Many of us have grown quite accustomed to life with a smartphone. We’re constantly taking photos of our food, of the streets outside, or of the bright Christmas decorations we happen to ride past in our travels.

Nearly everyone has a smartphone nowadays. In the Philippines, smartphone penetration is set to hit 50% by 2015, adding to the growing number of smartphone users across the world. Gaming Realms, operators of Iceland Bingo, has noted that in 2012, there were 1 billion smartphone users – a figure that has inflated immensely to 1.75 billion by the end of this year. For many, the smartphone is a mere tool for recreation, but for travel writers, it can be their lifeblood.

If you’re having trouble figuring out where and how to start with using your phone as you travel, try downloading Evernote, an app that shows the potential of different apps to be truly cross-platform. Evernote works “on everything you use every day”, from mobile phones to smart watches to laptops and desktop computers.
When you sign into the app, you can jot down notes on things you encounter in your travels, as well as shoot photographs and assign them to notes. You can even snap photos of handwritten notes, and the app will be able to recognize the text you’ve written. All of these things can be organized in Evernote notebooks, so it’s easy to find them when you decide to sit down and write full blog posts or articles on them.
You can even make notes of tasks you need to do, and all of your notes will be synced across all your devices as soon as you log into the app. All of this is available on the free version of the app, but if you want to access premium features, they’re also available for PHP210 /month.

Evernote is helpful to me when I jot down my thoughts, and attached photos, or videos to when roaming the streets, or during long bus rides, and wanting to just get ahead with my writing during travels. But most of the time it comes in handy when I take notes of expenses, or route I took for future references. Do you use any other apps for your travel notes?