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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.

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.

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.


5 Apps that will give you peace of mind on this year’s Thanksgiving

Arriving late for Thanksgiving dinner can cause a significant negative start to an expected and tense day in equal parts, but the truth is that it happens very frequently. Bringing together the dispersed family throughout the country translates into almost 50 millions trips in just two days. Traffic jams, flight delays and cancellations are very common and taking them into account can help us prepare this party better.

Let your family know when you are arriving

To avoid the stress of trying to control something that is out of control, it is best to take the most of technology and share the location with the family on a private map temporarily, so they can see our path, if we are late and if we are fine during or journey.

Sharing the location in real time temporarily makes it possible to forget the noisy calls or endless conversations with the family asking what’s taking so long. It will also save you from taking risks driving and picking up the phone and having a fine.

Some apps already have this feature, and among them Wave Let’s Meet App stands out as a free app to share the live location privately between two or more people. Everyone could spot each other on the map and be ready for their arrival. Wave also counts with a complete chat with audios. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

Driving? Know when to stop

On the road, you will feel helpful to know when you have the nearest petrol station or restaurant to visit, since like you there are many others that will leave empty fuel stocks throughout the country. It never hurts to know where to stop in case of emergency. Among all the apps to choose your stop over our route, Roadtrippers informs you about the nearer stops along the way, good to visit, to relax or to sleep. It is available for free for iOS and Android.

Recipes for Thanksgiving

Suppose you don’t cook the turkey but your family has asked you to bring a plate of food and, apart from knowing how to boil some spaghetti or unfreeze a meatloaf, you have no idea where to start. First of all we advise against trying some haute cuisine because if it is your first time it will not go out as you wish. To see simple recipes and still impress your family, look at the Big Oven application, where you will see easy recipes with the list of ingredients separately to facilitate your way to the supermarket.

Plan the menu for Thanksgiving

You may be afraid that your little brother, who also does not stand out for his culinary skills, has chosen the same dish as you. Well, don´t be. Before thinking again about cooking extravagant dishes, open the Pepperplate application and share with others the recipe you are going to make. They can also share their plates and thus avoid repeating the cranberry sauce that only your grandmother will enjoy. Pepperplate application has a complete menu to plan the cooking times of all your dishes, make private and shared lists, lists of ingredients and tasks to excel in your planning and make it easier.

Share old memories

To smooth any thorny conversation you can always show a bunch of old pictures using the app Pic Collage application, a free app for iOS. It makes photo presentations, enlarge them, share and even project them on the TV screen. It also has the possibility to edit the pictures, ad stickers and fonts to explode your creativity. Everyone likes to remember with nostalgia some key moments and go back in time.

It is time to disconnect from the daily routine, work and worries and return to the family home to celebrate with the most loved ones a few days of tranquility, to catch up with the latest neighborhood gossip and above all, to savor a delicious homemade food. Enjoy it!

AI will be your perfect travel buddy soon

Artificial intelligence is introducing itself in our lives, from chatbots like Siri to complex tools that replicate our tastes, robots are learning from us and they might become our best travel mates. Just few days ago, Google revealed in its I / O conference its effort to focus totally on AI, something already anticipated when it introduces the predictive autocomplete in Search.

One of the innovations is the update of Google Assistant, an application that was born as Siri or Alexa, integrating the rest of the Google applications, as well as searches. This has enormous implications, since this application with the soul of a concierge can search our flights, reserve a table in a restaurant, buy our vacation package, as well as look for curiosities, send calendar invitations or make calls.

Facebook, Google, Twitter and other leading mobile technology companies are recommending us where to go and what route to take according to the traffic in the area, adding our events to the calendar, and warning of possible strikes. All of that using AI.

Taking out a bit of stress can make our lives easier and one of the key areas that are redoubling their efforts in the construction of audiobots, chatbox and others bots is the travel industry. We are already enjoying many of the innovations and the best is yet to come. Have a look at how AI is changing the way we travel:

Planning the trip

The options are endless and although the mail softwares are doing the best they can, many times we have to search for the name of the departure station or the exact time. It would be great if an app notifies us directly about our imminent trip.

Buying and booking are also part of a continuous search, sometimes we would like to have a secretary looking for the most convenient options, but the truth is that with a little help from a real travel agent, AI can make great advances.

This is what happens with Mezi, a web application in which the preferences that users write in a chat are understood by a software that automatically sends travel assistants a series of tags that contains all the information and increase the speed of their work.

Taking travel photographs

Google has also presented in its conference Clip, a smart software integrated in a camera that adheres to the mobile phone and records all day what happens. Once the high resolution images have been downloaded, the user must select the most interesting content of the day, achieving something that social networks never have: spontaneity.

Making the selection, however, is an arduous task for the user, so the software expects to learn over time which kind of moments make a good fit for the users.

Most of us would not like the idea of being recorded all the time with Clip. The reaction of the people will determine the success of this technology in particular.

Eating abroad: goodbye diets

When we go on a trip, we usually eat the first thing we want, taste the local delicacies and then feel guilty or even bad for the extra caloric intake. The last thing we want on vacation is to worry about dieting.  However, this Fitgenie nutrition app goes one step beyond the applications in which we introduce everything we eat and learn from our tastes.

It needs a bit of support on our part. We need to introduce in the app what we eat, how many calories it has and our diet, so that the app will improve their menus and diets to our particular taste with a bit of time.

Meeting friends

Moving in a new city, meeting friends, going to different places are a very important part of the trip. Normally, when we move around the city it is difficult for us to call or search among the messages where to find others, it is easier to share the location on a map.

Location sharing apps are now a reality. Millions of users use Wave Application to meet their friends in the city, see where they have gone to,  go to have dinner or find themselves on a trip, among other situations. In this case, applications such as Wave that use private geolocation, have places very welled thanks to a need of users: keep their privacy.

In the field of artificial intelligence, the possibilities of optimizing this service are endless. For example, a location based service with AI could suggest us to share the location with somebody if we are going to meet this person. Meeting friends or family is a daily activity and it is not surprising that artificial intelligence improves this part of our life in the near future.

Finding the ideal travel companions

In a connected world, traveling with someone who shares our same tastes is very comfortable and that is why there are so many web directories, forums and social travel applications. However, one step further would be to apply the matching engineering used by some dating apps to this topic and find the ideal travel companions.

For the moment, the closest thing to that is Grip, an application of business events that seeks to suggest and recommend in the events the interaction of some workers with others, since the most valuable connections can accelerate business agreements.

Currently, artificial intelligence is already learning from our transfers to inform us of the traffic in the area without our request, strikes, or the addresses of our friends.

As we see, artificial intelligence is now an assistant that is getting more and more more proactive. Maybe one day AI will choose our holidays and take away the stress of planning them. If it works well.

Travel solo woman tips

Travel alone: How to prepare a solo trip with the best apps and information

Traveling and getting to know new cultures is always inspiring, but if you also merge with the local tastes, the gastronomy and the public affairs, you will have acquired as souvenir a huge cultural and personal growth. There are several ways to travel as an expert and one of the most popular lately is to travel alone.

One of the reasons to travel solo is because it is considered a great experience of personal growth. It is also popular for those who have simply reached a point in their life of some economic calm, curiosity to travel and free time that they don´t share with their friends or partner.

The reasons are varied, but the experience is unique for each of the travellers. Traveling alone is a much more conscious act of moving, analysing other cultures and being aware of what happens around us, so we should be prepared for it.

You will have moments of loneliness, extravagant conversations and awkward moments with people, even times of frustration in which you won´t find the restaurant or the accommodation you wished. However, experts say that the advantages far outweigh the vicissitudes, such as the freedom to go wherever you want when you want, the need to leave your comfort zone and talk to local people, to understand their customs and the opportunity to mature and become strong and independent.

If you are going to start the adventure and travel solo the age or sex don’t really matter, as long as you consider some tips to make your trip easier. The technology in that case is your great ally, so take note of the following applications that you will need to carry on your smartphone.

Plan the solo trip beforehand

There are those who say that planning a trip is already part of the adventure and it might be true, because the organisation of holidays is a stage of discovery, illusion and many emotions. One of the apps that make it easier is Tripit, a complete directory in which to write all the destinations in the calendar along with the itineraries of flights and transportation, notes, tickets, budget and expenses to have in the end a great travel guide with all the details. The best part is that it works across all platforms.

Creators of Tripit say that in fact it’s like taking with you an assistant, because you can also see how to get to your hostel, send the information via social networks or see on the map what’s interesting near you. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

Locate yourself and your travel mates

Traveling alone is actually a very social experience, travellers are constantly getting to know people, whether they are from a hostel, people met on social networks and forums or just in the queue of some cultural attraction. In addition to friends, travellers will have interaction with receptionists, couchsurfing members, tour guides, travel agents and son on, therefore if you are in a new city it can be difficult to reach the agreed meeting point, recognise the person with whom you are meeting or find her/him in a crowded place.

To avoid these unpleasant situations, download Wave Application, a free app in which two or more people share their location in real time on a private map, so that they can follow each others’ steps and chat with them. It has millions of users worldwide and it is free for iOS and Android.

Know the good neighbourhoods

Strolling, getting lost in the crowd, passing through that rickety alley, ending up on the less touristy shore of Venice, discovering an abandoned monastery and a thousand other places are a delight reserved for travellers alone or for the more curious. That is, for those who have the time and the desire to wander without haste.

Something so simple can’t be done lightly though, not every city is going to go easy on us when it comes to the skin color, the gender, the way we dress or how we wear belongings and this sensation increases outside of the city centre. To cope with it, download Livesafe Map App, an app that analyses the main cities of the world and classifies its neighbourhoods as dangerous, dangerous for women, full of thieves and many other filters, so any traveler can always get lost in a safe place. It’s available for free for iOS and Android. 

Discover the city with your headphones

As a solo traveler, you probably are soaked with information tourist offices, forums and personal recommendations. A new and interesting way of discovering the cities through the headphones comes with the Detour app, an auditive tour guide that will tell you all the aspects of the cities in which you travel, from history, customs and politics, to curiosities, tourist attractions, gastronomy and other interesting facts. This app already has hundreds of cities and the list grows continuously. It’s available for free for Android and iOS.

Now you are all set, are you ready to try this new way of traveling the world? Let us know your thoughts and we wish you the best experience!

Apps halloween 2017

Bring it up, Halloween – The ultimate app and service guide

One of the most iconic celebrations in the US that has spread all over the world is Halloween, an epic ode to death that has opened the desire for most of us to mingle with zombies and have paranormal encounters.

Imagine celebrating a dinner party between friends in a full, creepy decorated space or going to a party in an atmosphere reminiscent of an abandoned basement in Boston or in an authentic colonial house in Mississippi. Choosing the best outfit and makeup for Halloween, getting enrolled in the biggest parades across the States or popping in local parties are just one click away.

If you’re already in the ghostly Halloween wave and you want this year to be really special, get ready to triumph this Halloween night with the best applications and services that we bring you in the following list.

Mix in the crowd without losing your friends

There will be a great number of zombies that will circulate on October 31st through the streets, including your friends, who will be unrecognisable among the crowd. The best way to avoid getting lost and find them easily, despite of their costumes, is Wave Application, an app where two or more people can share their location on a private map for as long as they choose. It has a chat and the possibility to add a meeting point on the map and get directions to arrive there. This app have millions of users around the world and it is very useful especially for those who plan to join a parade or are in a big group of friends or with children. It is available for free for iOS and Android.

Choose the spookiest costume or glam it up!

Getting the perfect costume and makeup for Halloween is important to define the scene in which to immerse this night and to find some inspiration the perfect Youtube channel is held by the professional makeup artist Pink Stylist. She posts many short videos with creepy looks and the explanations to replicate them at home, plus comments from other users. Another interesting platform with options to dress up or to glam it up is the Youtube channel of Moss Macs.

For the ones who prefer to get inspired by the best influencers and stand out as Heidi Klum does in her famous Halloween party, GlamScout app has a huge database with pictures of celebrities with the description of the make up they use, in order to let users purchase it directly from the app. One of the most interesting features is the camera option, where any user can take a picture, select a look and see if that fits with their facial shape. It is free and available for iOS.

Decide what plan is the most terrifying and exciting of the year

On Halloween the world is a stage and it is only up to you to decide what kind of play you will enjoy most. One of the best apps to find any activity or party is Eventbrite, a huge directory with the best shows, parades, dinners, zombies marathons or parties both national and local. It has information about tickets, dates and prices. Other good choices are Meetup, where also brings anyone to the possibility to create an event and Feverup, a Spanish app that works in Europe and New York, whose main feature is to gossip who has signed up for every party, including influencers, to make sure no one miss the party of the year. All of them are free and available for Android and iOS.

For the ones who prefer staying at home with their family or friends, the free app Tasty has a specific channel for recipes created just for Halloween, such as ‘human’ fingers with cheese, pumpkin drinks and other yummy recipes. With those ones and a bit of decoration, any home could be the best scenario for this Halloween night.

Now you are all set! Start preparing the spookiest night of the year!