Technology Can Still Amaze Me

Today is Friday, and presently I am texting with Travel Man via Skype while he is 30,000 ft in the air on his way to Denver.  I am still awed and amazed that we are able to have this type of communication.  I mean granted we just spent two days together, but to be able to continue our conversations while he is on the plane is fantastic.  I’m a lucky girl.

Travel Man will tell you he is grateful to have the communication avenues that we have today to stay in touch.  We like to use Skype for the video calling, and the occasional IM(instant messaging).  When he is out of the country we use Tiger Talk to text with each other due to the roaming restrictions on the phones.  For his international travel we have also used Skype’s phone calling feature to make international calls.  We just buy a set amount of Skype credits, and this way we stay away from any roaming charges on our personal cell phone plan.

Travel Man uses TripIt to keep track of every bit of his travel information for every trip.  It logs airline reservations, hotels, and car rentals, and it notifies me (aka the Domestic Goddess) when there is a new itinerary in place.  TripIt also has mobile apps for either the Android or iPhone to stay completely connected, and it syncs with Outlook.  TripIt helps me,  to help Travel Man make sure all of his plans are in order.  Especially when he has back-to-back trips.  For tracking the air travel I like to use an app for my iPhone called FlightAware.  This app tracks the flights and notifies you of any delays along the way.  I have used many flight trackers over the years, and this is my favorite to date.  The user friendliness of the app is what appeals to me, and the accuracy of the information.

Since I am fortunate to have Travel Man in my life to keep me informed on the latest and greatest technology, it’s easy for me to learn about new apps, or new technology available.  I’m glad we are both able to have lots of ways to communicate with one another.  It’s how we stay sane.  But you know nothing beats just an old-fashioned phone call to hear the voice of your loved one.   What’s your favorite form of communication in this technological era?

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