While some families like to keep the technology at home when they are on a family vacation, I embrace technology on our trips. There are so many ways technology improves our vacations – from occupying the kids during long drives and flights to providing us with information we need. Here are some great uses of technology on vacation:
Portable DVD Players
If you have a long trip to your family vacation destination, portable DVD players can be a great way to occupy the time. Pack up a few DVDs, and make sure you bring headphones also!
Leapfrog Games and Other Portable Game Players
My kids are still young, and they love having their Leapfrog Explorer and LeapPad Explorer with them on vacation. The games are generally educational, and they definitely keep the kids busy!
iPads and iPhones
There are loads of iPhone and iPad apps that will keep the kids busy (my favorites are “The Monster at the End of This Book”, “Andrew Answers”, “Angry Birds”, “Tiny Wings”, and “Skee-Ball”). But, there are also some great apps that will help you on vacation, including apps specific to the hotel or destination you are visiting.
Apple’s Airport Express
If the hotel you are visiting only has wired internet access (ahem…. Walt Disney World), and you want WiFi, purchase an Airport Express. It retails for about $100, and you can just plug it into the wall and into the wired internet access, and it creates a wireless network. It can be difficult to do with an iPad, so set it up at home on your computer if you plan to travel with only an iPad.
What technology do you bring along on vacation?
Disclosure: I received several of these apps, as well as the Leapfrog Explorer and LeapPad Explorer at no cost, but all opinions are my own.
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