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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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      5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

      5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

      Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

      You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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      1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

      It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

      Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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      2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

      If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

      3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

      If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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      4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

      A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

      5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

      If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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      Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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