I recently downloaded a great new app from HotelsCombined that has made my life so much easier when it comes to booking hotels. All I need to do is open up the app and search for hotels in my destination, use the filters to get exactly the hotel I need and then book – it’s that simple. Being able to look at a long list of hotels and compare the prices takes all of the stress out of planning a trip abroad. It then got me to thinking about the other travel apps that I can’t travel without. There are now 4 on my list, one of which is the HotlesCombined app, here are the other 3:
YELP – this application if pronounced sounds almost alike to the sound a donkey makes. It is a very good to go app because it comes in handy as an online guide through the metropolis of any city and directory for important contact information as well as comprehensive reviews on local restaurants, shops, bars and other business establishments that will help you during your stay. It also helps to narrow your searches based on distance, hours, price and you can even get to share your thoughts about the services rendered to you on the usual social networks even as you take a cue from the experiences of others.
GOOGLE TRANSLATE – I’ll describe this as remarkably cool and efficient for me. It is a very useful app that affords the user correct translations on the go between 80 different languages. That is quite a number wouldn’t you agree?
It allows you to listen to translations out loud on your mobile phone and can even pick the words as you type them on screen. And it’s even trendy because you can get to star your favorite words and phrases for offline use.
And lastly XE CURRENCY – you shouldn’t even bother to board any flight without this application handy. It stands out for me as a very accurate currency conversion application since it uses live currency rates. And unlike most currency conversion applications, it is free and its user interface is equally outstanding.
These 4 apps have greatly helped my travels and made them smoother even as they have left my phone smarter and the exciting thing is they are completely free for downloads.
I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to Antarctica and to experience the most unique place on the entire earth. Antarctica Travel is not something that you might think of normally, but let me try and convince you why it was one of the greatest (if not the greatest) place that I have ever visited in my entire life. Read on to find out more about what has become one of my favourite places to visit.
What I love about Antarctica Travel, is the sense of uniqueness that you feel, the feeling that you are seeing something that very few others have seen before. This makes it one of the best places in the world. It is also crazy to think that it is completely dark there for most of the year and that you are in almost constant light (over twenty hours per day) during the summer months.
It is also a frozen desert, that’s right, it is a desert (not a dessert), because the rainfall is so low that it classifies as one, and because it is so large, it is also the largest desert in the world!
I didn’t include plant life specifically because there is practically none there, the only plants that can actually survive there are things like moss and lichen. Some of these are extremely old and it is amazing to see a total lack of plant life.
The animals to me are extremely fascinating given the environment that they live in. They are not at all shy in a place where there is practically no human exposure. Penguins are the greatest example of this, with their fun loving and curious nature. Aside from the penguins the wildlife is diverse, there are many types of seals, birds and whales.
Another thing to love about Antarctica is ice as far as the eye can see, you are definitely going to need a very good camera to capture some unforgettable scenery. You will also be charging your camera constantly because you will be taking thousands of photos of the endless stretches of the bluest ice possible, gigantic icebergs and looming mountains. You will quite literally be seeing the best thing in your life and then something that will beat it at any given moment while in Antarctica.
The other things
Aside from simply seeing all that Antarctica has to offer, you can also interact with the land and seascapes. I was lucky enough to be on a cruise ship that actually allowed you to step foot on the continent and actually camp there, that was something that I really enjoyed. Also it was amazing to get closer to the sea by kayaking in and around the huge ice formations everywhere. It is very difficult to think about how big icebergs are, until you actually see one in person. It is hard to believe that some of these are bigger than large cities! I could talk all day about the things that I did there and how amazing they are, but I hope that you now have some desire and curiosity to discover this unique land.
The Caribbean is a wonderful place for sure, I absolutely love the lifestyle, beaches and weather. There really is no place quite like it in the world, so why not take a family holiday to one of the Caribbean islands? Here is my short guide to some of the best that the Caribbean islands have to offer.
One thing I appreciate about the Caribbean is definitely the culture, there is just a certain laid backness about it that you don’t find anywhere else in the world. The people are much more open, relaxed and less frantic with their time and that’s how it is with island life. Of course if where you lived was so beautiful, wouldn’t you be a bit slower and take some time to take it all in?
Due to the colonial influence of the Caribbean the islands have a very interesting mix of cuisine that I really love. To me the best would have to be Jamaican food, especially with its spicy and extremely tasty dishes. I especially love patties and jerk chicken, but of course when you are in the Caribbean, anything with fish will be a very fresh and flavoursome.
Another thing that I love is of course the most beautiful beaches that exist in this part of the world. The white sand beaches and the turquoise waters are just amazing and no amount of words in a blog post could accurately describe this, but try to picture the best beaches that you have ever seen before in your life.
Islands to visit