If you’re embarking on an outdoor activity, I suggest trying to
get your hands on a GoPro if you can. When we went snorkeling, our guide used a GoPro to take high-def underwater shots
of us hanging out with sea turtles. He shared the pictures with
us using the GoPro app (free), and they turned out really well,
despite it being a windy day with a lot of turbulence.
I have a final photo recommendation that I never thought
I’d make: Buy a selfie stick. Yes, the ridiculous-looking retractable stick with an iPhone mount on the end. I’ve been making
fun of selfie sticks for years, until I broke down and bought
one to conduct interviews at CES. It turns out they’re super
convenient for steadying your shot and fitting a copious number of people in your frame when taking a group photo. If you
decide to risk the mocking and buy a selfie stick, make sure
to buy one that has a shutter release button in the handle and
that has a secure mounting system, that way you don’t end
up flinging your iPhone across the room when trying to take a
Handling the Finances
The last thing you want
to do while on vacation is
worry about money. Apps
like Spendee (free) are great
for creating a budget ahead
of time, so that you can
gauge how many activities
and restaurant visits you can
afford before you leave.
Once there, we found
Splitwise (free) to be really
helpful for cost splitting. It
had each group member enter items they paid for, from
rental car fees to pitchers
of margaritas, and then tallied how much each person
owed. Splitwise connects
to mobile payment services
Venmo and PayPal, so you
can pay your friends back
with a few taps.
Listening to Music
Music has magical and wide-ranging capabilities. It can
lull you into a tranquil siesta or inspire a dance party on the
balcony under the stars. Thanks to David and our feature web
writer Conner, both of these things happened in Mexico. The
two of them made some awesome playlists and saved them
offline using Spotify (free). They also packed a couple of Bluetooth speakers for our trip, including the House of Marley
Chant Sport BT ($99.99) and the UE Boom 2 ($199.99), both
of which were small enough to stow in a carry-on bag.
My only regret is that I didn’t pack a pair of noise-canceling
headphones for the ride home. I found myself wishing I had
packed my Libratone QAdapts ($249)on the return flight
when we were left waiting on the tarmac for hours with
screaming babies while technicians repaired our plane. If I’d
been able to tune out all the noise, perhaps I could have convinced myself I was still at the beach, dozing on a reclining
beach chair under a palm tree.
Donna Schill Cleveland is the Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine. After a short stint
as a newspaper reporter, she became web editor at iPhone Life, where she continues to
pair her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. Donna holds a master’s degree from the University of Io wa School of Journalism & Mass Communication.
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