Best Mobile Apps for Traveling

There are a lot of travel applications on the market that have become indispensable travel equipment, but the best are those that do their job neatly and quickly while on the move. Select applications that have been tested and tried, not the applications that are still under development. And best of all, most travel apps are free. A lot of travelers will get apps that aid them to navigate. Locate local amenities such as car rental24h and attractions; Communicating and managing your money are the most beneficial travel and technology aids.

yap:

Another must-have application for your trip. Uses Geo-location data.

yplan:

With this free app, you can search for what’s up to date and what’s happening in a particular city. Sometimes a person lands abroad and has no idea how to spend time outside the usual tourist attractions. This is where YPlan comes in; With a simple layout and design, it provides an organized list of activities in a specific city. Check this box if you are traveling to one of these cities.

TripIt:

The ultimate Trip Planner TripIt organizes everything you need to organize your trip. Hotel details, rental cars, timetables and restaurant reservations, everything is available. It is an integral part of your journey and allows you to keep track of your schedule. The download in the App Store is free.

Concur Mobile:

A handy app that helps you track your travel expenses. This is for anyone who wants to keep the financial aspects of a trip under tight control. Back home, it will make your life easier and calculate the money. Or you can prepare a report for your business so that it can reimburse you for the costs incurred during your work.

Google Maps:

The simplest application, the most detailed and useful map application on the market is completely free and offers unprecedented navigation. It is an absolute must on your journey. With Google Maps, you can easily take you to a completely different city.

TripAdvisor

A more practical version of the useful website. TripAdvisor is a very wellknown and detailed application that finds reviews in almost every corner of the world. Search and compare the prices of restaurants, hotels, rentals and the like. It has an extensive database where you are sure to find even the most remote places.

Pack Point

Nobody loves packing, almost without exception. And you almost always forget something. PackPoint has its back. Just enter where, when and why. And that will tell you what to bring.

Rental24h

This app will help you to find out more about your car rental in your area. If you arrive at another location and want to know where to find a car for your trip, this app is very useful. You can see the nearest car rental24h. You can download Renatal24h from your Android phone.

The Only 5 Things You Should Totally Do on the Beach

Summer is fast approaching, and it only means one thing – it’s time to gas up your automobile or to rent a car at rental24h with your family or friends, and hit the road towards the beach!

5 Activities on the Beach You Don’t Want to Miss

1. Learning Something New: Take Surf Lessons

Yes! Take on some challenge by trying something you haven’t done before. Indeed, surfing is a difficult process but a worthwhile investment. Ride onto your first wave and surely, you would want to catch all the waves your eyes could get to.
Fret not. For beginners, there are usually surfer-instructors available when you rent out your first surfboard. Just remember, the more you practice, the more exciting surfing gets.
However, if you’re already an experienced surfer, this activity certainly goes without saying.

2. Explore the Wonders: Sea Caving

Indeed, not all beaches have seas to cave in. However, if your destination happens to have one, don’t think twice, and just be there.
Sea caving adventure will introduce you to another mysterious yet breathtaking beauty of the world. This discovery is your priceless reward for going through the process of getting there. After all, this is going to be your story-to-tell.

3. Be Active! Play Some games!

You might have been used to thinking that the best part of hitting the beach is sunbathing – well you only got a part of it correct.
The beach is not only limited to rest and relaxation, but it is also the best avenue to become physically and mentally active with your family or friends.

Here are some few fun beach games you should do:

• Water Bucket Relay
• Beach Volleyball
Tug of War
• Beach Beer Pong
Beach Limbo

4. Capture the Moment

This goes without saying, but really, you don’t want to miss taking pictures of your best activities in the beach.
If you were to follow this list, you would certainly run out of camera’s battery and memory from capturing your exciting activities on the beach. So, it is advisable that you’d bring back-up gadgets.
Also, take turns from taking the shots. You don’t want to be the only photographer of the party whose face will not be on the pictures.

5. Relax: Read a Book or Listen to Music

And yes, the beach is everyone’s place for rest and relaxation.
Take this opportunity to talk to your family or friends about your dreams and aspirations. Listen to theirs too. See the world from a new perspective – a place with endless possibilities.
Listen to your favorite music or grab a book. Let the ambiance of the beach take you to another reality which has no room for doubts and worries.
Sleep, if you please. On the beach, you are the captain of your ship.

Post-Beach Fun

Contrary to our usual expectations, the fun does not really end after the beach.
Most of the times, different amusing things further happen thereafter. So, ride back to your automobile or rent a car at rental24h to continue with the after-beach fun experience.
Indeed, where else can we best be on summer other than the beach? None. Especially, when we have done the best activities possible to maximize the fun and relaxation, without settling for any less.

Top Less Known Architecture Monuments to Visit

When we visit other countries, we always lean towards famous Architectural Monuments in the area. Like many others, we take the same old pictures that are pegged mainstream all over social media. We are not saying that you shouldn’t visit places like Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China or the Colosseum. The three mentioned are still few of the iconic buildings in the whole world. We are just advising you to get lost and immerse in other cultures because you’ll never what you’ll find.

It’s time to rediscover and explore Architectural Monuments that are yet known to the public. With less popularity, these wonders prove that there is just as much beauty in places hidden from plain sight.

So what are the other Architectural Landmarks yet to be uncovered?

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Palace of the Parliament, Romania

This extravagant structure stands tall and wide located in Central Bucharest, Dealul Arsenalului. This is one of the most massive and expensive executive construction in the well if it excludes the Pentagon. However, Palace of the Parliament is the most heftiest of all buildings in the world. This place is truly an unrecognized wonder. This was built by Nicolae Ceausescu, a hated communist dictator. It is said that due to its huge scale, It is hard to capture it whole, not doing the place the justice it deserves. In order to create the Palace of the Parliament, most of the Bucharest’s historical buildings had to be destroyed. This building holds 12 stories and 3,100 rooms.

Not contented, there are eight additional stories located underground. This cost approximately 3.3 Billion Euros.

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Chand Baori, India

Chand Baori has created to battle the problem of water. These stepwells were created to provide solution along with many others located in New Delhi but Chand Baori was easily the most pleasing to the eye. It is a four-sided structure and on one face, you could see a great temple. Among the largest earliest stepwells, it will never fail to look stunning in real life and in pictures. Constructed in the 10th century, this was offered to the goddess of joy and happiness, Harshat Mata.

Derawar Fort

Derawar Fort, Pakistan

A huge square fort rises in the desserts of Ahmadpur East Tehsil, Punjab Pakistan. Seen several miles in the Cholistan Dessert are the forty outworks of Derawar. This overlooked landmark was built by Rai Jajja Bhatti who was a Rajput Ruler of the Bhatti Clan.

Delaware’s name was changed two times before its present name and this fort was first named as Dera Rawal and Dera Rawar. With great importance to the historical times, this structure is aging at a fast pace thus it is necessary to look for quick preventive measures to conserve this piece of art.

Ultimately, tourists will behold the sight before their eyes.

Roma: Terme di Caracalla

The Baths of Caracalla, Italy

In Rome, Italy, you can stop at this other place of marvel, the Baths of Caracalla. This was the second biggest Roman baths open to the public during the rule of emperors Caracalla and Septimius Severus. Operations were halted when 530s came and without immediate preservation, this had fallen into disrepair. This continued to inspire other Architectural minds and have been the model for beautiful places such as Basilica of Maxentius and Baths of Diocletian, Chicago Union Station and Pennsylvania Station (New York). You can rent a car in Italy to discover all these places. There are also works of art acquired from the decays which became known as sculptures and these were Farnese Hercules and Farnese Bull.

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló, Spain

Last but definitely not the least is a monument located in the center of Barcelona and one of the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi. This is a famed building that was a renewed model of a house built. Gaudi put his new touches to it making it as good as new during 1904 and since then, this has been maintained many times after he redesigned it. The building is designed with different shades of color made of broken ceramic trencadis. With unique tracery, the first floor has irregularly shaped windows and carved works of stone. The roof looked to be a dinosaur or dragon’s skin. This building stands out from the others thus earning an awe from any tourist who sets their feet in front.

Write these places on your bucket list and check them off one by one. It’s a scenery you must not miss. Plan your trip on your summer vacation now or any free time you can manage. Take dazzling photographs and share them with the world because sometimes the magnificent places are still left untouched.

Our Cordoba Travel Diary

That

 morning we packed up and hit the road for Córdoba, which is northwest of Granada. Córdoba, like Granada, had a less than attractive perimeter, but once in the city center it was clear where the historic sites were. We immediately pulled up to a dirt lot on the other side of the Puente Romano that spans the Río Guadalquivir. From our parking spot the Mezquita, the great mosque in the Jewish quarter, loomed in the distance.

 

Entering Cordoba

The day was rainy, but reasonable since we planned on touring the mosque most of the time. Córdoba’s narrow, cobbled streets are renowned for fine silver jewelry and embossed leather, but first to the Mezquita. We entered the Puerta del Perdón (gate of absolution; Mudéjar-style gate built during Christian rule in 1377) and spilled into the Patio de Naranjas (courtyard with orange trees and rivulets of water where folks washed themselves before prayer). A 305-foot bell tower built on the site of the original minaret (Torre del Alminar) stands near the entrance, but was inaccessible when we attempted to climb it.

Once in the building, the true effect of the Mezquita hit me. More than 850 columns of granite, marble and jasper support the roof. Many of them were stolen from Roman and Visigothic buildings. Some of the columns were encased in plastic to protect engravings in unknown symbols/languages. One column also had a plastic yoke at the bottom and we could see that column continued beyond the existing floor – an indication that we were not treading on the original flooring.

The arches seemed giraffe-like on close inspection, but from a distance were terribly impressive and overwhelming. There was also a highly decorated prayer niche that used to hold a gilt copy of the Koran (mihrab) and a caliph’s enclosure (maqsura). In the prayer niche we noticed the worn flagstones – apparently pilgrim’s used to circle it seven times on their knees.

We also checked out the Capilla de Villaviciosa, which was hard to find because renovations were underway right next to it. Small, but architecturally intriguing because of the multi-lobed arches, it was the first Christian chapel built in the mosque by the Mudéjars (busy guys) in 1371. Even though it seems overshadowed by the other sights in the Mezquita, we were glad to see it.

Probably the most ornate attraction in the mosque is the Christian cathedral right smack dab in the middle. Apparently, part of the mosque was destroyed to allow for the cathedral, and sure enough, it sticks out like a sore thumb. It has an Italianate dome and the choir has intricate, wood-carved stalls by Pedro Duque Cornejo. The choir is so big and the carving so detailed, it must have taken this guy a lifetime to complete the thing.

All in all, we were very impressed by the mosque (Christopher even liked it better than the Alhambra) and as we exited we were treated to classical Spanish guitar played by the dirtiest, laziest looking bum we’d seen on the whole trip. He was hunkered in a dingy corner in tattered rags, but he knew how to play that damn guitar. We tried to figure out how to take a picture of him, but realized it would be impossible to capture the moment without him being cognizant of us.

 

Stuff to See Everywhere

So we headed across the street into the neighborhood to check out the shops and the food situation. We stopped off in a leather store with lots of well made, embossed leather chests, journals, bookends, belts, bags, and trinkets. All the stuff I liked was too expensive, but the quality was good and the craftsmanship admirable.

During our walk we found some jewelry stores that I wasn’t terribly impressed with and lots of tourist traps with postcards, tacky shirts, plastic gee gaws and lace mantillas that looked like they were made out of plastic. When the rain really picked up, we settled in for lunch at a tucked-away, family-owned place that every other tourist managed to find too.

The family next to us consisted of a pompous patriarch that managed to dominate most of the conversation with his weight-loss techniques, his discounted wife that was attempting to be heard on any level, and his two teenage daughters that were desperately trying to be profound and politically correct. And every other table in the room was occupied by a similarly disastrous microcosm of a different theme.

We attempted to visit the synagogue (Spain’s only other synagogues are in Toledo), but couldn’t find it. So we headed down to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (the palace-fortress of the Catholic Monarchs that was supposed to have neat looking water terraces and fountains in the gardens. Unfortunately, the rain was pretty thick at that point and we couldn’t even get across the dirt lot to the entrance because it had turned into a WWF female mud-wrestling pit. It was closed up tight anyways.

Tired and wet, we decided to head back to the car and hit the road for Seville. Jake volunteered to run across the bridge and pick up the car. When he returned he informed us that the car had been broken into Spanish-style (jack-the-driver’s-side-door-and-crawl-through-the-back-seats-to-the-trunk) and that the laptop had been stolen. Everything was rifled through, but that seemed to be the only thing worth snagging.

So we spent the next hour trying to find the police station in the rain and then we spent three more hours after that trying to obtain a police report from the apathetic cops. Needless to say, the whole experience was stressful, undesirable, and discouraging – we were really enjoying ourselves up to that point.

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