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It’s time to hack your life with travel hacks from Cover-More Travel Insurance. We’ve been around the globe and back again to bring you the smartest travel tips on travel planning.

Travel hacks for travelling with technology

  • Your phone can be an invaluable resource when travelling – from getting you around town to helping you in an emergency – so keep it working everywhere by purchasing a global SIM card. You may want a global SIM card if you travel out of the country (as your phone will not work elsewhere, and may not even work in New Zealand, depending on the provider). Cover-More Travel Insurance offers a free global SIM card with the purchase of international travel insurance policies (some exclusions apply).
  • Use the camera on your phone for the ultimate travel photo – this has the best clarity. But don’t be afraid to look into Smartphone accessories to make your mobile photography shine. We have a bunch of articles about the mobile accessories for your needs:
  • Improve your travel photography skills on mobile by understanding framing and subject placement, especially as it relates to the square Instagram window. Practice at home by developing your street photography skills and you are sure to shoot great pictures on holiday.
  • Log on to FourSquare to get WiFi passwords at different establishments. Often these are hidden in the comments.
  • It’s a good idea to buy a portable phone charger or charging case to use when you are not near a wall plug, but if you bring the right power cords and adapters, you will be a hero. If you forget your wall plug, you can often charge devices through the USB slot on your hotel television. And if you forgot your charger, you can often ask hotel staff if they have one you can borrow for the duration of your stay.
  • Keep cords tidy by wrapping them around old gift cards or binder clips. A mess of cords in your bag wastes more space than you realize and digging through them will be a nightmare for your seatmate.
  • Put your phone inside a plastic bag to prevent it from accidentally getting wet if you are headed to a water parks or to the beach.
  • Splurge on Internet service if your flight will last more than six hours. Trust us, it’s worth it.
  • Download travel apps before you leave, and try them out at home. This will give you a better appreciation of your own city and help you move around with ease abroad.

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