September 30 2011 by Bryson Forbes
This week I am expecting the delivery of my new MacBook Pro and needless to say, I am very excited! The last two times I have upgraded my laptop I have been tempted to make the switch to Apple, but at the last minute I have chickened out. This time, however, I finally made the plunge.
The decision became much easier now as I have three years of experience with an iPhone and a full year under my belt with an iPad. In fact, the last year with the iPad has truly changed how I travel. Whenever possible, my iPad is my default travel device and I leave my laptop at home.
Over the course of the year, I have developed a few tips to help make the experience better. Here are my top tips for travelling with an iPad:
3G is king but make sure to enable the WiFi
I definitely recommend getting the 3G version for your iPad. It will be a little more expensive ($150 ish), but will ensure you have access wherever you can't get WiFi. For Canadian travellers going into the U.S., make sure you call your service provider and have a Canada/U.S. data package added. This will save you a mountain of money for roaming charges.
Keep your documents in the cloud
Accessing documents can be an issue with your iPad. However, the solution can be file sharing apps like Dropbox. With no USB port on the iPad and the fact that simply emailing docs back and forth to yourself can be time consuming and frustrating, a cloud-based sync and storage app is the answer. You can pull down whatever you need, when you need it.
I do a lot of sales presentations and my iPad is a great companion. I feel confident that it makes a great impression when I can walk a prospect through a demo on my sleek and innovative tablet.
We use Salesforce and its app allows me to quickly make notes about the sales call while they are still top of mind. If you're primarily working in a Microsoft Office dominated environment, Documents to Go by DataViz is the best bet.
Make quick notes
I am famous for developing my next business strategy on the back of a napkin or envelope, but that too has changed. Now with my iPad, I can make quick notes, save them easily and not have to review scrap paper and take up more time to cultivate my next big idea.
Where to stay and where to eat
I have two travel apps that help me along the way. The first one is Best Western to Go. I originally got hooked on it with my iPhone and my obsession has transferred over to my iPad. I can not only find and book reservations at more than 4,000 Best Western hotels worldwide, but it is a great way to share my travel experiences and pictures with loved ones and friends along the way via email or Facebook.
Second, I am a CAA member and if you haven't experienced CAA Tritik Mobile, you don't know what you are missing. It is really the only mapping software you will need. As a member, I get great directions and it alerts me to nearby deals I can access to save me money along the way!
How about you? Have you embraced a tablet for travel? If so, let us know if you have any great tips. If not, anything in particular holding you back?