How to plan an affordable getaway – 6 brilliant tips

An expert traveler knows how to prepare a getaway in the best possible way. There are several options and with the following tips you will see that planning your trip can be easier and cheaper than you may think, without having to give up going on vacation. However, it requires something from you. Look at the list that we have prepared and enjoy!

Take the most of the stopovers

Madrid sunset
Ángela Ojeda Heyper – Flickr

Cheaper international flights usually do not arrive directly to your destination, especially if you are more than 4 hours away from your starting point. The stopovers can be an opportunity to extend your getaway to two or more cities, without needing to sleep in them. If you are traveling around Europe, many of your intercontinental flights will probably connect in cities such as Frankfurt, Milan or Madrid. In the case of traveling from South America to the United States, it is probably that you stop in Atlanta or New York;  if you travel from Europe to Asia, visit Istanbul or Doha, while from Australia to the northern hemisphere you’ll probably stop somewhere in Singapore, Shanghai or Seoul.

Take the time you have and take a trip around a city you did not expect, while saving money avoiding a direct flight. Try the local food at street markets or buy sandwiches and go for a walk. The trip has just begun!

There are several good flights and hotel search engines such as Kayak, Trivago or some a bit less known such as Hoteloogle.

Choose wisely where to sleep

If your trip includes more than one city or town, try to narrow down the cities in which you are going to sleep and establish a base point from which to travel around the region or the country. This will save you a lot of money, since local buses are very cheap and traveling constantly from one part of the country to another incurs in more expenses, less rest and much time wasted looking for a new place to check in.

In addition, some web pages renting cheap homes like Airbnb, Homestay, Spotahome charge you a fee for each booking, so do some hostels, so the less places you choose to sleep, the more money you’ll save.

In terms of accommodation, you probably already know the different options for renting apartments, hostels, couch surfing or hotels, depends on the quality of the site where you want to spend the night. However, first investigate the areas you are going to visit, for example in all big cities the business areas have a large variety of hotels that are empty during the summer, in the absence of business meetings. Therefore they offer great discounts and are always well connected by public transport with the city.

No more calling, no more ‘Where are you’s?’

Overseas calls to your friends, your family or the host cost a lot of money and can give you an unpleasant surprise when you get home and see the bill. However, when you travel in group it is easy to get lost, as people usually split for a while to visit different spots in the city, or some of you need a rest while others are more willing to continue sightseeing. In those situations, connecting to others is needed and the best way to do so is using Internet and taking the most of the best apps to travel in the market.

If you are traveling in Europe, you are lucky because they have recently eliminated roaming, the fee charged for using a foreign operator, and you can use the Internet to the fullest without paying more than at home. In other places you normally have better fares to use Internet rather than calling.

Your best option is to download for free Wave Application, an app available for both Android and iOS, that allows you share your location privately with your contacts in a real time map. Forget about learning how to pronounce the street of the hostel, just check the map and see where your friends are in the city and set a meeting point to gather in the centre.

Wave is the best application to share your location privately with any of your contacts, when you need it most.

Set alerts for your favourite destination

An inveterate traveler will tell you that the destination is the least important part of the trip so if you think of going to Paris you will probably spend twice as much as you would spend in Toulouse, also in France. However, if you really want to visit a certain city, set alerts on the phone through different flight comparators and just wait to receive the best offer.

Prices of the flights change constantly up and down and if you already know in which range they move, you will be able to take an offer without wasting your time comparing prices on the Internet.

Share everything you can

 

Sharing is living, it is the motto in many countries and it is also an excellent way to save. The options are unlimited, you can go from one city to another using carpooling services such as Blablacar, or staying with people who live there with Couchsurfing or HomeStay. However, there is more you can do: search for travel buddies on Meetup to get discounts on group tickets for museums, touristic tours or even make a group to rent a boat, it is always cheaper to rent it in group.

Eat at home at least once a day

Plan one or two meals at your rented home, let’s say breakfast and lunch. Eating out is always more expensive than preparing a meal at home, especially if you cook pasta, salad or sandwiches. In addition, if you travel in group sharing the expenses of the grocery will make you find ridiculously cheap to eat well at home. If you are sleeping in a hotel, cool food such as sandwiches are a good choice to prepare in your room.

You may think that street food is cheap, however it is usually not enough to save money more than eating at home. Other advantage of this routine is helping your stomach to the new food, if you are in a country with a very different cuisine, you can rest one day from the spice or the new flavours, cooking something similar to what you usually eat.

Now you are all set! Try these tips and enjoy your getaway!

Kids jumping in the twilight

Planning a language course abroad? Tips to take most out of it!

Are you thinking about how to make your free time an unforgettable experience in a foreign country but also have the “excuse” to learn a new language? Our experience as travellers, workers, students and polyglots has given us more of an anecdote and some tips on how to make the most of these sabbatical weeks, getting to know people, new cities and enjoying the most. Here we go:

Do you need a boost? Find scholarships to study abroad

Scholarships App

There are several apps that connect companies and institutions but one of our favorites is Scholarships. It has an enormous database of national, institutional and private scholarships to study all types of studies abroad. Filter by your country of origin, preferences and languages ​​and cross your fingers! You could be living in the city of your dreams sooner than you think!

Choose the language

Fluentu App

Every country has its tricks, you will not learn the same Spanish in Madrid as in Veracruz, nor will you have the same experiences with Italian in the north as in the south of the country. Each country has its own soul, its cultural charm and that can help you to decide what kind of experience you are going to live.

Before you leave you can start learning with some interactive apps, those that even make you repeat a word to see if you have pronounced it well. We love the best known apps Babbel or Duolingo, although we are also in love with these new options like Speaky, a social network where you can find people from other countries and chat with them or make a video/voice messages so you can improve the language, while they do the same.  Check out as well Fluentu, an innovative app that has thousands of videos and games to make you enjoy learning while on the subway or waiting for the bus.

Choose a good program

When you study abroad you might think of spending your entire time only learning a language and studying hard to pass an exam, or combining your class time with leisure, activities, excursions and trips. However, you have so many other options like studying sports, arts, painting or doing a specific course of economics in another language, if you already have some notions, to boost your career while learning a language. A good option to see different schools and opinions is the web comparator My Language Travel, at the moment they have no app but you can check the thousands of schools and programs around the globe that have reviewed on the web.

Get lost only when you want

Wave Application

Finding in your new host city your new friends who are in that downtown bar that you can not remember might be difficult. Finding your family or the tour guide can be a bit hard, too. Now that roaming in Europe and most of the world has been eliminated, it is time to take advantage of technology and use the most powerful tools in geolocation. Wave application is an app that allows you to open a map with your friends and share with them your location in real time. You will see how you both move around the map, just as you do in real life. You will also be able to see how to get to the meeting point you have set or just approach one of your friends, while you see him on the map and chat with him.

If your parents or soulmate are curious about you, you can also open a Wave with them, and show them how cool you are walking down that famous street, while you see them in their home city.

Break up with the paperwork

Perhaps it is the first time you travel so far, or at least your first experience to study in another country. The paperwork can become overwhelming, to make it easier use Passport and Visa app. With it you can find all the information you need, from the visa and the passport, to all the medical papers or certificates of studies you need in your country of origin. Is very simple to use: put your country of origin and the destination and you will see in a single screen what you need and how to get it to go to study a foreign language.

Now you are all set up! Have you found a nice program to study abroad a language? Let us know your tips!

Summer in the city? Check out the best plans to do!

Ah, that time of the year when cities get empty, people fill their trunks and leave the city. And they go. So you stay with a few friends thinking about how you are going to enjoy your neighbourhood with such calm. You can park, you do not have to make a reservation in your favourite restaurant and you have more time to dedicate to those friends who also stay in the city.

When it seems there is nobody, it is the best time to enjoy the atmosphere, especially if you live in a very crowded city. Here you have a couple of tips to enjoy the summer nights:

Make plans with your colleagues

Bands In Town App

If you’ve stayed in the city because you’re working, your colleagues are sure to be eager to enjoy the time when the rest of the world is on vacation. Now you can do those plans you’ve been talking about for a long time: try that sushi, watch that movie, go party or go karting. Choose the activity that you like and take advantage to know your colleagues a little better. With apps to find plans in your city, like Bands in Town, a complete app where you will find the latest concerts nearby, follow your stars and receive a notification whenever something you might fancy happens in your neighbourhood. Probably, you have heard already about Eventbrite, but if not it is definitely worth a try, because it releases events near you, such as wine tasting, Star Wars meetings, and other activities that will kick you out of the routine.

Organize a dinner out

Wave Application

Terraces will be empty, so normally you won’t have to ask for a reservation in advance. They will even have room in that trendy restaurant that you can not go without asking for a table two weeks in advance.

To organize get-togethers, try Wave Application, our localisation app used by millions of people around the world. Wave allows you to share your location with your friends, in real time. Open a wave, select on the map a restaurant that you like and everyone can see where it is, how to get there and where others are on the way.

Enjoy the nature doing outdoor sports

Bikemap

Take advantage and take the bike, the mountain will cease to look like the main street on sale and will be a quiet place, full of life, colors and fresh air. We know that when the sun comes up the natural places near the cities are filled with hikers and sportsmen like you, who want to get out of the daily hustle and bustle. But in summer, when others are on vacation, they are better enclaves than ever. You can bathe in the river, make excursions and go in group with your friends with the bicycle. You can open a map with them in Wave to follow your route and not lose, even if you go faster or quieter than them.

Bikemap app has routes, more than 800 thousand around the world, that can inspire you and your friends to take the bike next weekend. It’s a very comprehensive app, thanks to the ratings of the thousands of users who have bet on testing the app in the last year.

Enjoy a local festival of music or theater

Those kinds of plans that you love, like listening to local groups, participating in an improvised play or watching a dance performance on the street can only be done in summer. Town halls and bars in the city often offer many outdoor activities in summer, taking into account those who stay in the city.

Do not forget that summer is the time of the sales, both in clothes and appliances as in many activities, beauty treatments or gyms. It’s the time to go shopping without waiting for queues and spending a lot of money.

On the other hand, if the heat does not let you breathe before the sun goes down, you can go to one of the several municipal swimming pools in your city. Surely if they are big you can enjoy bathing in an adult pool, while the children are in another part of the park. In addition, sports clubs often have tennis, football and basketball courts where you can have some fun.

Summer evenings 

Hey Let’s App

Go to an exhibition, a theatre or a museum and let yourself try different things. In big cities there are always summer events at the opera and probably some theater plays are outdoor, which is really nice.

Those activities are usually free, but you can watch the new events through the app Hey Lets, in which users can also upload events they know are happening, among a dozen of other sources of information. Another good choice, worth to try is All Events in City, that also is linked to Google Calendar, to let you save nice upcoming events.

Finally, if you are already aware of everything that happens in your city, you can always invite friends from outside, the school, the language school or even your cousins ​​who live in another city for a quick visit. We know that with friends, any summer night is a great night.

See? You have never noticed how much your neighbourhood offers you. Enjoy your summer and let us know your own tips!

Did you hear about this one? 5 Apps to travel abroad and being safe

Crossing the borders of your country and breaking the routine of your habits, your language, and your currency is an exciting adventure that will make you live wonders. However, it can be a bit overwhelming if you are not used to it, or you do not know where to go if you have a problem, or just how to get around the city. If you are well equipped you do not have to worry at all!

That is why we have prepared some apps that we find very useful to help you travel safe and stress – free in your trip abroad. Here we go!

Know what is going on in your host city

Safeture

Safety is the most important thing while traveling, so having the information in hand to solve any situation is the best thing you can do in your trip abroad. Safeture app monitors over 200 countries around the world to provide you with information on flights, delays, strikes, clothing, advice for women, social behaviour laws and many other useful information about the local habits to avoid any uncomfortable situation. It is very simple to use, you only need to indicate the country you are going to and the date and it will provide you with several sections of information to navigate at your leisure.

Get lost only in safe places

Safety Map

When we travel to a new country we all love to get lost through the streets of that new environment, to have a look at the local shops, to watch people and mingle with the environment. However, this so romantic way of traveling is not the best option for some countries or cities in the world. Knowing which areas are safe to walk is the key to go safe on the trip and enjoy the city. To help you with that, you can download Safety Map app, in which you can see a map by neighbourhoods of thousands of cities of the world, updated with security information of each one. Use it when you feel like losing yourself to a new city. Sometimes, knowing whether or not to cross a bridge can save you from a lot of uncomfortable situations.

Be connected with your people

Wave Application

Traveling with your family or friends does not mean that you are always surrounded by them as we all enjoy a bit of freewheel traveling. Therefore it is more than useful that you download Wave Application, our free app where you can open a group with your travel mates to share your location with them and see where is everyone on the map. For example, if you are splitting for a while to visit different things, you can open a map for 3 hours with your buddies, see where they are to join after and chat meanwhile with them.  

Wave is updated in real time and has a very precise technology to display accurate maps to find your people, even in crowded city centres. With the latest features it is also possible to share via link your location with somebody that does not have Wave installed yet. Millions of users around the world use Wave to be connected and safe while traveling.

Translate your speaking

Trip Lingo

Among all the travel apps we love Trip Lingo, a complete travel guide that includes language lessons so you can learn before you go, and a guide to popular notes and phrases, ordered by the tone you want to give a conversation. We do not speak in same way with a group of young people or with the hotel receptionist. In addition, it has useful information from each country, such as cost of living and common expenses.

However, what we like most is the voice translator to another language, a super advanced tool to automatically translate your words to another language, without having to write them. Imagine that your belly hurts and you go to the pharmacy, simply speaking to the application and explaining your symptoms, the microphone will record your words, translate them and a voice will read them in the local language to the pharmacist. Useful and fast.

Take the most out of a cancelled flight

Gate Guru

An app that we love is one that makes our lives easier when there are problems, as Gate Guru, for when our flight has been canceled or is delayed. There is no better way to face the waiting than discovering the best places of the airport, where ATMs or shops are, which restaurants are worth to go, and most importantly, what is the most recommendable menu. Gate Guru has a map of almost every airport in the world and also informs you every few seconds of any news on your flight. Thus, you can relax on a terrace or a pleasant corner of the airport and avoid getting up to watch the screens of the airport.

What do you think of these apps? Do you have any other recommendations to travel safely and calmly to a new country? Share it with us!

Did you hear about this one? Top 5 apps for a perfect road trip

The holidays come in all colors! There are those who choose to go to rest or to get inspired by nature, others prefer the beach to mitigate the heat and others love the adventures. However, for some of us, taking a road trip reminds us of cult movies like Thelma & Louise: changing landscapes, freedom and wind blowing our hair. It means exploring new corners with the rhythm of country music, having the patience to survive to traffic jams and enjoying the freedom to go wherever we want. Are you excited this year to discover the magic of road trips? Well, here are some apps that will make your planning a bit easier.

1. Plan your group route

It is always wise to be on the same wave as your friends or family when you are going to spend so many hours together in a car. Agreeing on how many stops approximately you will make on the road, what kind of places you can visit around or what activities you will enjoy is crucial to ensure you have good vibes throughout the trip.

To plan it, we recommend you Road Trippers, an interactive app both for desktop and for iOS, where you can create a route anywhere in the world and edit it as you add interesting tourist spots recommended by the app, restaurants, stops or hotels. Send the link to your contacts and you can edit the route and make it a little more real, imagining it.

2. Where to refuel?

 

On a road trip, where to stop on the way is almost as important as choosing the spots to visit on your destiny. Consider that you are travelling for hours and when you stop to have a break you don´t want to find a place without restaurant or with a dirty toilet. It is better if you don´t risk your time off driving and choose wisely in which fuel station you will stop and what you will find there.

Among all the apps to choose your stop over our route, we love Along the Way, because besides informing you about gas prices, it tells you about the quality of the food available there, the bathroom and some other useful facilities such as if it has an ATM. The best thing is that users can comment and rate the rest stations to orient you better in your moments of relaxation.

3. Drive in group?

If you travel in a group divided into several cars and want all of you to be located, try our free app Wave Application, an app that allows you to share your location with them with for a few minutes or a few hours, so that both of you can locate each other in real time without having to call or look at the cell phone.

It has a meeting point feature that comes in handy when you all want to stop in the same place, you just need to select it on the map, and everyone can get directions to get there. While you are driving, your buddies can chat with each other on the group with the super fast chat.

Safety comes first and Wave is also a way of letting your family know where you are going, or if you are okay, bragging with other friends, or letting your tour guide know that you are in a jam. Wave privacy allows you to stop the location sharing whenever you want and only use it when it is useful to you.

4. Let the miles fly away

 

Stuck in a traffic jam or just driving along a route will be boring from time to time. If your conversation drops, you can always turn on the radio even in the most inhospitable places in the world, through the app Simple Radio, available for iOS and Android. Simple Radio connects you with more than 40 thousand radio stations all over the world. Podcast, sports and any sort of music will be loading to make your trip easier and fulfil everyone’s tastes.

5. Where to stay?

 

A road trip is full of unforeseen and that is precisely the magic of travelling the roads, you stop when you want and continue when you have rested. This attitude is not very compatible with the reservation of hotels or apartments in advance, since you do not know if you will stop in one city or another.

Other expert travellers have already thought of this and have created Rommer Travel, one of the largest communities of travellers reselling their hotel stays. If someone has to cancel a reservation, they sell it before at a low price and let others reserve it at the last minute. Everyone wins! Similar to this one, that has a desktop version, you have Hotel Tonight, an app that only offers last minute rooms around the globe.

Trip with friends roadtrip

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.