Friends together

We listened to you, here’s what’s new

At Wave Let’s Meet App we have been working very hard over the last few months to improve even more our new version 3.0. which was totally redesigned and launched last May, into a complete communication experience between your friends or family and you. So, we are very proud to announce that we bring you the best Wave update, already available for free on iTunes and Google Play.

We have worked over some of the suggestions that you have been sending us lately: it is a version thought by you and made for you, taking in consideration your initiatives. It has three fundamental pillars: a significant increase in the speed of loading the position of the users on the map, a greater precision and millimeter in the positioning of the users and a new chat to send voice messages and pictures.

Full chat: send audios and images

You can now send voice messages to your contacts when you are walking and you prefer talking instead of texting, when you are busy or when they just want to have a conversation.

The new integration also includes the option of sharing images, an essential feature since Wave is a really popular app for traveling in group. In addition to being connected to a private map, you can send pictures of the trip or whatever you want.

To use these new features, open Wave and select a contact or a group of several, below you will see the chat to write with two new icons. To send voice messages, press the microphone icon while speaking and release it when you are finished. To share images, click on the attach files button and you will get two options, to make a photo or to look for one in the gallery.

With this update Wave brings you a more creative way of communicating with your contacts at any time, even if you have not opened a session.

Higher performance, more accuracy

Real time maps will now load your position on the map even faster.  We probably have the best real time location sharing service of the world, making possible for you to feel connected even if you are in the middle of nowhere, or find your friends in the crowdest space possible.  

What do you think? Update yours now and let us know.

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.

How to plan an affordable getaway – 6 brilliant tips

An expert traveler knows how to prepare a getaway in the best possible way. There are several options and with the following tips you will see that planning your trip can be easier and cheaper than you may think, without having to give up going on vacation. However, it requires something from you. Look at the list that we have prepared and enjoy!

Take the most of the stopovers

Madrid sunset
Ángela Ojeda Heyper – Flickr

Cheaper international flights usually do not arrive directly to your destination, especially if you are more than 4 hours away from your starting point. The stopovers can be an opportunity to extend your getaway to two or more cities, without needing to sleep in them. If you are traveling around Europe, many of your intercontinental flights will probably connect in cities such as Frankfurt, Milan or Madrid. In the case of traveling from South America to the United States, it is probably that you stop in Atlanta or New York;  if you travel from Europe to Asia, visit Istanbul or Doha, while from Australia to the northern hemisphere you’ll probably stop somewhere in Singapore, Shanghai or Seoul.

Take the time you have and take a trip around a city you did not expect, while saving money avoiding a direct flight. Try the local food at street markets or buy sandwiches and go for a walk. The trip has just begun!

There are several good flights and hotel search engines such as Kayak, Trivago or some a bit less known such as Hoteloogle.

Choose wisely where to sleep

If your trip includes more than one city or town, try to narrow down the cities in which you are going to sleep and establish a base point from which to travel around the region or the country. This will save you a lot of money, since local buses are very cheap and traveling constantly from one part of the country to another incurs in more expenses, less rest and much time wasted looking for a new place to check in.

In addition, some web pages renting cheap homes like Airbnb, Homestay, Spotahome charge you a fee for each booking, so do some hostels, so the less places you choose to sleep, the more money you’ll save.

In terms of accommodation, you probably already know the different options for renting apartments, hostels, couch surfing or hotels, depends on the quality of the site where you want to spend the night. However, first investigate the areas you are going to visit, for example in all big cities the business areas have a large variety of hotels that are empty during the summer, in the absence of business meetings. Therefore they offer great discounts and are always well connected by public transport with the city.

No more calling, no more ‘Where are you’s?’

Overseas calls to your friends, your family or the host cost a lot of money and can give you an unpleasant surprise when you get home and see the bill. However, when you travel in group it is easy to get lost, as people usually split for a while to visit different spots in the city, or some of you need a rest while others are more willing to continue sightseeing. In those situations, connecting to others is needed and the best way to do so is using Internet and taking the most of the best apps to travel in the market.

If you are traveling in Europe, you are lucky because they have recently eliminated roaming, the fee charged for using a foreign operator, and you can use the Internet to the fullest without paying more than at home. In other places you normally have better fares to use Internet rather than calling.

Your best option is to download for free Wave Application, an app available for both Android and iOS, that allows you share your location privately with your contacts in a real time map. Forget about learning how to pronounce the street of the hostel, just check the map and see where your friends are in the city and set a meeting point to gather in the centre.

Wave is the best application to share your location privately with any of your contacts, when you need it most.

Set alerts for your favourite destination

An inveterate traveler will tell you that the destination is the least important part of the trip so if you think of going to Paris you will probably spend twice as much as you would spend in Toulouse, also in France. However, if you really want to visit a certain city, set alerts on the phone through different flight comparators and just wait to receive the best offer.

Prices of the flights change constantly up and down and if you already know in which range they move, you will be able to take an offer without wasting your time comparing prices on the Internet.

Share everything you can

 

Sharing is living, it is the motto in many countries and it is also an excellent way to save. The options are unlimited, you can go from one city to another using carpooling services such as Blablacar, or staying with people who live there with Couchsurfing or HomeStay. However, there is more you can do: search for travel buddies on Meetup to get discounts on group tickets for museums, touristic tours or even make a group to rent a boat, it is always cheaper to rent it in group.

Eat at home at least once a day

Plan one or two meals at your rented home, let’s say breakfast and lunch. Eating out is always more expensive than preparing a meal at home, especially if you cook pasta, salad or sandwiches. In addition, if you travel in group sharing the expenses of the grocery will make you find ridiculously cheap to eat well at home. If you are sleeping in a hotel, cool food such as sandwiches are a good choice to prepare in your room.

You may think that street food is cheap, however it is usually not enough to save money more than eating at home. Other advantage of this routine is helping your stomach to the new food, if you are in a country with a very different cuisine, you can rest one day from the spice or the new flavours, cooking something similar to what you usually eat.

Now you are all set! Try these tips and enjoy your getaway!

Kids jumping in the twilight

Planning a language course abroad? Tips to take most out of it!

Are you thinking about how to make your free time an unforgettable experience in a foreign country but also have the “excuse” to learn a new language? Our experience as travellers, workers, students and polyglots has given us more of an anecdote and some tips on how to make the most of these sabbatical weeks, getting to know people, new cities and enjoying the most. Here we go:

Do you need a boost? Find scholarships to study abroad

Scholarships App

There are several apps that connect companies and institutions but one of our favorites is Scholarships. It has an enormous database of national, institutional and private scholarships to study all types of studies abroad. Filter by your country of origin, preferences and languages ​​and cross your fingers! You could be living in the city of your dreams sooner than you think!

Choose the language

Fluentu App

Every country has its tricks, you will not learn the same Spanish in Madrid as in Veracruz, nor will you have the same experiences with Italian in the north as in the south of the country. Each country has its own soul, its cultural charm and that can help you to decide what kind of experience you are going to live.

Before you leave you can start learning with some interactive apps, those that even make you repeat a word to see if you have pronounced it well. We love the best known apps Babbel or Duolingo, although we are also in love with these new options like Speaky, a social network where you can find people from other countries and chat with them or make a video/voice messages so you can improve the language, while they do the same.  Check out as well Fluentu, an innovative app that has thousands of videos and games to make you enjoy learning while on the subway or waiting for the bus.

Choose a good program

When you study abroad you might think of spending your entire time only learning a language and studying hard to pass an exam, or combining your class time with leisure, activities, excursions and trips. However, you have so many other options like studying sports, arts, painting or doing a specific course of economics in another language, if you already have some notions, to boost your career while learning a language. A good option to see different schools and opinions is the web comparator My Language Travel, at the moment they have no app but you can check the thousands of schools and programs around the globe that have reviewed on the web.

Get lost only when you want

Wave Application

Finding in your new host city your new friends who are in that downtown bar that you can not remember might be difficult. Finding your family or the tour guide can be a bit hard, too. Now that roaming in Europe and most of the world has been eliminated, it is time to take advantage of technology and use the most powerful tools in geolocation. Wave application is an app that allows you to open a map with your friends and share with them your location in real time. You will see how you both move around the map, just as you do in real life. You will also be able to see how to get to the meeting point you have set or just approach one of your friends, while you see him on the map and chat with him.

If your parents or soulmate are curious about you, you can also open a Wave with them, and show them how cool you are walking down that famous street, while you see them in their home city.

Break up with the paperwork

Perhaps it is the first time you travel so far, or at least your first experience to study in another country. The paperwork can become overwhelming, to make it easier use Passport and Visa app. With it you can find all the information you need, from the visa and the passport, to all the medical papers or certificates of studies you need in your country of origin. Is very simple to use: put your country of origin and the destination and you will see in a single screen what you need and how to get it to go to study a foreign language.

Now you are all set up! Have you found a nice program to study abroad a language? Let us know your tips!