11 Ways to Use Amazon Alexa While Traveling

Carrying your Amazon Echo with you while you travel may seem counterintuitive. After all, aren’t Alexa devices made for smart homes?

Alexa actually has many third-party capabilities and skills that are especially useful when traveling or on vacation. Not only can it make finding a restaurant or converting currency faster than searching on your phone, Alexa can even do things like translate live or play local radio stations with just a few words.

We’ll show you some ways to use Alexa while traveling around the world.

1. Order a taxi

Using public transportation can be tricky if you’re in a new town or city. But so is ordering taxis, especially in areas known for walking tourist taxis. That’s where Uber comes in.

Not only do you get fairer prices with GPS tracking and driver ratings, but you can also book a taxi with Alexa without opening the Uber app (available for android and iOS). With the Uber Skill, you can request a taxi from your accommodation by saying, “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride,” and you’ll be assigned a driver and arrive in minutes. Make sure to change your default address to your hotel or Airbnb first.

2. Hear the weather

We have all been caught off guard by bad weather on vacation. Unfavorable weather can ruin a day’s itinerary before it has even started. But if you bring Alexa with you, you can instantly hear the weather for the day ahead and plan accordingly.

You can use Alexa’s integrated weather forecast by asking, “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” and it will show you it for the location of your device. Alternatively, you can use the big sky ability, which provides hyper-local forecasts, the ability to hear the weather for other areas and you can ask about the forecast for specific days and times – ideal if you’re traveling around.

3. Find amenities in the area

If you’re looking for something to do in the area, Alexa can help. Alexa can search search engines to find the most popular attractions, bars and restaurants wherever you are. It can even show movies playing in local cinemas if rain has disrupted your day at the beach.

You can try asking:

  • “Alexa, what’s there to do in Miami?”
  • “Alexa, what bars are nearby?”
  • “Alexa, what restaurants are nearby?”
  • “Alexa, what movies are playing nearby?”

Alexa isn’t just limited to finding things to do, though. You can also find local businesses like pharmacies and stores by asking Alexa if needed.

4. Book tickets for events

While Alexa’s native ability to find events in the area isn’t the best, some skills can help you find and book local events. The StubHub Skill is the best way to discover what’s near you while the Ticketmaster Skill can actually book tickets for you.

After setting up your location with StubHub, you can say, “Alexa, ask StubHub what’s up tonight,” and it will tell you what’s on StubHub. You can then log into the StubHub website and purchase tickets. You can also say something like, “Alexa, ask StubHub what’s happening in Toronto on Tuesday”.

With the Ticketmaster skill, booking tickets is possible with just your voice. Like StubHub, you can discover what’s going on in the area, but you can also link your account and reserve tickets to buy online or buy them directly through Alexa. For example, you can say, “Alexa, ask Ticketmaster to find New York Knicks tickets” to start the purchase process.

5. Track flights

Nobody likes being late for a flight. Whether you’re meeting friends at the airport, moving on to your next destination, or returning home, it’s nice to know you’re on time. With the Flight Tracker Skillyou can hear the latest departure and arrival times of most major airlines for a particular flight.

All you need is the airline name and flight number to hear a current flight status. For example, you can say, “Alexa, ask Flight Tracker about United 221”, and Alexa will send back that flight’s information.

6. Measure airport security waiting times

Likewise, it’s helpful to know how long you’ll have to wait in line to get past TSA, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. By using the Airport Security Waiting Skillsyou can find the expected wait times directly from TSA with one sentence.

You can request waiting times with the three-letter code of the airport or with the city of the airport. You might say, “Alexa, ask airport security about the wait at JFK” or “Alexa, ask airport security to check the waiting time in New York.”

7. Currency Converter

Need the latest exchange rates for your next excursion? Just ask Alexa. Alexa can convert almost any currency pair, no matter how exotic the location. This can be especially useful if you are traveling from one non-indigenous country to another.

If you’re taking a vacation trip from the US to Mexico and then to Brazil, you can easily estimate how much your Mexican Pesos will be worth in Brazilian Reals. You can ask “Alexa, what is 100 Mexican Pesos in Brazilian Real” to hear the conversion right away.

8. Brush up on your language skills

Alexa’s translation skills have come a long way since its launch. Using Alexa’s built-in functionality, you can ask how to say basic phrases in a variety of languages ​​to help you talk to locals simply by using this format: “Alexa, translate (phrase) in (language). “

If you want to take the conversation a step further, Alexa Live Translation can translate conversations in real time. It currently supports seven languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. If you say “Alexa, translate Italian” you can speak English to have Alexa translate to Italian and vice versa.

If you find Alexa’s speaking speed a little too fast, try the translated skill. Translated supports 37 languages ​​and can translate sentences just like Alexa can. But you also have the option to ask Translated to repeat the sentence or say it more slowly, making it ideal for learning the correct pronunciation.

If you want to learn more about translating languages ​​with Alexa, check out our article on ways to use Alexa for translations.

9. Use location-specific skills

Invariably, cities often have skills created by local residents who love the area or official tourist offices. These are usually much more detailed and can lead you to hidden gems that Alexa is unaware of.

The best way to find these skills is to go to the Alexa app (available for iOS and android), find Skills and Games below the More and then search for the city you are in (or traveling to). For example, Rainy Portland will tell you what indoor activities there are in Portland while MyParis Directory gives you details of what to do and facts about the city of Paris.

10. Listen to local radio

With Alexa, you can stay up to date with news and the latest events in the area by using myTuner radio. myTuner has more than 50,000 radio stations in 200 countries and overseas territories available to listen to at any time. If you miss home, you can also play your favorite radio station wherever you are.

We recommend that you take a look at the myTuner website first to find a station you like and then ask Alexa to play the station.

11. Stay on track with alarms

Finally, use Alexa to keep track of your itinerary. Would you like to leave the hotel before 12:00 or book a restaurant at 19:00? Ask Alexa to set an alarm half an hour in advance. Or, if you want to make sure you wake up in time for an early flight, set an alarm on your phone and with Alexa to make sure you never miss a flight again.

Check out our article on using Alexa as your personal scheduler to learn how to use Alexa’s alarm, timer, reminder, and list features.

Get help from Amazon Alexa during your travels

Despite Alexa’s reputation as an automated home assistant, as you can see, it has many uses that can make your life easier while traveling.

The next time you’re planning a vacation, bring your Echo with you and use some of the skills in this article. You might be surprised at how easy traveling with Alexa can be.

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