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Dating apps to find the love online and meet new people, besides the typical ones.

Best dating apps and how to flirt properly

Whether it is for a friendship, for a casual flirt or for falling in love, Millennials love meeting new people to find fun things to do together and share every part of their lives. Finding a soulmate is easier if we use dating apps as they have got so popular. With them we have the chance to find different mates at our fingertips and only the ski or these digital apps is the limit!

However, there are some issues to take in consideration before diving into the world of dating apps. As everyone in those dating apps connects to dozens of new matches per week, standing out in the crowd is getting difficult. Making a good impression to others is also becoming a hard task. And for most of us, flirting is not as easy as it seems.

According to a study by the one of the most popular dating apps, Hinge, a small part of the people who have made a match have started talking on the chat. Since chatting is the only way of communicating in the app it is clear that being liked does not assure us to have a date. So, how can we actually have a date with someone we have liked online?

Some apps have tried to facilitate the interaction between users by giving them different roles according to their gender. Women choose first to like someone or are the first to open conversations as it happens in Ok Cupid. However, even when women choose, after having thousands of similar conversations with other mates it is likely that they will just stop talking first.

So how do we get out of the indecision and boredom that causes talking with so many people at once? We believe that the best way to succeed in the online dating apps world is to spend some time trying different dating apps. In this way, we can find out which one is the best one for us. We all already know dating apps such as Tinder or Happn, so let us help introduce you other interesting dating apps on this list:

DATING APPS TO MEET THE FRIENDS OF OUR FRIENDS

Hinge is a simple dating app. It is an advanced version of the gossip we usually do on Facebook looking for the friends of our contacts. On Hinge when we create our profile we also log in our social media accounts, so the app can scan our contacts and display us the friends of our friends who have the app installed. It is a great opportunity to talk to that guy or girl so cute that we saw on that birthday party last month or to finally meet that pale that was going to our university.

Hinge is one of the dating apps that gives users the chance to start the conversation talking about the same circle of friends or interests. And this is such a great start when we meet someone new. It has a free version and another paid one and it is available for iOS and for Android.

DATING APPS TO FIND A CONCERT BUDDY

What music do you listen to? This is probably one of our favorite phrases when we start a conversation with a stranger. However, this is often a bad idea if we find out that we and our online date have very different musical tastes. Or even worse, if we discover that our date has no idea about ​​the groups we are talking about.

To avoid bad vibes, Tastebudd is a dating app that brings people together for their musical tastes. It assures, at least, that the first conversation will be good and smooth. If we also talk about some mythical songs we have almost assured to have a date in person. As we commented in this other post, finding people that share some hobbies with us is a great way to meet people online. It’s free and available for iOS.

DATING APPS THAT SEEK QUALITY MATCHES  

Impatient people will certainly not want to hear about this option, but for those who are tired of swiping hey can try Once. It is one of the dating apps that only sends a match a day to our mail. To start we must dump into the app a large part of our personality with our tastes and particularities, so it can sends us a proper match. It also gives us a single day to reply back to the match or discard it. With Once there are no excuses for busy people to find a date. It is such a relaxing app to flirt online. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

DATING APPS TO FIND A GYM BUDDY

Some of us might think that flirting in the gym is reserved for those ones who wear a six pack.  However, simply sharing the love of sweating in the spinning class can connect us to other sport lovers. Specially if we have installed in our smartphone the dating app Sweatt.

This online dating app takes the city’s gyms to our phone and paires us with those ones that share our favorite exercises. Get off the couch immediately and go to the gym! Besides improving your health you could find love, flirt or whatever you are looking for. At the moment it is in only available in NYC but it plans to expand throughout the world. It is free and available for iOS.

The lucky ones that are about to have a date can use Wave Application, an app that facilitates the meetings between friends, dates or relatives by sharing their live location on a private map. Besides displaying each other’s location in real time, it has the possibility to set a meeting point on the map. Users can navigate there and see the estimated time of arrival. Use it to take your date to your favorite restaurant and to chat privately. It’s free and available for ios and android.

Eurovision 2018 tips and tricks

Eurovision 2018: what you need to know and how to organize your trip

Eurovision 2018 is just around the corner! This year the 43 participants from Europe and two special guests from Australia and Israel will compete showing their best talent in the wonderful Lisbon. Discover how to buy tickets for Eurovision, what the Portuguese capital will offer to the tourists and how to fully enjoy the trip to this iconic festival with our travel guide of Eurovision 2018.

To facilitate your trip with friends to Eurovision download Wave Application, a free app that helps you stay connected with your friends in the crowd. With Wave you can share your live location with your friends for a few minutes or throughout the festival, set an edible meeting point in your favorite place and chat. In addition, you can see how to get to the meeting point or to your friends and how long it takes you to arrive there.

Wave is the best navigation tool with GPS to meet your friends. And to ensure that you live to the fullest your experience in Eurovision. It is available for iOS and Android.

 HISTORY OF EUROVISION

What does this television contest have to drive crazy Europe and part of the world? Let’s see briefly what the origins were like.

It was the middle of the 50s and the European Economic Community, predecessor of the European Union, was growing. There was the feeling to cooperate with neighbour countries. So, it was a perfect time to organize an international music contest, and to test for the first time how to broadcast live television for a massive audience.

The beginnings were exciting. Renowned singers from each country as well as new talents competed with their European colleagues for fame. Every performance was surrounded by pyrotechnics, dancers and props never seen before.

For political reasons, only Western and non-communist countries participated in the beginning of the show. However, over the years the number of participants have grown up to 43 countries.

HOW DOES EUROVISION WORK?

A few days before the final there are two semi-finals in which each participant country sends a singer or a duet to compete with others, except Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the host country, that send their singers directly to the final. In the final 26 participants perform a live show and the winner is chosen by a combination of votes from the audience and the impartial jury.

The winner is then announced and rewarded with a crystal microphone and with a promise of success in his or her artistic career. In general, his or her country is the host country for the event the following year.

EUROVISION LISBON 2018

This explanation brings us to this year’s event, which will take place in May in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Thousands of attendees will enjoy what has become one of the most iconic concerts in the world. The musical talent is surrounded by a show that involves pyrotechnics, dancers and political claims.

The event is also known for showing tolerance and diversity among singers of different races or sexual orientations.

To fully enjoy the show, it is convenient to drop by the host city the week before- That way we can enjoy the tides of people from all countries that are going to support their countries. And attend to the concerts and events that are organized throughout the city.

HOW  TO ACQUIRE THE TICKETS FOR EUROVISION?

Buying tickets for the venue is a difficult task. Especially for attending the final. The first round of tickets are sold, though. In the upcoming months the organization will sell the rest of them. Do not miss the last minute information as well as the latest news, participants and events. Everything is on the free Eurovision app. It is available for free for iOS and Android.

WHERE TO ENJOY EUROVISION IN LISBON?

The neuralgic areas to go are the MEO Arena and Eurovision Village. The latest is placed in Praça do Comércio. The opening will take place on the 6th of May in the Arena.

The first and the second semi final on the 8th and 10th of May respectively. The final on the 12th of May. In Praça do Comércio there will be events over the week and big screens to view the show on live. You can check all the information on the official page of Eurovision.

 WHAT TO DO IN LISBON?

In addition to the concerts, tourists have the privilege of enjoying Lisbon. It is a picturesque city at the gates of the Atlantic Ocean that stands out for its beauty and its delicious food.

We strongly recommend visiting during the day the neighborhood of Alfama. It is the historical center of lisbon, characterized by their narrow white streets and their slopes in which to find views of the sea. Once up, we can visit the São Jorge Castle. At night we would go to the upper district, Bairro Alto. It is the most lively place to party and to drink in the capital.

If the weather is nice tourists can swim on the beach  of or take the bus to the coastal town of Cascais. There is nothing better to enjoy Eurovision than to explore the city to the fullest and get the know the people. We suggest a different plan for each taste on this post. Whether we are looking for gastronomy, party, culture or nature.

Now you are all set to enjoy Eurovision in Lisbon. Drop us a line with your travel itinerary!

 

 

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What kind of traveler are you? 4 types of travelers and best itineraries for each

Most of us have heard different stories and experiences about the same city when we talk about traveling. We are different people with different tastes and requirements when it comes to organizing a trip. Making a travel itinerary is not easy, so we have prepared a travel itinerary for each of the 4 main types of travelers: the cultural, the party lover, the athlete and the food lover.

Since a group of friends usually consists of different types of travellers, Wave Application is a great solution to travel in group, enabling friends to split and come back together at any time. It displays a private map locating each friend in real time in which is possible to set a meeting point, to see the estimated time of arrival. It also has a chat to type, speak and send images. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

GASTRONOMIC TRAVELER

There is a type of traveler who chooses his his destination based on the food preferences. It is the one who looks at Instagram photos of dishes instead of pictures of beaches and who has more than one food related app on his smartphone. If you identify yourself with this short description, you are a gastronomic traveler.

To begin with, it is advisable to look at a map of cuisines of the world and get an idea of what can be found. One very interesting website is Oup Blog, which offers a compendium of foods and dishes from each country, typical appetizers and desserts.

Once we have selected some places to go, it is good to know what to eat in the city we have chosen. To do that there are apps like TripAdvisor, which has the opinion of millions of users throughout the world. It filters the restaurants by cuisine, location, price and more options. It is free for iOS and Android.

Another app that we love when we prefer to stay in our Airbnb room and ask for food is Munchery, a food ordering app that only offers healthy dishes, with nutritional information of each dish.  In addition, it enables users to schedule orders for each day of the week and make a perfect healthy calendar.

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST TRAVEL ITINERAY PLAN

We all have a friend who takes the travel photos from above, usually from a mountain, captures clouds and sunsets in them and always keeps the mountain boots in the backpack.

The nature traveler is the one who always wears a raincoat for when a monsoon falls on a volcano in Indonesia or who knows the best bike tour to travel Europe.

Fist of all we can dive in specialized listings of destinies depending on the activity we would like to do. This post lists the best ski resorts to go this year and this one the best beaches to surf in the world. or divers, we have found very interesting the app DiveMate that offers information on many grottos and caves around the world. It is great for seabed experts and it is available for iOS and Android for free.

For hikers we recommend the website Hiking Project, which has a database of 106.000 miles of trail to hike all over the world with information about peaks, weather forecast and tips from other hikers.

CULTURAL TRAVELER 

The cultural traveler has visited the Louvre, the temples of Kuala Lumpur, the world’s first train stations and the decorative arts museums of various cities around the world. These lovers of art and history enjoy seeing cities for what they were and what they can be and need an adequate travel itinerary.

To look for artistic references of any work it is great to have a look at Wiki Art, a website that features thousands of artworks with detailed explanations about them.

Those who travel with the interest of buying art can download the application of one of the most famous auction houses of the world, Sothebys, which announces all available pieces in their house with filters adapted to prices and personal tastes of the buyers.

PARTY TRAVELER

Finally, let’s talk about those who love talking to strangers, make friends at festivals or mingle with local people: Social and party travelers. One of the best apps to organize an itinerary for party travelers is Get Crowd App, an app that manages the calendar, events and contacts to have organized each day of the holidays.

For those who want to meet travel mates for party, we recommend Party With A Local, an app that connects travelers from all over the world with locals to live a wonderful night out.

Now you are all set. What type of traveler are you? Let us know in the comments below.

Be more creative with these apps

Best apps to boost your creativity for free

How to be more creative is a skill that can be enhanced if we know how to boost it. Many of us think that it is an activity reserved for artists, creatives or designers. But the truth is that being creative is suitable for everyone. It also has great benefits for our brains that can help us work better.

The are plenty of hacks that help us to be more creative. Those vary depending on the activity we are doing. We might require some apps and tips to help us when we are developing a brainstorm. But some different ones when we are getting stuck to reboot our brain. Let’s see at what stage we are and discover the best apps to boost creativity.

How to be more creative with a brainstorming

To be more creative and start organizing ideas, to draw new connections and conclusions, the best thing to do is brainstorming. It is a fun way to free the imagination by throwing ideas, joining them to others and seeing the concepts that are formed.

One of the best apps to try is Simple Mind. It is an intuitive dashboard in which users can spread their ideas. They can make connections on the tree diagrams, add notes, charts and reorganize them as many times as they want. It has a free version for iOS and Android. Those are good enough for organizing a business day or a plan. It also has a professional paid version for companies that comes with more features.

Especially for academic areas, one of the most recommended apps to be more creative is Popplet. Popplet enables professors to organize several diagrams for different classes, add tags and print presentations from them. It is available for free on iOS.

Be more creative in all work tasks

Challenging ourselves everyday while optimizing our work is simple. For example, if part of our work is building tables in excel, we should learn how to do dynamic tables. Get basic notions of SQL and optimize our work. Or if we have to send a bunch of emails we could improve our performance by creating some templates and making lists on a CRM software. By doing this we forge new work methods to be more creative.

To optimize work users should first organize all their work tasks in a diagram to see which processes they can actually improve. Udemy is an open course directory that offers online courses. They come about several areas with explanations on how to improve certain tasks. For example, there are courses about how to be more creative. How to code. How to define a framework, how to organize time at work or how to meditate, among others. It is available for free for iOS and for Android.

Another app of small courses is Course Guru, which boasts MIT and Harvard and other courses from reputed universities, all for free. In appearance courses are longer than in Udemy. So they are reserved to those users who have more time and desire to focus on a new knowledge. There is a wide variety of topics from music, to meditation, although we mainly find programming and finance. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

Search for inspiration and be more creative

Searching for inspiration is an important part of the thinking process and seeing other ideas definitely helps us to be more creative. Depending on our job area, we can use generic apps such as Pinterest. It is a worldwide social network where people post their ideas for decoration, design, meditation, time management and much more. Be careful, it is so addictive. It is free for iOS and Android.

For designers, one of the greatest directories is Dribbble. It is an app with a desktop version that showcases the work of millions of web and graphic designers around the world. Opening an account requires an invitation from other member, though. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

Another interesting directory for designers is Behance. It works like Dribble but it is open to anyone. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

What to do when you get stuck

When we get stuck at work or in our daily life we need to make a pause and refresh our mind. Some studies show that the best way to work is to do intervals of 90 minutes followed by breaks of 20 minutes. This enhances our energy and helps us to be more creative. 

In these breaks we should do a different activity such as having a coffee with our workmates.  there are also specific apps that introduce a bit of peace to our life. One of the best is Stop, Breathe & Think, an award winning app that has more than 3 millions of users. It displays a meditation routine, enables users to register how they feel at any moment. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

In addition to meditating, other researchers agree that listening to music is beneficial to reset our mind. Among the music applications we find fascinating large directories with artists from around the world such as Spotify, SoundCloud or YouTube. All of them free and available for iOS and Android.

However, we also love to create music by ourselves.There  are several fun apps valid for experts and amateurs in music to be more creative, such as Figure. This app enables users to compose a song by choosing chords and musical instruments. It is available and free for iOS.

Another nice app is Magic Piano, that provides a virtual piano and the possibility to create melodies while it teaches us how to to play it. This one is a simple and relaxing app. It is available for free for ios and android.

How to take care of a long distance friendship

When we are abroad or in a new city our friends become our family. We may be doing an Erasmus scholarship or working in a new city. In all cases, we end up having a wide collection of memories with different groups of friends that have helped us live a memorable time. However, in most cases our relation with them becomes a long distance friendship.

All we want to do is to keep our friends from abroad but it is difficult. As time goes by, tasks of adult life occupy our time with work, social commitments, family and the friends we have in town. So, how do we keep our long distance friends?

Recent studies and opinions from writers all over the world say that maintaining a friendship in the distance is a complicated task but a very rewarding one. We only need to take a little time, have the appropriate digital tools and follow these 5 steps to make the friendship a lasting blessing.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF APPS

Fortunately, we live in a time when social applications help us to be connected with those we love, even miles away and be part of our friends’ lives. Among the most innovative tips that the youtuber Soundly Awake talks about are the video video chat apps. There are plenty of them such as Facetime, Skype, Hangouts or Whatsapp.  Snapchat deserves special mention for the amount of funny filters with which to hold a conversation by video call and make it an even funnier experience.

Sometimes it is not convenient to set a date to make a video call, however, and we find it difficult to find a moment to sit on the sofa at home or relax in a cafe and catch up with those friends who live far away.

In those cases it is easy to have a good messaging application with full functionalities on hand to talk on the way home, on the subway or anywhere without having to organize a time for it.

VR FOR MAKING IT MORE REAL

Technology evolves making a lot more real to have those virtual encounters. There are many Virtual Reality games that build a virtual world where it is possible to interact with friends separated by seas and oceans. Among them we can try Alt Space VR, a virtual world in which to create an avatar and live different adventures with friends and even invite other unknown players.

Nathan Grayson’s chronicle tells how, in different scenarios such as labyrinths or places in the American West, he connected again with his girlfriend who lives in another city and made new friends along the way. The aim is not only playing a game but recreating with the avatar the behaviour we usually have, chat and act in the same way we usually do, so our friends connect with us emotionally.

MEET THEM IN NEW EVENTS – REMEMBER THAT FESTIVAL YOU SHARED?

It is probable that a good part of the memories we have with friends that live far away have to do with common hobbies that we had when we lived nearby. It could be going to see football, ice skating, marathon solidarity or music festivals.

Meeting your friends in one of those events is one of the best ways to instantly revive the good times, jokes and attitudes you used to have with them. To facilitate the meetings, we use Wave Application, an app that enables two friends or a group to share their live location in real time on a private map. It is a fun, creative way to find each other in a festival while spotting each other moving in real time, chatting and getting to the meeting point. Wave is free and it works in all devices.

DO THINGS AT THE SAME TIME

A Reddit forum has found that doing things simultaneously with friends in the distance is one of the best ways to connect with them, beyond the weekly or monthly checkup of how life is going. To do this, we can choose a movie that interests us and view it at the same time with our friends on Letsgaze or Rabb.it web.

Gamers recognize that to spend good times play online challenging games and that this is the best way to get together with others and have a good time. It can be Minecraft, World of Warcraft or the Sims, but the thing is to spend hours playing with long distance friends.

GO TO VISIT!

It may take 5 or 10 years since we do not see some of our friends in the distance but as the youtuber Lindee LinkMusic points out, when two friends meet again it seems that nothing has changed. This is true when the relation is maintained by social networks, letters, events, online games, etc.

If friends continue to connect, it is okay to get reacquainted from time to time and feel like they were living in the same city. If we take a long trip we can choose the stopover in Toronto and take the opportunity to see a friend, go directly to see the friend in Spain or stay halfway, say in Singapur. The important thing is to take a weekend to live adventures as we did before. Take advantage of these tips to plan an affordable getaway.

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!

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.

Top 5 Xmas and winter holiday plans – Something for everyone

Traveling in winter is an incredible experience if you know where go to. We propose five very different plans to enjoy the winter holiday and recharge energies for the new year. Among them, there are typical winter holiday choices such as the best Christmas markets in the world, the best ski resorts for the most adventurous and the best lighting and pyrotechnics plans in the world. For those basically looking for relaxing holidays we propose some of the best hot springs in the world and the warmest beaches to enjoy a bit of summer in December.

Best Christmas markets

The smell of ginger, cinnamon and chocolate are just some of the reasons for most of us to love Christmas Markets. The lights, the charm of the craft stalls and the shows that are grouped together make it a very affordable Christmas plan for everyone. Every year cities all over the world spread the magic with their markets and here are the best ones.

Among the famous Christmas markets in the world we can find the ones in Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg and the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London. Usually there are a few in each city and in some of them sell a ticket to get in and enjoy the indoor activities. Based in the German ones, in the United States we can find some recognized as the Texas Christkindl Market in Texas or the Cincidutsch Christkindlmarkt in Ohio. All of them usually close before Christmas Eve so hurry up!

Asia also celebrates this tradition and one of the most famous Christmas market is Singapore’s Christmas Wonderland, which has craft booths, typical food of the country and a large number of attractions such as carnivals, children’s contests and concerts.

Amazing ski and snowboard resorts

For some of us December means the beginning of the ski season and every time we see snow we can imagine the snowy peaks of spongy powder snow. In Europe the largest ski resort is located in France and is a set of three valleys, val Thorens, Les Menuires and val Méribel, that offers a total of 600 km of ski slopes. Another well recognised choice is the famous Zermatt ski station in Switzerland, where we can enjoy a unique panorama of landscape and 160 km of slopes of all levels.

In the United States the most famous tracks are those of Aspen in Colorado, with 103 kilometers of slopes with a medium to high difficulty, they are the perfect showcase for experts and wealthy well trained.

In Asia we can enjoy a winter holiday in the the Yongpyong resort in Korea, which is set to host the giant slalom and slalom events at the next year’s Winter Olympics. In Africa we have a mix of leisure with tiny ski resorts such as the Oukaïmeden in Morocco, that counts with 10 km of slopes, however those are really empty and will save us money and queues.

Stunning light shows before Christmas

Before Christmas the shows of lights, magic and circuses are part of the Christmas holidays and in some places of the world is really quite an experience. In Asia the most prominent one is Shiodome, it is located in Tokyo, Japan, and consists of a show that uses more than 220 thousand LED lights arranged in a natural landscape, created to make us dream.

If you’ve seen Christmas movies, you probably already know the Dyker Heights show in Brooklyn, New York. It consists in several streets that make up lights, poppies, nordic animals and all kinds of Christmas figures. In Europe we can enjoy the lights of Nice, which delivers every year a spectacular complex of light figures in Village de Noël at Place Masséna.

Best beach and sun holidays in winter

Winter can also be a time of relaxation for those who don´t feel the flow of Christmas, shopping and crowds and prefer to enjoy better climates and some peace. For this, beach destinations are the best option to recharge the batteries and start the new year with energy. Among the most requested for these dates is Cancun in Mexico, a natural area with kilometric beaches of crystal clear water, smaller agglomerations than in summer and all-inclusive vacation packages.

In Africa those who wish to escape completely from Christmas can relax on the beaches of Morocco, an interesting place full of Arabic history, bazaars and markets and especially a turning point for the holidays.

In Thailand the beach of  Khao Lak offers a natural spectacle of green mountains, a pale refreshing sun and beaches of turquoise water, well away from the most tourist destinations but with all the necessary amenities for foreign tourists. Australia, on the other hand, lives its splendid summer time in December and it could not be a better destination to escape from winter completely. It is possible to snorkel in the great barrier reef or to rent a camel in Broome, among other interesting choices.

Finally, in Europe the Canary Islands that belong to Spain are a unique option to enjoy a warm temperature, long sandy beaches and volcanic stone and an everyday tranquility of village life. Any of them will make us relax like never before.

Best hot springs for the winter holidays

Listening to the bubbling waters of a spa before getting a massage of essential oils under the shadow of a dim light is for many travelers a perfect way to spend a good holiday.

Some of the most famous hot springs in Europe are the Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest, which has 18 swimming pools and The Blue Lagoon geothermal in Iceland, which is placed in a natural landscape. In Asia one of our favourite is places in Clark, Philippines, located at the base of an inactive volcano. The water is rich in volcanic minerals and the views are simply stunning.

In the United States one of the icons of thermal waters is the Goldstrike resort, which has the natural charm of being a small town of wooden houses, large natural pools and a lot of relaxation. In South Africa there are hundreds of hot springs scattered throughout the country and most of them are small in size, such as the famous one of Riemvasmaak.

All these winter holiday plans are comfortable for any traveler. What would be your favourite one for this holidays? Tell us or send us an image of your vacation to our instagram.