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How To Plan The Perfect Post-Exam Trip With Your Mates

From looking up destinations to making sure all your travel documents are easily accessible, your phone can come in handy when planning a trip.

Planning a post-exam holiday with your mates? You may be a little overwhelmed with what’s possible, how to accommodate everyone and ensure you all have everything you need for a successful trip. Our phones are a primary tool for keeping things like this organised, so we’re going to show you how you can make the best of the all-new customisable Samsung Galaxy S23 for easy holiday planning with friends.

This guide will explore the types of holidays you can plan, how to access all of your travel documents in one place (your phone!) and extra tidbits on making your post-exam holiday planning a success.

Did you know you can get a Samsung student discount on the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S23 range? Save cash when you upgrade your phone!

Meet up to discuss your ideas

This is probably one of the most exciting stages, as you can bounce holiday ideas off each other to see which one fits the group best! Ultimately, you’ll have to be realistic with your budget, what’s possible, how far you want to travel and the like.

Having your phone handy to quickly Google your chosen destination can speed up the process. 

Stuck? Here are some holiday ideas to bring to the table:

  1. Beach holiday
  2. City break
  3. Spa break
  4. Activity holidays (hiking, water sports etc)
  5. Cruise
  6. Party holiday
  7. Full/half board resort holidays

So you’re probably wondering how you’re going to note all of this down, which is a totally valid point.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 allows for some epic note-taking capabilities, including collaboration with others on a single notes document, and enhanced features of Air Command and Air Gestures. These have remained in place for the S23 range, as they offer the ability to control the camera, translate text and cut and paste on-screen content instantly. This is great if you need to capture information throughout your holiday booking process and store it in one place.

Get booking

Once you’ve all decided on your destination and holiday type, it’s now time to get to the nitty gritty and book the trip!

Ensure you have all of your friends’ (legal) names, dates of birth and passport numbers to hand. Most sites may only want full names at this stage, but it’s good to have everything else so it’s easy to update when requested.

If you’re flying to a destination, you may be asked to assign your seat at the time of booking. Most will charge per seat, so make sure you and your friends are happy with the additional pricing. You may also want to take into account that some of your friends may be happy with hand luggage only, or an additional suitcase. Take stock of all this info so you know who needs to pay extra for additional luggage too.

Can I really do all of this on a phone?

You sure can! The Galaxy S23 allows for more room to work with, starting at 6.1 inches of screen space and a flatter surface compared to its curved predecessors. Plus, you can utilise the S23’s split-screen feature, meaning you can have your notes on one side, and your booking website on another. 

Make a list of everything you need

Days before your holiday, we bet you’re all getting into a giddy mood and anticipating what’s to come.

To avoid any mishaps before your journey, be sure to take stock of everything you need, such as:

  1. Passports
  2. Travel tickets
    1. You can often get these on the app of your booking provider, but having printouts is sensible. Especially if you lose signal!
  3. Up-to-date vaccinations — especially if you’re visiting a country where they’re recommended
  4. Medications and prescriptions
  5. The right amount of luggage for each ticket allows for
  6. The appropriate clothing for your destination (be sure to check the weather forecast in advance)
  7. Toiletries
  8. Travel plugs
  9. A good camera for all the selfies you’ll take
    1. Let’s face it — it’s a total necessity.

Speaking of cameras…you don’t have to fork out for one, but if you’re upgrading your smartphone, then you’ll be happy to know the Samsung S23 is really shaking up the phone photography game. 

It’s got a 12MP selfie camera for crystal-clear selfies. And if you’re after some Instagrammable landscape shots, then you’ll be super happy with its triple rear camera consisting of 50MP, 10MP and 12MP lenses. The three combined give you the flexibility to shoot, wide, ultra-wide, or zoomed in for those far-away places.

Ensure everything you need is accessible

Most travel-related things can be accessed through your phone. We’re huge fans of what the Samsung S23 has to offer because you can customise your home screen to have access to everything you need.

For example, you can have the airline app, train app, NHS app (if you still need to provide your COVID-19 vaccination certificates), Google Maps and much more right on your home screen. This can save you a serious amount of time and hassle from flicking through to find the apps you need in a hurry.

If you want to jazz up your screen a little more, the S23 has a new AI GIF remaster tool that’ll turn your favourite photos into high-quality GIFS. This means goodbye to pixelated moving images you’d otherwise make on an online generator. It’s great for reliving the memories from your upcoming post-exam trip too.

Have some entertainment at the ready

If you’re embarking on a particularly long journey, you’re going to need something to keep you entertained.

This is where mobile gaming can come in handy! Get access to your favourite games from Among Us to Mario Kart, all in one handy device. The reason we’re super keen on the Samsung Galaxy S23 release is that it’s got a super powerful processor that can run games alongside productivity apps with ease. 

This is thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Processor for Galaxy, coupled with a quad-core processor that makes multitasking incredibly smooth. Plus, it can support the graphics and horsepower required to make a mobile game look true to life.

Plus, you won’t need to worry about your battery dying. It’s got a 5,000mAh battery to power it through your travels and is built to be far more efficient than its predecessors.

So if you’re upgrading your phone before travelling, don’t forget to check out the new Samsung Galaxy S23 range and get a Samsung student discount. It’ll make your post-exam holiday planning an absolute breeze.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Samsung.