If you’re a traveller like myself, you’re probably always on the lookout for unique experiences that only a local will know about. While the internet has a treasure trove of recommendations, it can all be very overwhelming having to sift through all the guides, recommendations, reviews and what not. How do you make the most of your travel opportunities? Simple – ask a local or a friend who knows a local. Enter Handy – a travel device for hotel guests who want to explore cities and countries like the locals do.
I got a first look at the Handy device during a complimentary one-night stay at the Accra City Hotel (formerly Novotel). In addition to localized travel guides on where to shop and eat, Handy has a camera and is enabled with free internet. The Handy device is customized to each hotel and integrated with applications like Google Maps. The best part? Free local calls and international calls to select countries. Bye-bye multiple SIM cards! Hotel-wise, I enjoyed my short time at Accra City Hotel; the food was great, the decor and ambiance on point, and the staff friendly. That and the fact that I got to try something I haven’t done in a while – you’ll have to watch the video for that though :)
Long story short, Handy is bound to make your Africa travel experience a whole lot easier and fun especially when visiting a place for the first time – for business, pleasure, or both. Checking out? Click a button and your personal information is cleared from the Handy device, ready for use by the next hotel guest. I’m looking forward to hearing the full details once they officially launch in Ghana and other African countries.
In the meantime, here’s a short video capturing my Handy travel experience and what I learned about the device. Got questions or thoughts to share? Leave a comment below.
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.