I’m usually pretty good at diconnecting while on vacation. However, the more responsibility I take on in life (business, motherhood) it’s becoming harder for me to disconnect.
It’s not so much that I can’t put my phone down, because I can. It’s more so that I don’t want to spend hours catching up when I’m back home from vacation. I prefer to casually browse my email for important notes, scroll through social media to post while on vacation so I won’t have to do it when I’m back home. Most importantly, I have to keep my eye out for anything daughter-related.
My smartwatch allows me to stay connected but there are some limitations when traveling internationally where internet connection is costly on-the-go. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t use your smartwatch. In fact, it comes in handy!
Here are 5 ways you can use your smartwatch during your trip abroad:
1. Step Tracking
You travel to explore so tracking your steps is the most obvious use. You can compare how much you walk at home versus while traveling. You will most likely notice that you walk more while on vacation. You should try your best to match those steps once you’re back home. Here are my walking stats on my most recent trip to Jordan (11 days):
2. World Clock
I always like to know what time it is back home. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because I’ve been known to randomly message people once I have internet access on my phone. I used my smartwatch to keep track of the time back home. I guess I was still in mommy-mode and imagined what my daughter might have been doing at that time (we’re on a schedule). Plus, who wants to do math to figure out the time back home?? Not me.
3. Boarding Pass
I’ll be honest, this one didn’t work all that well for my international trip — to the Middle East. Security is tight. Paper worked best. At some check points I could swipe my watch to scan my boarding pass but for other checkpoints they wanted paper and they wanted to write notes on the boarding pass. However, this will work great for domestic flights. No need to fumble your phone in and out your pockets. You can easy swipe your boarding pass.
4. Alarms & Reminders
We traveled as a group but we had some free time in between activities. We were always told “Be back in X amount of time”. We were exploring and easily lost track of time. I was able to set an alarm or a timer on my Moto360 which kindly reminded me to get back to where I needed to be. On my long flight this also came in handy. I’m strategic when it comes to battling jet lag. I was able to use the alarms to wake up from my not-so-comfortable plane sleep.
5. Flight Time Tracking
Again, who wants to do math while on vacation?? I set the timer on my smartwatch to countdown how many hours I had left on my 12 hour flight. I helped me see light at the end of the long dark tunnel.
I just felt safe with my smartwatch. I thought that I would be paranoid that someone would take note of my schmancy Moto360 but it was the opposite. The Moto360 is so sleek people didn’t even notice and when they did they were surprise. I felt more safe checking in on my smartwatch than I did pulling out my massive (and lovely) Samsung Galaxy Note to check simple things like notifications, time, steps, and alarms.