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16 Best Travel Apps You Need For Your Next Trip

16 Best Travel Apps You Need For Your Next Trip
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Do you remember travel before smartphones? Well, I do. Although it was arguably a simpler time, the stress of finding an internet cafe to check your email / train timetable / tour booking was an unnecessary waste of precious holiday minutes.

Sure, it’s great to switch off and de-tech if you’re relaxing on a beach in Bali or Mexico. But if you’re planning on (for example) sight-seeing in Europe or road tripping through the USA, the modern-day conveniences of WiFi and a smartphone can make the journey that much better.

Now, I’m no technology guru but travelling – well, that I know. Here are 16 travel apps you need for your next trip:

1. Check in: Social media (free)

It goes without saying, really. What’s the point of going on holiday if you can’t make all your friends jealous with perfectly filtered, hash-tagged snaps of cobblestoned streets or crystal blue water? Make sure you’ve got your preferred social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in app form so you can snap and post instantaneously along the way.

instagram
    Available on iPhone and Android

    2. Escape the selfie: Timer Auto-Camera (free)

    If you’re travelling solo (and why wouldn’t you, it’s awesome!?), there are only so many selfies or plain scenery shots you can take before you wish you had your own photographer. Enter, the Timer Auto-Camera. You can take multiple shots and choose a timer delay (5, 10, 15 or 30 seconds) so you can make it into the frame. It’s got front and back camera support and is simple to use. The obvious limitation is finding a steady surface at the right height so you can jump in the shot…

    timer auto
      Available on iPhone and iPad. 

      3. Postcard memories: Rhonna Designs (AUD$2.49)

      I’ve always wondered how those brilliant travel snaps you see on Instagram with quotes and messages get created. Forget Photoshop, just download Rhonna Designs for postcard-esque holiday snaps. There’s a huge range of graphics, quotes, texts and frames with an entire section just for travel snaps. You can add messages or quotes to your photographs to really capture the holiday moment. It’s modern day, transportable scrapbooking.

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      rhonna3

        Available on iPhone and Android

        4. Speak the lingo: DuoLingo (free)

        Over 25 million people are learning Spanish, French, German, Brazilian Portugese, Italian and Dutch for free with Duolingo. According to a recent study, 34 hours of Duolingo can give the same reading and writing capabilities as a 130+ hour university semester! The app is divided into skill sets, with the occasional test. Although it’s mostly reading, writing and listening, there is the odd speaking question. The app monitors your progress and tracks your mistakes to identify patterns, so it can test your weaker skills. Great for longer term trips and combating airport boredom.

        duolingo
          Available on iPhone and Android

          5. Get un-lost: Google Maps (free)

          Although I highly recommend getting lost in a foreign city (such as Verona or Santorini), it’s not as fun when it’s not on purpose. What did we do before Google Maps? It saves money on renting a GPS with your hire car or carrying around pesky fold out maps that scream tourist. It knows where you are (which is always a good start) and lets you switch between map, street or satellite view – even 3D view. Not paying for data or roaming? Just download the maps you need before you leave the hotel/hostel lobby to use offline for up to 30 days. (Make sure you’ve got the latest version, iOS 3.0 or Android 8.)

          googlemaps

            Available on iPhone and Android

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            6. Stay in touch: Viber / WhatsApp (Free)

            I honestly couldn’t decide between Whatsapp and Viber, so I’d recommend getting both. These must-have travel apps allow you to send texts and communicate with family, friends and new travel buddies through WiFi or cellular data, rather than eating into your call plan. You just enter your phone number and the app searches your phone contacts for those also using the app. Whatsapp (owned by Facebook) is great for text and picture messaging – you can also send pre-recorded voice messages by tapping and holding the microphone button. Viber (now owned by a large Japanese e-commerce company) is ok for texting but, more importantly, you can make voice calls to other mobiles that have Viber. You can also “Viber Out” when you want to call a landline or mobile that doesn’t have Viber by adding credit (through the app and your app store) and dialling the number as usual – super cheap call rates. Viber displays your credit balance and, best of all, it doesn’t expire! No excuses for not returning your Mum’s call on holiday now.

            viberout whatsapp

              Available on iPhone and Android. 

              7. Beat jet lag: Jetlag Genie (AUD $3.79)

              Recent studies have suggested that the best way to beat jet lag (besides staying super hydrated) is to adjust your sleeping patterns to the new timezone a couple of days before you leave. Sleep medicine specialist at the University of Chicago, Dr. Lisa Medalie, told Forbes that “If flying east, passengers should gradually advance (i.e. move bedtime earlier) and if flying west they should gradually delay (i.e. move bedtime later)”. The Jetlag Genie lets you input your travel dates, destination and usual sleeping times to produce a personalized alarm clock for the week before you fly. The hardest part is actually adhering to the recommended sleep schedule!

              jetlaggenie
                Available for iPhone

                8. Keep the change: XE (free)

                Trying to work out if VND$98,453.64 is an absolute rip off for sunglasses in Vietnam can be tricky at the best of times (it’s AUD$5). A must-have travel app, the XE app gives access to live exchange rates, so you can keep track of your precious holiday savings. You can use it offline too, because it stores the last updated rates. It’s super easy to use – just tap on the currency you want and it provides comparison values in up to 10 currencies.

                XE
                  Available on iPhone and Android

                  9. Keep organized: My eVault (free)

                  This is an award winning personal inventory, travel and insurance app that lets you store warranties, tax receipts and photos (like for that really expensive SLR camera you decided to take backpacking through South America or the Tiffanys purchase you just had to make in NYC). Plus, you can backup photos of your passport, bank cards, frequent flyer cards and licences so they are all safe and handy if/when you need them.

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                  evault
                    Available on iPhone.

                    10. Stretch it out: Pocket Yoga ($3.79)

                    Now you can travel with your own personal yoga instructor. Pocket Yoga lets you pick a theme (Ocean, Desert, Mountain or Sun Salutations), duration (30, 45 or 60 minutes) and difficulty (beginner, intermediate or expert). It talks you through the postures, with gentle music and an animated instructor. The voice over is a little robotic sometimes, but all in all this is a great app that can help you channel your inner-yogi from anywhere in the world. Namaste.

                    pocketyoga
                      Available on iPhone and Android

                      11. Rain, hail or shine: AccuWeather (Free)

                      Holidays are not always weather-dependent, but it helps to plan your days knowing if you should be making the most of the 30 degree sunshine at the beach or checking out the art galleries to avoid the torrential downpour. AccuWeather gives a minute-by-minute weather forecast that is “hyper-localized” to your exact street address.

                      screen568x568
                        Available on iPhone and Android.

                        12. Dine right: Foodspotting (free)

                        Fancy paella on the street of Barcelona? Authentic gumbo in New Orleans? Best goulash in Prague? This app will help you satisfy any craving on the road. You can search through user and expert reviews to find the best recommended dishes in your area. The app focuses on dishes, rather than restaurants, which is great for travelling and exploring the real taste of a city.

                        foodspotting

                          Available on iPhone and Android.

                          13. Be (over)prepared: TravelSmart (free)

                          This app is a bit like having an over-protective mother as a kid – it feels slightly lame and unnecessary at the time, but if things go horribly wrong, you’re glad she’s got the hospital on speed-dial and is on a first-name basis with the pharmacist. TravelSmart gives you details of reputable local hospitals, emergency numbers, a drug dictionary and first aid language translations.  It’s also sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance – a must have for any holiday.

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                          travelsmart
                            Available on iPhone and Android.

                            14. Explore: World Around Me (free)

                            The ultimate travel app, “WAM” was rated as the Top Traveler App by National Geographic Traveler. You hold the phone at eye level, point the camera at your surroundings and select what you’re looking for – restaurants, bars, ATMs, galleries, stations, pharmacy, gym etc – you name it and WAM uses augmented reality technology to find it. Just tap to see reviews, opening hours, directions, contact details and a whole host of other information (such as WiFi availability, outdoor seating, accepts credit cards etc). You can also vary the distance from 100 meters to 50 kilometers, depending on how far away you’re willing to venture (it’s most accurate when used outside). Whether it’s a gym in Monaco, a bar in Kenya or a synagogue in Barcelona, just WAM it.

                            WAM
                              Available on iPhone and Android.

                              15. Uber (free)

                              Uber is now available in over 44 countries and 130 cities – everywhere from Memphis to Lima to Johannesburg to Stockholm – and the list will continue to grow. Just like at home, you open the app and order a car, receiving an estimated arrival time and courtesy text message. The driver’s photo, name and contact number will pop up once accepted. You don’t need cash (just a credit card linked to your account through the app). Word of warning – apparently the Uber cars in Asia are much more high-end, so perhaps get a fare estimate first to avoid ruining your holiday with a nasty bill.

                              uber
                                Available on iPhone and Android

                                16. Lost in translation: iStone Travel (free)

                                You should always at least try to speak the local language when travelling. But sometimes asking for a ham sandwich or directions to the bathroom can be trickier than expected and it gets lost in translation. The iStone app lets you record sentences and translates into 12 languages, with more than 300 pre-recorded common phrases. The voice-overs have native pronunciation and it works even without WiFi.

                                istone
                                  Available on iPhone

                                   

                                  There are so many more apps out there designed to make travelling that much easier. I think there’s a fine line between technology being a help and a hindrance on holiday, so make sure you select the right tools for you and your trip!

                                  Featured photo credit: PhotoPin via flickr.com

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                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                    84 write random letter

                                      85 use a rubberband

                                        86 dorm smell bad

                                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                                91 iron inside out

                                                  92 old newspaper

                                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                                      keep a card like this

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                                                          94 soap bar

                                                            95 make a hole

                                                              96 drop the battery

                                                                97 use a coozie

                                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                              user binder clips

                                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                              38

                                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                  58

                                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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