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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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      Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

      Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

      In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

      And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

      Why is goal setting important?

      1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

      Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

      For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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      Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

      After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

      So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

      2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

      The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

      The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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      We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

      What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

      3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

      We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

      Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

      But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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      What you truly want and need

      Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

      Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

      Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

      When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

      Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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      Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

      Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

      Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

      The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

      It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

      Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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