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Best tech for trip planning

If you are reading this, then you are likely no technophobe. In fact, you may relish the opportunity to get your hands on new technology and services. We know we do here at Matouring. But, when you think about it how much is too much when it comes to taking things while you travel? Do you ever find that you load up with every possible accessory, only to find that you don’t use it or, even worse can’t use it, for one reason or another?

This article takes a deep look at technology that makes your trip easier rather than more complicated.

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Smartphone? Check. Spare battery? Check. Power cables? Check. After deciding which gadgets to pack for your summer vacation, you can move on to the harder — and more fun — part: planning what you are going to do.

How about smart luggage?

Flipping through printed travel guides and paper maps is passé. Tech tools are far more efficient at keeping your plans organized and easily accessible. As a frequent traveler, I always turn to a few time savers: building your own Google maps, using an itinerary management app and keeping important travel notes in a digital spreadsheet.

Not everyone wants to be as organized about trips as I do, of course; some people may simply want to roll with whatever comes their way. At the end of the day, your goal is to have fun on vacation.

Planning a trip thoroughly with tech tools may sound like giving up spontaneity. But in reality, it frees up time that you would have otherwise lost whenever you asked yourself, “What am I going to do today?” It can reduce family arguments about what to see next on a trip. And it still allows for discoveries along the way.

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Read more courtesy of New York Times.

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