Top 6 most recommended travel apps

You’ll easily find a person that loves to travel, but it won’t be so easy to find a person who knows HOW to travel. We’re not saying that there’s a strict code of conduct, but people travel in different ways, and some are more convenient than others.

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If you travel without any time limit and simply want to roam the world, then you don’t really need any particular pointers on how to do it. However, if you’re going on a week-long vacation or moving to a new country for a set period of time, you need a plan of action. Thankfully, the internet is full of tricks, tips, and cheats about every level of travel, from booking your tickets to packing you suitcase. However, when you arrive to your desired destination, you’re pretty much left to your own devices and you have to find your own way. This is where technology comes to play and where apps can make your life easier. We’ll talk about six of the most recommended travel apps and how you can benefit from them in your travels.

Don’t Leave Anything Behind, Use a Packing List App

packing-list-appPacking a suitcase has become a sort of an art with all the weight restrictions airlines impose on us, but what about the content of the suitcase? How many times have you taken your seat on the plane only to remember that you’ve forgotten something more or less important? Travel list apps are a life saver for all of us who get lost a bit in the whole packing process because we postpone it to the last minute. Even if you do manage your time well and get everything in order in time, there are still things that have to packed just before you leave and that leaves room for mistakes. When using this app, you can set alarms to remind you about what you should pack and when, and this is particularly handy. If you remember to put everything down on your travel list, chances are that you will remember bringing it with you as well.

Organize Your Schedule With Trip It

travel-apps-tripitIf you are going on longer travels, then you’ll probably have a lot of flights to juggle simultaneously, which is no small task, seeing that much can change while you’re getting from point A to point B. Trip It will help you organize your flights in no time and create a singular flight schedule that will timely notify you of your next flight and if there have been any changes about it. Especially if you’re not traveling alone and you have a few of your friends from different countries joining you along the way, this app will allow you to coordinate your flight details much easier. If you choose to use this app, once you install it, forward your flight confirmation details to the app and let it handle everything else for you.

Protect Your Digital Identity and Get a VPN

travel-apps-vpnToo many people don’t think about their internet security on the go, though it can be in great danger while you’re traveling. All you need to do is connect to a public Wi-Fi network and already you put your device, your sensitive information and your location in danger. Using a virtual private network will not only help you keep your data safe, thanks to the encrypted connection, but it will also allow you to bypass any geo-blocking you may encounter in foreign countries.

Navigate the Unknown With Citymapper

citymapper-appWe can all agree that the era of paper maps is over as the digital age takes over mapping and improves it in many ways. When it comes to Citymapper, you get all in one – an accurate map to lead you through fifteen different cities all around the globe and most current updates about what is happening in city transport and other hub spots. We chose this city guide because it has its funny side, so it’s not overly serious and tedious as other maps can be. Lord knows we all need a chuckle when we get lost in a new city and Citymapper is made to oblige in every way. Designers did excellent work with this app, because its interface is very intuitive and easy to use, and if you’re in need of public transport, Citymapper will provide you with exact real time schedule which is invaluable information for all the travelers that need to get somewhere quickly.

Talk Like a Local With Duolingo

travel-apps-duolingoDuolingo is currently among the most used language learning apps on the planet, which doesn’t surprise much, seeing that its design and variety of features really has a lot to give to its users. According to the latest count, over 70 million people in the world use this app, which recommends it better than we ever could. First and foremost, this is a language learning app, which means it will help you handle the basics of any language offered in the Duolingo base. However, it won’t provide you with any advanced knowledge of a certain language, it’s only there to point you in general direction and help you learn some key phrases and words. Naturally, you can always try talking in English first, but if nobody understands you, Duolingo might be of help.

Manage Your Budget With Mint

mint-appLet’s face it, we all get a bit reckless with money when we travel, especially when we’re on vacation. Mint is a handy app that comes to the rescue whenever you need to check your balance and bank accounts to be certain just how much money have you got left. With Mint, you can set your travel budget and keep close tabs on your spending and in a safe way, which is even more important. You don’t have to fret about the security of your sensitive financial details, because Mint is a read-only app, which can show you what’s the status of your finances, but it doesn’t allow you to transfer your money from one place to another.

Traveling is one of the most fulfilling things you can do with your life, but they can also be stressful and hard to handle. These recommended apps will make your life easier and help you become a professional traveler.

afpAdam Ferraresi loves his job in web development and it shows from his articulate and informing articles published on wefollowtech.com. He lives in Dallas, loves his job, his friends and all the food in the world. Adam is 23, but still loves to play basketball like when he was 16.

Cave kayaking in Belize

Most of you have probably heard of cave tubing, which is extremely popular in Belize, mostly for cruise ship passengers because it is a unique short tour, and close to Belize City. But if you want the real deal, you will want to go cave kayaking instead. On our Belize Adventure Week 8 night package we run the Caves Branch River from top to bottom in hard shell sit-on-top kayaks. We have been running this river for about 30 years now, and were the first outfitter in Belize to explore the Caves Branch by kayak. We used to run it in rafts and inflatable kayaks but switched over to hardshell kayaks only about 8 years ago, mostly because of the mandatory portage where you have to deflate any inflatable boats and lug everything 1/4 mile through the jungle. The hard shell kayaks are much easier to simply drag that distance.

Belize cave kayaking

Our recent guest Rick Pratt sent me a bunch of his video clips after his trip and I just love this one. It is of entering the cave at the beginning of the adventure. What an amazing feeling, to kayak right into the darkness! He really caught the feel of it in this video, and I wanted to share it with you.

This one day adventure takes the whole day. You kayak in and out of four caves. There are also several windows that look out into the daytime sky with jungle flora spilling into the window. But mostly you are running this river in the complete darkness, with only your headlamp and the lights of others with you lighting the way. In the final cave you run into the cruise ship groups, but usually not too many as we run it on a day that there are less (or no) other tours.

cave kayakingWe have lunch along the way in one of the open areas, right before the portage. Lunch is served on the bottom of a kayak. What a fun day.

At the end of the run our driver Jose has driven all the way around to pick us up. It’s surprising how far you have traveled, cutting off a huge section of road by paddling right through a mountain. We put-in at a spot on the Hummingbird Highway about 2 hours from Belize City. We take off on the Western Highway only 30 minutes from the city.

Join us this winter for this one-of-a-kind adventure, along with the rest of the Belize Adventure Week itinerary: waterfall rappelling, ziplining, hiking, whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayak surfing, sport fishing, kayak fishing, paddleboarding, and board surfing (not to mention hammock surfing!) All these sports, in one action-packed 8 day trip.

Save on Belize trips when you choose all-inclusive travel

All inclusive Belize travel
On our island everything is included: kayaks, paddleboards, instruction, lodging, meals, everything!

Trips to our island in Belize are all-inclusive. Just what does that mean? In the travel industry, there is no agreement, so when you buy an all-inclusive package, you need to closely look at what is included and what is not. Our trips include everything once you meet us (it does not include air to Belize, and actually I don’t know of any Belize resorts that do offer this service.) In fact, it’s easier to state what is NOT included on our island packages than what is included, because our inclusions are so comprehensive. Basically, you can put your wallet away during the trip!

When you do a comparison with other packages, you will see what a great deal our place is, and we have a private island too! We don’t even charge extra for that part!

To show you what I mean, here’s the complete list of what we include and what we don’t include with our packages:

Included Not included
Transport between hotel and dock Flights to and from Belize
Transport between Belize City and island Taxis between Belize Intl. Airport and hotel
First and last night in Belize City hotel, island accommodations each night, both booked double occupancy if possible  
Three meals a day from Day 1 dinner to last day’s lunch, includes all non-alcoholic beverages Dinner last night in Belize City
Beer on island Other alcoholic beverages
Complete access to gear for sea kayaking, beginning kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayak surfing, kayak fishing (kayaks only), paddleboarding, and board surfing Snorkeling gear, wetsuit or skin, booties, fishing tackle
Instruction and daily guided activities all day long including: sea kayaking, snorkeling, beginning kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayak surfing, paddleboarding, and board surfing Instruction and excursions for scuba diving and advanced kitesurfing
Glover’s park entrance fees Tips for staff
Fishing licenses  
All taxes and fees  
Slickrock t-shirt  

I wanted to do a comparison to show how great of a deal our all inclusive packages are, so I chose two popular destinations in Belize that could compare fairly with our packages. I chose one package deal in Hopkins, Belize, and one à la carte experience on Ambergris Caye. All prices below are per person, but with two people booking the package. Although we do not charge extra for singles, most other places do.

Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef First Half, Slickrock Adventures Hamanasi Resort Adventure package, Hopkins Belize Coco Beach Resort on Ambergris Caye with à la carte meals and activities (medium priced lodging for Ambergris Caye)
$1565 per person, 6 days, 6 nights, activities for 4 days $2282 per person, 7 days, 6 nights, activities for 4 days (cheapest room) $245 x 6 nights = $735 per person (cheapest room)
Taxis roundtrip to and from the airport: $25 per person Includes transfers from airport Food in restaurants: approx $40 per day x 6 = 240
Beer: included Beer: not included. Let’s say 4/day @ $5 each = $20/day x 6 = $120/person Beer: not included. Let’s say 4 beers/day @ $5 each = $20/day x 6 = $120/person
    Transfers: taxi to shuttle: 25 per person round trip, shuttle to island: 30 per person round trip = $55 per person
    Tours: between 75 and 250/day, so for an average of $160/person/day = $640
Total $1590 per person for 6 nights Total $2402 per person for 6 nights Total $1790 per person for 6 nights

So call us up and request more information on travel to our private island in Belize! We are waiting for your call: 800.390.5715.

[photo above by Jason Lee]