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Spring Break Travel is Better with Garmin

Industry Trends
  • February 16 2024
  • Kathy Anderson

GPS Navigators Keep Students and Families on Track for Safety, Fun, and Adventure

Spring Break means getting away and doing something different. For many, that means travel — and often a road trip of some kind. Whether the road is a means to a destination or the journey itself, a Garmin GPS device or two can make the difference between enjoyment and aggravation. No one wants Spring Break travel complications to overshadow the fun!

So which Garmin smartwatches and GPS navigators are best suited for Spring Break fun? Let’s find out.

Garmin Smartwatches

Nothing throws a body out of rhythm more than a change in routine. This can affect health and energy levels. And nobody wants to be low on energy during Spring Break!

That’s where a fitness-tracking, health-monitoring smartwatch can help keep tabs on things. Two of Garmin’s newest and award-winning wearable technology smartwatches are the Venu® 3 and the epix™ Pro series. The Venu 3 won a CES® 2024 Best in Innovation Award and a CES 2024 Honoree Award. The epix Pro also took home a CES 2024 Honoree Award.

The durable Venu 3 with its bright, colorful AMOLED screen with multiple displays is not only a handsome all-around fitness watch but also includes lots of fitness apps and extensive health monitoring features. This can help spring breakers monitor their health. It also has safety and tracking features. They include Incident Detection (during select outdoor activities) and Assistance, both of which can call or send a message with the wearer’s live location to emergency contacts when paired with their smartphone. This is great when traveling in unfamiliar locations. It also supports GarminPay™ contactless payment options for traveling without cash or cards, foiling would-be thieves and pickpockets.

The epix Pro and epix Pro (Gen 2) multisport smartwatches are designed for those who thrive on strenuous physical adventures and conquering goals. These Garmin watches include advanced training features like stamina updates, TopoActive maps, preloaded ski resort maps, and multi-GNSS GPS for improved coverage in challenging environments. There’s even a built-in flashlight!

Garmin Dash Cams

Whether a customer’s Spring Break road trip takes them through breathtaking scenery or congested highways with stop-and-go traffic, a wide angle dash cam will capture the moments that count.

The Garmin Dash Cam™ 47, Dash Cam 57, and Dash Cam 67W are all pocket sized, so they don’t block the windshield view. They respond to basic voice control commands. They also provide driver alerts like forward collision, lane departure, and — where available — warn of red light and speed cameras. The Parking Guard feature sends video clip notifications of incidents affecting the parked vehicle. The Dash Cam 47 and 57 each have a 140° angle lens. The 47 records in 1080p while the 57 records in 1440p. The 67W also records in 1440p but uses a 180° lens.

Garmin Car GPS Navigators

No one likes getting lost, especially when everyone wants to maximize every minute of their Spring Break vacation time. Using Garmin GPS navigators can help make and then keep customers’ Spring Break travel plans on track.

A Garmin DriveSmart™ car GPS provides navigation guidance with free lifetime maps of North America as well as POIs, Tripadvisor traveler ratings, National Parks directory, and more. It also has driver alerts for school zones, sharp curves, and speed changes. The Garmin DriveSmart GPS navigator pairs with a customer’s smartphone for hands-free Bluetooth calling. And when the Garmin Drive™ app is on their phone, DriveSmart also accesses Alexa as well as live traffic, fuel prices, parking, weather, and even phone text messages. Current DriveSmart navigators include the 66, 76, and 86 models.

Garmin RV GPS Navigators

Although the RV lifestyle is a relaxed one, it does take special planning to ensure the selected routes and amenities are RV-friendly.

The Garmin RV 895 and 1095 help your RV customers make the best choices for their travel plans. Like the Garmin car GPS models, they come preloaded with North American maps. But they also come with a directory of RV parks and services, content from Ultimate Public Campgrounds, KOA, PlanRV, and more. By inputting RV or trailer characteristics, the navigator can help create custom RV routing. And built-in Wi-Fi keeps maps and software up to date without using a computer.

Garmin Offroad GPS and Garmin Motorcycle GPS Navigators

Some people use Spring Break to completely escape — by going offroad.

Built for every part of the journey, the Garmin Overlander™ is a rugged, all-terrain GPS navigator that can easily switch from turn-by-turn directions for on-road navigation to topography maps for off-grid guidance — in both North and South America. It also has integrated pitch and roll angles as well as a compass, altimeter, and barometer to help customers navigate difficult terrain.

Garmin Tread® is designed for powersports. Created specifically for side-by-side, ATV, and snowmobile enthusiasts, Tread is built to withstand extreme terrains, temperatures, and weather. It too has built-in altimeter, barometer, compass, and pitch and roll gauges. It comes preloaded with topographic maps of North and Central America, street maps of North America, U.S. public and private land boundaries, U.S. Forest Service roads and trails with Motor Vehicle Use Maps. It’s also compatible with the Tread app to sync waypoints, tracks, routes, and collections across devices.

Tread is available in two versions: Base Edition and Tread with Group Ride and a PTT fist microphone.

Garmin zūmo® XT is a rugged, motorcycle GPS navigator built for adventure. The display is rain-resistant and glove-friendly. It can withstand all kinds of weather, extreme temperatures, and vibrations. zūmo XT comes preloaded with street maps for US, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Bahamas. It also comes with off-road topographic maps featuring North and Central America public land boundaries, 4×4 roads, and more. Your customers can select road preferences from easy to twisty and can receive rider alerts for hazards like sharp curves, speed changes, state helmet laws, etc.

Garmin Handheld GPS Navigators

Finally, there are those who use Spring Break to test their mettle by hiking, camping, or cycling in remote areas. These hardy souls need Garmin eTrex® handhelds. These devices access both GPS and GLONASS satellite systems to provide reliable positioning in more challenging environments.

For those who prefer a handheld with buttons, guide them to Garmin GPSMAP® devices.

The Garmin Rino® 750t even includes a built-in 2-way radio with a range up to 20 miles. This can help keep a group in the loop.

And for those who love the thrill of a treasure hunt, many Garmin handhelds also support geocaching.

Taking Spring Break with Garmin

Whether your customers want to kick back and relax or have a physically invigorating adventure, encourage them to take Garmin along for the journey. Whether it’s a smartwatch, dash cam, vehicle navigator, or handheld, Garmin has what they need — not only for a safer Spring Break but for every vacation in the years to come.

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