6 Travel Tips For Your Back Pocket

Pocket is the simplest way to save anything you want to view later from your favorite apps and sites. This makes Pocket handy for just about anything. Today, we’re launching “For Your Back Pocket,” a series of blog posts highlighting the different ways Pocket can fit into your day-to-day life.

One of the features Pocket’s users love most is the ability to view their content offline, which makes Pocket especially useful when traveling. Just imagine being able to turn a long flight (or an equally long security line) into a chance to catch up on what you find interesting — even without a Wi-Fi connection!

But that’s not all that makes Pocket such a great travel companion. The next time you feel the urge to get out of town, why not harness the power of Pocket to make your trip the best one yet?

Finding Destination Inspiration

1. Get Started. Download Pocket to your phone, tablet, and computer so you can save whatever inspires you right when you find it.

2. Build a Travel Library. Save a New York Times Travel guide to 36 Hours in Santiago, a video from Paris, or a blog post on a San Francisco chocolate shop you’d love to get to. Articles that you save to Pocket sync across all your devices and are accessible offline. Turn to your list for inspiration whenever wanderlust strikes.

Pro Tip: Follow some of your favorite travel authorities on Twitter, and save their tips and recommendations right to Pocket.

3. Collaborate. Share itineraries, places to go, and your favorite articles and videos with family, friends, and fellow adventurers using Send to Friend.

Hitting the Road

4. Organize Your List. Now that you’ve saved plenty of travel inspiration to Pocket, you have a good idea of where you want to go next. If you’re off to Italy, create an itinerary using tags like “Rome,” “good places to eat,” and “must-see monuments.” That way you can quickly refer back to that mom-and-pop pasta place, or that great tour of the Colosseum.

Pro Tip: If you’re traveling internationally, configure Pocket’s Settings to only download new content when connected to Wi-Fi.

5. Lighten Your Load. Books are heavy, and can take up valuable suitcase space. Since Pocket lives on all your devices — laptop, phone, tablet, or Kobo eReader — you can pack light and stay entertained on trains, planes, boats, and buses.

6. Prepare for the Day Ahead. At the end of a long day, kick back to unwind with your saved reads. Or, pull up your travel-related content to review what’s in the cards for tomorrow.

Pro Tip: Turn on the Dark or Sepia Themes to dim your screen for hostel rooms or starlit nights!

We hope these tips inspire you to embark on the trip of a lifetime. Bon voyage!

If you’ve been using Pocket for travel, whether in your own backyard or on Mt. Everest, we’d love to hear your stories. Send us your virtual postcards by tweeting at @Pocket, and make sure to include a photo.

We also welcome your suggestions for future “For Your Back Pocket” posts via this form.