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Trip with friends- Tips to get the most out of it!

Trips with friends are a great way to live new adventures, gather old buddies to get some quality time or to plan a well-deserved trip to find moments of happiness. But let’s face it, there is a downside: travelling in a group can get quite complicated! We discovered some ideas and tips for preparing a trip with your group of friends easily.

Before the trip

Plan Chat app for travel with friends
Plan Chat

Hipmunk, HopperLiligo are some price comparators of flights, trains and buses to choose which destination has better prices and schedules. This is a practical way to start planning your holidays, as you all probably don’t  live in the same city.  

Once you have some ideas, select a date to vote and open Plan Chat, an useful app to vote between members, make polls and plan every single details of your trip. It has the possibility to create different groups to discuss each topic separately and to add pictures or text information to each one.

On the go

Wave App for meeting friends
Wave Application

The best is yet to come but the illusion is so exciting that we start to overwhelm us for everything, the dates, the clothes and the activities to do everyday. The most important thing is to realise that, although it is a group trip, you can split for a while to do different things. Let’s say you are in a very historic city and you would love to visit the ruins, while others need some rest after lunch or just getting lost around the city.  

With the realtime location of Wave Application, you can be connected with your friends as you make plans for your own. It is an ideal way to meet in crowded or new places. With this app you can create a group between friends for some hours and see each other’s location on a map, in real time. Also, it has a chat so you can comment on what you see.

While travelling it is common that you will need some cash to pay your friends, or the other way around: to get paid and then carry on a vast and heavy amount of small coins. Now it is easier than ever to pay online and we love how Circle Pay app gets everything ready, as you can select a contact and make a transfer quickly, linking your debit card. It is the easiest way to solve all money issues in a minute. Another choice you can use for payments is Venmo, that is one of the quickest to make the transfers.

Another essential sort of app to travel with friends is a cloud storage. Cloud, Drive or Dropbox are among the most popular, and all serve you to upload automatically your pictures from your smartphone on a shared folder with your friends.

Back at home

      1. Write down the best picks

Being able to go back to the good times spent with friends is priceless. So why not to write it down? This mental exercise is an amazing way to avoid forgetting life memories and experience them afterwards having different points of view. If you want to write it with your smartphone in your empty moments, you can download Trip Journal, an app to share moments on text, pictures and videos of every single detail of your trip.

      2. Filter the best photos

The most experienced travellers do not upload dozens of pictures of each day of travel and neither should you, if you do not want your audience to stop following you. Learn to filter and choose a few images from each day.

      3. Give some feedback

To end, give some feedback and comment on the restaurants and hotels you’ve visited. It seems boring, but you will be helping all people who, like you, have looked at valuations on the internet before traveling. And also help someone who has made your vacation a bit more enjoyable.

You are ready to plan your next adventure. Tell us how your friends trip was and send us your pictures to our Instagram.  

Which one is best for you? Check out the best music festivals worldwide in 2017 and find out!

Among all the world’s music festivals, there are some that have become authentic jewels of music, design, entertainment and camping experience. Some of which are worth going, even once in a lifetime and every memory will give you goosebumps. We have gone to some of them and we have forged, along with your opinions, the list with the best music festivals in the world in 2017. We have taken into account the line-up, location, number of attendees, facilities and our particular opinion.

To be connected with your friends among the dozens of scenarios at any festival, use Wave Application for free to share your live location with your friends on a private map, chat and set a meeting point. That way you will always be aware of where are your friends if you get lost or go by your own for a while. Any festival you would go, tastes better with your best friends nearby.

Now that you ready to go, find the perfect festival for you among our best picks!:

Bonaroo

A classic. Bonaroo is not the most original festival in the world, regarding art, stages and activities, but its line-up is composed by all the hits you listen to on the radio on one hand, and the super stars of all times, on the other hand. The result of this combination is a mandatory event for those who love dance, electronic, rock and pop. It takes place in Manchester, USA and this year counts with the performance of U2, The Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Major Lazer, Lorde  and The XX, among others. Dates: June 8 – 11.

Burning Man

It is the festival for designers, artists, hipsters and all out- of- the- box thinkers of the world. Good music, pirotecnia, fireworks and last-minute known DJs are the key of this eclectic festival in where everything can happen among the fantasy.  Burning Man takes place in Nevada, USA. Dates: August 27 – 4 September.

FireFly Festival

A complete adventure on the Woolands of Dover, Delaware, in USA is the perfect place for a long weekend festival. FireFly is another chance to get to know the most famous artists of the rock and electronic landscape, this year with Muse, The Weeknd, 21 Pilots, Kings of Leon, Blink 182 or Dillon Francis. Camping there is considered a joyable experience.  Dates: June 16-19.

Tomorrowland

A fairy tale place located in the heart of Belgium will promise you a magical experience among customes, dreaming places, activities and the best electronic and dance line-up of Europe. After years of celebration, Tomorrowland is the jewel of the crown of festivals, and over the years the festival have replicated their scenarios to more places around the world, connecting all of them among screens at some point of the show. Axwell, Steve Aoki, Tiësto or Marshmello, David Guetta, Alesso, among dozens of other well known DJs.  Dates: July 21- 30.

Arenal Sound

Placed in the east coast of Spain, Arenal Sound is a marathon of 7 days with non stop music pictured by the buzziest names in dance, electronic and pop music. It is well accompanied by pool parties, water activities and the Mediterranean Sea nearby. This year the line-up is composed by Martin Garrix, Matoma, Bastille, Jonas Blue or Icona Pop, among others. Dates: August 1-6.

Isle of Wight

It is the traditional king of festivals in the UK, located in a small isle in the south of the island. Old and new hippies, pop lovers, electronic fanatics and super good vibes are the best description of this mythical Isle of Wight Festival. This year the line-up is composed by Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta and George Ezra, among others. Dates: June 8-11.

Magnetic Fields

Every event in India is crowded and colorful, and Magnetic Fields is not an exception. This big festival takes place in Alsisar, India and holds the world’s famous DJ in electronic, minimalistic bands and dance Indian music. Plus, it is dressed up with colors and pirotecnia that create a magical environment, not in vain is featured one of the best scenarios in India. The line-up is unknown yet. Dates: December 15- 17.

Nyege Nyege Festival

A vibrant mix of nature and good music is held in Jinja, Uganda. Nyege Nyege Festival is placed near the river Nile and owns a private beach near the wild, green and fresh forest. Traditional African dances, electronic and global bass music are enjoyed by locals and travellers in a wonderful atmosphere. Nyege Nyege Festival and its eclectic combination of bands are one of our favourite reasons of why we love this festival. The line-up is unknown yet. Stay tuned! Dates: September 1-3.

Which one of these would you choose? Which tips would you give to new attendants to festivals? Please, share them below and we would be happy to include them on our list.

5 tips to make the most out of a music festival – special edition for the penny pinchers ;)

We all either love or hate music festivals. Even for us who love them, they can become a little bit too pricey so it’s always good to come up with some tricks to save money. Planning the festivals in advance and carrying the right apps is always a good idea. Here we go:

Equip yourself with a few handful apps

Calling to find others is almost impossible because of the noise, the crowd and the impossibility to understand where they are when finally they pick up the phone. To help you gather your friends in the chaos, you can download for free Wave Application beforehand, open a wave before the show starts and you’ll always have each other located.

To find other useful places such as the toilet, the food area, your tend or any other important location you want to reach, you can download Festival Buddy, a location app where you can mark all the places around on the app and get directions to any of them at any time.

These apps make you enjoy more the festival as you can focus on the fun and the music. If your festival has its own app, it would be also a very good idea to have it on your phone and get informed about delays, change of music scenarios, weather conditions or any other important matter.

Plan your music festival in advance

Being an early bird and checking out the dates to be among the first ones when tickets are on sale will allow you to save a lot of money. At the same time it will display you the best choices for the accommodation, as the starting prices are usually very cheap. A few weeks after you would only find pricey tickets such as VIP. If you opt for a famous music festival this summer, planning in advance could be the only way to get tickets before they are sold out.

Choose wisely, pay attention to details

How far away do you need to travel? Which possibilities of transport do you have? Is the tent included on the ticket? All those questions are as important as the line-up to decide which music festival would be the perfect one for you. If you add a flight ticket to your budget, plus the transport from the airport to the festival, then your trip starts to sum up generously ;).

There are tons of festivals around the world with different line-ups and facilities, so if you read between the lines, you might discover cheaper festivals that are just as great.

Share costs

Diving into blogs, forums and social network’s pages helps you to discover that you are not alone. You can find festival buddies to split costs to get to the festival by car or train, to start with. Food and alcohol are also very expensive things to consume daily on festivals and if you do some grocery first within a big group you can opt for buying big packages of goods with discounts and plan to cook some meals together. Besides, you would have a lot of fun and would be the envy of the customers on the waiting line at the food vendors.

You can also opt for car sharing on Blablacar website, the largest carpooling portal in the world that connects drivers with travellers to go anywhere and share the costs of the trip. Usually this possibility is cheaper than using public transport and it is a good chance to meet new interesting people.

Choose your clothing from your wardrobe

Festivals have a casual dress code that actually makes super easy to be trendy at the same time as wearing your old summery clothes. An old T-shirt from a previous festival could set you as a veteran among your friends and would look very fashionable. The most important thing is to choose carefully your shoes! We all know why 😉

You are all set! Do you have any other useful tip to plan your festival trips? Share it with us! 😉

Female friends

Did you hear about this one? 5 Apps to be used only with the insiders ;)

Finding interesting people with whom to talk to about your sport team, exotic hobbies or fitness diets is a recurring option for those evenings when you have no plan and would love to meet someone new. In the era of social networking, this is made easy and in fact, it is super common to connect with someone who shares your particular interests.

There are many things we can share, but let’s be honest, there are some that you would rather keep to your closest friends. We are talking about moments and things that you would like to share only with those who care most. Those ones that know you almost better than you know yourself. Here’s a list of apps to use only with our inner circle 😉

Wave application

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Wave Application

Our contribution, Wave application, is a precise and real-time geolocation system, which allows you to share your location with your friends when in crowded places, outdoors doing sports or for example picking up your better half. Although there are more apps in the market that share the same insight with us, there is not a single one that shares the same approach. Privacy, bidirectionality, realtime, limited duration and top-notch UX and design mean everything to us. Try it for free on iOS and Android.

Uriji Jami

Creating the ideal environment to share a dream or a project with your friends is a delicate matter, although they are the only people you would tell your crazy dream of singing in public, make Youtube videos or open your own brand. Choosing the moment to share something as personal and as special as a dream can be an odyssey in such a fast and connected world. That is why we are amused by Uriji Jami app, which allows you to share with your friends comments that are dreams or projects that you want to undertake.

Through the application you can stay to late to advise and receive feedback on your projects, speak freely of them and also help your friends. Did you know that a friend wants to open a brand? Or did you notice that a friend wants to go and see the stars in some Nordic country? something that you also wanted since you started that course of photography. Check out privately the most personal side of your mates and share your own stories. You can use it on desktop version or download it for free for iOS.

Supper Club App

Supper Club App

If you have just left your parents’ house, you have opted for being a vegetarian or for some reason, you have decided to learn how to cook, Supper Club App allows you to share your delicious dishes and your progress with your friends in a private group. This application allows you to create a group with your friends, share recipes found on the web, add your own with photograph and even add on the calendar appointments to organize a dinner – and actually prove that you are so good at cooking. SupperClub app offers periodic events in the main cities of the world to unite the true lovers of gastronomy. By the moment it is getting updates but it will be online very soon.

Cluster

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Have you ever come across an invitation on Facebook from a relative or even from your mother? In those situations we feel like Facebook is more public than private and there are things we would not like to share with our family. Unfortunately, sometimes we want the opposite and we would love to share some unique and personal information with close friends or family and not with our 500 friends on every social network. If you still feel that there are times when the mainstream social networks are not the best way to connect with them, test Cluster.

We love how this app mimics the Facebook design with a timeline of photographs, status updates and comments that allow us to share the best and most intimate of our free time with only those who really care. To start, create a group with your family, another with your friends from school and another with those at work and share with them the most personal. Available and free for iOS and Android.

Capsule Cam

One of our favorite applications to share memories is Capsule Cam, although it works like any other online storage that you can open in iCloud or Google Drive or Dropbox, to name a few, this application gives you the added value of simplicity and having everything on the same place. Our parents, grandparents, siblings or friends can upload photos of the wedding or the latest event, comment on them, save them and even print them from the application. In this way we are all able to collect all the possible pics of a memorable event. It is free for Android.

Friends having fun meeting through an app

Did you hear about this one? Top 5 apps to discover what’s up in your city and enjoy the free time

Sunny days are back and having a coffee or an ice cold beer with your friends is a perfect plan that costs almost nothing and keeps you smiling long after. Make it easy and open a Wave with your favourite ones…it was never faster to hit the best terraces with the besties 😉

Once you have set the meeting point on Wave, what to do? Whatever you want is at your fingertips: we introduce you the best new startups that offer events and plans for your free time:

Find a plan for today

The app to inspire you every weekend is Fever, an app that offers you plans based on your tastes and preferences. Once you have chosen the event you like, you can buy tickets directly and see who else will go, not only your friends but also the entire Fever community.

It is a fantastic idea to know what to do in the city and find events to attend, even if your friends are not going, because you can meet people through the app. Fever has already thousands of users and offers daily plans in New York, London and Madrid but they are planning to be in more cities. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Busy people, manage your plans

If you are an influencer or have a super active social life maybe you wouldn’t mind having a task manager for the weekend 😉 GetCrowd app is a fantastic idea to find and organize your plans with each group of friends and forget about endless chats on Whatsapp. Let’s say you are preparing a bachelor party with a group of friends, a wine tasting with your flatmates and this weekend you are interested in trying Thai food. You can manage each plan in different groups on GetCrowd.

First you need to figure out which events you’re interested in, then add your friends for those plans and have different groups with a chat for each event. If there are disagreements, you can make a poll and your friends will choose the best choice. Once you have everything planned, all of you can buy the tickets directly from the app and save the event on the calendar. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Music lovers – never miss out a concert again!

You are usually aware when the superstars are having a concert in your city, but what about the rest of the bands? If you think about it, every day you listen to several bands that could be playing in your city but are just not that well known. Do not ever miss a concert that interests you with the SongKick application, which identifies your tastes through the music library of your phone and automatically announces when they perform near you. In addition, you can buy tickets directly from the app and even enter new concert data into the community database. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Party with a local

What is better to discover a new city than going out with locals that share your taste? Party With A Local brings together travellers, events and locals to show you around what’s up in the city and have a memorable day out. There is no better option to discover the trendy restaurant, the hipster concert of the historic center or any other activity than going there with the ones who know best. You only need to sign up and start joining people or events to plan your next day out.

The app is available in over 150 countries and allows you to feel at home on any of your trips solo or with friends. You can download it for free on iOS and Android.

Find a festival, buy the ticket and find your friends there using Wave

Everfest is the largest festival directory on the web, which allows you to find all the concerts and festivals that best suit your tastes, your location and the recommendations of other users. It is both a website and a social community where you can keep up with all the festivals of the year, invite your friends, find a group of fans to go to the concert and buy the tickets.

This large fan community uploads their photos and experiences after each festival to increase the ratings of each event and for that reason today is a reference for your festival spirit. At the moment they do not have an app but the web works in all the devices.

Carnival Tenerife 2017

That time of the year: Find the top 5 destinations for carnivals

Do you want to have fun for a while without thinking about the multiple everyday problems? Forget for a moment the social differences, political problems and feel the joy of meeting new people? What you should do is to go celebrate the carnival! We have shortlisted the best options to offer you a getaway and enjoy the arrival of spring with your friends.

Carnival of Rio de Janeiro

Carnival Rio de Janeiro 2017
Carnival Rio Janeiro org

Carnival was taken by the Portuguese to Brazil in the middle ages. It was a popular party of polkas and waltzes over the first years. However, the African influence in the Brazilian culture and the birth of samba as a popular dance have made the Brazilian carnival an unique blend of artistic styles, dances and percussion instruments that can not be compared to other party places in the world. This carnival is the most crowded, therefore it takes place in several districts of the city simultaneously. It culminates with a contest of sambas of the best schools in the world in which they reward both the fantasy and the design of the carriages and parades.

The carnival lasts for 4 days, although parallel celebrations can be seen throughout the whole month. What you need to do is book the tickets in advance and if you feel ready, sign up to dress up and dance with the locals, they are glad to involve participants. Ipanema, Santa Teresa and Copacabana are the places to be!

Carnival of Venice

Carnival of Venice 2017
Venezia carnevale org

Hiding under a mask and dancing with strangers to the sound of seventeenth-century music is one of the features of the most picturesque and magical festival of all carnivals. The Italian rogue spirit can be seen in the numerous shows that are held in the city and over its canals. Often dealing with social issues, politics and the stars of the moment with a mocking and irreverent touch. Wearing masks once a year allows people to forget social classes and immerse themselves into society. A baker could dance with a beautiful noblewoman or with his neighbour, without ever revealing his real identity.

The Carnival of Venice this 2017 begins on February 18 and ends on February 24. All you need is a mask from a craft shop, a costume and start your tour around the square of San Marcos, from where most of the shows begin. At night you can join one of the numerous dances and on Sunday, February 26 you can not miss the eagle flight.

Carnival of Rumšiškės

 

Carnival of Rumšiškės
Carnival of Rumšiškės

Rumšiškės is one of the most peculiar carnivals in the world, as it is celebrated in a winter climate, surrounded by a blanket of white snow in Lithuania. It is a very sportive holiday in which you can see people from all over the world bathing in icy lakes, doing canoeing or ice skating near the city hall, the main venue for carnival shows. Its parades and horse-drawn sleigh rides are famous in eastern Europe and it culminates firing a giant witch to celebrate the end of the Winter. All you need to carry on is a good winter coat, a costume and enjoy the delicious pancakes and hot wine to cope with coldness. It starts on the 20th of February and finishes the next 28th.

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnival Teneride 2017
Tenerife Carnival org

Latin rhythms can only be felt in the Canary Islands and Tenerife is the cradle of carnival in this part of the world. We can see handcrafted costumes, mockery of public figures and shows that do not care about anybody’s sex or age.

In this edition of 2017, the carnival of santa Cruz de Tenerife lasts all February and most activities depart from the street Avenida de Francisco La Roche.

All you need is a swimming suit to enjoy the beach in the morning and several costumes to participate in the various competitions that take place during carnivals. You can meet people from all over the world and also mix with the locals, well known around the world for their sympathy.

Carnival of Goa

Carnival of Goa
Goa Turism

The only region of India that celebrates carnival is the city of Goa, and it does it all over. To this party of pagan origin and later Christian is added the Indian tradition for the celebrations in group, the dances and the colourful shows. The spectacular scenery, the beach and the climate of the city make it possible to stay almost all day in the street enjoying the outdoor activities. String instruments such as guitar and percussion set a fast and lively rhythm during the days of the party. It is a city that smells like curry, freshly caught fish and the local liquor, Feni.

People are delighted to have tourists joining them and you do not need any tickets or presentation, just your desire to enter to learn to dance. The only thing you need is to book the accommodation with advance because it is a very busy city. You can get a costume in one of the many local shops if you don’t know how to dress up. It begins on February 25 and ends on February 28. The main scenarios are the districts of Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama.

If you have decided to go and your costume is supreme, your friends won’t be able to recognise you 😉 To get back together, open a Wave. 😎

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Did you hear about this one? Top 10 travel apps

The only thing you can buy that will make you richer is travelling so if you are lucky enough to have a getaway soon we shortlisted the best travel apps on the market and the new trends worth keeping on mind. With so many apps on the market, the choice was everything but simple, however, we wanted to test them ourselves to focus on those that are really useful, before filling the smartphone with more apps to be deleted soon. So without further ado, these are the apps we recommend:

READY: Before you go

Minube

Minube app travel
Minube

This startup was originally launched in Spain and has become popular worldwide after being featured regularly on Google Play. It is a social network with pics and short descriptions of every single spot in the world worth seeing, contributed by the travellers themselves. Its design is very simple and makes it easy and quick to get an overview on your destiny and also to share your experiences afterwards. The best part: you can also save the cards to check them offline! If you do have data, Minube will track your route to display the recommended spots around you. Free download for iOS and Android.

Airline Baggage

 

travel app
Airline Baggage

We took the plunge and tried this new travel app with great potential! It calculates if your luggage fits with the restrictions imposed by your flight company. Should I pay an extra for my handbag or is it included? Can I take my ski equipment for free having an economy class flight ticket? All your doubts will be solved in a minute overviewing the restrictions of the most common flight companies on Airline Bagagge. We love the UX! Get yours for free on iOS and Android.

Skyscanner

App travel skyscanner
skyscanner

Europe is a great continent to fly for cheap and peep into different countries due to small distances, and Skyscanner is one of the best price comparators to do so, although it works worldwide. This app will find you the cheapest flights at any time. Introduce your route and it will spit out the best offers from flight and travel companies. Select one and it will redirect you to the official page to purchase your flights with no intermediary costs. This travel app has more than 10 millions of users and there are updates every few minutes to ensure the best deals. Free for iOS and Android.

STEADY: On your way

Btrfly

App travel to find people in the airport
btrfly

How cool is it to be all excited about getting into the plane and meeting someone who shares the same illusion? What if you can actually easily make a new travelmate or find a new friend? Btrfly connects people in the waiting rooms of the airports to break the monotony and enjoy a nice coffee and chat before the departure. What we love is that is super easy: you just drop a few lines about yourself, introduce your flight and airport and the app will connect you to other passengers waiting nearby. Free for iOS.

Flyover Country

Travell app
Flyover Country

Whoever said that the trip starts at the moment you leave home was absolutely right! Now you can enjoy every step in your trip with this Flyover Country. You will discover what is under your feet, whether is a mountain range, a city or even well known monuments that you are flying over. What is truly spectacular is that it combines hundreds of databases, including Wikipedia, to show you the history of the spots on your route. All you need to do is save your route before you get on board and the app automatically downloads the information to display it on flight-mode. Free for iOS and Android.

GO: On your destiny

Moovit

Moovit travel app
Moovit

Moovit is a must-have app that combines all the transport options to help you move around in a new city. Did you know that if you walk five minutes to that tram stop instead of going to the underground it will save you half an hour of your precious time abroad? Or that if you take two metro stations on that line and then take that bus you will be there in 15 minutes? The maps and timetables are very precise to help you arrive easy and fast. Also, it brings you updated information about strikes, closed roads and traffic jams. Feels like a native with Moovit. Free for iOS and Android.

Wave Application

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Wave Application

Wave Application is a geolocation app that was created to share live location between friends. While travelling with more people, you rarely all want to do the same thing: while others love sightseeing, others want to go shopping or to the beach. With Wave you don’t have to worry about it in a strange city; just open a group Wave and you know where your travel buddies are. When you get hungry (or thirsty!), just chat with them in the app and set a meeting point in the real time map! Simple and easy! Free for iOS and Android. 

XE Currency

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Xe Currency

Keep in mind how much you are spending, even if your pocket is full of money that seems unreal and strange. XE Currency will display you the current exchange rate of any currency in the world in just a few seconds. It also works without internet, keeping the latest value displayed while connected to Internet. Very useful and simple, a handy tool to carry on abroad. Free on iOS and Android.

TripAdvisor

travel app comparator Tripadvisor
TripAdvisor

If you were already wondering, we actually have some applications to ensure you a delicious local menu in every place you visit. If traveling is eating Tripadvisor is the most complete social network in the world to find the ideal restaurant, call and book directly and place it on the map. It also reviews hotels, apartments and monuments. Every time you are hungry, trust the opinions of thousands of people who have been there before you and who have enjoyed the day with a good meal. Free for iOS and Android.

Airbnb

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Airbnb app

Airbnb was once a website to find cheap accommodation by looking for particular houses that were rented on holidays. Today it’s a worldwide network where you can find a palace or an igloo to rent for your holidays, as well as a cosy apartment on the city centre of Paris. Anywhere you go, Airbnb connects you with hosts around the world to show you the best choices to sleep and feel like at home. Its reviews of thousands of previous guests will actually avoid you to have any trouble. It is free for iOS and Android

If you feel like going to a hotel, the biggest market to look for it, is Booking, another must-have app for travelling around the world. It is free for iOS and Android.

Now you’re all set…have a blast discovering new spots and new people!