Bike Gear, the latest outdoor tech

Riding a bike is a joy at this time of year. The colors and smells of fine rains make the route feel wonderful, and that is why we want you to enjoy it even more. We have compiled the best bike gear that come with the latest technology to improve your getaways. From folding bicycles, to devices with augmented reality or powerful GPS, find the bike gear you need just here!

Garmin Edge 1030: the bike gear for your navigation

This Garmin mini tablet is a powerful device with navigation GPS that helps us ride through the toughest routes without hesitation. This device tracks power, speed and heart rate, as well as displays time, weather conditions and other typical features, making it a full onboard computer.  

That said, we also love its social side, in which we can navigate through route reviews proposed by the millions of users of the Garmin universe. This will probably help us find the best biking trail and the most suitable one for our experience and motivation. Together with this social community, we can take care of our own affairs by synchronizing it with our smartphone. This will enable us to read our notifications.  

Moreover, the bike gear allows us to control the intelligent lights of the bike. A simple and effective feature to increase our safety while biking on the road.

Solos Smart Glasses: augmented reality for your trips

Cycling technology has also tackled the way we interact with information. Why would we look at a specific screen with information if it is also displayed on our smart glasses? Those project in a minimalist way everything we need in front of our eyes. And without getting distracted from the road.

Solos glasses are a pair of smart glasses with augmented reality specifically designed for bike riders. They project the information over the road without disturbing the cyclist’s vision. They are also adjustable, so we can display the info exactly where we desire.

Solos smart glasses inform us about our speed and bike power, can take calls, synchronize with popular apps and indicate us where to go. They can be paired with both iOS and Android smartphones.

We love this device and we believe it will become mainstream as soon as it partners with more popular apps. Then we will be able to enjoy our favourite app toolkit from our glasses. The bike gear comes with speakers to listen to the music we want.

However, in many countries it is forbidden to wear headphones while pedaling, and it is possible that the glasses can also be considered a distraction by the authorities. This is indeed a very interesting topic. How do we listen to music safely on the bike? The following gadget answers precisely this question.

Nuheara IQBuds for listening to music while biking

Nuheara IQBuds headphones are ideal for listening to the radio or to our favorite playlist while we are biking. Without missing the ambient noises. These small devices have a pair of speakers which reproduce both our favorite music and the ambient noise they pick up with a tiny microphone. Both speakers are adjustable so we can find the perfect balance between the sound of the street and our background music.

To make it even more perfect, the bike gear is wireless and it has an autonomy of 5 hours. As you may know, being able to pedal for hours without worrying about unfortunate wire tangling is essential for a biker’s comfort.

Travel with your bike

Traveling the world with our bike is one of the favorite pleasures of outdoor lovers. This gives us the opportunity to discover other countries and enjoy our passion for nature. However, all cyclists who travel with their bike know that it is actually a real nuisance.

Bikes often need to travel in a van, as they are big and bulky and in most flights the access fee is almost equal to a passenger plane ticket. This nuisance can be solved by one of the latest innovations in biking technology. But don’t get too excited – it’s not a flying robot that will transport your bike we are talking about; it’s a bit simpler than that: a folding bike optimized in weight and size to be carried on a flight.

Airport Ninja bike is a lightweight and detachable professional bike that comes with its own backpack to carry it anywhere. Its dimensions and weight are within the limit of baggage of aircraft hold.

In addition, its disposition in the backpack enables us to travel with it also by train or car. And without the need to incorporate additional elements such as a trailer or a roof rack. Obviously, we need some allen keys and a bit of skill to assemble and disassemble the bike. However, when we talk about professional cyclists, we have no doubt that they can do it.

Although there are other folding bicycles in the market, Airport Ninja focuses the whole bike gear on a professional audience. It is for sale but also for rent, for those who want to try it first.

Stay safe on your bike trips

Wave is a powerful app for iOS and Android that helps bikers, runners and athletes to meet in remote areas by sharing their live location on a private map.

Among the apps for navigation and geolocation, Wave stands out facilitating a group map in which the whole crew can locate each other at the same time. Plus, it uses a powerful GPS navigation to help people reach the meeting point set on the group map. Or simply to reach any of the friends on the way.  

Wave is the best tool to feel safe in the mountain. Leave it open so your group can track your path and if you are lost, you can either find your friends or be found by them. It is free for iOS and Android and has already more than 11 M users.

Now you are all set! Add those to your Christmas gifts for bikers and stay tuned; In January new tech gear for bikers will be introduced at CES 2019.

Best hiking trails and apps to to hike, bike and ski

Best hiking trails and beautiful spots – Find them with these apps

Looming at sunset from the top of a peak is an amazing experience that every traveler should absolutely experience in life. Finding the best hiking trails could be quite a challenge, though.

To plan a good route we need to control a few factors. Those go from the climate and the humidity, to the difficulty of the trail and the material we need to carry. However, we often miss something in the pipeline and it is the beauty of the landscape. Although the satisfaction of the climb is a blow of adrenaline, finding out which are the most beautiful routes will make our expedition the desired one.

Technology, as always, is our perfect ally to help us find those gems of nature and make sure we choose the best hiking trails for our expedition. Discover what are the most professional apps for hiking, biking, sailing and skiing that also mention the most beautiful climbing routes near us:



One of the most complete apps in the navigation of routes to climb is Alltrails. This application works as a collaborative platform between hikers who share and upload their routes. They are accurately labeled so that other users can find them.

In this app we can find routes for biking, walking or climbing and filter them by its proximity to the sea, the mountain, a lake or a specific type of vegetation. In addition, it shows the levels of difficulty of the trails and updates the weather and humidity in real time. Alltrails include a GPS navigator to follow the chosen route and make sure we don´t miss a detail.

We believe that it is one of the best options to find hiking routes that are really beautiful. That it is because it counts with the help of thousands of users. Also, it has already more than 50 thousand routes. However, it still has a lot of world to explore and has much more information in the United States than in any other country. It’s free with in-app payment products on Android and iOS.



Maps 3D Pro Outdoor GPS gives us the opportunity to take a tour in three dimensions of the route we want to do and see all its details. We can see the orography of the landscape, discover viewpoints and lakes. We can also understand from what height we will have the best view before leaving home.

In addition to the three-dimensional map, the app has another 9 types of maps of sources such as NASA. They come with images of the route to complete our visual experience of the landscape.

Once we have made our ideal route, both for hiking and cycling or horseback, we can keep our waypoints in our profile.

If we are winter athletes, we can also see our ski or hiking route in the snow. Once we have decided the best trail, the app will trace our way to share it later with friends or family.


The most seasoned outdoors athletes know how useful it is to keep a compass, to guide their way and not have to continuously follow the GPS.

Technology has created really sophisticated gadgets. It has also built apps that have interesting features such as augmented reality. This last brilliant combination is the one that presents Spyglass, an app that places the athlete anywhere in the world with high precision. This way it helps us orient our way, discovering the best spots to stop along the way.

Splyglass is a must-have app for our trips in the seach of the best hiking trailsOnce we position the smartphone on the road, the augmented reality shows us the location of objects in real time.

In addition to hikers, Spyglass is a professional app for sailors who want to orientate themselves by simply focusing their camera towards the sea in search of the best route. At night, the star-sensing system will inform us of the location of the moon, the sun and Polaris.


Wave is a great tool to have when going skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking or camping. It helps people to locate their group of friends anywhere in the hiking trail. Friends can split for a while and get found whenever they want or whenever they have a problem.

In the mountain it is difficult to give directions or explain where someone is, so with Wave friends can spot easily other contacts on a private map. It shows them moving in real time so they can feel safe and connected.

Once we install the app, we can open a group or select only one contact and send him/her a request to share the location with us. When our friends accept it, a map opens in real time with a top notch technology built in-house where we can spot each other.

Wave also offers the possibility to set a meeting point that is convenient to all, get directions to arrive there and chat. We can create the group before to share and find the best hiking trail with our friends. The best part is privacy, no one else will see our location.

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:


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.




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.


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.




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.


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 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:




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.


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.


Aspen slo resort


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.


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.


Big Sky Resort


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.


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.



japan SKI RESORT Nozawa Onsen

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.


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.


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.

5 most desired sport gadgets to use in 2018 – Amazon best sellers

One of the most common new year’s resolutions is doing sports and having a healthier lifestyle. Have you considered going hiking, skiing or biking next year? Well, you’re not the only one. Amazon has unveiled the list of the 100 best selling products of the moment per category and this year there is an amusing quantity of devices and products designed for adventurers.

There are hand and foot heaters, gadgets for doing all kinds of sports, foot counters, thermal goggles, portable purified water bags and much more. Those who have behaved well this year but are still unsure about what to ask Santa Claus for Christmas this year or want to make a great gift can get some ideas from the selection of products we have made among the most popular sales on the e-commerce website. Get inspired!

Water filter

When the hiking trails ends in exotic landscapes such as jungle areas, warm riversides, lush forests, deserts or wild mountains, having a portable water is a basic safety measure to ensure the water we drink has the right quality. This Life Straw water filter kills most types of bacteria and filters up to 1000 liters of water contaminated with chemicals such as iodine or chlorine.

The filterer works like a straw through which we can drink from a bottle or fountain. We already know that outside our regions it is not recommendable to drink tap water as we are not used to the local bacteria so this filter is perfect for the holidays.

 Hand warmer

 For skiing, snowboarding or simply strolling through snowy slopes, hand heaters are our our favorite accessory when temperatures below zero make the limbs to freeze. To warm the hands, the most popular product is the pocket Zippo hand warmer, which springs heat for twelve hours through the side holes or the small device, once is filled with lighter fluid. Keep one in each pocket.

Bike wheels with LED lights

Those who love biking know that being visible from the distance is a primary rule when we talk about safety on the road and it is extremely important when we go biking in the darkness of the winter. Among the most popular items for bikers such as clothes with reflectant materials, we have found Activ Lites, a great wheel with LED lights spread over the border that are visible from hundreds of metres.

The wheels come in different colors and can be seen from various angles. The best part is that they last for hours with an impeccable and clean light. The lights work with battery so they light even when the bicycle is parked. It is suitable for both children and adults.

Speaker for camping

Portable music is the soundtrack of the holidays and a good hiker is willing to have a quality, lightweight and durable speaker to brighten up the nights of camping.  makes The Apie speaker more suitable for adventure goers than other speakers is its robustness and stiffness, able to withstand falls, scratches by friction and extreme temperatures. It is also resistant to water and other non-corrosive liquids. We can easily hang it from the backpack and put our favorite playlist on the phone.

Helmet with LED light

When we realised that a helmet with a built-in light was a popular item we imagined ourselves going on an expedition in abandoned mines or natural caves. However, its use extends far beyond the cavities of the terrain and has become the essential accessory of the hikers. With it we can feel relaxed when we are walking down the mountain and the beginning of the night falls on the slope.

The LE Headlamp helmet is comfortable to carry, lightweight and its powerful LED light ensures hours of blatant light. As the creators point out, it is useful even for the most mundane activity, such as reading at night in the camping tent.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18: everything your need to know, stages, climate and stunning videos

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” said the singer Van Morrison and could not describe better what will be the most important regatta in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race. More than 45,000 nautical miles throughout the world will be the scenario for a speeding race with the best navigators in the world.

The world competition will be played between 7 participating teams of various nationalities and men and women who will conquer the oceans. Several of them have Olympic medals and a long career in the seas, although for others it will be the first time they will experience a 7 month sailing around the world facing calm seas, icebergs, tropical storms and a hostile climate, in which the navigation strategy will mark the decisive victory of each stage.

The Volvo Ocean Race is a world regatta that started in 1973 from Portsmouth, in the United Kingdom and had only 4 stages. By today it is been extended to 11 stages and departs from Alicante, in Spain.

Route of Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018

In each edition, the race slightly changes its route to cover new cities of each of the continents.

The first stage

It will begin on October 22 from Alicante, a coastal city in Spain located in the Mediterranean Sea towards Lisbon, in the Atlantic Ocean. It will cover 700 miles.

The previous calm of the warm European sea will be interrupted by a foreseeable odyssey around Cabo de Gata, a complicated orography, as it is navigated very close to an outgoing coast with capes, bays, strong winds and extreme climatic conditions. Sailors would feel periods of absolute calm – impossible for navigation – near Lisbon, as forecasted the prologue of the race.

The in-port race will be held on November 3 in Lisbon and it would be a unique opportunity for tourists and fans who want to see the speed and intensity of the race between the teams near the coast, encourage them and feel the power of navigation in front of his eyes.

The second stage

It will start on November 5 in Lisbon and border the entire western coast of Africa to reach Cape Town in South Africa. In this stage of 7000 nautical miles there will be several meteorological changes and different challenges, starting with an autumnal climate in Lisbon and following an extreme climate of high temperatures and instability in the Azores archipelago, where the winds will determine if they stimulate a fast navigation or make it slow down. The in-port race will take place in Cape Town on December 8.

The third stage

It will depart from Cape Town on December 10 towards Australia, throughout the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is a very difficult stage of wear and tear, in which several teams in the past have not been able to finish it, due to the area of ​​continuous storms.

The arrival in Melbourne will depend very much on the weather. The strategy of how participants will use the climate conditions to decide their route will be key to determining if they arrive on time to the Australian coast. In this case, an in-port regatta will not be held to give sailors time to rest.

The fourth stage

It will start on January 2, 2018 and will be a surprise, as there are plenty of alternatives to go to Hong Kong across different seas, such as the Coral Sea and the South China Sea. Sailors will cross 6000 miles with several climatic zones, dominated by tropical monsoons, periods of calm and influenced by the great proximity to the coast along the islands. The in-port race will take place on January 27 or 28 in Hong Kong.

The fifth stage

It features the Guangzhou in-port race on February 3 and water activities there, and will be non-scoring for the sailors, who will have to return to Hong Kong for their sixth stage.

The sixth stage

It will start on February 7 and will return to Australia, this time to the southernmost part docking in Auckland, after a journey of 6100 miles. It is an extreme stage, in which the resistance of the ships will be tested through storms and adverse weather conditions around the Solomon Islands. The in-port race will take place on 10 March in Auckland.

The seventh stage

It will cover the 7600 mile distance between Auckland and Itajaí in Brazil. This stage is the most coveted by sailors, as they will have a bonus the first to cross the Cape Horn. Unlike other stages, in this the navigators will go in search of the cold, leaving an Australia in autumn to cross the South Ocean with icebergs and icy temperatures. On April 20, the bravest sailors will battle the in-port battle in Itajaí.

The eighth stage

It will run between Brazil and the United States, departing on April 22 from Itajaí and arriving in New Port after 5600 miles of sailing. In it, the most important feats will be lived again with the fast winds Alisios, doldrums near the equator, which are always unpredictable, and the anticyclone of Saint Helena, in which they could delay their departure. The in-port battle will take place on May 19 in New Port.

The ninth stage

It will return to Europe crossing the European continent in an incipient summer, after 5600 miles of distance. They will arrive in Cardiff, UK, where the in-port race will take place on 8 June. This is a classic route in the world of Western navigation, illustrated with large ice floes and fog, as happened with the famous Titanic, and the fearsome of the hot spring coming from the Gulf of Mexico.

The tenth stage

It will border the British Isles and Ireland for 1600 miles in direction to Gothenburg, Sweden. Two predictable scenarios can occur, one with storms of the Azores anticyclone, and another more calm, with a warm climate of the summer. The in-port battle will take place in Gothenburg on 17 June.

The eleventh and final stage of the Volvo Ocean Race

It will culminate in the Dutch city of The Hague, after 700 miles in which sailors will make the final sprint to become champions of the largest sailing competition in the world. The in-port battle will be in The Hague on June 30, accompanied by the celebrations of the victory.

The in-port races are a great way to live on the beachfront the action and strategy of the sailors, the excitement of the sport and to know a new city. Thousands of people will flock to the beaches these days, so we recommend the free Wave Application app, where you can meet your group of friends or family even in the crowd, sharing your live location privately on a map and for a limited time. It’s available for iOS and Android.

“It seems impossible until it is achieved”, says the world champion of windsurfing: Interview with Blanca Manchón

The Spanish athlete Blanca Manchón has just been proclaimed for the sixth time windsurfing world champion. Former Olympian athlete, queen of windsurf and recently mother, Blanca reveals the secrets of a training to the height of a championship. 

“Eat healthy and rest” are the premises by which any training should starts, according to Blanca. “On the pillars of a healthy life, you can grow as an athlete as your strength improves to train more and better. And therefore you do better in competition. The physical strength in windsurfing will not make you win a competition but it can make you lose. From there is also very important to get familiar with the equipment and the technique you will use in every competition”, says the athlete.

Blanca began training as a minor in the port of Cadiz, Spain, with the help of her parents, who are also windsurfing professionals. The family used various technologies to fine tune their material with indicators of winds, tides and sediments. Nowadays, technology has helped a lot to speed up this process and Blanca recognises that she uses several apps integrated in her smartphone to predict the weather conditions and to prepare the training accordingly.

“We use both mobile apps and small weather stations integrated in the boards to make sure that we know the precise weather conditions. Trying to anticipate the behaviour of the wind can be decisive in the course of a race”; says Blanca.

Training not only starts with the sail set, though, the exercises that Blanca does every day include running, swimming, cycling and stretching on balls in balance to improve her stability. Like any other competitor, Blanca has suffered several injuries. The most severe ones are in the shoulder, so she has to deal with specific exercises to prevent injuries. “In dry training I always use functional assessment systems to measure my workout and to avoid muscular asymmetries”; reveals Blanca.

Blanca’s career started when she was a child. She won her first world title for children in 2000 competing in Cádiz. After that, she won two other world titles and several championships that headed her to the Olympic games of Athens, where she participated being only 17. Between that first adventure of the elite and the next one that she hopes to culminate in the Olympic games of Tokio, there is a whole life of races. Full of curiosity, we asked her about how she has managed success at different ages.

“I spent a few years maybe too obsessed with the Olympic event and without taking into account that it is only once every 4 years”


“I’ve gone through several emotional stages regarding the competition. I lived the Olympic Games without being aware that I represented a country and that there were many people pending on my performance. I was only 17 years old and I did not value it as I do now. After that I spent a few years maybe too obsessed with the Olympic event and without taking into account that it is only once every 4 years, and that in between there are many other competitions to enjoy, says Blanca.

“Now I am at the right point of maturity to value the Olympic Games as they deserve, but knowing how to enjoy the 4 years that I have to take them. Enjoying therefore of the way and not only of the objective to obtain it”; says the athlete. “To me world championships are the ones that I enjoy the most because it is where there is more competition”, says Blanca.

Her last world championship, the sixth of her titles, was conquered last July in Salou, competing with a borrowed sail and paying by herself the particular costs for training, accommodation and travel. It seems incredible that being a world champion goes through economic hardships, however part of her job is to get good relationships with sponsors who support her in every race.

In her case, getting pregnant was crucial for her sponsors to lose faith in her work and finish all the economic support she was receiving for years. Fortunately, she showed to the world again that she is a champion and she was capable to win just 7 months after giving birth.

“It seems impossible, until it is achieved”; she says. “This is the phrase I always keep in mind when things get complicated and seem so difficult to get. When I was without sponsors I had a very sad feeling of abandonment, but my team supported me and encouraged me to get a good sporting result again. They have always believed that as soon as I showed that I was up again, the supports would reappear. And so it seems to happen”, she says.

Having seen amazing landscapes while competing, we asked Blanca which one she enjoyed the most, perhaps we can get ideas for our next holidays!  “I would very much like to spend a vacation in New Zealand because the times I have gone have been to compete and I have not been able to visit anything. Also, I would definitely repeat vacation in Barbados. I went with my husband to surf and rest for 10 days and we fell in love with the island”, says Blanca.


Camino de Santiago route

How to prepare your route to Camino de Santiago

Famous throughout the world, these routes that run in the north of Spain and south of France to Santiago de Compostela, have turned a medieval tradition into a spiritual, religious and sportive experience enjoyed by more than 200.000 people every year.

The Camino de Santiago is, in fact, a Catholic pilgrimage from the thirteenth century to the city of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, where it is believed that the remains of the apostle Santiago El Mayor are found in the cathedral. Walkers from all over the world reunite to go on foot, by horse or by bike into an experience that mix medieval history, ancient religious devotion, personal growth, meditation and adventure with stunning landscapes.  

There are several routes from all over Europe that are valid, however the most famous one is Roncesvalles, that departs from this small city in the south of France and is about 760 km in total. Any walker can jump into the route at any moment and it is only needed to walk 100km to get the certification of the route.

Getting up before the sun rises and walking the whole day across natural landscapes could be hard though, but if it is just what you were looking for, read our guide and find out how to prepare your route, and get some tips from previous travelers and the official organization:

Get ready months before the route

Train yourself several months earlier. You will have many kilometers to do every day, and although it is recommended that you adapt your route to your speed and fatigue, it is normal to travel between 10 and 30 kilometers a day. So start a few months before walkingslowly to avoid damaging your feet and ligaments during El Camino. Good footwear, a very, very light backpack, many pairs of socks and continuous massages will help you overcome the physical part of the route.

Choose the landscape you like best

The options are very varied, you can make a way through stone walls and small towns for which it seems that the centuries have not passed. You could also get into the forest, cross bridges over rivers and climb mountains. It is an adventure and nature trip, and you have many options to choose from. On the official website you can find pictures and tips to help you decide.

Use apps for your security

Wave Application

Depending of the season, making the Camino de Santiago can be a solitary experience and personal knowledge. Even though there are thousands of people with whom you will have dinner, most of the day you will be on your own. As in any activity, several things might happen, such as losing yourself, injuring your ankle along the way, running out of water and not knowing where to get another or needing to rest without knowing where is the nearer hostel. You can always be connected to others with your smartphone and acquire some apps that will make the way easier.

In order to not to get lost and to let other walkers or your family know where you are, share your live location with them temporally on Wave application, a private app where you can create a group with other walkers and share for some hours a day your location, spot each other on the map and gather together in the best place. Wave is a free location app that has already millions of users in 150 countries and is compatible with Android and iOS.

Another interesting app is Emergency + in case you are in trouble, you just need to push a button and it will automatically call the nearest emergency services that will come to your position.

Get to the hostel soon

All those who make the road can sleep for free along the way in the thousands of hostels that are ready for it, but in the most crowded areas those are filled quickly, so it is best to use the app Buen Camino de Santiago Pro to see all accommodation options available. Another interesting app is Camino, a social network where you can connect with other walkers, meet them or just read their reviews of routes, restaurants and accommodation.

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Feedback from a user: How using a real time location sharing can be helpful when things don’t go as planned?

Going out with a bike on a summer afternoon is one of the greatest pleasures. On holidays it becomes an essential activity for sport lovers, like Julio, one of our beloved users. Julio knows that the physical activity of biking couples well with the chance to discover some places that otherwise would remain hidden, such as mountain tops, getting through the fog in the forests or surrounding a lake. Riding a bike means speed, freedom, beautiful landscapes and of course, getting fit.  

“My son usually goes cycling before going to work, even if we do not go together we like to be connected so I can see his whereabouts, how far he has traveled and feel calm while he goes out to the nature with the bike. Parents love to share experiences with their children even through an app”, says Julio.

Not only is it nice to share same interest, but it can also result very helpful. Julio recently explained us how using Wave helped him to overcome a bike accident:

“I opened a wave one day that my son was going out with the bike and I saw that he stopped at one point for a long time and then went to a gas station. There he texted me on the Wave chat to inform me that he had to fix the wheel of the bike, however it did not go well. After a while he stopped again and texted me he needed me to get and pick him because the wheel was broken again and he did not have time enough to fix it before returning home”, says Julio.

“Therefore, I opened the map on Wave and I saw exactly where he was, I got the directions to get to him and picked him up with my 4×4. It was super easy to arrive there. Without Wave, I would have been more complicated for me to know where he was and understand his explanations”, reports Julio.

In the nature there are no clear signs to indicate how to get to a place or how long it takes to reach one place. It is also not easy to arrange a meeting point as you could do in a city, so with Wave you can locate all those who go by bike in real time, see where they are and how to reach them.

Wave is an app to share your location temporarily and privately with whoever you want. This way you can open a map to follow your friends footsteps and feel connected and safe as at any moment they can identify where you are. On the map the participants can spot each other, get directions, set a meeting point and chat.

“When he goes out we open a Wave and we both share the location in real time so he knows where I am and I can see that he is fine, where he is going to and if he takes too long to return home. Wave is the best application I have found to be connected with my son without picking up the phone and calling him, as it does not disturb us when it comes to going with the bike and it allows me to help him whenever I can”, says Julio.

User stories make us very happy because we see how useful Wave is for helping people to be connected and feel safe anywhere in the world practising their favourite activity. Here you have some other stories to get you ready for the next adventure!

Do you want to write us your own case? Feel free to drop us a comment. Enjoy the ride!