Must-have travel apps for people on the go – Part 2

Folks, we promised last time to bring you another post on the most sought-after travel apps across the world to maximise your travel experience. Here are they, waiting to get downloaded or shared by users based on their experience:

 6. Google Translate

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The Google Translate, as the name implies, helps you to translate mostly used phrases during travel: using it as a language training tool for serious learning is beyond its scope. Well, nothing can match the practicality of a language learning classroom. As with this app, if you hold your camera up to a text, for example, such as a menu or a sign, it will translate what is required in a flash, making it a much sought-after app for any traveller. Free, iOS and Android

 7. LiveTrekker

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If you want to maintain a complete log of your travel details, this is it. You can maintain a detailed track record of your route, where you captured images or recorded a video,  where you were put up or create a micro blog for every trip of yours. Web: livetrekker.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 8. Wolfram Sun Exposure


image3 Are you exposed to the sun’s harmful rays and excessive heat during travel? This app for iOS is just the thing for you to calculate how much sun is too much, with recommendations on which SPF level to apply. It can also help you in calculating the UV forecast based on where you are, or offer useful info on the UV levels for a five-day period. Paid, iOS

 9. Time Out

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This is a fabulous directory of ideas of things you’d want to do in cities around the globe. This app covers almost everything you’d require to hang out from hotels, restaurants, bars, events and local attractions, whether you’re in Amsterdam, Accra, Edinburgh or Singapore. This means you don’t have to run around searching for the most popular concerts, cultural fests or one-off events going on around you in a particular place.  Want to tailor make a travel guide for your holiday or book a concert ticket or a restaurant table? This app is for you. Free; iOS and Android

10. Splittr

Are you someone using complicated spreadsheets to jot down and calculate travel expenses? Worse, you must be having a hard time splitting split group expenses on vacations with your friends, roommates or any other activity that involves a group. With Splittr App, you can go on adding your travel expenses that will tell you who is next in line to pay and who owes how much to whom. This app, which can also work offline, allows you to invite your friends, and anybody can enter his or her expenses using a Smartphone device.

We believe the aforementioned travel-related apps covered in this post and the previous one would help you make well-informed travel related decisions and plan your next trip perfectly. Happy travel; the sun is shining down.

Must-have travel apps for people on the go – Part 1

Would anyone ever want a smartphone that is just full of flashy apps of no real utility and high on eating up space? Emperor Traveline brings you a selection of the best travel app tools that are really light on your phone, powerful and easy on-the-go for the digital-savvy traveller, in a two-part series:

 1. Citymapper

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This app is quite popular for what it is intended to do: easy to use, playful and all-inclusive.  App users rate the app higher than the Google maps for its detailed journey/trip planner information, disruption alerts, real-time departures and incorporation of Uber and cycle routes. Currently available in over 30 cities globally, it covers all the popular city-break destinations you’d look for. This app can even tell you the time it would take if you happen to travel by jetpack – not worthy of information, actually, but hopefully, there is something to cheer about in the event of your train or flight cancellation. Web: citymapper.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 2. Duolingo

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This free app is a well-designed language learning app and has about 70 million+ users. Though the app cannot be used for foreign language learning or training, it can well teach you a couple of language basics, refresh your grammar skills and vocabulary you may require on a foreign soil. And that’s it. Similar to a computer game, it has various levels with experience points that can guide you through the basics of any foreign language step-by-step.  Web: duolingo.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 3. XE Currency

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 This app is the most popular one when it comes to currency conversions on the web; therefore, its addition here comes as no surprise with more than 20 million app downloads since its start. You can find a whole lot of info concerning historic currency charts and rates for precious metals, but it is the ability of the app to convert every world currency that accounts for its huge popularity.  Even if you are offline or with limited connectivity or looking to save on mobile data, you can easily check the last updated currency exchange rates. Web: xe.com; Free, iOS and Android.

4. Tripit

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This app is similar to a pocket travel agent. It is an aggregate of various travel related information such as ticket bookings, confirmation status, travel itinerary, etc. All you need to do is forward your emails to the app for it to do the rest. Sharing your travel plan is quite a cinch with the app if you are travelling in group, making it a highly sought-after App for coordinating group travel. Web: tripit.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 

5. App in the Air

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The name of the App may not sound ‘chic’. No, not at all. But this app is highly sleek when it comes to performance. A flight tracking app that is pretty much straightforward, it gives you exhaustive coverage of airlines and airports and keeps you alert on flight status – even without internet connection. This app is a perfect ploy to managing time at the airport, as it breaks down each flight into four chunks: check-in, boarding, takeoff and landing times. If you want to integrate the app with Tripit, do as you may to display flight details import. Web: appintheair.mobi; Free, iOS and Android.

We’ll follow this post up with another one soon comprising more travel apps for you to make the most of, but until then, it is sayonara!

Emperor Traveline’s selection of 20 best inspiring quotes on Travel

Quotes inspire us; they lift our spirits and keep the ball rolling. They let us fall gracefully and make a strong comeback. Emperor Traveline has selected and presented 20 most inspiring quotes on Travel for you:

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20. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”  – Gustav Flaubert

19. “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

18. “To Travel is to Live”  – Hans Christian Andersen

17.  “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

16. “Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” – Seneca

15. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

14. ” Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

13. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”  – Paolo Coelho

12. “Two roads diverged in a wood and  – I took the one less travelled by.” – Robert Frost

11. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

10. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

09. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

08. “I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.” – Nyssa P. Chopra

07. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

06. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart!”  – Confucius

05. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

04. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

03. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

02. “A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

01. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

We sincerely believe that these quotes will inspire you to travel more and more, chart out new territories, carve out routes and explore the traveller in you.  Happy Travel!

Are you travelling with Diabetes? Check out these quick tips.

There is a golden rule for diabetes patients who want to travel:

‘Diabetics can go on their vacation and have fun, but they can’t forget they have diabetes.’

That is because when diabetics travel, either the travel schedule or the effort can break them out of their routine diabetes care; the problem starts there. If they aren’t careful, blood sugar spikes can create quite a quandary leading to increased complications and health emergencies.

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There are a few tips that diabetics can incorporate into their travel plan. It becomes all the more important they follow these tips to reduce risk of sudden sugar spike:

The first step will be to visit a diabetes specialist and get documentation about their present condition and the required treatment methods. Insulin users that need to travel for a long time should seek the advice on the timing and doses.

It is recommended that diabetics buy a travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, protects them from a variety of unexpected circumstances and go on their trips without any worries. Diabetics should pack twice as many supplies, and back up pump is essential if they use insulin pump. Keep all supplies close as it may be required anytime in case of contingencies. Pack supplies in carry case, if flying.

It is important that diabetics carry their own food and drink with them in case of travel delay. Another point to be noted here is that carbohydrate quantities in the food supplied may vary when travelling by air.

Avoid walking barefoot, particularly on hot sand or spiky, rough, rocky, coarse surfaces. This can cause a blister and needs to be covered with a plaster. Keep it absolutely clean and stay out of the sea. Check your feet regularly throughout the day to check the presence of any blisters. High altitude, humidity and heat can, at times, affect test strips and metres, and therefore diabetics shouldn’t take the readings too serious.

Diabetics should keep insulin in a cool place that’s away from direct sunlight. Too much heat or cold can degrade them. If prone to hypoglycaemia, diabetics should always carry glucose gel, blood glucose tablets, or even plain chocolates or candies may come in handy to raise blood sugar levels. Informing the airport security authorities beforehand that you have diabetes can help.  Keeping time zone changes in mind is equally important. Testing your blood sugar levels often can keep things under control and less panicky.

All said and done, Diabetes can still prove a barrier to long-travel. If you are a diabetic, only proper planning and adequate medication administration can make a trip really enjoyable and safe for you.

 

 

 

10 Best English songs to listen while travelling

Music defines life and this is no different for a traveller in his or her pursuit of reaching
destination. This week, we decided to put together 10 English songs that will continue to
reverberate through time and distance. Now take your keys, call up your favourite travel
buddies, roll down the windows, and let the music begin!

1. Song: Cherry Wine

Artist: Hozier

2. Song: Life is a Highway

Artist: Rascal Flatts

3. Song: All Summer Long

Artist: Kid Rock

4. Song: Paradise

Artist: Coldplay

5. Song: Home
Artist: Phillip Phillips

6. Song: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Artist: Green Day

7. Song: Life’s For The Living

Artist: Passenger

8. Song: You’re Beautiful

Artist: James Blunt

9. Song: The Nights

Artist: Avicii

10. Song: Hotel California

Artist: Eagles

That’s definitely music to your ears. Isn’t it? These road trip songs will definitely make your next trip an unforgettable one. This is why you are here, right now, to get some inspiration around these epic travel songs, right?