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(Contributed by Jim Coulston)
It’s coming up to 2 years since Lynette and I travelled to Europe, leaving our 4 children (aged 12 to 21) at home to fend for themselves. The fact that we felt confident enough to leave the children had as much to do with our confidence that we could stay in touch as it did with our confidence in their capability and responsibility. Our technology was such a key contributor to the success of our trip – in more ways than one.
We were in daily contact with our children via face-time, telephone and texts thanks to the modern technological wonder of the internet and travel SIM’s. It cost us less than $150 for the entire 7 week trip. Gone are the days when a trip to Europe meant being out of reach for all but the most serious and urgent matters!
While planning to be away for so long we had anticipated the possibility that there may be a crisis at home while we were on the other side of the world. When our (stoic) older boy broke a bone in his hand the day after we had visitied the Colosseum, a Facetime video chat with him allows us to see that he needed medical attention.
While we weren’t there for the emergency hospital visit or the subsequent surgery and the various follow-up appointments (how lucky were we!), we were able to provide support and advice via phone, text and video calls whenever it was needed.
Like many travellers, we had planned our itnerary and booked our accommodation before we left, with the exception of our first week in Provence and our last week in England, which we planned on-the-run using some very useful travel apps.
While we were away, we used our iPhones (we didn't take a camera) to capture some magical photos of some of Europe’s iconic destinations. These photos were then included in a series of photobooks (my therapy after every major holiday) which now grace our coffee table.
Some of my favourite photos:
If you’re contemplating an overseas trip soon, why not join us for the ‘Travelling and your iPad/iPhone’ class on March 24? You'll hear also sorts of useful tips and information about taking your technology on a trip, and using it beforehand to prepare for that trip.
Travellers may also be interested in one of our favourite classes, the ‘Make a Photo Book’ class on May 2nd.
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