Apps to make a perfect road trip

Did you hear about this one? Top 5 apps for a perfect road trip

We all have an opinion about holidays. There are those who choose to go to rest or to get inspired by nature. Others prefer the beach to mitigate the heat and others love the adventures. However, for some of us, taking a perfect road trip is the best way to take the most of our vacations. Like in Thelma & Louise, it groups freedom, amazing landscapes and great anecdotes to recall. 

A road trip means exploring new corners with the rhythm of country music. It also means having the patience to survive to the traffic jams and to enjoy the freedom to go wherever we want. If you are as excited as us to discover the magic of road trips, take a look at these guide with tips and apps to help you hit the road. 

1. Plan your road trip in group

It is always wise to be on the same page as our friends or family when we are about to spend so many hours together in a car. There should be a conversation about the details of the road trip. To name a few, we should discuss about how many stops approximately we want to do, what kind of places we would love to visit or what activities we want to enjoy on the way. This is crucial to ensure good vibes throughout the road trip.

To plan it, we are thrilled about Road Trippers. It is an interactive road trip app that works both for desktop and for iOS, where we can create a route on a collaborative pannel. Anyone on the group can edit it and add comments, interesting spots or activities. The app also helps us decide by recommending us some hotels, stops, restaurants or routes. While helping us plan a trip, it draws our route on a map so we can organize our time better.

2. Where to refuel?

 

On a road trip, where to stop on the way is almost as important as what to do when we arrive to our destination. Considering the fact that we are traveling for hours, when we have a pause off the car we don´t want to arrive to a place without restaurant. Let alone a dirty toilet. It is better to have a glimpse about the nearer gas stations so we can choose wisely where to park the car. 

Among all the apps that help us plan better our perfect road trip, we love Along the Way. This app informs us about gas prices throughout our route, but also it gives us great insights from other travelers about the stops. Those reviews can point out the quality of the food available there, the bathroom characteristics and some other useful facilities such as if it has an ATM. 

3. Drive in group?

When we tell our friends and family that we are going to spend long hours in the car, it is inevitable that some of them will point out the dangers of the road. To make the trip more peaceful for everyone, we can share our location in real time with them with our app, Wave application. This app enables us to open a group with the occupants of the vehicle and with our relatives in which we will all share our location privately.

In addition to this feature, it includes a real-time GPS navigator that can guide us even in remote locations. Another interesting feature is that it has a chat in which we can write or share images. This makes it possible to have all the information and news of the trip with our friends in a single app.

4. Let the miles fly away

 

Being stucked in a traffic jam or driving along a route will be boring from time to time. For those times when our conversation declines, we can turn on the radio with the app Simple Radio. This apps works even in remote areas catching the digital signal of more than 40 thousand radio stations all over the world. Podcasts, sports and any sort of music will load to make our adventure a perfect road trip. And it will fulfil everyone’s tastes.

5. Where to stay during a perfect road trip?

 

A road trip is full of unforeseen and that is precisely the magic of traveling the roads. We stop when we want and we continue when we have rested. However, not knowing where we are going to sleep tonight can be less fun when we are tired. Specially when we have not booked any hotel or apartment.

Other expert travelers have already thought of this and have created Rommer Travel. It is one of the largest communities of travelers reselling their hotel stays. If someone has to cancel a reservation, they sell it at a low price and let others take it at the last minute. Everyone wins! Similar to this one, another app to make a perfect road trip is Hotel Tonight. This app also offers last minute rooms around the globe.

Do you want something more? Take a look at the ultimate guide for a road trip made by the prestigious website Auto Accessories Garage.

Okay, we know there are many more apps that make the road trip more bearable. What would be your recommendation for a perfect road trip?

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What kind of traveler are you? 4 types of travelers and best itineraries for each

Most of us have heard different stories and experiences about the same city when we talk about traveling. We are different people with different tastes and requirements when it comes to organizing a trip. Making a travel itinerary is not easy, so we have prepared a travel itinerary for each of the 4 main types of travelers: the cultural, the party lover, the athlete and the food lover.

Since a group of friends usually consists of different types of travellers, Wave Application is a great solution to travel in group, enabling friends to split and come back together at any time. It displays a private map locating each friend in real time in which is possible to set a meeting point, to see the estimated time of arrival. It also has a chat to type, speak and send images. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

GASTRONOMIC TRAVELER

There is a type of traveler who chooses his his destination based on the food preferences. It is the one who looks at Instagram photos of dishes instead of pictures of beaches and who has more than one food related app on his smartphone. If you identify yourself with this short description, you are a gastronomic traveler.

To begin with, it is advisable to look at a map of cuisines of the world and get an idea of what can be found. One very interesting website is Oup Blog, which offers a compendium of foods and dishes from each country, typical appetizers and desserts.

Once we have selected some places to go, it is good to know what to eat in the city we have chosen. To do that there are apps like TripAdvisor, which has the opinion of millions of users throughout the world. It filters the restaurants by cuisine, location, price and more options. It is free for iOS and Android.

Another app that we love when we prefer to stay in our Airbnb room and ask for food is Munchery, a food ordering app that only offers healthy dishes, with nutritional information of each dish.  In addition, it enables users to schedule orders for each day of the week and make a perfect healthy calendar.

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST TRAVEL ITINERAY PLAN

We all have a friend who takes the travel photos from above, usually from a mountain, captures clouds and sunsets in them and always keeps the mountain boots in the backpack.

The nature traveler is the one who always wears a raincoat for when a monsoon falls on a volcano in Indonesia or who knows the best bike tour to travel Europe.

Fist of all we can dive in specialized listings of destinies depending on the activity we would like to do. This post lists the best ski resorts to go this year and this one the best beaches to surf in the world. or divers, we have found very interesting the app DiveMate that offers information on many grottos and caves around the world. It is great for seabed experts and it is available for iOS and Android for free.

For hikers we recommend the website Hiking Project, which has a database of 106.000 miles of trail to hike all over the world with information about peaks, weather forecast and tips from other hikers.

CULTURAL TRAVELER 

The cultural traveler has visited the Louvre, the temples of Kuala Lumpur, the world’s first train stations and the decorative arts museums of various cities around the world. These lovers of art and history enjoy seeing cities for what they were and what they can be and need an adequate travel itinerary.

To look for artistic references of any work it is great to have a look at Wiki Art, a website that features thousands of artworks with detailed explanations about them.

Those who travel with the interest of buying art can download the application of one of the most famous auction houses of the world, Sothebys, which announces all available pieces in their house with filters adapted to prices and personal tastes of the buyers.

PARTY TRAVELER

Finally, let’s talk about those who love talking to strangers, make friends at festivals or mingle with local people: Social and party travelers. One of the best apps to organize an itinerary for party travelers is Get Crowd App, an app that manages the calendar, events and contacts to have organized each day of the holidays.

For those who want to meet travel mates for party, we recommend Party With A Local, an app that connects travelers from all over the world with locals to live a wonderful night out.

Now you are all set. What type of traveler are you? Let us know in the comments below.

Wave brings your family together in Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and there are only a few days left to meet the commitments of the season: company dinners, Christmas lunches with different groups of friends, nights out with friends, family visits and of course, searching for the last gifts.

Meeting with friends or relatives among the crowd is many times difficult, therefore the technology of Wave is a solution to facilitate the meetings by enabling two or more people to share their live location on a private map. They can also set a meeting point and chat. Wave is available for free for iOS and Android.

How does it work? Wave uses notifications to ask users for permission, once they accept it a map is displayed spotting each member moving in real time, as they do in real life.

“Wave is the easiest way to find your friends among the crowd, allowing two or more people to share their real time location on a private map. Each session has a limited duration, from 15 minutes up to 8 hours. The accuracy of Wave makes it possible to find clearly the contacts even in the busiest streets, “says co-founder and CEO Manuel De la Esperanza.

Wave is a geolocation tool that includes a chat and it is a complete way to organize the hangouts. To open a map you can select a contact or open a group with several members, choose for how long you want to share the location and send the request. When the others accept it, a session will be opened locating users in real time.

Group maps are very popular, since it is more useful to have an idea of ​​where the others are, to see who is late, who is already in the restaurant or ir they are changing the destination. That makes the experience more interactive” , says De la Esperanza.

Safety on the road

Navigation gps, drive app, safe drive

In Christmas, the use of the car fires and increases and this year is expected that 97,4 million people will drive during the Christmas weekend in the US, according to a study from AA launched this week.

“We created Wave from a situation where we waited for a colleague to work for a meeting and as he was driving on the motorcycle we did not know how much it would take him to arrive or whether he was fine. It was a very frustrating moment in which we understood that there was no simple, private and precise solution to meet with friends, colleagues or relatives, “says De La Esperanza.

Wave already has more than 11 million users around the world and has provided millions of encounters. All this has been thanks to you and your comments in which you have guided us towards the path of success. Thank you very much. We wish you a very happy 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.

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.

Top destinations in the world to travel in autumn

Going on holidays in autumn is a perfect way to live authentic changing landscapes around the globe, while enjoying a mild and warm weather and low prices. This season is almost free of festivities, despite of Thanksgiving, and traveling could be a good choice to take the most out of the season.

At this time going out with a bicycle, hiking or just enjoying a vibrant local culture is such a good experience, framed in red and yellow leaves everywhere. Whether it is a flowery festival in Japan, an adventure trip around Australia or a lifetime festival in New Orleans, we have it covered. Autumn is the perfect time to take the backpack, boots, camera and go out exploring the world. Do not worry about the destination, we have selected the best places in each continent to visit this fall and live a dream vacation.

AFRICA

Buthan is an African country with forests that occupy a 60% of its land. That offers many possibilities for nature lovers who want to trek on authentically natural terrain, go climbing, cycling or stargazing as they could not do in any part of the urbanized world is a perfect destination for this fall.

It has recently been highlighted by National Geographic as one of their favorite autumn destinations, when it celebrates two international festivals in which to taste all African traditions. Thimphu Tshechu takes place over the first week of October with traditional dances, local music, invited artists and masked balls. Black-Necked Crane Festival takes place on November 11 due to the migration and arrival of the Black-necked Crane and it is a unique experience to see the wild fauna while traveling in autumn.

ASIA

The arrival of autumn is lived with different intensity in different parts of the world, however there are places where the love for plants and flowers is almost sacred as it happens in Japan. One of the most idyllic places to enjoy the colorful nature is the temple of Toshogu, surrounded by a natural park. Another worthy destination is the Hitachi Seaside Park, a natural park in which blue nemophilas are surrounded by fiery crimson bassia bushes. All of them makes up a real chromatic spectacle for the eyes

If you are lucky enough to go, besides making a photo worthy of the best ‘instagrammer’, you will find yourself in a wild and natural landscape in which to relax, do group sports and enjoy a hot tea in one of the villages with an ancient and particular culture.

EUROPE

Maybe when we talk about Europe almost nobody would look at Iceland. However, autumn is the best time of year to visit this authentic natural environment near the North Pole, as the Northern Lights begin, when the sky dyes green as a result of the reflection of light. It is the time when the days are lengthened and still not too cold, bearing in mind that temperatures are above 0 degrees celsius.

The wide variety of Icelandic landscapes, from volcanoes and glaciers to green forests, make it an ideal destination for nature lovers who can do water sports, go hiking, go whale watching, visit the waterfalls of Snaefellsnes or take a thermal bath in Bláa Lónið.

SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia is one emerging country that offers tourists the most every year. Far from being a stage of war, the tranquility in which the country live nowadays, along with its temperate climate, rich culture and a tasty cuisine make it one of the ‘must’ destinations to visit on vacation. Autumn is an unique month to visit the country, due to the absence of agglomerations, a calm and dry climate and the magnificent marine fauna that reaches the island of Providence, where it is the third largest barrier reef in the world. In addition to scuba diving and snorkeling, you can go hiking or biking in the Guatapé natural park, enjoy the beaches of Cartagena de Indias or the nightlife of Bogota, the vast capital with 7 million inhabitants in which you will be able to taste all the delights of the country.

NORTH AMERICA

Taking a walk through the deep south of North America is a unique experience for anyone from outside, but visiting New Orleans in Fall ensures you to live one of the greatest cultural shows in the world. Historically, it has hosted walkers from all over the world adapting and mixing their celebrations, which results today in some of the most iconic festivals of the world.

There is the Burlesque festival in September, the international music festival of Voodoo Music Experience in October, that counts this year with stars such as The Killers, Foo Fighters or Galantis, from 27 to 29 October, and the the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival culinary show in November. This last one is a week of celebrations around Po-Boy’s sandwich, accompanied by activities for all audiences, musical concerts and a real party in the streets. If you are passionate about sport, in New Orleans you can go hiking, cycling, canoeing and kayaking in one of the natural sites that surround the city.

AUSTRALIA

In this part of the world the months of September to December live a blossoming spring and delight the landscapes covered with flowers over the sunny days. In Australia everyone can enjoy any type of adventure sport, excursion and walks at dusk. One of the most famous flower festivals in the world is the Canberra Floriade, which takes place throughout October, with a very unique chromatic landscape, accompanied by culinary festivals and music concerts to suit aIny taste.

Adventure sports are an awesome experience in this wild country, from scuba diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, to surfing in Palm Beach, hiking, biking and camping at Emu Creek Retreat or climbing in Tasmania. An adventure for the most daring.

Wave Application app to share the location find friends

What will be your favorite trip for this special season? Be an expert traveler and download Wave Application before you go, a free app where two or more people can share their LIVE location on a private map and find each other even in crowded places, a suitable tool for anyone traveling abroad.

Friends getting together gps directions finding in the city

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.

 

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!