On-the-go technology can be game changers for family travel. In fact, iPhones and iPads, and choice creative/ educational apps have saved our family vacations more times than we can count.
Whether you’re heading to the beach, mountains or enjoying a relaxing staycation at home or in a local hotel (as we often do), iPhones and iPads are trusted devices that you can take anywhere.
Planning your trip:
These apps will come in handy from the time of booking your trip to after reaching your destination:
Tripit is a Travel Planner app that helps organize flights and hotel info. At the airport, open Apple Maps and “look inside” the terminal through the built-in Indoor Maps tools to find things like gates, restrooms and restaurants. Sign up for this app is entirely free and all you need to do is forward your confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and in a matter of seconds, everything is organized for you.
It sends helpful reminders and alerts so busy travelers never miss a thing.
If you’ll be speaking another language at your destination, try iTranslate Translator to communicate with locals.
with iTranslate you can even use the app to speak and it will recognize your voice and start translating into the desired language (we really could have used this in Italy — we were using other translate apps that weren’t as immediate). It’s even available offline in 4 languages!!!
Taking a road trip?
Roadtrippers is the ultimate road trip planning app! You simply start by entering in where you want to start and end your trip and then discover the coolest route to get there using the app. The apps database includes millions of fascinating things to do and see and allows you to plan out the most authentic and local experience along the way.
Set up Apple Pay — while roaming a new city, resort or out and about in the neighbourhood (we use this nearly every day — even at home) on your iPhone (or Apple Watch) to conveniently pay without fumbling for your physical payment card
Photo Edit on the Go!
Obviously with any trip, you can use any of your devices (iPad, MacBook, or iPhone) to photo edit on the go like a pro! These days, no one can even tell if your images are shot by a pro because the cameras on your smart devices are just that good. We invested in a professional camera last year and after I took it on a press trip to Nashville — and never used it for any of the photos I ended up posting — I basically just make sure I have my phone charger with me at all times now.
Before posting to Instagram, Facebook or other popular Social Media platforms, I use the tools already found in the Photos app to edit my my images/videos. I simply adjust light, colour, crop, adjust perspective and even apply filters with a few taps.
A few other reminders before your March Break travels begin:
Get the playlist ready — download your favourite playlist or albums from Apple Music. Or, make your March Break playlist as a family activity before leaving where everyone contributes their top tracks.
Download shows — whether it’s the latest from Apple TV+ or Netflix, download your favourite shows and movies to watch offline for guaranteed in-seat entertainment on iPhone or iPad.
Game on — Apple Arcade offers more than 100 games to download and play during the break — there’s something for everyone. Apple Arcade is only $5.99 per month and can be shared with up to 5 family members and played across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.
Pack AirPods — iPad users can give Audio sharing a try where you can pair two sets of AirPods to one iPad and easily listen to music or watch a movie with a friend.
Apps for Kids — there are a lot of great educational apps on iPhone/iPad that maintain keep kids learning during the break: For kids aged 4+:
Playkids – Cartoons and Games — a colourful app offering activities, cartoons and books to explore, learn and be entertained.
HOMER Reading — an exciting, interactive app designed to spark a passion for reading as they build critical skills with a personalized learn-to-read plan.
Tayasui Sketches — With Apple Pencil, iPad turns into an instant canvas. Tayasui Sketches app provides access 20 realistic drawing tools that bring creative ideas to life. The app is also works on iPhone, letting their creations carry with their fingers.
For the kids 8+: Thomas & Friends Minis — kids will create their own train set piece by piece and bring it to life with Them and all his friends. Using an iPhone or iPad’s camera, kids can immerse themselves in their set like never before using Augmented Reality!
Swift Playgrounds — a revolutionary learn to code app for Mac and iPad that makes it fun to learn and experiment with code — no prior coding knowledge required! The whole time kids learn Swift, a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by professionals to build many of today’s most popular apps.
NOTE: If you’re near an Apple Store during March break, you can sign up for a free coding session through at Apple.
For more great apps for March Break, visit the App Store.