Tuesday, May 9, 2017

6 Useful Apps for Travel

We are all very fortunate to be alive in this time and use the modern advanced technology to help us in our daily life, including if your lifestyle includes travel!

Download and use these with Android and iPhone (or othre iOS device)

Mapping:

Maps.Me - offline maps with trails and details

Google Maps - listings of businesses, directions, attractions and reviews of all the places.

Google Photos - free unlimited photo and video back to your gmail (can access online at photos.google.com) bonus to use the location GPS on your camera gives the ability to search your photos by location!

Accommodation:

Agoda - specially in South East Asia and Asia, very good for booking and finding cheap places for accommodation. Note: owned by booking.com but still I find agoda has better deals and user interface.

CouchSurfing - Sign up and fill out your account if you don't have one already. useful for making connections in various places, they can help you find local places and sometimes they can offer you a place to stay!

Communication:WhatsApp - Useful for texting and calling when internet is slow, but need to verify by SMS so choose a phone number you memorized and can keep from someone else getting it (which means they can verify the SMS and take over your account).

Facebook Messanger - useful as whatsapp but better because you can access it anywhere with browser or phone without needing to verify with SMS as whatsapp.

Bonus apps:
Kayak, Skyscanner, Google Trips - flight lookup (normally can book directly with the airline website)
Cleartrip for train schedules in India

Other useful:
Weather
Calculator
Google Calendar and Google Keep - for notes (both sync with gmail)

Apps I use:
Strava - for cycling and running, uses GPS.
SoundHound - to fetch song name and artist by listening to what is playing.
Translator - useful with all languages that google has.

Let me know if you have other useful apps or websites in the comments below.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Does Indonesian consulate in Kathmandu, Nepal give tourist visa?

I believe they do, but as the head of the consulate told me it would only be for 30 days and take 2 weeks so it is better to get the landed visa on arrival

Monday, April 24, 2017

What to bring and tips for Nepal Trekking Annapurna circuit

I did the Annapurna circuit in mid April 2017 and here's what I learned, bring and not:

Backpack - aim for small portable and light.

Puffy jacket, fleece, warm underpants, waterproof jacket + pants - Depending on the weather conditions in the time you are going, but if you get to ~5,400 meters above sea level it will probably be cold.
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Trekking shoes + socks - personally I only used them on the coldest parts of the trip such as Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

Sandals - I used XeroShoes for most of the trekking, for me it was best with very little injury and discomfort. This is a minimalist barefoot sandal which can take a bit of time to get used to, I already traveled for 6 months with solely this sole.

Sunscreen/coconut oil - there will be strong sun and it goes through clouds if you have fair skin like me you will need to at least have coconut oil for the mild protection and after sun hydration.

Face mask - useful when there is unavoidable jeep road it tends to get dusty. I also used it to cover my lips when cooler air moves it dried my lips, bring lib balm if you prefer. I didn't need any because of this technique.

Optional:
Snacks - It is a good idea to buy things like dry fruit, nuts and honey as the snacks become more expensive following the circuit.

Candles - to keep warm in the rooms without heating, some places forbid them for safety reasons.

Sleeping bag - most places provide blankets, but if you want to stay with your own and possibly be adventurous...
Sleeping near waterfalls in Tal