“Alexa, what’s my schedule today?”
“Alexa, tell me the weather for this week.”
“Alexa, lock the house and set the thermostat to away mode.”
“Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes”
“Alexa, what’s the nearest coffee shop?”
If you have an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, or other device with Alexa on it, chances are you’ve gotten pretty used to Alexa’s help.
After all, Alexa can help you with almost anything you could ask of her.
This is especially true if you have a house full of Alexa speakers and have taken advantage of all the smart home devices like smart coffee makers, locks, thermostats, and lights.
But if you’re heading off for summer vacation, a fall camping trip, or a long-distance family visit this Christmas, you don’t want to be without Alexa while you’re away from home.
After all, she can get you directions, give you the weather, play music, be a personal concierge, or even stay in control of your smart home devices from across the country.
How to Bring Alexa Along
Believe it or not, you can bring your Echo device with you anywhere and use it just as you would at home. Just make sure it’s connected to the Wi-Fi where you’re staying.
If you’re flying, though, or just don’t want to risk traveling with your Echo, you can still use Alexa on your iOS or Android phone.
Just open the Alexa app, tap the logo in the center at the bottom of the screen, and talk to Alexa just like you would at home.
Control Your Home From Anywhere
Even when you’re not at home, you can still control your smart devices at home with Alexa from anywhere, whether you’ve brought along your Echo or if you’re just using your phone.
Here’s some tasks you can give here while you’re away:
- If you have a friend taking care of your pets while you’re gone, unlock your doors for them and lock them again when they leave. Who “hides” keys under the mat anymore anyways?
- Adjust your thermostat on your ride home to make sure you walk in to a comfy environment.
- Turn lights on or off at random, creating the illusion that someone is home and therefore reducing your chances of burglary.
If where you’re staying doesn’t have any music streaming options, Alexa’s got you covered.
Just connect your Echo to the Wi-Fi where you’re staying and search for music as you normally would.
Listen to music from specific artists or albums or listen from you own stations or playlists while you get ready for the day, make dinner, or sleep.
Streamline Your Mornings
Picture this: Alexa wakes you up with an alarm at 8:30, reads you today’s itinerary and weather forecast, plays your morning wake-up playlist while you get ready for the day, then orders an Uber for you at 10:00 to get you downtown – all without you saying a word.
More than just a fancy alarm clock, Alexa can streamline your whole morning routine.
Just set up routines for her before you go, give her your itinerary for the week, and you’re good to go.
Your routines can string together any list of commands in any order. Just tell her what you want to do and when, and your vacation just got a lot less stressful. Pretty awesome, I know.
Alex can also be your personal concierge on your trip.
Need a place for donuts and coffee in the morning? She’s got it.
Want some Friday night pizza but don’t know where to go? Just ask.
Don’t know where the best gas prices are near you? She does.
If you’re bringing along an Echo, just make sure you update its location in the settings in the Alexa app. Go to Settings > [speaker name] > Device location.
If you’re heading out on vacation, make sure to bring Alexa with you – you’ll be so thankful you did.
If you don’t have an Echo yet…what are you waiting for?
While it may seem a bit intimidating at first, buying and setting up an Echo isn’t nearly as much trouble as it seems, and what little hassle it may be is so worth it.
You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
If you’d like some more tips for vacationing with Alexa, help getting started with Alexa, or would just like to share you vacation experience, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.