More and more caravanners and campers hit the road with their computers and wireless modems so they can keep in touch with family and friends back home. It might seem a little bit counter intuitive, after all, isn’t the whole point of going caravanning or camping to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life?
It’s true, using technology on your trip should not be about staring at a screen, however technology can really enrich your caravanning experience, especially this holiday season.
Here are some ways:
Skype your family and friends and update them with your travels
One of the easiest ways to keep in touch with friends and family while you are caravanning or camping is using Skype, the free calling program that allows you to video chat, call, and send messages. Stop wasting precious time on holiday going through the fuss of public phones and buying phone cards, instead you can use Skype to call your family for free anywhere there is a WiFi connection.
One of the joys of video calling programs such as Skype is that you get to see who you are talking to- it is great to see your grandchildren and family, and you can also show them a little of where you are and what you are up to!
Share your caravanning route!
Facebook is a great way to connect with friends and family when you are on the road, and there is an active community of caravanners and campers who love to write about their experiences and give advice. The Experience Caravanning and Camping Facebook page is a great place to find tips and information from fellow caravanners and campers. Facebook is also a great way to update friends and family with photos, check-ins, and statuses about your trip!
Another great way to keep friends and family up to date with your caravanning and camping adventures is using Google to create a map of where you have been to share online along the way. You can mark your planned route, significant landmarks, and even comment on places you have visited.
Keep up-to-date with the latest caravanning and camping apps and sites
There are over a million apps in the Apple app store, and hundreds of thousands of apps for Android and other phones- but don’t worry, you don’t need all of them! There are a few key apps that are really useful for caravanning and camping holidays, which transform your smartphone into a sort of technological Swiss army knife!
First of all, you can download the free Experience Caravanning and Camping Mobile App to find information on over 1400 holiday parks throughout Australia. It is a great user friendly guide you can use to research your next cabin, camping or caravanning experience. You can even use a search feature to find holiday parks near you when you are out and about on the road. The search can even narrow down locations based on criteria such as being pet friendly, featuring ensuites, waterfront locations, and much more. The app will provide you with contact details to book directly, as well as a customised map and directions to get you on your way!
The BIG4 Holiday Parks have the world’s first fully bookable mobile site for caravan holiday park bookings. With over 180 sites, BIG4 is one of Australia’s biggest holiday park networks, and their website is fully integrated with email, social media, GPS and more, giving users the option to contact Parks, share with their friends and even find directions to BIG4 Parks via Google Maps.
If you are planning on going to New South Wales, try out the Caravan NSW Mobile App which provides a list of the state’s 260-plus caravanning and camping sites. Look at site listings, locations, and facilities, choose your site and then book easily from your phone by calling or emailing your chosen accommodation. There are so many apps out there to help you find your way when you are hitting the road on a caravanning or camping adventure.
The best part of all of this technology, whether it is for keeping in touch with family, mapping out your trip and everything in between, is that it is all easy to use. Even if you are a complete beginner when it comes to computers, all of these things are intuitive, straightforward, and easy to see on any screen.
It is clear that no matter what your needs, caravanning and camping technology has advanced far past the humble flashlight. After all, you can now use a flashlight app on your smartphone! Thanks to today’s easy-to-use technology, there has never been a better time to get outdoors and experience Australia on a caravanning or camping holiday. – See more at: http://experiencecaravanningandcamping.com.au/VIP-Club/Enhancing-caravanning-experience.aspx#sthash.sGkzOkoO.dpuf