How a Travel App Brought Me Closer to Mom

My mom isn’t the most tech-savvy person I know nor does she have the best sense of direction, but she does love her iPhone. I’m beginning to think she loves it more than she loves me. Certainly there isn’t a son-replacing app out there…right?

I had the opportunity to beta test the app, ScoutAtlas, before it’s official release. At first I thought the app would only be useful for remembering where I parked but I soon realized it was more than just a simple app.

Here is a description of the app from the developer:
This app helps you save your location, keep a list of your favorite places, and share these coordinates with your friends. You could save the location of your parking spot as you exit the car. You could save the location of a small, secluded spot on the beach. You could save any location you want and with the power of Apple, find your way back to it easily. While looking at the map, you will be able to see how long it takes to get to each of your favorite places. Scout for different locations and store them in your atlas, ScoutAtlas.

So without further ado, here is my experience with ScoutAtlas and how the app brought me closer to my mom.

The Missing Malaysian Airplane

In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 8, Flight MH370 out of Kuala Lumpur taxied down the runway, headed for China. The flight should have been on the ground in Beijing around 6:30 a.m.

But the plane, carrying 227 people and 12 crewmembers, never arrived.

On March 24, 16 days after MH370 disappeared, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak issued a statement, which read, “It is with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

Pack Like a Pro and Travel Lighter

Feeling overwhelmed after lugging your big suitcase out of the closet? We don’t envy you. We know that packing can be a pain.

No one wants to try to hoist an overloaded piece of luggage over every step and bump that the wheels won’t clear, or worse yet, pay fees for overweight baggage. So next time you’re packing, keep these tips handy and make the most of your suitcase space.

Save Big While Traveling for Business

Whether you’re a business traveling pro or a jet setting novice, there is a lot of planning involved. Of course, the idea of traveling often sounds glamorous, but it can take its toll on your budget. While companies will often reimburse for travel expenses, this isn’t always the case.

Why not make things easier on your bank account by using your travel smarts. With these useful budget-friendly tips, you’ll be an expert in how to handle your next business trip.

A Practical Pre-Travel Guide

Whether you’re a traveling aficionado or a first-timer, everyone can use a few extra pointers before packing their bags and heading out.

If you have a major trip on the horizon, this practical pre-travel guide — which can be marked off over the course of several months — can help get you ready gradually. That way, you won’t be making a mad rush in the final days before your trip, and you won’t risk overlooking something important.