Should you plan for the road trip that you’ve always wanted to do? Many people would argue that road trips should be spontaneous. You know what’s the best part of doing a road trip? You are in charge. You decide where, when, how you want to get to your destination and which places you should pass by along the way. You decide what things to take with you. You decide where to stop and rest. Who cares if others think you’re not doing it right? It’s your road trip, not theirs. Do it the way you want to do it.
Modern times call for practicality. If you choose to travel to relieve stress that’s fine, but if you travel and still be able to earn your keep, that’s even better. Having to make money while traveling is technically two choices, be prepared to sustain your needs by doing online jobs or by your job of choice in the place you are currently situated in.
Looking for work is easy, but looking for job that best suits you is the hard part. Basically, your primary goal here is to earn, and not a lot of people settle in looking for the best job they can be. Practicality is the answer! Take the job that pays. This is a cold truth. A piece of advice would be: Earn. Earn what you need, but do not be unhappy.
There was a time when we relied on maps and guidebooks on our travels, but thankfully these days there’s an app for pretty much everything travel-related. To be honest, though, there are so many travel apps out there that it’s hard to know which ones you really need. So, without further ado, here are my recommendations for travel apps you’ll actually use on your next adventure.
First up (and while it might seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised how many people don’t even have it on their phone) is Google Maps. At one time not so long ago, the app was notorious for sending people to their destination in the most roundabout way. Thankfully, the app is way better now, and thanks to those funny cars we see driving around everywhere, we’re almost guaranteed a good map of any area. If you don’t want to get lost, get Google Maps.
Now, if you’re a frequent traveler like I am, then you’ll understand the struggle with foreign currency. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what country you’re in, never mind the currency exchange rate. Well, I’ve found that the best app for that is XE Currency. You can add a variety of currencies as your defaults, so all you need to do is tap in the figure and it displays the equivalent in all your favorite currencies. This app is gold when out on a shopping trip.
As far as translation apps go, Google Translate is hands down the best. There have been many that have tried to knock it off its perch, and all have failed. Now, you’re not going to want to translate anything too complex, but for letting the waiter know that you have a nut allergy or asking where the bus station is, this app has you covered.
Heading for the beach tomorrow, but you’ve no idea what the weather’s going to be like? You need a weather app. Now, the stock weather apps on smartphones are usually ok, but they can be temperamental. I prefer to use The Weather Channel App. It’s got way more features than I need, but that’s good because you never know when you might use them. One feature I like is the ability to create personalized weather alerts that let me know when rain is on the way.
No matter how long we plan to travel (even if it’s just for the weekend), there’s always someone at home that wants you to be contactable. And the best way to stay in touch these days is on WhatsApp. It’s better than Skype, and with a billion users, the new friends you meet on holiday will probably use it to let you know when to meet them at the restaurant. It’s hands down the best app for staying in touch.
There are times when you’re stuck in an airport lounge or sitting in your hotel room as a monsoon rages outside, and you just need something fun to pass the time. But instead of the endless levels of Angry Birds, why not try a more challenging game such as poker? Playing a few hands of poker keeps your mind active, gets you thinking strategically, and who knows, you might even win some cash to pay for your trip. Can you think of anything better than sitting on a bus to the back end of nowhere and winning a hand of cards that actually pays for your entire trip? Sign me up now!
So, the next time you’re heading to foreign shores (or even just taking a weekend break in the country) make sure you’re prepared. Download the apps above to take some of the stress out of your next adventure. And don’t worry, although I’ve linked to the Google Play Store, Apple fan boys (and girls) will find the same apps in the App Store.
I’m just a simple dude, I admit I am not very particular with travel bag. Whatever is available, I can work with that.
Until I hiked Mt. Ulap in the mountainous northern part of the Philippines. I only have one backpack at that time, those bags for laptop at work. I know, you already imagined how heavy it is. I remember I just recovered from sickness that time, so the hike was a lot tougher for me. Butl I realized that part of my struggle was my bag! Read More
Why bother renting a car when there’s a local bus, filled with local people who will have the most interesting stories! Check out these routes located on Hawaiian islands, with tips and tricks, for traveling around the main island like you live there.
Oahu is the only Hawaiian Island with major freeways, and the four lanes going in either direction can practically turn into a parking lot during rush hours. When you hit stop and go traffic in your car you might feel like you’re about as fast as a sea turtle. Taking the bus can get you where you’re going faster during rush hour, and even when freeway traffic is flowing, bus travel can simplify your trip, especially if you’re having a couple cocktails.
Riding a motorcycle is not just a popular way of transportation. Over the years, it has become a way to express the adventurous side of a person as more and more riders explore and travel around the country with their big bike.
Well, who wouldn’t want to feel the rush of fresh air of the countryside while enjoying the spectacular view of the rice fields, mountains and coastline? More people are working hard on their jobs from Mondays to Fridays then embark on a weekend road trip by motorbike. Definitely a great way to explore, de-stress and be away from the hustle of the city.
“The driver is on his way.”
That was the text of Chacha (not her real name) to one of the joiners of her island hopping tour in Masbate. We’ve been communicating with her for days prior the event. We really looked forward for the trip! It was our first time in the islands of Masbate , and Chacha seemed nice and accommodating in her texts and chat messages. By the way she’s the owner of the tour company that we joined for our much awaited summer getaway.
As early as 2AM we were already at the meeting place in Alabang. And after waiting for hours, no one from the tour company showed up. More and more joiners arrived and we were still waiting and clueless inside the convenience store .
Just recently, a friend of mine invited me to travel to Ilocos Norte.
I would want to come back, but I had travel plans in place for the summer. Then I just realized something. I’ve been to the Ilocos Norte, explored its stunning rock formations, beaches and historical sites but I don’t have a blog post about the province yet. So I promised that if I would have much more time, I would write something for Ilocos. So here it is.
Ilocos region is more than being the hometown of former President Marcos, it is an awesome vacation spot for any traveler. It’s complete. You’ve got adventure, nature, history and beaches. So if you’re planning to explore Ilocos Norte, you have to push for it to happen because it’s going to be fun!
I have to be honest. I need a break.
Stress is not even enough to explain what I am going through. All I know is there’s just too much. Too much work for too little number of people. There’s no motivation nor inspiration to draw somewhere. Nothing. As in nothing. It’s sad, yet I know that this is a situation that I have no control over. So I have to keep going, and I have to do something for myself.
If you can’t find inspiration, search for it. Take a break and clear your mind.
Whenever you’re packing your luggage, you might be tempted to bring everything but the kitchen sink. But most of the time, you’ll hardly touch most of the items that you’ve packed. This is especially true for people who want to travel to tropical destinations like the Philippines. Because of the country’s many islands, you may find yourself transferring constantly between different modes of transportation.
“How do you do that? Still travel despite the job?”
A friend asked me one time when he saw me having a full backpack again on a Friday. He knew that after office, I was about to embark another hike or travel to the beach for the weekend.
I totally understand why he asked that question. We are in the corporate world wherein we all feel that we are so squeezed and maximized to the point that we don’t have extra time anymore for other things. I got that. I understand that.