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Did you hear about this one? 5 apps with GPS to make your life easier

When it comes the time to leave the house and meet people in the city, go to a new place or do a quick check of the public transport, we often feel that the navigation apps with GPS we have are not enough. We require different apps to meet our friends, to drive or to book a table so we should instead focus on the very best for every situation. Each in its style, there are apps that will make our life easier and with which we can really solve most of our communication problems at any time. Check out our list with some of the best ones:

To move around the city

App to find directions on a city using GPS

All urbanites, who have breathed the polluted air of the city since they were little and consider that walking fast and combining transport is part of their daily routine, had to suffer the use of separate apps for each mode of transport. The Metro app, the tram app, the bus app… Now there are several good apps that cross all the updated data of public transport and pedestrian ways to identify the best route to go anywhere. Among them, one of our favorites is Moovit, an app that works in 1500 big cities of the world and provides a reliable transport relation in which you will save several minutes to the day. It is simple to use, just activate the GPS of your smartphone and indicate which direction you want to go and the app will give you all the options available at different times.

Moovit’s notification system will alert you when there are transportation interruptions, delays or strikes in real time to avoid unnecessary surprises. One of the things we like most about Moovit is that it also takes into account the opinion of a good part of its 70 million users around the world to update their databases and include incidents, strikes and other useful information. Get it for free on Android and iOS.

To meet your friends in the city

App to find friends sharing the location privately using GPS

For those who enjoy going out to have a beer with friends, try a new restaurant or just make a plan, Wave Application is the best app to share live locations with others privately. It is very simple to use: open a session with one or more people and send them a request to share the location temporally. When they accept the request a dynamic map is opened in which you can see each other moving as you do in real life. Then, you can take directions to reach the meeting point you have set on the map.

It is an app made for everyday life, where friends move from bar to bar, when some of them are late or when the crowd makes it difficult to find friends without the help of a GPS in real time. It also has a chat to close the details. Once arrived, it’s time to forget about new technologies for a while and just enjoy the company. Wave has millions of users in more than 150 countries. Get it for free on iOS or Android.

To drive without jamming, road works or poor road conditions

Waze app to avoid traffic jams using the gps on the smartphone

Many of us used to listen to the radio before going to work or watch for news about roadworks or events such as cleaning the asphalt. Nowadays, navigating while driving offers us alternative ways for every situation and save us time to do better things rather than staying at a traffic jam. Among several apps, the top one is Waze, an app acquired recently by Google that has already hundreds of millions users. Waze uses official cartography and data from private companies to ensure the best driving route at any time, but also monitors anonymously your own GPS to identify the speed and stops you do to update their suggestions of route both for your and for other drivers.

Taking into account the enormous popularity of this app, the information of the users is the key with which Waze has become the indispensable app to drive in half world. As a user you also have the option to report accidents like animals found on the road, garbage or problems of some kind. With the latest update, the app also proposes the Travel Drives function in which to find the best hours to travel for those who are planning the return of the holidays. Get it for free on iOS or Android.

Find the best bike routes even in the city

Cyclemap app for navigating using the gps while riding a bike

Cycling through a city can be quite an odyssey, often the parks are full and the jumble of cars can be a reason to give up our plans to exercise. That is why we find so interesting Cyclemap, an app that calculates the best routes near where we are to go biking, according to the user’s ratings, the forecast, the road conditions, the altitude and the length of the road.

In addition to planning the route, Cyclemap is an app consecrated among cyclists, as it provides varied information on our performance on the bike, thanks to the use of our GPS while we ride. For those who do not have a bike and take a free one in the city, the app will give them information about upcoming bike stations, its availability, and also gas stations to wash or inflate the wheels, rest areas or even viewpoints to see the amazing views of every route. Despite its recent departure on Google Play and iTunes, Cyclemap has already thousands of downloads and routes that are completing day by day. There are no longer excuses for not going biking. Get it now for free on iOS and Android.

For when you are as hungry as a wolf

App to find restaurants nearby using the GPS

An indispensable part of our social life is focused on food. With so many new options, new restaurants or trendy places, finding a good one in rankings listings is sometimes a tedious task if we then have to look where they are. The simplest way to solve a night out is an app that recommends us places directly near us, sorted by type of food, price and ratings from other users. And if to this recipe we add an app that is already established in hundreds of cities of the world and that has 40000 restaurants, then we have the app with perfect GPS to go out to eat.

Open Table operates in the largest cities in the world and already has 700 millions users, or 700 millions meals we could say, that will help us choose the best option for dinner, either in the city or on vacation. Its maps are not perfect for navigating throughout the city as a pedestrian, but clearly indicate where the main restaurants are located. From the same app we can book a table and have discounts for being users of OpenTable, a prize for being one of the largest communities in the world in restaurant reservations. Get it for free on iOS and Android.

 

5 activities to stay fit without stepping into a gym during the summer

While half the world waits the spring to settle in, the other half is enjoying a warm summer, holidays and plans with friends or family to relax, have fun, try new food, eat ice cream and… say ‘goodbye diet!’ The summer ends with all the exercise plans that we have imposed during the year and the lack of time stop us from continuing with our exercise routine.

Whether you usually go to the gym or exercise at home, there is a bunch of fun activities to do outdoor that are flexible enough to fit your timetables and introduce a fresh new way of getting fit while enjoying the holidays.

These outdoor activities can change the location from time to time, so we recommend that you download for free Wave Application, an application where you can share your location on a private map with your sports partners and meet them, even in the most remote part of the park where you will tone your muscles. The best thing is that it is private and temporal, use it only to meet them and no one else will know your location.

Try some of the following ones and you will see how you feel better at the end of the day, you maintain your physical exercise at an optimal level and also enjoy your free time.

Yoga in a park

In all cities there are large parks in which to enjoy a walk outside the noise of cars, the civilisation and the daily routine. Surely, now and then you have walked by it, you have done a picnic or you have sat under a tree to read or to chill. Probably, you will also have seen groups of people sitting doing yoga, pilates and toning exercises.

Yoga increases agility and flexibility and helps you control your breathing. It is an activity that relaxes the mind but strengthens the body at the same time, very suitable to start because it does not require prior knowledge. Also, it is a good exercise to do during the high summer temperatures.

You may not be prepared to sign up for specific yoga classes in a gym, but why not try it a Saturday morning at the park near your home? You have nothing to lose and you may end up loving it. There are usually groups at various times during the week and you can join the ones that best fit your schedule.

How can you join? You can approach a weekend in the morning to the groups that you see or search in Internet and in social networks yoga groups that meet in your city. The prices will be lower than in a gym.

What do you need? Comfortable clothes, water and a towel, bringing a yoga mat or lying on the grass is your choice.

Roller skating

Roller skating in men group

Roller skating is a fun activity with which you strengthen your entire lower trunk, legs, hips, knees and calves. It tones your muscles and it also makes your adrenaline go up when you accelerate a little or relax if you go slowly, it’s up to you!

Even though you probably skated when you were a kid, roller skating is becoming a favourite activity for people over 30 who want to exercise and have fun once a week, because it is easy to learn, does not require a high investment in equipment and also allows you to do outdoor sports, in a group or alone when you want.

How can you join? There are several schools in all cities and if you look for social networks, surely in the park we talked about before you find groups of people who want to join. Fun and besides, it does not compromise you to follow a routine that does not fit with your vacations.

What do you need? A second-hand or brand new roller skaters, they are cheap and last for years!

Surfing, kitesurfing or related

During your holidays on the beach you can enjoy more than just a bath in the sea! Try something new and sign up to the many schools of surfing, kite surfing or paddle surf that take place in the most tourist areas. In just a week you can strengthen your body, improve your balance and your swimming skills. If you need a little inspiration, check out our latest post with the best surfing destinations in the world, for all levels.

Depending on the days you go to the beach, you can take a course of several days or try one morning to see if you like. The teachers know how to motivate you and you will see that after a few hours you will feel confident enough to get on the surfboard. Many surfers make it a lifestyle, but for you it can be add a bonus to your vacation, while you play sports and you know people who share the same passion as you.

How can you sign up? Look for the best schools in your area, surely you have several options to choose. In addition, you can usually enjoy offers and discounts to encourage you a little more.

What do you need? A swimsuit and nothing else, the rest of the equipment will be provided by the school.

Dance ‘Despacito’ in a pub

Dancing to the sounds of music on a summer night may be the culmination you need after a day of work, especially after suffering the torrid heat of the street. Swing, bachata, salsa or funky, no matter the style because they are all excellent ways to have fun while toning your body. It helps you to exercise your arms, neck, legs and hips, on one hand, and learn how to walk with a better posture, on the other hand.

In all cities many bars and discos organize weekly dance sessions for the price of a drink. You can go to try different styles to discover which one is best for you. Summer is a good time to try because groups are usually smaller as many people are on holidays, so you can be with new ones like you, who always look for partners to practice the new steps. It does not require experience or skill, just your willing to move and enjoy the rhythm.

The best thing is that every day you will find new people who are learning and you will never feel out of place, as you might do when you join a dance course in the middle of the season.

How can you sign up? You will find in social networks all the dance events related to the style you are looking for.

What do you need? Bring any comfortable clothes and you are all set up!

Volleyball in the beach

Playing volleyball is a very complete activity that you can take advantage of even when you are on vacation at the beach. It burns calories and fat, increases your energy levels, improves your coordination of eyes and hands, increases your muscle tone in arms and legs, improves your agility and flexibility and stimulates your competitiveness, among many other advantages.

Volleyball is a game in which you can learn very quickly to improve, even if you have never played before. In addition, it is surrounded by a very cool, competitive environment and allows you to meet people anywhere.

How can you sign up? You just need to join one of the leagues that are organised daily on the bigger beaches and start enjoying even more of your vacation while you get toned.

What do you need? Bring sneakers, shorts and a T-shirt. The more experienced incorporate wristbands, but if you are starting you will not cause your muscles to suffer so much to need it.

Which one of those activity suits you best? Make a change this week and choose one! Let us know how it goes! 😀 

Staycation or summer in the city? Check out the best plans to do!

Ah, that time of the year when cities get empty, people fill their trunks and leave the city. And they go. So you stay with a few friends thinking about how you are going to enjoy your neighbourhood with such calm. You can park, you do not have to make a reservation in your favourite restaurant and you have more time to dedicate to those friends who also stay in the city.

When it seems there is nobody, it is the best time to enjoy the atmosphere, especially if you live in a very crowded city. Here you have a couple of tips to enjoy the summer nights:

Make plans with your colleagues

Bands In Town App

If you’ve stayed in the city because you’re working, your colleagues are sure to be eager to enjoy the time when the rest of the world is on vacation. Now you can do those plans you’ve been talking about for a long time: try that sushi, watch that movie, go party or go karting. Choose the activity that you like and take advantage to know your colleagues a little better. With apps to find plans in your city, like Bands in Town, a complete app where you will find the latest concerts nearby, follow your stars and receive a notification whenever something you might fancy happens in your neighbourhood. Probably, you have heard already about Eventbrite, but if not it is definitely worth a try, because it releases events near you, such as wine tasting, Star Wars meetings, and other activities that will kick you out of the routine.

Organize a dinner out

Wave Application

Terraces will be empty, so normally you won’t have to ask for a reservation in advance. They will even have room in that trendy restaurant that you can not go without asking for a table two weeks in advance.

To organize get-togethers, try Wave Application, our localisation app used by millions of people around the world. Wave allows you to share your location with your friends, in real time. Open a wave, select on the map a restaurant that you like and everyone can see where it is, how to get there and where others are on the way.

Enjoy the nature doing outdoor sports

Bikemap

Take advantage and take the bike, the mountain will cease to look like the main street on sale and will be a quiet place, full of life, colors and fresh air. We know that when the sun comes up the natural places near the cities are filled with hikers and sportsmen like you, who want to get out of the daily hustle and bustle. But in summer, when others are on vacation, they are better enclaves than ever. You can bathe in the river, make excursions and go in group with your friends with the bicycle. You can open a map with them in Wave to follow your route and not lose, even if you go faster or quieter than them.

Bikemap app has routes, more than 800 thousand around the world, that can inspire you and your friends to take the bike next weekend. It’s a very comprehensive app, thanks to the ratings of the thousands of users who have bet on testing the app in the last year.

Enjoy a local festival of music or theater

Those kinds of plans that you love, like listening to local groups, participating in an improvised play or watching a dance performance on the street can only be done in summer. Town halls and bars in the city often offer many outdoor activities in summer, taking into account those who stay in the city.

Do not forget that summer is the time of the sales, both in clothes and appliances as in many activities, beauty treatments or gyms. It’s the time to go shopping without waiting for queues and spending a lot of money.

On the other hand, if the heat does not let you breathe before the sun goes down, you can go to one of the several municipal swimming pools in your city. Surely if they are big you can enjoy bathing in an adult pool, while the children are in another part of the park. In addition, sports clubs often have tennis, football and basketball courts where you can have some fun.

Summer evenings 

Hey Let’s App

Go to an exhibition, a theatre or a museum and let yourself try different things. In big cities there are always summer events at the opera and probably some theater plays are outdoor, which is really nice.

Those activities are usually free, but you can watch the new events through the app Hey Lets, in which users can also upload events they know are happening, among a dozen of other sources of information. Another good choice, worth to try is All Events in City, that also is linked to Google Calendar, to let you save nice upcoming events.

Finally, if you are already aware of everything that happens in your city, you can always invite friends from outside, the school, the language school or even your cousins ​​who live in another city for a quick visit. We know that with friends, any summer night is a great night.

See? You have never noticed how much your neighbourhood offers you. Enjoy your summer and let us know your own tips!