Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of March 30

Aaron "Big Steps" all over Universal Studios, Andrew finds some new snacks, and Bert continues to freak out the cleaning staff.

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Contain Water Damage

Contain Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common threats to phones, but a wet phone doesn’t have to ruin a trip. First, turn the phone off if it hasn’t done so automatically. Dave Dean, Founder of tech site Too Many Adapters, warns against turning it back on, since that can damage the circuit board. Next, put your phone in a sealed bag or container of dry rice for two days. It may sound like an old wives tale, but experts agree this can work as a first line of defense—although Dean feels it works better if your phone was dropped in fresh water instead of salt water. He also recommends silica beads (packets are commonly found in many food items) as another way to remove moisture from your phone.  960 1280

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Deal With a Shattered Screen

Deal With a Shattered Screen

If the crack is minor, place a screen cover over it, or use clear packing tape. If the screen is completely shattered, Johnny Jet, founder of travel site JohnnyJet.com, says to put the phone in a plastic bag until you can get the screen replaced. Be careful about cutting yourself on shards of glass. Phil Baker, president of the product design company Techsperts, says it costs about $100 to replace a screen, and repair stores can easily fix it.

 

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Conserve a Low Battery

Conserve a Low Battery

Everything from extreme cold to overheating can affect your phone’s battery life. If you need to use your phone, Dean suggests putting an iPhone in airplane mode (newer Android models also feature a battery saver mode) and turning off as many connectivity features as possible. Facebook, GPS and gaming apps are among the notorious battery hogs.  960 1280

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Troubleshoot a Frozen Phone

Troubleshoot a Frozen Phone

First try performing a hard restart by pressing the power button until it turns off. Then try turning it back on after a few minutes. If this doesn’t work, remove and replace the phone’s battery if your phone has a removable battery (not all do). As a last resort, do a factory reset, which will restore your phone to its original factory settings. However, you will lose all of your phone’s data unless it was recently backed up. 960 1280

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Replace a Dead Battery

Replace a Dead Battery

For certain models, such as Samsung, you can simply remove the back cover by pulling it off, then easily pop out the battery and replace it. Make sure the phone is powered off before attempting this. Keep in mind that you should use an OEM battery (original equipment manufacturer) so that it doesn’t void the warranty. 960 1280

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Address Overheating

Address Overheating

High temperatures and overuse are among the conditions that can cause overheating. Turn off any applications that are running in the background (e.g. Instagram, Facebook) or simply turn off your phone. Removing a protective case and placing your phone in a cool (but not cold) environment can also help. 960 1280

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Address Extreme Cold

Address Extreme Cold

If your phone has been exposed to arctic temps, turn if off, and place it in a pocket or wrap it in an item of clothing until it warms up to room temperature. Don’t try any heating methods on it.  960 1280

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8. Find a Phone Repair Shop

8. Find a Phone Repair Shop

Dean says small repair stores are a great option, particularly if you’re nowhere near an Apple store, or don’t own an iPhone. These are usually easy to find around the world. 960 1280

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9. Use Your Insurance

9. Use Your Insurance

Baker recommends AppleCare for iPhones and SquareTrade for Androids. Both of these plans cover international travel, but read the fine print to learn what a particular plan includes before buying it. While plans typically cover damage resulting from water, falls or other maladies, they might come with a high deductible. Some plans don't reimburse theft or loss either. 960 1280

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10. Switch to a Backup Phone

10. Switch to a Backup Phone

Many experts travel with a second phone, and it might be the best bet if you’re nowhere near a repair store and the usual fixes don’t work. Dean advises traveling with an old phone. “Make sure it’s still in a useable state; otherwise it’s just a paperweight if it doesn’t have the apps, contacts and information you need.”   960 1280

  

"The professionals" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Bathtime. Hokkaido" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"On a photo shoot with my cousin David" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"In the copter, the kid can sleep anywhere" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"About to take off" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Name it! Where did i just return from?" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"More groves and view down valley" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"I call it the wall. I can stare at it for hours" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"few lockdowns ago I found this TRON toy in a spooky room. I Got permission 2 take it home. Haunted TRON awesome :)" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Just landed at Roswell International" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"This sucks...I'm still in my limo and not watching the game yet!" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"Reading this NOT in a good way....LOL" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"for all of u askin what my tatt is - My experience in Poveglia inspired it...Fight between GooD n eViL" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"Waikiki Off Limits...seems like a contradiction in terms. But, okay we'll try our best if we must..." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"In a moment of financial genius I stuck ten dollars into the Wheel Of Fortune slot machine. Quarters too bad but hey." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"@TheMostAwesome1 excellent sushi at miZu in St. Louis." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

"First time in Fenway. Gotta give it up to the glorious park. This place is beautiful as they say." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

- Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"My ride." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"@chefjoseandres @mariobatali Me and my boys comin' for you, Jose!" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"At least when u go to the dentist u get cool shades lol. I think the novacaine is kicking in. Lol!" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Hanging out I'n the studio at 1st friday with @CGabriel_art" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Headed to dinner... love my town." - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"Just another clown in Vegas!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"She wrote GAC a poem for us....some cool fans told them id tweet this for them!!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

"First course at Next. Genius." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Cheese curds on grand ol day in St. Paul." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"The hotel bed is sad that we are leaving.. First try at #WhatWillTheMaidThink" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"Season 2 wrap party!!!" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"Meant to post this shot on Memorial Day: With the brave men of the US Coast Guard." - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

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