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Carnival Tenerife 2017

That time of the year: Find the top 5 destinations for carnivals

Do you want to have fun for a while without thinking about the multiple everyday problems? Forget for a moment the social differences, political problems and feel the joy of meeting new people? What you should do is to go celebrate the carnival! We have shortlisted the best options to offer you a getaway and enjoy the arrival of spring with your friends.

Carnival of Rio de Janeiro

Carnival Rio de Janeiro 2017
Carnival Rio Janeiro org

Carnival was taken by the Portuguese to Brazil in the middle ages. It was a popular party of polkas and waltzes over the first years. However, the African influence in the Brazilian culture and the birth of samba as a popular dance have made the Brazilian carnival an unique blend of artistic styles, dances and percussion instruments that can not be compared to other party places in the world. This carnival is the most crowded, therefore it takes place in several districts of the city simultaneously. It culminates with a contest of sambas of the best schools in the world in which they reward both the fantasy and the design of the carriages and parades.

The carnival lasts for 4 days, although parallel celebrations can be seen throughout the whole month. What you need to do is book the tickets in advance and if you feel ready, sign up to dress up and dance with the locals, they are glad to involve participants. Ipanema, Santa Teresa and Copacabana are the places to be!

Carnival of Venice

Carnival of Venice 2017
Venezia carnevale org

Hiding under a mask and dancing with strangers to the sound of seventeenth-century music is one of the features of the most picturesque and magical festival of all carnivals. The Italian rogue spirit can be seen in the numerous shows that are held in the city and over its canals. Often dealing with social issues, politics and the stars of the moment with a mocking and irreverent touch. Wearing masks once a year allows people to forget social classes and immerse themselves into society. A baker could dance with a beautiful noblewoman or with his neighbour, without ever revealing his real identity.

The Carnival of Venice this 2017 begins on February 18 and ends on February 24. All you need is a mask from a craft shop, a costume and start your tour around the square of San Marcos, from where most of the shows begin. At night you can join one of the numerous dances and on Sunday, February 26 you can not miss the eagle flight.

Carnival of Rumšiškės

 

Carnival of Rumšiškės
Carnival of Rumšiškės

Rumšiškės is one of the most peculiar carnivals in the world, as it is celebrated in a winter climate, surrounded by a blanket of white snow in Lithuania. It is a very sportive holiday in which you can see people from all over the world bathing in icy lakes, doing canoeing or ice skating near the city hall, the main venue for carnival shows. Its parades and horse-drawn sleigh rides are famous in eastern Europe and it culminates firing a giant witch to celebrate the end of the Winter. All you need to carry on is a good winter coat, a costume and enjoy the delicious pancakes and hot wine to cope with coldness. It starts on the 20th of February and finishes the next 28th.

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnival Teneride 2017
Tenerife Carnival org

Latin rhythms can only be felt in the Canary Islands and Tenerife is the cradle of carnival in this part of the world. We can see handcrafted costumes, mockery of public figures and shows that do not care about anybody’s sex or age.

In this edition of 2017, the carnival of santa Cruz de Tenerife lasts all February and most activities depart from the street Avenida de Francisco La Roche.

All you need is a swimming suit to enjoy the beach in the morning and several costumes to participate in the various competitions that take place during carnivals. You can meet people from all over the world and also mix with the locals, well known around the world for their sympathy.

Carnival of Goa

Carnival of Goa
Goa Turism

The only region of India that celebrates carnival is the city of Goa, and it does it all over. To this party of pagan origin and later Christian is added the Indian tradition for the celebrations in group, the dances and the colourful shows. The spectacular scenery, the beach and the climate of the city make it possible to stay almost all day in the street enjoying the outdoor activities. String instruments such as guitar and percussion set a fast and lively rhythm during the days of the party. It is a city that smells like curry, freshly caught fish and the local liquor, Feni.

People are delighted to have tourists joining them and you do not need any tickets or presentation, just your desire to enter to learn to dance. The only thing you need is to book the accommodation with advance because it is a very busy city. You can get a costume in one of the many local shops if you don’t know how to dress up. It begins on February 25 and ends on February 28. The main scenarios are the districts of Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama.

If you have decided to go and your costume is supreme, your friends won’t be able to recognise you 😉 To get back together, open a Wave. 😎

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Did you hear about this one? Top 10 travel apps

The only thing you can buy that will make you richer is travelling so if you are lucky enough to have a getaway soon we shortlisted the best travel apps on the market and the new trends worth keeping on mind. With so many apps on the market, the choice was everything but simple, however, we wanted to test them ourselves to focus on those that are really useful, before filling the smartphone with more apps to be deleted soon. So without further ado, these are the apps we recommend:

READY: Before you go

Minube

Minube app travel
Minube

This startup was originally launched in Spain and has become popular worldwide after being featured regularly on Google Play. It is a social network with pics and short descriptions of every single spot in the world worth seeing, contributed by the travellers themselves. Its design is very simple and makes it easy and quick to get an overview on your destiny and also to share your experiences afterwards. The best part: you can also save the cards to check them offline! If you do have data, Minube will track your route to display the recommended spots around you. Free download for iOS and Android.

Airline Baggage

 

travel app
Airline Baggage

We took the plunge and tried this new travel app with great potential! It calculates if your luggage fits with the restrictions imposed by your flight company. Should I pay an extra for my handbag or is it included? Can I take my ski equipment for free having an economy class flight ticket? All your doubts will be solved in a minute overviewing the restrictions of the most common flight companies on Airline Bagagge. We love the UX! Get yours for free on iOS and Android.

Skyscanner

App travel skyscanner
skyscanner

Europe is a great continent to fly for cheap and peep into different countries due to small distances, and Skyscanner is one of the best price comparators to do so, although it works worldwide. This app will find you the cheapest flights at any time. Introduce your route and it will spit out the best offers from flight and travel companies. Select one and it will redirect you to the official page to purchase your flights with no intermediary costs. This travel app has more than 10 millions of users and there are updates every few minutes to ensure the best deals. Free for iOS and Android.

STEADY: On your way

Btrfly

App travel to find people in the airport
btrfly

How cool is it to be all excited about getting into the plane and meeting someone who shares the same illusion? What if you can actually easily make a new travelmate or find a new friend? Btrfly connects people in the waiting rooms of the airports to break the monotony and enjoy a nice coffee and chat before the departure. What we love is that is super easy: you just drop a few lines about yourself, introduce your flight and airport and the app will connect you to other passengers waiting nearby. Free for iOS.

Flyover Country

Travell app
Flyover Country

Whoever said that the trip starts at the moment you leave home was absolutely right! Now you can enjoy every step in your trip with this Flyover Country. You will discover what is under your feet, whether is a mountain range, a city or even well known monuments that you are flying over. What is truly spectacular is that it combines hundreds of databases, including Wikipedia, to show you the history of the spots on your route. All you need to do is save your route before you get on board and the app automatically downloads the information to display it on flight-mode. Free for iOS and Android.

GO: On your destiny

Moovit

Moovit travel app
Moovit

Moovit is a must-have app that combines all the transport options to help you move around in a new city. Did you know that if you walk five minutes to that tram stop instead of going to the underground it will save you half an hour of your precious time abroad? Or that if you take two metro stations on that line and then take that bus you will be there in 15 minutes? The maps and timetables are very precise to help you arrive easy and fast. Also, it brings you updated information about strikes, closed roads and traffic jams. Feels like a native with Moovit. Free for iOS and Android.

Wave Application

Find friends app wave application meet app
Wave Application

Wave Application is a geolocation app that was created to share live location between friends. While travelling with more people, you rarely all want to do the same thing: while others love sightseeing, others want to go shopping or to the beach. With Wave you don’t have to worry about it in a strange city; just open a group Wave and you know where your travel buddies are. When you get hungry (or thirsty!), just chat with them in the app and set a meeting point in the real time map! Simple and easy! Free for iOS and Android. 

XE Currency

XE CURRENCY converter money
Xe Currency

Keep in mind how much you are spending, even if your pocket is full of money that seems unreal and strange. XE Currency will display you the current exchange rate of any currency in the world in just a few seconds. It also works without internet, keeping the latest value displayed while connected to Internet. Very useful and simple, a handy tool to carry on abroad. Free on iOS and Android.

TripAdvisor

travel app comparator Tripadvisor
TripAdvisor

If you were already wondering, we actually have some applications to ensure you a delicious local menu in every place you visit. If traveling is eating Tripadvisor is the most complete social network in the world to find the ideal restaurant, call and book directly and place it on the map. It also reviews hotels, apartments and monuments. Every time you are hungry, trust the opinions of thousands of people who have been there before you and who have enjoyed the day with a good meal. Free for iOS and Android.

Airbnb

travel app airbnb rent apartment app
Airbnb app

Airbnb was once a website to find cheap accommodation by looking for particular houses that were rented on holidays. Today it’s a worldwide network where you can find a palace or an igloo to rent for your holidays, as well as a cosy apartment on the city centre of Paris. Anywhere you go, Airbnb connects you with hosts around the world to show you the best choices to sleep and feel like at home. Its reviews of thousands of previous guests will actually avoid you to have any trouble. It is free for iOS and Android

If you feel like going to a hotel, the biggest market to look for it, is Booking, another must-have app for travelling around the world. It is free for iOS and Android.

Now you’re all set…have a blast discovering new spots and new people!

Couple in love

Stay at home, go to a party or have a romantic date… How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

Valentine‘s Day is here, again, and there are plenty of plans you can do to enjoy these very cheesy days. Whether you are single or not, let yourself be carried away by the wave of celebrations and enjoy the day in your own way. If you do not know very well what to do, here we have the most typical stories of Valentine Day to mood you up 😉

Stay at home

Love is all around at the Social Media, the city and even on your Spotify recommended list. Some people don’t enjoy this day and believe it is just another festive pushed by big corporates to increase sales. Others are single and can’t even bare the idea of leaving their houses to face all that exaggerated love all over. Actually, this year it’s just a normal Tuesday so probably you might just like the idea of being at home, cooking something delicious or ordering a pizza and watching a nice film. If you invite around some other friends who share the same feeling, you can end up having a great time. Who said love is only for couples? A good friendship will accompany you during the whole life and most of your best memories are made with friends. In fact, there are countries where 14th of February is a celebration of friendship, not relationship.

Go to a single party

Are you single? If this year you have decided to give your best and go for a night out with your single friends, Valentine’s night is perfect for meeting single people who want to have fun. There are a lot of themed parties all over the world to celebrate friendship and the singleness, maybe most of them with an idea to end the last mentioned ;). Put on the right playlist with your favorite tunes, maybe watch a Youtube tutorial about how to get ready and get the tickets for the party. Maybe you are lucky, maybe not, but chances are high to have a pretty hilarious night.

Romantic date

Are you ready to live a dreamy Valentine’s Day with the love of your life? If you are one of those who follow the wave and you are going to spend Valentine‘s Day with your partner, there are a few ways to have a perfect date. You booked a table in a restaurant, bought some roses and are getting ready to celebrate love. Beautiful. Although the perfect date does not exist and it is possible that you will be late as 60% of our Spanish users have reckoned. Be smart and download Wave to share your location with your partner and head to the restaurant. Even if one of you is late, you can see each other on a live map so it’s more fun and ensures that you do not miss out the evening. Or have fights 😉

At Wave we believe this is a perfect day to celebrate with the people you actually love, those who would follow you until the end of the world and those to enjoy a late conversation about every detail of your life. Making memories with the people you love is the best way to spend any night of the year, specially the one that celebrates love. Bring your people together and enjoy Valentine’s Day.

4 Tips to feel more relaxed at Christmas

Losing your nerve is rather easy this time of year buying the last gifts, getting the ingredients for your new recipes and driving around like crazy. Luckily there are solutions:

  1. Don´t call to say you are late while behind the wheel

A big part of all car crashes are caused by driver distraction. Tracking your family’s location by calling home or texting on WhatsApp saying you are late is one of the most popular distractions.

There is a better way. Drive safely while they can check your location real time using Wave from 15 min up to 8 hours. This way allows them to interact with you, know if you are late and where you are without you even picking up your cellphone.

This Christmas we are introducing you an amazing app to get home safe and let your family know how much they need to feed you. Finding your friendws was never easier. Enjoy it!

Be late but be safe #BetterTogether

  1. Unable the notifications

It is very tempting listening to the push notifications while you are already bored of driving, so we encourage you to put the sound off or unable all the notifications so you don’t get distracted by your cellphone. If you really need to talk, stop your car, have a quick coffee and use your cellphone. Enjoy a little bit of time for yourself, relax and keep driving safe.

Some cellphones have the mode “don´t disturb” which actually is like the flight mode, an option to enable or disable depending on the conditions. If your cellphone has it, driving it is such a good time to use it.

  1. If you want to have a drink, be clever

There are plenty of apps that are a good alternative to avoid driving, such as Uber, that runs in most of the countries, or Cabify that is a private service for passengers, especially for Latam and Europe. Public transport could also help and allows to save some money.

  1. How to park at Christmas

It seems that all the seats left on the street are already occupied and parking is running out of places early in the afternoon. It is crazy, we know.  Finding your friends and relatives would be difficult those days, so we suggest you to try some services as Car to Go, which allows you to rent an electric car anywhere in a city and drop it anywhere you go. Just using a map you can find the closest car available and pay for the route, not for the parking.

Be late but be safe #BetterTogether – Wave