Texas heat cramping your style? Come on, lets round up the kids, or the girlfriends, or the bros and road trip it out to California for some ocean breeze, sandy beaches, and most of all, double digit temps only. And what one thing do you need to really crank up the fun on your summer roadtrip? Your smart phone.
Surf’s up. Everyone’s laying around, soaking up some sun and relaxing. But you? You’re the adventurous one in the group and your sights are set on catching some gnarly waves. As luck would have it, the waves are pathetic. Mood ruined. Now pause. Pull out smart phone, download Surf Report. With this must-have surfer’s app you can check out surf heights, swell direction, tide, and everything else you’d need to know to catch the mega wave. Keep exploring this app to watch great surf videos and get the latest news. Surf Report is also a great way to get familiar with the surf community (in other words, fit-in at the beach). From surf star bios to photos of the latest events, Surf Report keeps you in the know. Now that you’ve downloaded Surf Report, next time you can pick your beach accordingly and read up on the latest wave action before you head out.
Now you’re not the adventurous water sport type. You’re the touristy, small shops, 100 photographs of the beach kind of guy (or gal). You’ve been dreaming of gorgeous sunsets, beautiful white sands, and a stunning ocean of blue water. Instead your Instagram shows a trash covered beach, smoggy skies and murky water that nobody wants to swim in. Don’t fret, just download Beach Finder. Find all the beaches in your area, with ratings AND pictures of the beaches. No surprises here. Better yet, explore the area and discover new beaches you didn’t know existed. You can read comments from the beach finder community for opinions and photos of the beach in question. And yes, directions are included. Find your perfect beach and instagram to your heart’s desire.
Surfing? Exploring? You’re only reason for coming on this trip was to tan. And nap. But mostly tan. You’re the lounger in the group, no worries, we’re not judging. But practicing safe sun isn’t always easy and next thing you know you’re rockin’ the rock lobster look. Oh but wait, not only are you burnt to a crisp, but you never turned so only your front side is nice and red. Your back? Pale as a ghost. Now you’re peeling AND uneven. This can all be prevented with my friend, SPF. Download this app to calculate the amount of time you should be in sun based on your skin type and the UV index. Better yet, tell the app your spf on your sunscreen so it can tell you how often you should reapply. This app uses information from the World Health Organization to give you the most accurate results. When you get back, all your friends will be jealous at your perfectly even and glowing tan. No sunburns for you.
Let mobile take the hassle or (unwanted) surprises out of your summer vacay. And, remember don’t ever go mobile while driving, but do go mobile once you get there.
- Dhanya Yalamanchi, Public Relations Associate