Howdy, Hallmark Home & Family viewers! Today was my first time on the show and it was an absolute hoot!
Fancy anything I shared in today’s show? All the links and information are below. And if you love travel gadgets and such, you might want to read these blog posts before you head out: Vacationing with kids? Here’s what to pack, Carry-on must-haves for a stress free trip, and even more travel must-brings.
On to today’s segment!
When traveling, so many things can go wrong, and many situations are beyond your control: A weather delay, a chatty seat mate, a bag that explodes on the luggage carousel. Isn’t nice to know that there are some travel headaches that you can avoid entirely, thanks to a few brilliant apps and gadgets? Whether you’re taking a trip with kids or for work, these are a few of the traveling companions that make a trip so much easier. I don’t leave home without them.
Credit cards are the ultimate in convenience, but traveling with them can be scary: If you’re worried about your number being lifted, or someone stealing the entire thing, those fears can be put aside if you use a card from Stratos. It’s a magical credit card that store the information from three of your cards on one piece of plastic: Just tap the button of the one you want to swipe. It can be used anywhere a credit card can, doesn’t show any numbers, and if it’s lost or stolen, it can be rendered useless remotely. $95
With airline tickets costing as much as they do, and all the cross-country flights I take being so darn long, I never want to be stuck with a bad seat. Enter your flight information into Seat Guru and it will show you a map of the entire plane, rating each seat and letting you know which are the best and worst of the bunch. Want to know which are too close to the bathroom, which have outlets, which are close to the (freezing cold) exit row door, and which don’t recline. Seat Guru has your back. iOS & Android | FREE.
Gone are the days of searching for a spinning rack of postcards when you arrive at your destination. Postagram lets you use photos you take on vacation to create real postcards that get mailed to the folks back home. Just choose a photo, add a message, then send a postcard. iOS & Android | FREE (postcards $0.99 ea.)
GPS Luggage tracker
Last year, the airlines mishandled 21 million bags. If you get to your destination and your bag doesn’t, take matters into your own hands with a GPS tracker like Trakdot, Lugloc or PocketFinder. Just pair one to your phone, then slip it into your suitcase. Now you’ll know exactly where your bag is, even when the airline doesn’t. Pocket finder is great even after you arrive— it’s small size makes it ideal for tracking kids (say, at a crowded amusement park) or pets (who don’t know their way around new destination). $49.00 – $129.00
You’re about to pull the trigger on a ticket to Tahiti… but wait? How do you know if it will be cheaper tomorrow? Hopper does— based on algorithms and history, it can tell you whether it’s likely that the price will go down or up if you wait to buy that ticket. iOS | FREE.