Tech travel hacks: Rig a DYI standing desk, bring your own TV with you

Good News Notes:

Following nearly two years of off-and-on again restrictions, lockdowns and fears of catching COVID-19, millions are back on the road again.

Whether it’s jetting off on a business trip, flying with the fam for a beach getaway, or simply a road trip to visit family, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts domestic travel and tourism will rebound significantly in 2022 – even exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

If and when you head out, consider packing a few of these following techy “travel hacks” to save you time, money and aggravation.

And be sure to share any of your own “shut the front door” travel tips and tricks by posting on social media (links at the top of this article).

Store documents on your phone

Before you leave home, digitally scan your passport, driver’s license, health card/insurance information, vaccination proof, and roadside assistance cards – and keep these images on your smartphone – in the event any or all of these are lost or stolen. You may need to scan the backs of these documents, too.

On a related note, add your credit cards to your Apple Pay wallet (iPhone) or Google Pay (Android), in case they’re misplaced.

And if your smartphone becomes lost, stolen or damaged, make sure it’s locked with a password or PIN, and keep an extra copy of these scanned documents on a password-protected cloud account – so you can access them on another device.

Take a photo of your boarding pass

When checking into your flight online, opt for a boarding pass sent to your phone – whether it’s via text message, email or to be opened inside an app – but take a screen grab of your boarding pass on your phone to create an offline version, in case the Internet connection isn’t good at the airport you won’t hold everyone up behind you.

Download your entertainment ahead of time

Many streaming movie services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime allow you to download TV shows and movies to watch offline – so be sure to do this over your Wi-Fi before you leave on vacation.

That way, you won’t incur any roaming charges while the kids stream movies in the backseat of a road trip.

Downloading also works for many music streaming services, like Apple Music and Spotify….”

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