Don’t leave home without IT

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Don’t leave home without IT

  1. 1. Travelling with Information Technology
  2. 2.              Introduction Where to go ? Transportation Accommodations Resorts Wireless Apps City & Restaurants Guides Stay Connected GPS Other Travel Applications Logistic Sharing your memories Conclusion
  3. 3.  Travelling is much easier thanks to modern I.T. ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦   Internet Wi-Fi Mobile Phone Mobile Applications But it requires preparations And always have a back-up
  4. 4.  Check Tours organisers: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  http://www.exotiktours.com/en/ http://www.seniortours.ca/destinations.php http://www.wheretraveler.com/travel-ideas http://www.trafalgar.com/can http://www.collettevacations.ca/ http://www.gadventures.com/ http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tour_group/privateandindep endent Check Travel reports: ◦ http://www.mytripjournal.com/ ◦ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/3391028/The-worlds-besttravel-blogs.html ◦ http://www.viator.com/ ◦ http://travel.ca.msn.com/ ◦ http://www.cntraveler.com/ ◦ http://www.stay.com/ ◦ http://www.gogobot.com/ ◦ http://wikitravel.org/en/Main_Page
  5. 5.  Air ◦ Google Flights: https://www.google.ca/flights/ ◦ Kayak: http://www.kayak.com/flights  http://www.kayak.com/explore/ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Hipmunk: http://www.hipmunk.com/ http://www.cheapflights.ca/ http://www.orbitz.com http://flights.traveleurope.com/ http://www.travelalerts.ca/ottawa/ Low cost Europe http://www.europebyair.com/ You can show your finding to your travel agent ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Trains Europe: http://www.raileurope.com/en/index.html Germany: http://www.bahn.com/i/view/index.shtml France: http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers Spain: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/ Italy: http://www.trenitalia.com/
  6. 6.  Rental Cars ◦ First check:  http://www.kayak.com/cars  http://www.rentalcars.com/ ◦ Then check the corporate site: Hertz, Dollars… ◦ Compare price, cancellations and insurances (CDW)  Collision Damage Waiver ◦ http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/carrental_cdw .htm ◦ http://www.insurance4carhire.com
  7. 7.  Hotels Reviews  Reservations  Other accomodations:    ◦ Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotels ◦ Monarc: http://www.monarc.ca ◦ Trivago: http://www.trivago.ca/ ◦ Booking: http://www.booking.com/ ◦ Expedia: http://www.expedia.ca/ ◦ http://www.vacationhomerentals.com/ ◦ http://www.tripadvisor.ca/VacationRentals-g29220-ReviewsMaui_Hawaii-Vacation_Rentals.html ◦ https://www.airbnb.ca/ ◦ https://www.couchsurfing.org/ ◦ http://www.homestay.com/ Compare with Hotel web site Compare prices and cancellation policy Very cheap price may equal worst hotel room
  8. 8.   To check all-inclusive at : http://www.tripcentral.ca/ Make reservation at : ◦ http://www.redtag.ca/ ◦ http://www.itravel2000.com/  Last minutes: ◦ http://www.selloffvacations.com/ ◦ http://www.travellastminute.ca/ Try different departure cities: Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, USA 
  9. 9.  IP Phone Calls Skypes: http://www.skype.com/en/ Fongo: http://www.fongo.com/ Viber: Viber: http://www.viber.com/ Magic Jack: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co m.magicjack ◦ WeChat: http://www.wechat.com/en/ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Wi-Fi Finder (Off Line!) ◦ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co m.jiwire.android.finder&hl=fr
  10. 10.  City Guides ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  http://www.triposo.com/ http://www.ulmon.com/ http://www.mtrip.com/ http://www.stay.com/ http://www.virtualtourist.com/ Restaurants ◦ http://www.foodspotting.com ◦ http://www.urbanspoon.com ◦ http://www.zagat.com/
  11. 11.  Buy an unlocked phone  http://www.amazon.ca  http://www.factorydirect.ca  http://www.tigerdirect.ca  Unlock existing phones ($20)      http://www.cellunlocker.net/ http://www.gsmliberty.net/shop/ http://mobile-phone-unlock.com/ http://unlock.canadagsm.ca/ http://ottawapc.ca/
  12. 12.  AVOID ROAMING CHARGES or TURN OFF YOUR PHONE! Use WiFi and IP Phone instead of Cell Phone  USA  World  ◦ Roam: http://www.roammobility.com ◦ T-Mobile: http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/pay-by-the-daycell-phone-plans ◦ http://cell-phone-providers-review.toptenreviews.com/prepaidcell-phones/ ◦ http://www.cellguru.net/prepaid_compare.htm ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ https://www.g3wireless.com/ http://www.brightroam.com/ http://www.prepaidsimcard.org/ http://www.simcardspain.es
  13. 13.  Stand-Alone (Garmin, Magellan , TomTom…) ◦ Find the maps you need ◦ Update and test them before you travel  Cell Phone GPS ◦ Google Maps:http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/ ◦ Maps2Go: https://itunes.apple.com/app/city-maps2go/id327783342 ◦ MapswithMe: http://mapswith.me/en/home ◦ Sygic:http://www.sygic.com/en ◦ Waze: https://www.waze.com   Use a good cup mount for car safety But ALWAYS have a back up: Paper Maps
  14. 14.  To gather in one place all your reservations ◦ http://travel.tripcase.com/ ◦ https://www.tripit.com/        Keep confirmations on line and a scan of passports or send yourself an email with those documents: Google Docs, DropBox…: Translation: Google Translate (Off-Line available) Gas Price: http://gasbuddy.com/ Flight Tracker:http://flightaware.com/mobile/ Exchange Rates: http://www.xe.com/ Weather: http://www.accuweather.com/ Use only https secure web address when checking accounts in public place.
  15. 15.    Radio: http://tunein.com/ News: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/mobilesite/index.html http://www.cbc.ca/mobile/services/ Medical: ◦ http://www.webmd.com/ ◦ http://www.iamat.org/ (Become a member of INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO TRAVELLERS)   Password Keepass: http://keepass.info/ Your Bank mobile apps
  16. 16.         Bring a multi-plug Extension cord Need AC Plug adapters ? Check AC voltage requirements: Need Transformers (220 to 120 V) ? http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm Bring AC chargers (USB hub) Bring a 12 volt charger (USB or dedicated) for the car 12 volts to 120 volts inverter for the car Bring a back up Internet device: small laptop Bring spare batteries or a USB Battery pack
  17. 17.  Sharing your pictures: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  http://picasa.google.com/intl/en/ http://www.flickr.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ http://instagram.com/ Sharing your itinerary: ◦ https://www.tripit.com/ ◦ http://travel.tripcase.com/  Printing your pictures: ◦ http://www.photobookcanada.com/ ◦ http://costco.pnimedia.com/album/photobook_sel ection_main.aspx
  18. 18.       Information Technologies is useful to travel the world …but requires preparations Do not depend on IT…keep some back up Use your IT at home before you travel Have a nice trip… Or try virtual travel ◦ http://www.google.com/earth/ ◦ http://www.italyguides.it/us/venice_italy/interactiv e_map_of_venice/map_of_venice.php
  19. 19. Questions: Bernard.Caron@Gmail.com Presentation available at: http://fr.slideshare.net/Yingbernard /dont-leave-home-without-it

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