Travel Tamers: Top Gadgets and Apps for the Over 50 Crowd
You’re getting older but you’ll never shed your zest for adventure and travel. However, things are a bit more technological as compared to decades ago when all you needed was a passport and film camera. Today, things are different and travel offers goers gadgets and handy apps.
Some forget Google, the company hosting the world’s most popular search engine, offers a ton of others services, like Google Translate. It’s not infallible in translating hundreds of language, yet it does a sufficient job. Moreover, the Word Lens tool allows people to take a picture of a word and get it translated.
Those over 50 and traveling overseas or between country lines will need to deal with the currency exchange rate.This app takes the headache out of keeping track of over 180 currencies. Get the latest exchange rates calculated while not worrying about appearing like a tourist, or worse, a target for a scam.
Older people get why social media is so popular. Socializing has been around for ages, yet not all have the ability to grasp the latest apps and tools. LiveTrekker allows you to easily upload pictures, videos, text, etc so you can chronicle your adventures while distant family members can keep track in real time.
If you can learn the New York City subway system in your lifetime, that’s an accomplishment. However, the world hosts hundreds of subway systems, which is an intimidating number for a traveler. AllSubway contains over 200 maps. Currently, the app is efficient in trekking Europe, Asia, and North America.
Older people may think the idea of anyone but a cab driver picking them up and taking them to another destination is quite foreign. Yet Uber is taking the transportation world by storm, entering a number of international markets in the last year. Once you’re registered, you’ll wonder why anyone would choose another form of cab-like transportation.
A number of useful apps and tools are useless without an Internet connection. That’s why Wi-Fi finder may be the most important app in your arsenal. Find places with free public Wi-Fi anywhere. You can even target the type of venue – a cafe, Starbucks, hotel, etc.
The Medisafe app helps people keep track of medications and dosage when away from home. It’s easy to develop a routine at home and remember to take meds. It’s more difficult when you’re away, yet for some, forgetting or miscalculating dosage could be life threatening. Moreover, send medication reports to caretakers, nurses, and doctors. If doctors provide important information over the phone, use Call Recorder for Me to easily return to the call at a more convenient time.
Imagine having your entire reading library in your suitcase. It’s a possibility when you make the switch to e-reading. The Nook app allows you to access your digital library from your phone. Read the latest published titles, magazines, and newspapers instantly.
Scientists have conducted multiple studies showing that brain stimulation helps keep people sharp into their later years. Do you have some downtime at the airport or in your hotel room? Challenge your brain with Elevate, the app that offers puzzles to test memory, speed, etc.