Top 5 Autumn City Breaks

Summer may have gone, but it also means the tourists and sweltering heat have gone too! It is why autumn is the perfect time to take a break to one of THE big cities. In summer a trip to a museum can be hard work because of the crowds, while booking a reservation at a fine restaurant is often impossible. Not in autumn! Everything is more accessible and this makes things more fun to do. Here are the top 5 cities to visit during autumn.

1. To Paris With Love
Paris is especially beautiful in the autumn. It is the perfect time of year for a romantic stroll along the Seine, when the trees are yellow and there is a crisp chill in the air. It’s also a great time to visit the wonderful attractions Paris has to offer, from the Eiffel Tower to The Arc de Triomphe. The only downside is it can be an expensive city to stay in, but it doesn’t have to be as there are lots of affordable and fabulous Paris holiday lettings available for rent. Paris is the perfect city for an autumn romance!

2. Take A Bite Of The Big Apple
Autumn is the perfect time to head to New York. A stroll through Central Park or a trip to see the Statue of Liberty is a joy as the weather is so pleasant at this time of year. It’s also the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping, as the shops are second to none! From Macy’s to the trendy boutiques in Soho, you are spoilt for choice. And then there’s Broadway to enjoy with all its fabulous shows. No wonder they call it the city that never sleeps when there’s so many wonderful things to do.

3. Go Double Dutch
Amsterdam in the autumn is just stunning and so romantic. The canals are the perfect setting for an amorous walk or cycle ride. And you will find lots of cool cafes to duck into and many great museums to enjoy. If you love your art the Rijksmuseum is a great place to visit. It has over 400 masterpieces, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh. Van Gogh even has his own museum, which has over 700 drawings and paintings on show. Amsterdam is a great place to find the perfect mix of culture and romance.

4. Don’t Be A Sauerkraut
Berlin’s beautiful autumnal scenery makes it a stunning place to visit. It is also a great time to go to attractions like The Brandenburg Gate or The Berliner Dom. If you want culture there are more than fifty museums to enjoy. It’s also a great place for some retail therapy – the KaDeWe is Germany’s equivalent of Harrods. And it would be remiss not to mention Berlin’s infamous nightlife; from hipster bars to techno clubs there is something for every taste!

5. It’s London Baby!
Autumn is the perfect time to explore London. The crowds have gone and the Tube isn’t as hot as hell. One of the world’s most vibrant cities, there is always something to do – you can catch a West End show; shop till you drop on Oxford Street; visit the Palaces and world famous museums; view the stunning skyline on the London Eye; go to a Premier League football match – the list is endless! The great thing about London in autumn is there are so many fantastic London holiday lettings to choose from. London has always been the place to be!

Things to do in Sydney at night

Even when the sun goes down and takes with it the wonderful views, Sydney still retains much of its charm. With plenty of entertainment options, diverse dining opportunities and varied watering holes, there’s no slowing down for Sydney after dark. If you are thinking of trading Sydney’s million dollar views during daytime for city’s skyline at night, here are a few activities you can indulge in.

Gaze at the stars at the Sydney Observatory

On occasion, the Sydney Observatory hosts night time tours for a $14 fee. Head to the observatory during after hours and view the stars and planets in dark night backdrop. There’s also a 3D space theatre and planetarium which allows visitors to make enquiries from astronomy educators on-site in order to learn more about the meteorological and astronomical objects on display. The night tours in Sydney Observatory must be booked in advance.

Wine and dine at The Rocks

The Rocks is one of Sydney’s oldest precincts, which enjoys spectacular views of its heritage listed sites. It is home to several water holes, bars, traditional pubs and old-style buildings. Whether you’re looking to have a cocktail in The Argyle, enjoy a schnitzel at Lowenbrau or wining and dining at any other spot, The Rocks comes to life after sundown.

Feast on Vietnamese cuisine in Cabramatta

This spot is one hour’s drive from Sydney and is the perfect place to feast on authentic South-East Asian food, culture and mingle with colorful locals. There’s a wide variety of restaurants to choose from and most of them offer Vietnamese Cuisine.

People watch in Circular Quay

Circular Quay is the pace to be if you want to marvel at the city’s skyline or the harbor. There are other things to do here including dining at any of the restaurants by the water, drink at the acclaimed Opera Bar or simply take a stroll and enjoy the best views as you take in the beauty of the historic buildings.

Spend the evening at the Darling Harbor

This is one of the most popular nightspots in Sydney and understandably so. With waterside fireworks every weekend and more than 24 restaurants, bars as well as entertainment venues, there’s something for everyone. Whether you are looking to take a stroll or splurge on a harbor side dinner, the Darling Harbor is worth your time in the evening.

Visit Chinatown

Located just a few blocks from George Street, Chinatown is packed with plenty of Asian eateries. The options range from darling dumpling spots, sushi trains, trendy wine bars and cheap Chinese restaurants. If you have time on a Friday, head to Chinatown as it hosts night market decked out with stalls and lanterns offering plenty of cheap Asian cuisine including sushi, teppanyaki, pho and more.

Spoil yourself with room service

Do your stay in style in one of the best Sydney luxury entertainment hotels. Spoiling oneself a little never hurt anyone. As such, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the room service at staying in the room.

High Flying: Most Popular Pot Destinations By Budget

Amsterdam was once a place where college kids and marijuana aficionados flocked in order to enjoy herb out in the open, eliciting no more than a glance from passersby. But the times, they are a-changin’. Now that marijuana is legal in five U.S. states and the District of Columbia, American pot smokers need not cross the pond for the experience.

According to Hipmunk airfare search data, Amsterdam has fallen from the #7 most-searched international destination in 2014 to #10 in 2015. We speculated it has something to do with domestic cities like Denver and Portland (both of them) joining the small group of pro-ganja cities.

We took a look at Hipmunk data to see if there was an increase in flight searches shortly after Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. legalized marijuana back in November 2014. And there was.

Increase in Share of Searches on Hipmunk From November 2013 to November 2014
Alaska 37%
Washington DC 21%
Colorado 19%
Oregon 15%


With so many more options and the Amsterdam government imposing stricter regulations on herb, we thought it’s time to outline all of your pot tourism destination options along with estimated budgets for each.

Pot-Friendly Vacation Destinations by Price
Destinations Average Flight Price Average Nightly Hotel Price Estimated Cost of a Weekend Trip for Two
Colorado $300 $174 $948
Oregon $362 $150 $1,024
Washington $370 $182 $1,104
Amsterdam $1269 $182 $2,902


We dug even deeper to bring you estimated weekend getaway pricing for popular cities in each of our domestic pot-friendly states.

Pot-Friendly Domestic Vacation Cities by Price
Cities Average Flight Price Average Nightly Hotel Price Estimated Cost of a Weekend Trip for Two
Yakima, WA $317 $110 $853
Denver, CO $275 $184 $918
Spokane, WA $395 $125 $1,039
Boulder, CO $275 $249 $1,048
Portland, OR $349 $178 $1,054
Colorado Springs, CO $424 $114 $1,076
Eugene, OR $419 $121 $1,080
Bend, OR $449 $130 $1,157
Seattle, WA $362 $241 $1,206
Aspen, CO $715 $310 $2,049
Vail, CO $715 $365 $2,160


Did we miss your favorite 420 destination? Or have you traveled to one of these locations to take a toke? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on October 7, 2015.

The Four Best Day Trips for Fall Visitors to Seattle

For visitors to the Pacific Northwest this fall, there is no shortage of activities in Seattle, the region’s largest and fastest-growing city. Baseball fans can check out a Mariners game, foodies can stroll around Pike Place Market for hours, and brave souls unafraid of heights can take in the unparalleled view from the Space Needle. But travelers who find themselves with free time, and with access to a car, may want to consider the following four day trips, which highlight the lush beauty unique to the Emerald City and the surrounding area, particularly in the Autumn season.

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The San Juan Islands:

About a three-and-a-half-hour drive north, the San Juan Islands are a must-see destination for out-of-towners. The San Juan Islands are composed of 172 individual islands, but four (San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island) are served by ferries and feature activities for visitors. For wine aficionados, visiting San Juan Vineyards, located on the main San Juan Island, is well worth the drive –  their well-regarded wines have won many awards. Those with fond memories of the film Free Willy should also be sure to go whale watching while exploring the islands, with the best time for viewing occurring from late May to October. All four islands have hotels and inns for those wishing to stay overnight, with the Earthbox Inn and Spa offering the perfect ambiance to relax.

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North Cascades National Park:

Northwest of Seattle is the North Cascades National Park, which is about a four hour drive from the city. Many come here to camp, and the jagged peaks, engulfed by hundreds of glaciers nestled among cascading waters, ensure an unforgettable experience. No other U.S. park outside of Alaska contains as many glaciers, in addition to diverse wildlife: bald eagles, moose, bears, grey wolves, and more than 200 species of birds. If you’d prefer a day trip in the park as opposed to camping, try staying at the budget-friendly Red Roof Inn near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport (Sea-Tac).

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Olympic Peninsula:

Three hours west of Seattle is the Olympic Peninsula, home to temperate rainforests and the Olympic Mountains. There is no shortage of activities with fishing, sailing, boating, and hiking being among the most popular. The Peninsula is also famous for its lush scenery featured in Hollywood blockbusters like the Twilight series. Those wishing to stay in and around the peninsula have a plethora of options, while nearby Olympia offers budget-friendly hotels like Red Lion Hotel or the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.

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Mt. Rainier National Park:

For aspiring mountain climbers, the three hour drive south to Mt. Rainier National Park is a must. Mt. Rainier is an iconic part of Washington state’s landscape, standing at 14,000 feet above sea level. An active volcano, Mt. Rainier has the largest glaciers in the U.S. outside of Alaska. Most climbers require two to three days to reach the summit, with experience in glacier travel and self-rescue required. About half of the 8,000-13,000 climb attempts per year are successful, so only the brave at heart should undertake the climb. Less experienced mountain climbers shouldn’t feel left out though, as the entire park is open for hiking, backcountry skiing, camping. Photographers should definitely pay a visit – you won’t see anything else like it in the U.S. Try staying in nearby Tacoma, at either the Hotel Murano or the Silver Cloud Inn, for affordable, modern luxury.

This post was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on September 23, 2015.

Experiencing great Irish cuisine in Waterford

Restaurants and pubs in Waterford

Irish food isn’t just about stew and potatoes. The country has a wide range of traditional tastes to suit every palate, whether you’re a vegetarian or eat a gluten free diet, and restaurants from practically every country can be found around Ireland. Unsurprisingly, the Irish capital Dublin has the most varied selection of restaurants around, but with the Michelin guide for 2016 just having been released, we wanted to try out something a little less predictable. We headed down to the Travelodge Waterford Hotel to explore one of Ireland’s lesser known culinary hotspots.

The longest inhabited city in all of Ireland, Waterford has had more than a millennium to develop some delicious tastes. County Waterford has more Michelin starred restaurants than practically any other area in Ireland (tying with Dublin), demonstrating just how incredible the area’s cuisine is. We’ve put together a guide to the best restaurants around Waterford along with a bit of information about what to see in this often overlooked Irish city.

In the 2016 Michelin Guide, two restaurants in County Waterford achieved the prestigious star award. While the Cliff House Restaurant is around an hour and a half from Waterford itself, the Copper Hen is just a 20 minute drive, or around 10 minutes from relaxing Tramore Beach. The Copper Hen’s menu excels when it comes to traditional Irish cuisine, with dishes like Irish beef and salmon along with a daily vegetarian option. The restaurant offers a set menu at a surprisingly low price, making it ideal for anyone wanting to try world-class cuisine on a budget.

Around the city of Waterford, you’ll find a range of great flavours, and we’ve recommended a few favourites here:

The Olive Tree: Perfect for quick eats, this authentic tapas bar serves up a selection of authentic Spanish dishes from paella to potato omelette tortillas. We definitely recommend checking out the chorizo frito con patatas y huevo (Fried potatoes and chorizo topped with a fried egg) for a real taste of Asturian cuisine, or try some vegetarian and fish-based options.

Momo: Definitely healthier than the average restaurant, Momo offers a range of delicious meals, with particular focus on fresh vegetable dishes. Try out some vegetable tempura, some local Irish lamb or put together a special sharing board to try a few different tastes!

Bodega: An innovative range of dishes focuses on local Irish produce, from Ireland’s famous seafood, lamb and beef to vegetarian dishes and a great wine menu. Celiac friendly options and delicious vegetarian choices like pumpkin burgers and goat cheese tarts make sure that Bodega stands out from the crowd.
We don’t have room to mention all the great Waterford restaurants you can find around the city, but rest assured that there’s something that totally suits your tastes.

Waterford’s Best Attractions

If you visit Waterford, you’ll find an impressive range of attractions, whether you’re interested in exploring over a thousand years of history or seeing something more modern. We’d definitely recommend starting off with a trip over to the three Waterford Museums, particularly the Medieval Museum.

Waterford’s arts scene is far more modern than you might expect from a city founded back in the 10th century. Theatres, galleries and festivals make for an ever changing experience, backed up with a genuinely unique atmosphere around the city. Waterford is absolutely ideal for a weekend break away from work: try some great food, take in a local play and relax in some beautiful natural areas like the Mount Congreve Gardens.

Our hotel was located just a few minutes from the city centre, making sure that we could get around the restaurants and attractions that Waterford had to offer. A lot of Waterford’s best dining can be done on a budget, so the low cost of the Travelodge hotel felt like a particularly good choice for our stay.

The Best Hotel Gyms For Fitness-Minded Travelers

When choosing a hotel, we don’t always care about the workout facilities. A couple of free weights and a dusty elliptical may seem like no problem when you’re focused on vacation! But thanks to the rapid growth of wellness tourism, the hospitality industry is looking to up their game with more creative ways to meet their guests’ fitness needs. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top hotel fitness centers that will make sure you leave in your best, most relaxed shape yet.

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1. The Venetian Hotel — Las Vegas, NV

This swanky Las Vegas hotel is home to Canyon Ranch SpaClub and its luxurious fitness center. In addition to high-end machines and equipment, the facility has an indoor cycling studio, Pilates and yoga rooms, and plenty of regularly scheduled fitness classes. You can even learn more about health and nutrition with wellness presentations on topics like power foods and maximizing your metabolism. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, sign up for an acupuncture session or take a dip in Aquavana, a European-inspired “thermal environments” designed to let you relax and take a load off. It’s bathing suit optional!

2. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel – Chicago, IL

This architecturally inspiring hotel is also known for its extensive outdoorwellness space, the perfect location to exercise on those sunny Chicago summer days. The 80,000 square foot space includes a running track, lap pool, and yoga room. If the weather disagrees, move into the hotel’s indoor fitness center, complete with basketball court, indoor pool, and cycling room.

3. EPIC Hotel – Miami, FL

Located in downtown Miami, EPIC Hotel’s fitness center and Exhale spa have everything you need to get that beach body in top shape. The gym is filled with cardio and weight machines and offers plenty of classes like Core Fusion or vinyasa yoga. For those looking for something more specific, the Exhale Mind Body Program packages include private training programs, nutrition and wellness coaching, and even Bridal Bootcamp for those looking to get fit before heading down the aisle.

4. The George Hotel – Washington, D.C.

This Washington, D.C. hotel features a fitness center open 24 hours a day with state-of-the-art equipment. Each machine has its own personal flat-screen TV and complimentary headsets. A yoga room is available with all the essentials you’d need, from mats to blocks. They also offer hula-hoops for the kids to try. Ready to get out and explore the city? The hotel offers a complimentary bike program upon request, includes everything you’ll need to get around the city: helmets, locks, maps, and bikes.

5. The New York Palace – New York, NY

Forget the nice towels and luxury toiletries; The Palace fitness center takes hotel gyms to the next level by providing complimentary cotton workout clothes and sneakers to guests from a variety of brands. Gym goers can slip on their gear and hit the high-end training room with a personal trainer (available upon request). Cardio, weights, and yoga equipment are available for everyone, and make sure to slip into the Eucalyptus-infused steam room with your complimentary bottle of water post workout for some true relaxation.

This post was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on September 29, 2015.

Top 5 Things To Do On Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a place famous for its delicious southern cuisine, easy-going lifestyle and fabulous vacation rentals. It’s the perfect place to visit to kickback and soak up the sun while enjoying some of the great attractions Tybee has to offer. Here are the top 5 things to do when visiting this island paradise.

1. Life Is A Beach
Tybee’s main attraction has to be its beach. It has been a popular spot since the late 1800s – it’s no wonder as the public beach runs for over 5 miles and is boarded by rolling sand dunes and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is split into: South Beach, Mid Beach, North Beach, Savannah River Beach and Back River Beach – each is popular for sunbathing, sailing, fishing or swimming with dolphins. If you love to spend a sun soaked day at the beach you won’t find a better stretch of sand to enjoy.

2. This Is A Lighthouse Keeper
Tybee Lighthouse and Museum is the island’s most popular landmark. It was built in the early 1800s to help mariners find a safe passage to the Savannah River. It stands within a beautiful five-acre site and is one of America’s finest examples of a lighthouse station. The story of which is fascinatingly told in the associated Tybee Museum – the museum is a wonderful place to discover more about the lighthouse and the history of the island.

3. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
Tybee is located only 18 miles from the historic city of Savannah. The island is also referred to as Savannah Beach because the beach physically links the two places. When staying in Tybee a visit to Savannah is a must. It is such unique and beautiful town, so steeped in history and myth – it was the setting for the novel ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ and is a place where lots of the historic mansions have their own ghost stories. Savannah is one of America’s most iconic Southern towns and an incredible place to visit.

4. Get Fortified
Fort Pulaski is a national monument. During the American Civil War the fort is where the Union Army successfully tested rifled cannon fire for the first time. It is a part of American military history that helped shape innovation in terms of weaponry. As a visitor you can watch cannon firing (Saturdays and Sundays) and musket demonstrations. The Fort is on Cockspur Island, which is located between Tybee Island and Savannah.

5. Pier Into The Past
The Tybrisa Pavilion (the original Tybee Pier & Pavilion) was built in the 1800s. It was a top attraction during its day, but sadly it burned down in 1967. However, rebuilt in 1996, it is one of Tybee’s top attractions again. It is free to the public and is a great place for anything from a romantic stroll to fishing. It hosts music events, dances and other special occasions. There is a snack bar and picnic tables. If you want a great view of the ocean this is THE spot.

It is such a fun and fantastic place to visit and there are so many great Tybee Island Vacation Rentals to stay in. If you want to just kickback and catch some rays, come visit Tybee as it’s the perfect place to do it!

Top 5 Beaches to Visit in Portugal

What defines the perfect beach? Is it the size, sand, views or surroundings? And every beach has its own personality – some are a simple stretch of sand set by a promenade while others are set in scenic coves. One country that has more than its fair share of fabulous beaches is Portugal. Here are five of its very best beaches to visit.

1. Praia da Rocha
Praia da Rocha translates to “beach of the rocks”. Its rocky features make it a stunning place to sunbathe or enjoy the many water sporting activities on offer. The beach is split into two by a craggy headland and there are many caves to explore. Perched on the cliffs above the beach are a glut of restaurants and bars. There are also lots of fantastic holiday apartments and hotels to stay in nearby.

2. Praia do Castelo
Set at the foot of stunning cliffs, Praia do Castelo is a beautiful spot to escape the more touristy beaches on the Algarve. The fort that once overlooked it has gone, but its name “Castelo” is a nice reminder of it. The beach is a delightful cluster of smaller beaches connected by coves and caves. It is located near Albufeira, which is a popular tourist resort, but despite this it is an unspoiled spot to visit.

3. Praia da Marinha
Spectacular cliffs surround the beach, towering over the sand like protective walls. It’s a jaw-dropping location and its no wonder it has been rated as one of Europe’s and the world’s most beautiful beaches. Praia da Marinha means “Navy Beach”, which is a bit of a dull name for such a gorgeous spot. Though it may be to do with the quality of the water and the many boat trips that are available to tourists. It is definitely the place to visit if you like to snorkel.

4. Praia do Guincho
If you have ever seen On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, you may recognise Praia do Guincho as the spot where James Bond saves his wife to be, only to end up in a fight with two goons. The beach is a stretch of sand broken up into smaller beaches. It has stunning views of the rugged Estoril coastline and is also a popular spot with surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. Cascais is the closest town, which is a popular resort for foreign and local tourists.

5. Zambujeira do Mar
The town of Zambujeira do Mar is located on a spectacular, rocky cliff, which overlooks one of Portugal’s finest beaches. Like many of the others it is a collection of smaller beaches that hug the coastline. It is a popular haunt for backpackers and surfers, which makes sense as it is home to the Festival Sudoeste – a music event that has seen the likes of Daft Punk play at it.

If you want a beach holiday where you can just soak up the sun and switch off, Portugal has some of the best coastal spots in Europe. So pack the beach towel, book into one of the many superb villas in Portugal and indulge in some sun worshipping on a beautiful beach.

In Search of the World’s Friendliest Nations

Being a traveler helps you see things in a different perspective and encourages you to adapt, not just to varying environments, but also to people who are raised in different cultures. Over the years, some countries have gained a reputation for being friendlier than others.

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index is published by the World Economic Forum. This report comes out every two years and the most recent one declared Spain as the world’s most tourist-friendly country. Other countries that made the cut include Germany, France, the US and Australia. If you’re still contemplating where to go this year, here are some thoughts on where you will be welcomed with open arms.


There are over 60 million people that arrive in this friendly European country every year. Having a healthy tourism industry stretching back to the 1960s, Spain ticks all of the boxes when it comes to culture, infrastructure and warmth of welcome. The natives certainly know how to treat visitors, because they have had plenty of time to learn. This country might be poor at organizing its economy, but can’t be faulted when it comes to tourism.


If you fly over to France, you get the feel of just how vast and green this country is. Agriculture is important, but with annual arrivals of around 84 million, then so is tourism. You cannot fault the French for going the extra mile to make their country hospitable. In fact, they have a natural passion for greeting overseas visitors.


Least we forget that today’s tourism industry is a cut-throat business, we should have a look at Germany and understand why it ranked so highly. For infrastructure, cultural resources and welcome, this organized and efficient county did very well on the tourism index. In terms of price competitiveness, however, Germany needs improvement.

The United States

This country is on most travelers’ bucket list to visit at least once in their lifetime. Last year, the US had 74 million visitors, which made it the highest-ranked country in the Americas. The natives here are always friendly, as reflected in the country’s high scores on hospitality. Even visa restrictions do not deter travelers since they know that once they get in, they might not want to leave the place anymore.


This vast country just made it into the top ten, probably on the basis of the amazing natural recourses and unique character of both the land and the people. In Australia, the tourism industry is well developed, and there are lots of things to do and see. The Australian people are helpful and very friendly in general. The big downer here, though, is a lack of price competitiveness.

Let’s not get too carried away with index surveys, as a holiday is what you make it, and is only partially influenced by the people you meet along the way. A country not on the list that has always been a fantastic place to visit is the Philippines. Many visitors have commented on the genuine hospitality and bright smiles of the Filipinos, which made them decide to buy properties in the country. By using Zipmatch, a property finder in the Philippines, they are able to discover valuable properties from the real estate market.  With a housing market boom, you can not only make a good investment in real estate, but also take your time to savor the beauty of the land and the people.

How Mobile Phones Are Changing The Way We Travel

Smartphones are revolutionising the way we travel. Now we can download an app for anything – from checking into flights and hailing cabs to documenting the experience and finding our way from A to B.

It wasn’t that long ago that day-to-day travel and holidays meant careful planning and preparation, so that you didn’t start your journey only to realise that you had left something important – like the tickets – at home.

Now, there is not a lot that your mobile phone can’t do to assist you in your travels and make them that little bit easier. Except, maybe teleport you to where you need to be, which would be ideal as you board a 24-hour flight – perhaps in the next few years, with the speed at which technology is advancing!

But for now, here are some of the many ways our phones are changing the way we travel:

1. Planning
Reading up on your destination is at your fingertips, and planning couldn’t be simpler with the internet and apps available to you. Check out blogs, reviews and images to prepare you for your trip! Then you can, when driving for example, check the route for traffic and when flying abroad check the weather before leaving without your umbrella!

2. Booking
Apps such as Sky Scanner and Hostelworld allow us to book the best flights and accommodation at a good price, whilst the likes of WorldMate generates an itemised itinerary from the confirmation of our flights/hotels/hire car and restaurant bookings.

3. Checking-in
A traveller’s nightmare is getting to the airport and realising they have left important documents and details at home. But now apps don’t only allow us to book online, they store all our documents as well as enabling us to check-in!

4. No more getting lost!
Getting lost in an unfamiliar place is a thing of the past thanks to the online maps and guides available to you on your smartphone. Don’t know where the nearest restaurant is? Ask Siri!

5. Capture the moment
Now you don’t have to wait to return from your trip to get your photos developed. Phones don’t only allow us to take photos and videos as we travel, they allow us to send them anywhere in the world. No longer do we need to send a ‘wish you were here’ postcard, we can make friends and family jealous with images instantaneously.

6. Entertainment at your fingertips
With the added excitement that you are on your way to a new destination, the travelling in between can feel very long and boring. However, with music, games, reading material and more at your fingertips, the time will fly by!

7. Pay as you go!
With Apple Wallet you can store your credit and debit cards, as well as loyalty and reward cards on your phone!

Obviously, the only downside to relying on technology is that it can break at the most inopportune of moments. But don’t let this worry you! If a cracked screen means you can’t actually see anything behind it, to make the most of the above visit where you will be able to get it fixed within an hour! This means you can get back to planning and booking your travel, without worrying and waiting for a working phone.