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Using The Cloud To Improve Your Travels

There are 100 bajillion and one ways to use the internet to make travelling easier, more enjoyable, and less expensive.  What I’m going to tell you today has not one thing to do with any of those things.  Instead, I’m going to tell you how cloud-based storage can help you fix things when they go wrong.

This whole thing started because of my children and their super-power of losing or breaking glasses when we are travelling.  It is truly awesome:  we’ve dropped glasses into an orchard in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, spent an entire weekend in Venice where one child had forgotten to bring her essential glasses, lost an arm screw in Paris, and someone’s glasses broke during an unplanned overnight in Norfolk, Virginia (broken plane.)

As a form of self-defense, I started uploading everyone’s eyeglass and contact lens prescription onto my web-based email.  And it works!  First, there is the Murphy factor*:  if you are prepared, bad stuff doesn’t happen.  Second, the time that we did have glasses broken, I was able to grab a cab to a local shop, use their computer to print out the prescription, and we had new glasses in less than an hour.  (The shop was super-helpful because of our situation.)

This has worked so well that we’ve added additional documents to our online information storage:  medication prescriptions, passport main pages, visas, etc.  Next on my list is contact information on the backs of our credit cards.

There are, potentially, some security risks with keeping important information in the cloud.   However, there are tons of ways to mitigate those risks and tons of benefits to keeping useful information at your fingertips, especially when you’re going to be away from your primary sources.

The worst thing that could happen is that you’ll never need the information, which is a pretty good worst-case scenario.

*the Murphy factor:  from Murphy’s law, anything that can go wrong probably will.  The Murphy factor refers to the fact that Murphy’s law is a real thing .

photo by:  Shane Adams

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