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Hot travel apps to download in 2015

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Hitting the road soon and looking for some cool apps to add to your phone or tablet to make your travels fun, safer, and more efficient? If so, we have assembled a post with five hot travel apps to download in 2015 that will make your latest trip the most enriching one yet.

1) Trover

Love Pinterest, but hate how hard it is to narrow down pins to a specific destination? If you find yourself in this predicament, then Trover is for you. All you have to do is type in a destination that you are curious about, hit enter, and BAM! A plethora of photos fills your screen, each with additional information on the destinations within the selected picture. A must for visually-oriented people.

2) Localeur

Those headed to America for a holiday in 2015 may want to consider adding Localeur to their phone before stepping on the plane. With 12 US cities available and more being added as time goes on, users post articles based on their experiences in their hometowns, with articles ranging from the best Chicago cafes to hang out during winter to dining options of Fremont Avenue in Seattle, among many others.

3) Hotel Tonight

OMG! Your accommodation overbooked, leaving you out on the street with nowhere to stay … whatever will you do? Download Hotel Tonight, as this program will currently save your butt in the USA, Canada and in Europe, all while saving you money off the rack rate. Talk about turning that frown upside down…!

4) Image It

As much as we try to learn key phrases in foreign languages, there will inevitably in gaps in communication that will make certain encounters abroad slightly awkward. Fortunately, there are apps out there like Image It that give you digital flashcards that will communicate roughly what your needs are to total strangers that will then be able to help you, despite neither of you knowing a word of each other’s mother tongue.

5) CityMapper

For many travelers, there are few things more intimidating than landing in a megacity (10 million + people) that you have never been to before. In these places, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to getting around, which makes apps like CityMapper indispensable. CityMapper helps you plan your journey in one of these megalopolises from point A to point B, via its buses, trains, and trams, helping you get to your destination with nary a wrong turn.

Hate Your Job? Here Are Three Travel Friendly Careers To Consider

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One common lament of many people that have a strong urge to travel is that their chosen career simply doesn’t allow them to hit the trail more than two weeks per year (and even then, the boss makes a game out of making you feel guilty for leaving the office).

It’s extraordinarily frustrating, especially when you cruise travel blogs like this one and you see the proprietors gallivanting around the globe at will while you slave away on yet another pointless TPS report.

If travel is a major raison d’ etre for you, it’s time that you took action to acquire a career that is far more compatible will what makes you tick as a person. The following career choices will permit you to get away on the road at a much more liberal pace than in your typical corporate gig, so peruse the following options closely and start dreaming…!

Commercial / Wedding Photographer

If you love to travel to places that are part of your job and you love to putter around with your DLSR on the weekends, perhaps a fresh new career as a photographer is the right path for you. Corporations put out advertisements and promotional material all the time, and they either hire the services of a roving freelance photographer, or they retain one in-house for their own personal use.

Alternatively, you could farm out your talents as a wedding photographer, make tonnes of money for several dates, and travel on the proceeds for the reminder of the year … balla!

Freelance Writer

Have you always had a way with words? Top of your class in English all through school? Find yourself writing blogs on the side? If so, monetizing your literary talents may be a way to get out of a cubicle and on to the road.

Most base level content writing can allow you to live comfortably in the developing world, and as you build your skills and get into the more lucrative field of copywriting, you can also build a nice living for yourself in the 1st world as well.

Tour Guide (and any other business that is seasonal)

Love the outdoors/certain tourist destinations and want to share your love of it with the traveling public? Then give the life of a tour guide an honest trial. While your wage will get you by, entertaining and informative guides often make great tips, and when the season ends, you have many months open to go traveling anywhere you like.

Those that love money a bit more than that may want to roll up their sleeves and get into certain fields of construction that only operate through the warm months, as they offer higher wages, plenty of overtime, and an entire winter to explore the globe with a fat bank account!

Saving Tips for Young Professionals

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Young professionals have many opportunities to spend money, especially as you make the switch from paying the little money to cover transportation cost and clothing and occasional travel to paying student debt, saving to buy a home or for retirement. Once you are established in a good job, it is time to think on how to save money. Here are some saving tips for young professionals. Read the rest of this entry

Thailand’s Culture and Traditions

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Thailand is a country steeped in history and heritage, and this is seen through the rich culture and traditions that the country partakes in. With so many beliefs and cultures that are different to Western society, it’s a brilliant place to visit if you’re looking to spread your wings a little and go in search of something new. Below are just a select few things that you should know beforehand to practice respect in a new country and get to grips with the traditions of Thailand. Read the rest of this entry

Tips to Save Money for a Holiday

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For many of us the idea of a holiday is super exciting and something that we look forward to almost from the time we plan it. It can be a great way to get out and see the world, relax and just have fun. However, sometimes planning for a holiday can be a struggle but it doesn’t have to be! There are actually quite a few tips that can help you save money on your next holiday and right up until it’s time to go. Read the rest of this entry