Visiting Toronto this summer? Make sure to bring your smartphone with you!

Smartphones have changed the way we live our lives, and that includes travelling. I remember one of my first oversea trips to Australia and my family was frantically looking through a paper map to find our way around the city. Haha, I hope the younger generation can really appreciate all the technology that we have now. (On a side note, does anyone still remember the first generation iPhones back in 2007?)

Without a doubt, if you plan on travelling this summer, especially if you plan on visiting Toronto, a smartphone is going to be your best travel companion. Toronto has been my home for just a little over 20 years. I can honestly say that it’s such a vibrant city that’s always changing. There’s always something new to do, some place new to visit or some new place to eat. Here are 3 crucial reasons why it’s necessary to have a smartphone in Toronto:

1. Maps & GPS
I am happy to say that the days of paper maps are over. Google Maps is probably one of my most used apps on my iPhone because I have a terrible sense of direction. In the downtown core of Toronto, you can easily travel by foot. Need to know how to get from point A to point B? Ask Google Maps and use the walking directions. Even if you’re travelling by bus, car or taxi, you can just enter your next stop, select directions, and you’ll be able to reach your destination without any fuss. Finally, getting lost is now virtually impossible because with a smartphone, you can easily use the GPS function to know your exact location.

2. Finding Restaurants & Entertainment
With the help of a smartphone, you can also find the best restaurants and entertainment that are trending currently in Toronto. I personally love using apps like Yelp and Urban Spoon in order to find trustworthy reviews of local restaurants. On another note, the TripAdvisor app has city guides that are 100% offline. This means that even without data, you can still use the app and all the features in it.

3. Camera
Lastly, this reason pretty much speaks for itself. With the right phone, you won’t need to carry any other cameras during your travels. Though I personally wouldn’t replace my DSLR with my phone, but my phone camera has indeed made it so much easier for those quick updates on Instagram.

So what if you still don’t own a smartphone or would like to upgrade to another version without paying retail price? With companies like Apple almost producing a new phone every year with very minor differences, it’s almost close to impossible to catch up. So what would I suggest? Why not buy a used smartphone instead? Kijiji has created a fantastic page that can help you check the average prices of most used smartphones on their website. This way you would avoid overpaying for a used phone. Pretty cool, huh?

What are the reasons you travel with a smartphone?