Types & Tips for Useful Travel Phone Apps

Here’s something to make those smart phones, and  other gadgets help you out with your travels. I will not be giving you a list of travel apps because phone apps are dynamic, and always gets updated every after a few months. Instead I’ll be giving you a lists of useful types of phone apps for travel. You can check out the market for the ones that would fit your needs, preference, and budget. These are types of travel apps that I’ve been using to help me ease into a positive travel experience.
Travel Organizer App.
Travel Organizer Apps helps you organize your itinerary for a trip. You can enter your flight, or train schedules, flight, and email confirmations. If you have several trips coming up, you can add the upcoming trips, and update the details as you go with your planning. I always find a travel organizer app handy when it comes to flight e-tickets, and hotel confirmations.
* Always choose an app that can sync with your email for a quick access to flight, or hotel booking confirmations. Since that might need data, or wifi connection, you can always convert your flight e-ticket, or email confirmation to PDF file, and organize them accordingly.
Map App.
A Virtual Map App is any phone application that gives you either a satellite, or a map view of your travel destination. Think Google Map on your desktop, but you have it on your smart phone.
* Look for a Map App that do not need WiFi connection, or data so you can access the map even when you’re out of any network coverage.
* Some places may not be well mapped out, so do not expect a detailed map for some places.
* If you must, download the map on you smart phone.
* Always test the virtual map before actual travel.
Packing List App.
Packing List Apps allows you to make a list of what to bring with you during travels. This is handy for specific adventure trips, or travels. One can personalize a default list for seasonal, adventure trips, or travels in a group, or the whole family.
* Always look for an app that allows you to edit the list to personalize the packing list.
* Make sure that the app has a checkbox to help you check off the items you already packed or prepared for the trip. This will also remind you the stuff you need to get done, or buy for the trip.
Expense Report App.
To give you an overview of your current expenses when your on the road, an Expense Report App will come in handy. This will allow you to list your daily expenses, and check if you’re still within your travel budget.
* Either look for one that you can also input your travel budget before the trip. It will come in handy when you want to check your current expenditure parallel to your travel budget plan.
Other Travel Apps
Foreign Travels: Dictionary; Currency Converter; Travel Guide Apps
When you’re traveling to a foreign country, you might need a dictionary; currency; and travel guide apps to help you with communication, and to make your travel experience less of a hassle.
* If you’re using an app with Audio Feature, make sure to get one that is audible.
* Test the app before your actual travel.

Documentation, and Communication: Social Media Apps; Camera Apps
You got this in the bag! Prepare, and update those that is of your preference.
* Try syncing, and/or connecting your social media accounts, and do automated posting from one social media network to another. Like taking photos on Instagram, or uploading your travel photos on Flickr, and sharing them to your other social media accounts in one go.
* Try experimenting on Camera App features, or practice which filters that would look better on a certain scene — only if you must need to.

What if you can not find something that fits your needs?

When you can not find any decent travel app that fits your needs, you can always try using note organizers, or online documents in cloud storage that allows you to personalize it to fit the needs of your travel planning, and organizing.
* Some Note Organizer Apps have very useful checkbox features that you can use for your packing list or any checklist that you might need. Some also allows you to attach files to organize it in one folder. If you’re using any Note Organizer / Notepad App, check the features if you can use them in travel organizing.
* Some cloud Storage Apps also comes in handy when keeping travel documents. Make sure that it has an option to allow you offline access when wifi connection is not available, or data use is too expensive. You can always edit, or update you travel plans when wifi connection is available on any devices anyways.
These are some of the types of travel apps out there that can help you ease into, and throughout your travels. most of the time, I do not whip out my smart phone to prevent unwanted attention. One can always check travel details at safe areas, and secure the gadget inside the bag if that is what you’re worried about. If technology fails, or gets too much in the way, go ahead, and approach a local, and/or a stranger and converse with them. Some of the best travel guides are the ones walking in the streets that may look very foreign to you.

Freediving | A Real Chance of Drowning

Looking at the waters surface, and the play of both blue, and green of depthness always — always spell binds me. Let us put the blame on having born under the stars of water sign, so we won’t have any argument at that. I am no mermaid, and I’d probably turn out to be a bad one.

Scheduled to have a talk for the Social Media Influencers Summit 2013 by the Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. I was up for a travel to Cebu City again. Doi, Audreyisms good friend has always been welcoming. I’ve only meet her twice then, in more than 5 years of their friendship. She invited me to join a few others I’ve already met on an event at East West. They will be freediving, and I get a real chance of drowning at that. And I was actually up for it.

Freediving is diving in depths holding your breathe the longest you can without any aid of diving gears expect for a snorkeling set if you really must use one, and swimming fins. So one starts out snorkeling.
And dives into the water to deeper depths. I honestly do not know anything about it, and it’s technicalities. The friends I was with are pretty good at what they do considering having no formal training on it. Here are some of the images Doi | The Travelling Feet got from that dive session.

There were several moment when I must have swallowed sea water in volumes that I should have had. But going down deep, and looking at the diverse, and beautiful marine life both scared, and captivated me.

I can only swim for my life’s sake, but freediving is something I could give a second try at. Thanks to Doi, Johnn, Dylan, Edwin, Noel, and Hendri for letting me tag along with them. More images from Doi’s Facebook account, and if you’re into freediving, and anything marine — better follow her, and those guys I dived with. Till my next wandering underwater!

SIQUIJOR | The Sta. Maria Church & Black Maria

 

We have just begun our series of church visits that day, Sta. Maria Church, to it’s locals, at Maria, Squijor was our second stop. It was near lunch so we actually had to make a quick visit. At first glance of the church’ facade, I thought the Church of the Divine Providence would be one of those old churches that I would visit that would make no impression on me, but it’s walls shelters what it is that makes it one of a kind on this island, of the country.
The church from the outside is small, and the bricks of probably limestone shows molds on crevices, and water drop stains. The front is bare except for the painted columns of it’s portico upon its entry that did not look like it belonged at where it is right now (or is it just me?), and the painted images of the Sacred Heart, and a prayer upon it’s doors.

 

 

The interior was as plain as the exterior, but it was wide, and long for a small looking facade of the church. The limestone brick walls was finished neatly, and or no jagged, and rough surface compared to the outside.

 

 

Surprisingly, the church is well lit inside, as sunlight came through the bare windows and humbly framed doors bathing the walls making them look lighter, and making the clean lines of the interior pop out. Molds, and mildew have formed at certain parts of the wall with age, and cool temperature inside. I don’t know why it gives me the impression of a certain charm — bare of ornaments, elaborate fixtures, carvings, or what other old churches boasts of.

 

 

What the exterior, and interior lacks in grandness, the saint’s encasement at the alter compensates. At the end of the aisle massively stands in domineering bold earth brown, and warm gold color that encases the saints.

 

 

 

But what made me walk up to further inspect was not the details of this woodwork but of the statue that stood beside it. On it’s encasement of glass, bearing the same color combination on it’s frame as the massive one is the statue of Saint Rita of Cascia. Sta. Rita de Cascia wanted to become a nun but in obedience to her parents, she was married to her abusive husband. In her hopes to convert her husband from his abusive behavior, her marriage lasted 18 years until he died in the hands of feuding family members. That became the root of revenge for their sons who also died in that manner, even when Sta. Rita de Cascia had earnestly prayed that her sons be spared of the same fate.

 

Losing her husband and 2 sons in a year, she later joined the Augustinian community of religious sisters. She is represented as a statue of ivory white face, and lone facial features. Clothed in black, making all the other features stood out, the locals have given her the name of the Black Maria.

 

Clasps in her hands is a Crucifixion at the right hand, and a skull on the left. She is known to be the patroness of abused, and mourning women.

 

 

To locals, however, stories are told that the Black Maria wanders off after sunset, and is back before sunrise as evidence by mud, and grass found on her feet, and dress the day after. With her piercing stare, and the downturn lips, I had checked to see if she went out that night though. Phew! Clean dress, and feet!

 

Sta. Maria Church & the B.ack Maria is something to check out when you’re visiting Siquijor. Best to go with some locals, or with a local guide, so you can hear stories only told with the tongue. Though do not mess your visit by scaring yourself with those stories. It is through those conversations you get to know how the community was, and how it has come to be what it is now. Siquijor Island is known for witchcraft, mysteries, and legends told from generations to the next. On evenings when the electricity goes off, entertain yourself by asking your local host/s why the island is known for that. *Spooky spooky*

You might like to read more of the SIQUIJOR posts:
Lugnason Falls
Lazi’s 400 Year Old Enchanted Balete
San Isidro Labrador Parish, and Lazi Convent

The Sta. Maria Church & Black Maria

ILIGAN CITY | Another Waterfall Chasing Event

Welcome dinner, and meet up with the blogger guests, and hosts

 

So we start off a new adventure with new set of adventure seekers, and waterfall chasers. Iligan Bloggers Society’s Waterfalling Adventure Tour is at it’s second year of inviting digital influencers, and bloggers to visit Iligan City, and tour around the different accessible waterfalls to help cement the city’s online presence through online activities.
Enjoying the Timoga Spring Resorts. Free-flowing spring waters in all pools.
Coming down from the Kalubihon Falls, Iligan City
Post dinner at Silvestro’s Bistro at The Strip
On foot, and covering the Diyandi Festival 2014 Kasadya Streetdancing
Pinoy Travel Blogger IBS WAT 2.0 Participants
A very tight family picture of the IBS WAT 2.0 at Jasmine Pensionne Home

More posts, and photos to come about Iligan, and the adventures, and gastronomic experiences of these people!

Waterfalling Adventure Tour 2.0 by the Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. will not be possible without the support from the following partners Iligan City Government, IHARRA, and Iligan Chamber and event sponsors:

Unilab, Trusted Quality HealthcareJollibee, Bida ang Saya
With the support of: Greenwich Iligan | Jasmine Pensionne Home | Kopi Luwak | Keepsakes Iligan | Gerona Town Center | Aruma Coffee Lounge | Tedt’s Diner | Iligan Paradise Resort | Linamon’s Best | Piaya de Iligan | NPC Nature’s Park | Third Team Media  | JCreations | New Horizon | Perfect Wedding  | Jesbey’s Diner | Delecta | Bob NYUSA | Hon. Frederick Siao | Hon. Michelle Sweet
Please check out Waterfalling Adventure Tour 2.0 for the whole storyline of the event.