Hello World! Its been a while hasn’t it? Its been a busy few months that’s kept me busy. Most recently I took a long deserved vacation to the Caribbean. It’s been a long time since I had the opportunity to just kick back and relax so I wanted to make sure the whole thing went as smoothly as possible. Planning my little getaway I focused on what tools were available that could make it as painless as possible.
I started out by searching for the best flight and hotel prices. I used Kayak, both on the web and mobile to determine the best prices. A neat trick that the app offers is the ability to set price alerts that send push notifications on prices that fall within a targeted price range. This works best of course when you have a few weeks to plan and execute on that purchase. After booking my trip I exported the info to Worldmate where it populated my flight and hotel itinerary, I also through my driver contact info for good measure. I’m normally a fan of the Reminders app on my iPhone as my go to place to place to jot down what needs to be done, however I had already decided not to take my iPhone with me so I needed a cross platform alternative. I chose Wunderlist as my to do list manager, there’s an app available on iOS, Android and for the purposes of this trip, Windows Phone. I used it to track my list of ToDos (of course) activities and my packing list. For good measure I also downloaded the Delta Airlines app which offers push alerts to flight changes and mobile check in.
I decided early on that I didn’t want to be super connected while on my vacation, otherwise whats the point right? I knew taking along an Android device would pose a significant distraction (app overload!) so I settled on the HTC Titan with Windows Phone 7. There’s a decent app market available for this OS and the camera on the device would serve as a good substitute for those moments I didn’t feel like taking a dedicated point and shoot camera along. The apps that I used in planning for this trip were all multi platform so getting the data I needed on this unit was no problem. I was able to cache a few playlists offline using Spotify and loaded up a few movies and TV shows for the flight to and from our destination. And finally I loaded up the Amazon Kindle app with a new book that I could enjoy during those lazy moments relaxing in the sun.
Do you have any stories or tips on vacationing connected yet disconnected? If so feel free to comment below.