In the modern world, traveling without some sort of mobile device, such as a smartphone or portable tablet, is not only unheard of but, at times, unsafe as well. Visits to new countries like England involve learning the basics of unfamiliar British slang, getting accustomed to driving on the opposite side of the road in a car rental in the UK
, recognizing the good and seedy areas of a city and more. With the help of a mobile device, travelers can prepare themselves for these situations as well as other circumstances they cannot predict. Trip planners booking flights
to London can even download apps onto their smartphone so they have helpful services such as first aid kits, insurance apps and medical information services right in the pocket of their pants.Smartphones save travelers' lives
iPhone user Dan Wooley would tell any future vacationer that an iPhone is more than just a metaphorical life-saver. If he hadn't had his phone during his trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the massive earthquake of 2010, he may not be alive today, according to NBC Miami. The Colorado Springs native used the American Heart Association's Pocket First Aid & CPR app to survive for 65 hours after the Hotel Montana collapsed around him. Using the light from his iPhone to show him his injuries, he then properly diagnosed his foot as broken and used the app's instructions to treat the excessive bleeding from his legs and the back of his head. He also looked up ways to prevent himself from going into shock, according to the news source.
"I kind of had some time to do some self-diagnosis down there," Wooley told NBC. "God was with me."
The app provides basic first aid tips and step-by-step instructions on how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants. Vacationers who experience an emergency on the road while driving their car rental in London
will have the app readily available to help them decide the best way to diagnose and treat their injury. Additionally, the app comes with 34 videos and 46 high-resolution illustrations to provide users with thorough instructions on how to care for particular wounds or medical emergencies. This app is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for $1.99.Find a doctor in a pinch with mPassport
Typically, a trip to a new country involves sampling a wide variety of unfamiliar and unusual cuisine. In some cases, these new culinary experiences can lead to vacationers suffering nausea, illness or even allergic reactions without the presence of their doctors to treat the problem.
With some help from the mPassport app by HTH Worldwide, visitors to the UK can identify the local brand equivalent of any medicine they need, or track down the nearest doctor, hospital or pharmacy so they can simply drive their car rental
to these locations and receive the proper treatment for their condition.
"About half of all travelers who spend more than two weeks abroad get sick or injured, and we're here to help them when they need assistance," stated Angelo Maciantonio, chief executive of HTH Worldwide. "Travelers typically do not prepare for illness or injury...Our mPassport apps make it simple to get quality care when it's needed far away from home."
The app covers dozens of cities around the world, so if travelers decide to venture outside of Great Britain to another European city such as Dublin, Paris or Rome, they can still feel safe and secure knowing a doctor is only a few clicks away.
Ultimately, vacationers cannot predict where or when a travel emergency may occur, but they won't have to bog down their trip with worry when they know they have these trusty services in the palm of their hand.