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Want To Travel? Don’t Forget To Download These Apps!

Want To Travel? Don’t Forget To Download These Apps!

It’s been less than a decade since smartphones became a really massive phenomenon, and in this short time span they managed to completely change the way we do many things, travelling among them. Myriads of diverse apps exist for the sole purpose of making your trip easier, cheaper, more interesting and relaxed. So let’s take a look at some apps you certainly should download if you are going abroad.

1. Converter Plus

If you often visit foreign countries, you are probably used to encountering different currencies and units of measurement. And while currency converters are quite a usual thing, people often don’t realize that difficulties with grasping another measurement system may be equally if not more frustrating than not getting how much something costs in money you are used to. After you’ve been using feet and pounds all your life, it is very hard to understand what meters and kilos mean on intuitive level, and let’s not even start talking about differences between Celsius and Fahrenheit. Converter Plus is a handy app that does all converting you need in a matter of seconds.

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2. Filterra

We all know that nothing helps remembering all the best and most exciting moments of your trip than photos you take at the spot. And if you want to make awesome photos, you need a photo editor, preferably one that will enable you to edit pictures on the go, apply different filters, use pro-level tools to improve quality and correct little details. This way you won’t have to wait until you get home to prepare the photos and share them with all your friends – and Filterra fits the bill perfectly. You can download it from the official website or visit the photo editor’s App Store page.

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    3. WeatherPro

    This powerful app provides weather reports for more than two million locations, including all the minute details: atmospheric pressure, cloud formations, humidity level, wind speed and direction and so on. In other words, if you like to know for sure what kind of weather to expect when you get off the plane, you need WeatherPro.

    4. Booking.com

    Booking.com is a well-known booking and travel search site in and of itself, but its mobile apps (available for Android and iOS) further increase its usefulness. They may help you find unexpected discounts or special promotions and, on a more prosaic note, simply helps you book everything from hotels to car rentals and look for something to do when you arrive at your destination.

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    5. Packing Pro

    Ask any person, and he will probably admit to having at least once left something essential for the trip back home and discovering it only when there was no longer any way to get back for it. Packing Pro solves this problem – just tell it where you are going, for how long and with whom, and it will immediately provide you with a suggestion of what you should take along, dividing the list into categories so that it is easier to navigate.

    6. Google Field Trip

    If you have trouble finding places to visit, Google Field Trip may help you. It looks for places of interest around your current locations based on the preferences you select beforehand, and alerts you when you are near something that may pique your curiosity – either by displaying cards on your smartphone or audio signals.

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      Smartphone apps exist to make life easier and more comfortable – and there is hardly any other time when you need all the help you can get than when you are travelling. Use these and enjoy yourself! Travel with pleasure and share this post if you find it interesting. Good luck!

      Featured photo credit: Travel/Moyan Brenn via flickr.com

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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