Summer Travel Picks from Verizon

shutterstock_670636564.jpg

With the kids out of school, summer is a popular time to load up the family vehicle and hit the road. In fact, more than 80 percent of American families with children under the age of 18 intend to take a family vacation this summer. But is your family ready to make the most of your time away?

First, make sure you avoid any traffic hassles. With Google Maps, you can plan your route in advance. Load up Google Maps on your smartphone and get real-time traffic information. It can be an amazing time saver when there’s an interstate backup and you can route around it.

Another app to check out is PackPoint. Just let it know where you’re traveling to, how long you’ll be there, and the activities you plan while there. The app creates a list of things to pack! You can, of course, customize to your own liking. But by all means, let the app do the heavy lifting.

When you get to your destination - especially if it’s a beach or somewhere else you’ll be in the sun - you definitely want to download the QSun app. This free app for iOS and Android will let you know the UV levels in your location and what protection you should be wearing to stay safe.

Speaking of the beach, it’s just not the same experience if you don’t have music. Then again, if you are bringing a speaker, you want to make sure it’s able to handle the elements. That’s where the UE Wonderboom comes in handy. This portable Bluetooth speaker is not only easy to pack, it’s also waterproof and sounds great!

Are your travels taking you outside of the country’s borders? You may just want to upgrade your smartphone to the Samsung Galaxy S9 before you leave. A new translation feature built into its artificial intelligence engine Bixby allows it to translate street signs, menus and anything else in a foreign language just by pointing your phone’s camera at those words and phrases.

Also when traveling, your keys, wallet and passport are important items you just can’t afford to lose. Keep track of them with the Tile Sport tracker. Just attach these intelligent squares to anything you want to track and you’ll easily be able to locate them should they go missing.

And lastly, if you’re away from home for a decent amount of time, you want to make sure you’re keeping track of what’s going on back at your home. The Arlo Go home security camera will provide peace of mind with its 24/7 live streaming. And since it has battery backup and connectivity via Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, even if the power goes out at home during a summer storm, you’ll still be able to check in.

Happy summer travels!


About the author: Steve Van Dinter is Verizon's PR Manager for the Great Lakes market. As a tech enthusiast and former tech reporter, he loves showing people how their lives can be made easier thanks to the use of new technologies.

CareerSteve Van Dinter