and more all in one spot, then the TripIt app can be a lifesaver.
For the Explorer – Triposo
Not every travel requires you to visit the tourist attractions. Some travellers enjoy the authentic experience of a day or a night out in a city and explore the area like a local. Triposo is the local tour guide every explorer needs to find places to see, eat and experience. One of the best perks of the Triposo app is that it can still help you navigate around while offline.
For the Road Tripper – GasBuddy
Canada is a beautiful country and taking a road trip can be the perfect way to explore the beautiful sights. GasBuddy is a great app to help you save money by locating gas stations near you and alerts you of price hikes. GasBuddy works in Canada and U.S. only, so if you’re travelling to Edmonton, or passing through, you can utilize this app to find the best prices.
With a lot of apps to explore and utilize, it’s never been easier to have a better travelling experience.
Jet lag can be one of the most unpleasant aspects of travelling. Adjusting to a new time zone is not easy; however, there are remedies you can use to help your body cope from long-haul flights.
The best way to beat jet lag is to understand what causes it to begin with. Our bodies are programmed to expect a routine on a daily basis, such as eating and sleeping. This routine is also known as circadian rhythm. When we fly to areas with different time zones, we are essentially shuffling our circadian rhythm, which can lead to fatigue, indigestion, loss or appetite and issues concentrating. Unfortunately, there is no specific time frame as to when our bodies will recover from jet lag, primarily since the adjustment period is highly dependent on your age, stress level and stage of health. Travellers use the expression ‘west is best, east is a beast’. Essentially, it is harder for your body to adjust to shorter days, than longer ones.
Here are some tips you can use to help you prevent jet lag for your next travel adventure.
1. Relax Before You Travel
A rigid routine before your long flight will make it more difficult for your body to adjust to different time zones, especially if you’re in for a long trip. Start your holiday refreshed rather than being fatigued.
2. Travel In The Mornings
If possible, when choosing your flight, opt to choose a flight that arrives during the day. This will make it easier to stay awake and keep your body on a regular schedule.
3. Stay Away From Caffeine and Alcohol
Artificial stimulants, such as coffee and soda will affect your ability to sleep and increase the recovery time from jet lag. The effects of alcohol at high altitudes will lead to dehydration and fatigue, making it challenging to overcome jet lag.
4. Avoid Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills can leave you feeling hazy when you land and do not contribute much toward recovery from jet lag. If you are looking to sleep on the plane, it’s best to do so naturally.
The better your daily routine is, the easier it will be to reduce jet lag and feel refreshed. For example, independently of flights, eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep on a regular basis boosts your body’s state of health. These factors will also contribute to better adjusting to different time zones. If you’re looking to stay awake during a flight, don’t forget your fully charged in-flight entertainment to pass the time.
One of the most considerable stress about travelling is packing for your trip. Ranging from items to pack to finding space in your suitcase, there are a few tips you can try to relieve the stress and enjoy your journey.
The first place to start is the organization. Whether or not you are a frequent traveller, you can still benefit from staying organized, while thanking yourself later, too. The first place to start is to make a list of items you need and this will largely depend on the purpose of your travel.
For example, other than the basics, a business trip will require a completely different list of ‘must haves’ than a vacation traveller would. You can break down your list by destination (i.e. temperature changes between the two locations) into a few different categories.
This would include:
- Clothing (and shoes!)
- Entertainment (including chargers)
- Importance (passport, wallet, money etc.)
Space is often one of the most significant issues when it comes to packing, which is not surprising, as many have admitted to packing more than they would need. So, how do your packing habits compare to the average travellers?
According to survey conduction by the Huffington Post, here are some common habits for travellers:
- 70% of traveller fold their clothes rather than rolling
- 77% plan their clothes or outfits in advance
- 75% pack 2-3 pairs of shoes
- 45% pack 1 pair of underwear for each day, plus a spare
- 58% never weight their luggage
- 69% stay under the limit for checked bags
So, how do pack like a pro? Here are our top tips:
- Packing cubes: These are one of the best ways to save space and to organize your suitcase by grouping your items. This especially helps when you are looking for a particular item and don’t want to dump out your bag to find it when you finally arrive at your hotel.
- Keep Items In Sequence: Pack your suitcase in the sequence of events that they will be used. For example, you will want to have your passport, pen and personal items close to you at all times. Once you have checked in, your next preparation would be your in-flight needs. This could mean have charger handy, a neck pillow, headphones or an iPad. You can organize this within your carry on or an additional bag (or purse) if you have one.
- Separate Dirty Clothes: Add an extra packing cube or separate bag to keep in dirty clothes and don’t mix it with your fresh clothes. A good idea is to add some potpourri to your laundry bag, and suitcase, to eliminate any odour. You may also want to take a Tide to Go with you to feel prepared for any accidents.
- Fill Dead Space: You have a lot more space than you might think. Dead areas such as corners, inside your shoes and more, can be very useful. Ensure that you are packing correctly by utilizing space rather than wasting it.
It’s common (like me) to overthink many scenarios and want to be prepared for by packing extra items, especially clothes. However, when your packing in your cubes, try to pack outfit and not options. This will help eliminate excess space and stress so you can enjoy your trip, whether your destination is in Edmonton, or anywhere else in the world.
In a recent study from the University of Toronto, a publication was recently released in the Journal of Consumer Research, shedding some light on what the best ‘gift’ for the holiday season would be. This study mainly focused on children’s Christmas gifts, however, other studies are showing this trend among adults as well, specifically millennial’s. The greatest gift to give this holiday season is an experience, not a material gift. Parents who choose to opt for experience, instead of a forgotten toy, claim that gifting an experience ignites stronger emotional response and enhances personals bonds.
If you have already purchased Christmas gifts for the coming holiday seasons, you can always keep this in mind for future special occasions. If you’re still pondering about ideas for experiences to give, we’ve compiled a list of some of Edmonton’s best attractions to help fall in love with the city all over again.
West Edmonton Mall: Of course, this was going to be on the list. Staying focused on the activities, such as the World Waterpark or Galaxyland, will drive the experience, rather than shopping or popping into the mall.
Telus World of Science: The hands-on exhibits drive a further purpose than an experience, but can ignite interest and learning, too.
Ice Castles: Although there may be no shortage of winter weather in Edmonton, making the most of this winter wonderland can be a great activity.
Muttart Conservatory: You can reserve this for warmer weather, however, the anticipation of this experience can keep the gift receiver have something to look forward to.
Staycation: You don’t have to leave the city to recharge. A staycation can be an economical way to take the family on vacation, rediscovering the city from a different perspective. Have the family pack their bags, rent out a room, and play tourist, like you would with any city you would visit for the first time.
Whatever you choose you to do, remember that giving the gift of experience, is very closely related to providing the gift of your time.