As we head into the summer season, the travel rebound is in full swing for U.S. leisure travelers. In fact, the majority (85%) of adults are planning to travel this summer and many are taking even more vacation time than they did last year, according to a recent Harris Poll. Notably, many are choosing to hit the road this summer as over 50% will travel by car as their mode of transportation. So, whether you’re flying or planning to take a road trip, Samsung will make your summer travel experience more convenient, fun, and easier than ever with a broad array of connected devices and solutions.

Here are four ways that our connected ecosystem of products and solutions can make your summer travel more enjoyable, effortless, and memorable:

1. Start your summer escape with peace of mind

When you’re away, you want the peace of mind that all is well at home. And this starts with Samsung’s IoT ecosystem, SmartThings. Compatible with Samsung connected products, as well as thousands of smart home devices like lights, security cameras, door locks and more, SmartThings makes it easier than ever to manage your home. Right from your phone, tablet, TV or Family Hub refrigerator, you can monitor and control what goes on at home through the SmartThings app.

More importantly, you want to be able to minimize and control the energy consumption of your home while you’re away. With Samsung SmartThings Energy, you can monitor energy usage patterns and lower energy bills through automated reduction in energy consumption of HVACs, smart appliances, and more while on the go. Consumers can customize settings and preferences to emphasize things that are important and set notifications through the SmartThings app.

2. Enjoy seamless connectivity on the road

With Auto Hotspot, Samsung offers an easy solution for transforming your Galaxy smartphone into a mobile hotspot. During a summer road trip with your kids or friends in the back seat, they can stay entertained playing a game or watching a movie on WiFi, with minimal distractions while you’re driving. All you have to do is hand them the tablet. That’s because once you’ve set up Auto Hotspot, you don’t need to do it again – it’s one and done. Samsung’s devices connect seamlessly, so you don’t have to fumble with settings while you’re in the driver’s seat.

To enjoy and share your summer jams, Music Share is a new way to spread the tunes through your Galaxy devices. When you’re on a road trip, you can collaborate with your friends on a playlist without distraction. Simply connect your device to the car speaker and your friends and family can wirelessly connect their phones to yours via Bluetooth to start sharing songs from their favorite music streaming app.

3. Enjoy a cinematic entertainment experience in the great outdoors

With 53% of U.S. travelers are planning to camp out at a national or state park this summer, you can create your own outdoor cinema experience whether on the road or in your own backyard. Samsung has captured the incredible technology and customization capabilities of our Smart TVs—and made them portable with The Freestyle. Weighing in at less than two pounds, it’s super versatile and lightweight — making it the must-have portable device of the summer. It’s a projector, smart speaker, and ambient lighting device all rolled into one. With The Freestyle, you can easily project your favorite content up to 100 inches onto any surface using its 180-degree cradle. It offers crystal-clear audio that’s designed to fill spaces—from a small tent to a large outdoor background—using its advanced 360-degree audio. With Smart View on the Freestyle, you can watch your favorite shows just like you would at home or even connect your Galaxy device to watch videos that you took from your road trip.

For those hosting friends and family this summer, turn your backyard into an entertaining outdoor escape with the Terrace Outdoor TV — designed to live outside, rain or shine. The spectacular picture quality means you can view your favorite show or movie, even when there’s bright sun.

Then with Multi view, you can watch multiple things on your TV at once. That means while a movie is playing, you can video conference your friends while also mirroring your phone to show vacation photos – leaving your hands free to grab summer BBQ treats.

4. Embrace summer office freedom

If you’re planning an extended summer escape, Samsung makes it easy to get work done without working harder. Be productive wherever you go by using your TabS8 as a second screen with the Galaxy Book2 Pro. It essentially creates a two-monitor set-up so you can work seamlessly across devices. And, if you are looking to take your home office to the next level, check out the brand new 32” M8 UHD 4K Smart Monitor — a monitor and a 4K Smart TV all in one device, with a SlimFit camera in box. Your favorite content, productivity and video call apps are built-in for a simpler and more stylish desk setup.

The post 4 Ways to Maximize Summer Travel with the Power of Samsung Connectivity appeared first on Samsung US Newsroom.