Why celebrities love agritourism and what’s in it for you

Many of us think that going to a far for agritourism on holidays is an experience reserved to young travelers that seek to pay the trip of their dreams by picking kiwis in New Zealand or collecting grapes in southern France. However, agritourism is not a remunerated work, it is a form of vacations that more and more celebrities do to be in contact with the earth, literally. Here is why you should do this experience that will make you one of the best in your life.

What is agritourism? It is a different way of spending holidays by taking part of rural jobs in farms to help in the garden, in the collection of plants and mushrooms, in the care of animals or in the production of foods such as honey, jams, sauces, preserves or wine.

The benefits of spending a few days in the field are incredible, most users in forums say that it has reduced their stress of everyday life, the city, traffic jams and noise and has connected them with the environment. Due to increased demand more and more farms around the world offer agritourism accommodation.

The trend has also reached the celebrities, who look forward to disconnecting from the media focuses and going back to the roots. Some of them have even acquired their own farm, like Russell Crowe, who owns a horse farm in New South Wales. It may seem that the stars live among cushions, but nature is an opportunity to relax that also other celebrities like Julia Roberts take advantage of at her farm in Taos to feed her pigs and cows.

Agritourism can be very accessible for any traveler. Visitors stay in traditional farmhouses, eat the local food collected in the garden or produced in the region and dedicate several hours of the day to help in the daily work. Tasks vary greatly depending on the area chosen and the level of work they want to do. Let’s have a view of some of them:

For example, choosing a vineyard in the Italian Tuscany may be a good idea to stay in an old farmhouse overlooking the wine fields and smelling the fruity scent before getting involved in one of the production activities. It could be collecting the grapes, stepping on them to make the pasta with which the wine is made, or participating in its bottling in the large wooden barrels in which it ferments and picks up those characteristic flavors of fruit and wood. The lucky ones can end the experience with a wine tasting to learn how to differentiate the nuances of the wine.

Other popular agritourism excursions include courses to learn how to identify raw materials such as mushrooms, chestnuts and berries, see when they are ready to pick them up, when they can be eaten and how to prepare them in the best way. What about making honey or  jam and enjoy one of the best breakfasts in the world? Food lovers will enjoy their future trips having that knowledge learned!

Although the agritourism is mostly related to enjoy local and ecological food, in fact there are emplacements for all type of activities like the production of essential oils, the treatment of flowers and grass to make creams and relaxing ointments or the production of perfumes. Can you imagine making your own bath kit with lavender that you have collected yourself?

Possibilities are endless but don´t worry, not all of them require people waking up at down to feed cows, unless you want to. The objective is to learn about how to work in the field in a sustainable way. The best part is that you can go alone or travel with your friends and family and take advantage of an astonishing outdoor experience.

Where to do Agritourism in the world

Practically in every country in the world you can do agrotourism, since it is a practice that is becoming a trend and that also helps rural communities to introduce the benefits of tourism without transforming their traditional essence.

However, according to Brad Tuttle, editor of the magazine Budget Travel and expert in agritourism, the best destinations vary according to the season of the year.

In spring he recommends farms in the European part of the Mediterranean Sea, with places in Greece, Italy and Spain, as well as Croatia, Montenegro or Bosnia. The most typical places include vineyards, agricultural farms and care of small lambs and goats.

In summer he recommends traveling through the western center of the United States, in states such as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The most common type of agritourism is in corn plantations and tomato production with which tourists can have the chance to eat what it is produced there. If you want to know more take a look at this fabulous directory with more than 700 farms in the United States to choose your next vacation in nature.

In the fall Tuttle suggests traveling to California to work in the local vineyards and taste the sweet and dry wine of the region. We add to his list the magnificent farms of India, in which, according to travelers’ forums, it is possible to immerse in all the tasks of the farm with the family, such as going shopping and selling at the markets.

Finally, in winter Tuttle says he’d go to one of the thousands of vast farms in Australia or New Zealand, and enjoy the fruit, corn, animals and the bright sun.

If you want to have a look globally, dive to this super directory with farms all over the world and share your experience with us!

Top world’s resorts to ski this winter

We all know that skiing or snowboarding is not exactly cheap but since some of us practice it once or twice a year, we shouldn’t’ miss the chance to go to a resort with long slopes, powder snow, good weather conditions and enough capacity to avoid long queues at the chair lift. 

Not everyone has the same level of skiing, so when we ski in group it’s normal to split for a few hours. The problem comes when we start to feel hungry and can’t find the others to eat together. To make easier lunches and beers on the slopes, we use Wave Let’s Meet App, a free app that enables two or more people to share their location in real time on the same private map.

Wave is so precise that we can follow our friends going down the slopes, but that’s not all: Wave also has great features such as setting a meeting point and calculating the estimated time of arrival. Wave also has a super fast, complete chat to type, share pics and send audios.

To help you decide where to go, look at the list of the best ski resorts in the world and the cheapest and the top quality ski destinations in the world:

EUROPE

In Europe there are several key areas for skiing, starting with the Swiss, French, Italian and Austrian Alps and following the French and Spanish Pyrenees and the north of Spain. In the east we also find several good tracks in the mountains of Georgia although they are less popular.

What we like most about skiing in the Alps is that it has powder snow almost all year round and it is surrounded by charming and cute small towns.

THE ALPS

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN THE ALPS

One of the most reputed ski resorts is Zermatt in Switzerland. It is a very complete resort with 322 km of slopes for all levels, almost half of them are for intermediates. It also has tracks in the forest for spectacular views during the race and glacier slopes.

Given its high altitude, more than 3000 meters, it offers lift passes throughout the year, although it is at risk of bad weather and storms every few weeks. Like all renowned resorts, the facilities offered are memorable, with a large number of restaurants, accommodation and entertainment for skiers.

How to get there: The closest airports are in Zurich and Geneva.

Price: One day ski pass costs from 90 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN THE ALPS

The long mountain range of the Alps offers very good seasons at very low prices in France, Austria and Italy. One of the best rated for the cheap ones is Livigno, placed in the Valtellina mountains of Italy. It is a wonderful and well-known resort for skiers and snowboarders of the world, with wide and well groomed tracks. Most of them are dedicated to intermediate levels Its views from the chair lifts don’t  have to envy to those of Zermatt.

How to get there: The nearest airport is in Milan.

Price: It costs one day from 50 dollars.

THE PYRENEES

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN THE PYRINEES

Grandvalira in Andorra is a resort of 210 km of slopes with almost 100 km suitable for beginners. It is a very complete option to go skiing in a group with people of different levels, since it has several styles like alpine skiing, ski mountaineering and a wonderful snow park to do all kinds of jumps. The resort is close to the restoration and accommodation areas, as well as to the typical tax-free shopping area of Andorra.

How to get there: Andorra, Barcelona and Zaragoza airports are the closest.

Price: One day from 53 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN THE PYRINEES

A very good and cheaper option for skiing in the Pyrenees is the Formigal ski resort in Spain. It has 137 kilometers of slopes of all levels, with very steep black ones and freeride areas in the mountains. It is a very lively resort also for a drink after skiing and offers all kinds of amenities and good food.

How to get there: Zaragoza and Barcelona airports are the closest.

Price: One day from 48 dollars.

NORTH AMERICA

North of America is a skier’s paradise in winter, with its high mountains outlined in snow for several months a year and a spectacular sun. Experts say that resorts In North America are the best managed and planned in the world although they are typically more expensive. Here we list the best rated in the continent:

CANADIAN ROCKIES

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN CANADA

Whistler in British Columbia is the largest station in North America and connects three stations with chair lifts that form an extension of 200 km of slopes. One of the best viewpoints in the world is here, on the lift that connects the Peak Mountains.

On average, there are 12 meters of powder snow every year to enjoy skiing at all levels. Most of its slopes are intermediate although it has an astonishing 50 km of black slopes for professional skiers and several bowls with powder snow perfect for jumping.

After the renovation of last year in which new carpets for children were incorporated and 3 green slopes were renovated, it became a very friendly station for those who are beginners.

How to get there: Vancouver airport is the closest.

Price: One day starts from 120 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN CANADA

The Revelstoke ski area, also in British Columbia, offers a more reasonable price with the joy of being the highest ski resort in America with 1713 meters of height. It is a small but very complete station with 55 km of groomed slopes of all difficulties and several areas adapted to other variants such as the Heliski and forest tracks. It also counts with a magnificent snowpark.

How to get there: Vancouver airport is the closest.

Price: One day starts from 80 dollars.

COLORADO

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN COLORADO

Aspen Snowmass, in Colorado, is the most reputed station in America and the most sophisticated one. It consists of 237 km of slopes divided into 4 separate resorts with a shuttle that joins them and that are suitable for all levels.

In Aspen you can spend the whole day skiing and still feel that you don’t know the resort, given the great variety of marked trails, the ways in the middle of the forest, the highway areas and the powder snow areas, perfect for the most daring.

It is accessible to all types of skiers, which makes it good for a family destination. There is free shuttle to other parts of the resort and a free gondola between the top of the mountain and the picturesque city.

How to get there: Aspen airport is the closest but sometimes is closed due to the weather so it is recommendable to go to Denver airport.

Price: One day starts from 170 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN COLORADO

Wolf Creek Ski Area in Colorado is known because its 100 km of slopes are extremely difficult. This makes it a paradise for the most veteran skiers. Its price is also attractive, since it stands at less than 100 dollars a day.

How to get there: Albuquerque is the closest airport, although it is more than 200km away.

Price: One day starts from 70 dollars.

MONTANA

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BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN MONTANA

Big Sky Resort is one of the most difficult areas for skiing in the world, with 250 km of slopes among which 126 are black. To the difficulty of its trails is added a variety of incredible landscapes surrounded by forests and large slopes that make it one of the wonders of the country. What we also like is the small queues to go uphill, because of its large number of ski lifts around the 4 mountains where is placed the resort.

How to get there: Yellowstone airport is the closest airport.

Price: One day starts from 135 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN MONTANA

Bridger Bowl in Montana offers a high altitude ski resort with powder snow that compensates its small size: it has 71 kilometers of its ski and snowboard slopes.

It is a very suitable resort in which we will not see long lines to take the chair lift, we will enjoy plenty of space to practice, especially if we are beginners and above all we will save a lot of money. For accomodation and facilities, visitors need to go to the neighbor city Bozeman, where they can also find a vibrant nightlife.

To get there: Yellowstone airport is the closest airport.

Price: One day starts from 60 dollars.

ASIA

NORTHEAST ASIA

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It is a spectacularly beautiful area for skiing in the months of December to March over Korea, Japan and China. In Asia we find smaller stations than in Europe or in North America, although the views and the amenities are well worth it for a skiing holiday.

BEST-IN-CLASS SKI RESORT IN ASIA

Rusutsu, in Japan, is a resort that draws attention for the great contrast between the mountains and the vast planes that make up an incredible landscape in which its 42 km of slopes seem even larger. It is one of the areas with the highest concentration of powder snow in Asia and skiing and snowboarding here is a wonder. This resort offers spaces for other sports such as dog sledding, snow rafting and horseback riding.

To get there: Tokyo airport is the closest one.

Price: One day starts from 48 dollars.

BUDGET SKI RESORT IN ASIA

Nozawa Onsen in Japan is one of the first on the list of all ski portals due to the provision of its 44 km of slopes, very accessible and well distributed to enjoy the mountain. Practically the entire resort is dedicated to beginners with easy and intermediate tracks, carpets and esplanades for children. The black slopes, however, offer steep slopes with dry snow that hinder the movements of skiers.

To get there: Tokyo airport is the closest one.

Price: One day starts from 40 dollars.

How you will move around in your city in 2018: Smart cities

Millions of people struggle every day to reach their workplaces and study areas in cities in where pollution and long commutes are decreasing the quality of life of the inhabitants.

Smart cities want to solve some of the most common problems that plague the big cities, but what are they? We list here some of the main concerns: pollution, traffic congestion, poor light efficiency and lack of safety for pedestrian roads.

Pollution is a global concern that is damaging the health of the population and speeding up the climate change. According to WHO it is a serious global health risk that is responsible for premature deaths and respiratory problems, especially in the most polluted cities in the world in Nigeria, Pakistan and South Arabia.cityscape-2394753_1920

It is worth to mention the quantity of vehicules circulating in massive cities. Just in Mexico City, the most congested city in the world, there are 5 million of vehicles and there are 30 millions of car trips everyday. In Jakarta 2000 new motorbikes join the circulation every day, according to a recent study by Citymetric.

In Europe Bucharest is the most congested city and a recent study of Tomtom estimated that roughly every driver spends 128 hours of extra time driving per year. Other very congested city is London, that over the past decade has taken a series of measures to reduce traffic. Those go from expanding the public transport network and bike lanes, to taxing the most polluting vehicles and cutting the city center completely to traffic.

Technologies for Smart cities in 2018 and beyond

To address these problems, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are basically collecting data from pedestrian walks and vehicles roads to better understand how people travel around the city and how to manage their flow better. There are complex devices that estimate how many people move around certain areas and at what time, as well as surveillance and sensors that do the same in roads.

There are various ways to determine the flow of people though, for example London Subway uses Wi-Fi pings to learn how passengers travel.

Citizens can also take advantage of real time location systems. For navigation, apps like Waze gather traffic in order to estimate if there is a traffic jam or an obstacle on the road.

People walking or driving to meet their friends in the crowd can also use location services in real time like Wave Application, a free app that facilitates the meetings by enabling two or more people to share their live location on a private map with their contacts.

Once cities have started to comprehend how their citizens move around the city, it is time to implement changes and improve their quality of life. These are the ones that can be visible in the smart cities of 2018:

Find a pak spot

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Studies show that finding a park spot raises the congestion. To help people park their cars Palo Alto city developed floor sensors that warned via an app users when a parking spot is available. Now the city is expanding its use over the city.

As cities are introducing timidly electric and gas cars the question on how to distribute the charge stations around the city arises. Would they been in malls, as they plan to be in Madrid or in private parkings as the Hong Kong Baptist University suggests? Well, it really depends on the city as smart technologies are very adaptable. 

Light the city

The light consumption of the cities can be more efficient and better distributed thanks to the ICT information to determine when and where it is better to turn a light on or off. Thus, in areas with more traffic or with greater incidence of crime, the application could alter the brightness of the streetlights. In 2018 several cities around the world will use this system, like Wellington in New Zealand.

Safety of Pedestrians

The safety of pedestrians is another measure that we can begin to notice in Columbus, Ohio, that will implement an efficient crossing system in one of its streets. In Dubai we will see a passenger counter in one of its crossings to reduce the waiting time of the traffic light if there is a crowd. On the other hand, we will see new crosses adapted to people with less vision, thanks to a system of lights and signals in New York.

Reduce waste of water

The parks and forests of the cities are necessary for everyone’s health. Increasing their extension could be feasible if the consumption of irrigation water is reduced. To do this, cities such as Barcelona are implementing humidity sensors in urban parks that will determine how much water is actually needed to irrigate the parks.

As you can notice, smart cities are not only electric cars or Wifi Spots. The possibilities are endless and the New Year is bringing us amazing technologies to improve our daily life. What is your city doing to be smarter in 2018? Drop us a line!

2018 New Year resolutions and how tech, apps and gadgets will help you achieve each of them

It is the time to write the New Year’s resolutions, such as maintaining contact with old friends, having a healthier, more balanced life, studying, saving and so on. To help you finally achieve your goals this year, we have listed the 5 most popular ones in the world, collected from the Internet, google searches and surveys and we show you how to comply with the help of technology. Applications, robots and gadgets are at your service to help you achieve your goals for 2018.

1. Live life to the fullest

 

Living life to the fullest has been crowned as the most popular New Year resolution to begin 2018, according to a GOB survey. Experts relate this goal to an economic improvement, the crisis not being our main concern, to a greater awareness of the limited time we live and to the desire to organize all aspects of our life in the best possible way to enjoy every moment.

It is recommendable to start by introducing new plans each day, such as going to the theater to see an improvisation, taking dance classes or marking pictures of animals in nature. For those who need inspiration, the All Events in City app (free for iOS and Android) offers an endless number of activities to enroll in, sorted by proximity and thematic. In the same way, traveling is for many a way of living to the fullest, since it combines new food, new cultures and great experiences to remember. Technology in this case could serve with a list of applications for trips that you should not miss and that you can find here listed.

2. Spend more time with our friends and family

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We are increasingly aware that social relationships make us happier, more prosperous and more ambitious, so it is not surprising that it is a New Year’s purpose to maintain them and regain contact with special people we do not see often. We all know that sometimes it is difficult to meet, we have endless groups to chat, we decide what to do and finally we have a hard time finding each other in the crowded centre of the city, calling over and waiting for them.

Wave Let’s Meet App (free for iOS and Android) is an application that facilitates the meetings, enabling people to share their location in real time and simultaneously with whoever they want when they are going to meet. Thus, people can set a meeting point on the map, see how to get there and where are the others with incredible accuracy. Once there are no long waits on the street suddenly meeting with friends seems much simpler.

While it is easy to meet for a coffee there are multiple ways to have a great plan with friends, such as spending a day outdoor hiking, biking or simply enjoying the nature. One cool gadget worth to carry on is the DJI Mavic Drone. This drone flies over the group of friends and records astonishing videos at  4K 1080p quality.

3. Get fit and do sports

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Doing sports, living a healthy life, eating fruits and vegetables are part of our end-of-year purposes. We barely have time to go to the gym every day, prepare a healthy smoothie for breakfast and make an elaborate dinner. Therefore we like applications such as 30 Days Fitness Challenge (free for iOS and Android), which establishes a light monthly plan with exercises to do at home and without equipment of 30 minutes or less per day to strengthen our health and get those desired six packs.

For the adventure getaways we recommend to get a pair of wireless headphones, resistant to sweat and inclement weather and with enough battery for the entire day. One of the most popular brands of 2017 is Jaybird X3 wireless headphones, designed to cushion outside noise and calibrate the sound adapted to the movement by bike or running. They have bluetooth, equalized and a comfortable cable that connects both headphones behind the head.

4. Eat healthy

For all of us who are not experts in nutrition, counting calories it is already a tough New Year resolution. That’s why we love using applications such as Mealime (free for iOS, Android) that do it for us, at the same time they offer us tasty weekly menus that include the caloric intake and the necessary nutrients for each lifestyle.

If, in addition, a gadget can facilitate the task of cooking healthy soups and juices for us, great. Scott Soupmaker is a high-tech mixer that produces soups, creams, purées and pastes without the need for any knowledge on our part. The robot also comes with a function for the busiest: the one to clean itself. Lastly, for those who have any serious addiction such as smoking, it is a good time to curb the intake or cut it cold turkey with the help of Smoke Free app (free for Android).

5. Avoid procrastination and be organized

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Procrastination is one of the great scourges of modern society. It is the ability to delay the activities that we should do and leave them for another time. Being more productive and avoid procrastination has become one of our main concerns, as well figuring out how to be more organized. There are several methods in which technology can help, such as the Todoist app (free for iOS and Android), which is a complete organizer for task and lists by priorities, colors, people in charge and deadlines.

Not only apps do a great job to help us stay focused, there are great gadgets to help such as  Atentif Hour Glass. This app uses the pomodoro technique that suggests to work for 25 minute intervals (called pomodoros) to rest 5 minutes. The clock alerts the owner of every stage while the sand falls. Simple and effective.

Have you felt identified with this list? Tell us in the comments what your New Year’s purpose is and we will help you find the app or gadget that best helps you. Happy New Year!

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Wave reúne a tu familia por Navidad

La Navidad está a la vuelta de la esquina y solo quedan unos días para cumplir con todos los compromisos sociales propios de la época: cenas de empresa, comidas de Navidad con distintos grupos de amigos, noches de copas, visitas a la familia y por supuesto, búsqueda de los últimos regalos.

En este escenario encontrarse con amigos o familiares entre la multitud es difícil, por ello la geolocalización en tiempo real de Wave es una solución para facilitar las quedadas. Con Wave dos personas o un grupo comparten su ubicación en tiempo real en un mapa privado, ven por dónde llegan, fijan un punto de encuentro y chatean. Está disponible gratis para iOS y Android.

¿Cómo funciona? Wave utiliza las notificaciones para enviar permisos que todos los miembros deben aceptar antes de compartir la ubicación. Una vez aceptada se despliega un mapa ubicando a todos los contactos deseados durante un tiempo limitado, en el que van viendo por dónde van caminando o conduciendo, tal y como hacen en la vida real.

“Wave es la forma más sencilla de encontrarse entre la multitud, permitiendo que dos o más personas compartan su ubicación en tiempo real en un mapa privado. Cada sesión tiene una duración limitada, desde 15 minutos hasta 8 horas. La precisión de Wave hace posible encontrarse con claridad incluso en las plazas más concurridas”, afirma su co-fundador y CEO, Manuel De la Esperanza.

Wave es una herramienta de geolocalización que incluye un chat y es una forma completa de organizar las quedadas. Para abrir un mapa se puede seleccionar un contacto o abrir un grupo con varios, elegir durante cuánto tiempo se quiere compartir la ubicación y enviar la petición. Cuando la acepten se abrirá una sesión ubicando a los usuarios en la que se puede fijar un punto de encuentro y chatear.

Los mapas de grupo son muy populares, ya que es más interesante y divertido tener una idea de dónde están los demás, ver quién llega tarde, quién ya está en el restaurante o de por dónde van y hace que la experiencia sea más interactiva”, afirma De la Esperanza.

Más seguridad en carretera

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Viajar en carretera de forma segura mientras los demás saben a qué horas llegas es ya una realidad. Wave permite que tu familia vea tu ruta en tiempo real en el smartphone.  En estas fechas se esperan más de 16 millones de desplazamientos, según datos de la DGT de las pasadas navidades.

Los viajes en carretera son otro de los casos de uso más frecuentes de Wave, en los que los grupos sirven para avisar a la familia de un retraso, de un atasco o simplemente de cuándo van a llegar al hogar familiar sin tener que coger el smartphone mientras conducen. Esta situación fue, precisamente el germen de la creación de Wave.

Cómo empezó todo

“Creamos Wave a partir de una situación en la que esperábamos a un colega de trabajo para una reunión y como estaba conduciendo en la moto no sabíamos cuánto iba a tardar ni si estaba bien. Fue un momento muy frustrante en el que entendimos que no existía una solución sencilla, privada y precisa para quedar con amigos, compañeros o familiares y decidimos crear Wave”, afirma De La Esperanza.)

En tan solo dos años, esta startup española ha conquistado a más de 11 millones de usuarios y tiene tráfico diario en más de 190 países. La aplicación se ha usado en aeropuertos, festivales, estaciones de esquí, viajes por todo el mundo y sobre todo en el día a día de miles de personas.

Su crecimiento espectacular en el mundo de las aplicaciones viene por su tecnología nativa en tiempo real, la precisión de sus mapas y su diseño moderno e intuitivo, compuesto por el director creativo de Pinterest.

Wave Application publicó su primera versión de iOS y Android en 2015 siendo pionera en el ámbito de la geolocalización en tiempo real y privada. Desde entonces, ha facilitado el encuentro entre millones de personas por todo el mundo. La empresa ha conseguido 4 rondas de financiación y aumentar su plantilla año tras año hasta contar con 30 trabajadores. Tiene su sede en Madrid, España.

La geolocalización se ha convertido en una tendencia y aunque parezca una actitud futurista, lo cierto es que ya la usamos constantemente sin darnos cuenta para buscar un restaurante, un alojamiento o atracción turística y en este caso, también para encontrarnos con los nuestros.

Wave ha facilitado millones de encuentros. Todo esto ha sido gracias a ti y a tus comentarios en los que nos has guiado hacia el camino del éxito. Muchas gracias. ¡Te deseamos una muy feliz Navidad!

Wave brings your family together in Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and there are only a few days left to meet the commitments of the season: company dinners, Christmas lunches with different groups of friends, nights out with friends, family visits and of course, searching for the last gifts.

Meeting with friends or relatives among the crowd is many times difficult, therefore the technology of Wave is a solution to facilitate the meetings by enabling two or more people to share their live location on a private map. They can also set a meeting point and chat. Wave is available for free for iOS and Android.

How does it work? Wave uses notifications to ask users for permission, once they accept it a map is displayed spotting each member moving in real time, as they do in real life.

“Wave is the easiest way to find your friends among the crowd, allowing two or more people to share their real time location on a private map. Each session has a limited duration, from 15 minutes up to 8 hours. The accuracy of Wave makes it possible to find clearly the contacts even in the busiest streets, “says co-founder and CEO Manuel De la Esperanza.

Wave is a geolocation tool that includes a chat and it is a complete way to organize the hangouts. To open a map you can select a contact or open a group with several members, choose for how long you want to share the location and send the request. When the others accept it, a session will be opened locating users in real time.

Group maps are very popular, since it is more useful to have an idea of ​​where the others are, to see who is late, who is already in the restaurant or ir they are changing the destination. That makes the experience more interactive” , says De la Esperanza.

Safety on the road

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In Christmas, the use of the car fires and increases and this year is expected that 97,4 million people will drive during the Christmas weekend in the US, according to a study from AA launched this week.

“We created Wave from a situation where we waited for a colleague to work for a meeting and as he was driving on the motorcycle we did not know how much it would take him to arrive or whether he was fine. It was a very frustrating moment in which we understood that there was no simple, private and precise solution to meet with friends, colleagues or relatives, “says De La Esperanza.

Wave already has more than 11 million users around the world and has provided millions of encounters. All this has been thanks to you and your comments in which you have guided us towards the path of success. Thank you very much. We wish you a very happy Christmas!

These are the best 5 Christmas apps – Use them to wind down from the stress of the season

Christmas could be a time to relax, chill and have great memories with friends and relatives. Take a look at these apps and services to have everything under control and enjoy the holidays!

Locate your friends and family in the crowdest places

Christmas time is full of events; we go to visit the family, we return to the town where we have grown, we see the Christmas lights and we laugh at the Christmas dinner with coworkers. However, in the busy streets those days it is quite difficult to meet and find the right place to go.  Wave Let’s Meet App is the easiest way to meet by sharing the live location between contacts on a private map, so everyone in the group knows where the others are even in the crowdest Christmas market.

Opening a session on Wave is private so it is great for family members that are gathering for a walk around the Christmas lights. Wave also offers a chat to type or to send voice messages and the possibility to set a meeting point on the map. We love using it for our outdoor trips in the mountain or while skiing, so it is easy to feel safe and connected in the wild. Wave is free and available for iOS and Android.

Stick to your budget for gifts

Organizing the list of Christmas gifts is not simple. Nor is it easy to control the budget established for each one of the family members when we are in a shopping center and all we want to do is to go home to rest.

The best way to keep track of what we have bought and what we have to look for still is the Christmas Gift List application, which allows users to make a checklist of all the gifts per person, calculate the budget for each one and share the list with who you want. This last feature is great for those moments in which we decide to share the costs of a gift for the parents. It is available and free for Android.

Get ideas for a delicious Christmas menu for  all tastes

The new gastronomic tendencies also arrive at the Christmas menu, and even those who have a grandmother’s recipe might want to know that there are thousands of options available to make a delicious menu.

Vegetarian, vegan, celiac or allergic may take ideas to create a cutting-edge menu with the Yummly application, which presents quality recipes to surprise the most exquisite palates and for all culinary tastes. It is a mandatory application for these Christmas because of the huge catalog of recipes that it entails. What we like best is that we can also personalize the shopping list according to our culinary tastes. It is available for iOS and Android for free.

Let children decorate the tree

Children already have the technology incorporated into their daily lives and there is no simpler and funnier entertainment than virtually placing a Christmas tree  in their own room a Christmas tree. Panda Christmas Tree application uses augmented reality to scan the room and place in it virtual objects through the screen of the smartphone or the tablet.

Panda Christmas tree comes with many tree designs that children can decorate, make bigger or smaller and then keep a photograph. Best of all, kids will have fun without us taking out the Christmas balls. It’s free and available for iOS.

Keep informed about your flight

At Christmas, millions of people around the world will head to the family home by car, plane, bus or train. Those who prefer to choose the plane may suffer some of the frequent strikes that occur in the season.

One of the most popular applications to check the status of flights is Flightradar 24, which displays a world map showing the route of the flight we want to track, informs about delays or cancellations, arrival & departure boards and sends notifications with the status of the flight in real time. It is an awesome way for families to make sure their relatives can be on time for Christmas Eve. It is free for iOS and Android, although it has many paid features.

Now you are all set! Put your Christmas jumper, download these great apps and enjoy Christmas.