Thinking Summer Travel Solutions? Think Skype.

2015 July 1

{This Summer Travel Tips Post is Sponsored by Skype}

Let’s talk about Summer Travel with an extra boost of ‘peace of mind’ this summer.

Problems happen, go with the flow, keep teens happy and all that.

Sure. But…

NOT my type of travel. I try to enjoy the chaos once we get there, but BEFORE? I’m all about knowing in advance what/where/when/how!

Summer Family Travel Adventures with Skype Tech TipsWe have to plan our GoodNCrazy Summer Family travel around our 3 teen kids’ schedules WAY in advance. Between many different summer camps (seriously like 5!), friends flying to visit us, hosting a foreign exchange student and school starting earlier than usual this fall… we design our vacation time using an atomic clock. (Nerd alert! Don’t laugh, my son has a real-life atomic clock. Mark, set, GO!)

Oh and my oldest started a summer job, further making our travel plans trickier to schedule. (Yay for her own spending money! Boo for… either she can’t go with us or we alter our plans… again?)

Anyway, I’m not interested in spending one more atomic minute worrying about the technical details before, during or after our vacations.

5 Travel Hacks to Keep YOUR Family Travel Plans on Track this Summer!

The smart folks at Skype (you know: use your computer to make calls, video chatting and even Skype To Go on your cell phone) have created a list of travel tricks to keep your well-planned summer agenda orchestrated and running like a well-oiled machine!

My favorite is the International tip #5! We SOOO needed that last June on our trip to Spain.

  1. Seeing is believing: There’s nothing more horrifying than checking into your vacation rental home and finding that it doesn’t quite stack up to the appealing images you saw online. Before you sign that contract with any vacation rental company, ask your host if it’s possible to get a Skype tour. In addition to looking inside the home, check out outdoor accommodations such as the pool and parking.
  2. Personal concierge: People’s smartphones have turned into a one-stop-shop for all things travel, from directions, restaurant recommendations, mobile boarding passes and more. Additionally, mobile digital personal assistants such as Cortana Trip Planner helps take the stress out of traveling so you can kick back and relax. Cortana will let you know when online checking opens up, the latest weather at your destination, and keep an eye on traffic for your voyage to the airport.
  3. Plan ahead: Tools like Skype allow you to easily plan a group trip with group video calls and chats to share destination ideas, and even share photos from your trip. Keep the planning details together by storing things like reservations, flight confirmations and itineraries in OneNote.
  4. Back up your memories: Most mobile phones have impeccable cameras these days. If you’re using it to take pictures of your travels, make sure you back up your photos to OneDrive before you leave, creating space for all the new ones.

    Use Skype for International calls Summer Travel Solutions

  5. Ditch the international mobile plan: Traveling internationally can be expensive, but there are many free and low-cost resources to save you money. As an example, with Skype To Go, you can call home and check in with family for a low calling rate. No data plan required! Or, you can even send texts directly from Skype. Left your phone at home? No problem, you can also connect for free using Skype for Web. Most hotels have a business center so it’s super easy to connect. Just go to skype.com and you’ll be instant messaging in no time.

Which Skype tip do you most need in your Summer Travel planning tool-kit?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. My opinions and summer chaos are all my own.

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