Traveling can be stressful, especially when you don’t know what resources are available to you! These days, even though it seems anything can be found on the internet, it’s hard to guarantee useful, reliable, and functional sources. That’s why I’ve put together a list of a few sites and apps that can help you make the most of your planning and travel experience!
If you want to deepen your understanding of local culture, couchsurfing.com lets you to stay with locals wherever you are visiting. The website allows you to create a profile, chat with other users and hosts, and find a place to stay on your travel adventures. Because the site is community driven, there is a strong emphasis on safety. Couchsurfing is committed to verifying hosts and travelers so you can feel at ease while you’re abroad.
Matadornetwork.com is another great resource for insider travel information. Offering countless city guides and amateur travel blogs, this website can inspire your next vacation and give you the scoop on what to see and do on your next trip. Lastly, the site is constantly updated with new tips and tricks on travel, packing, sight-seeing, camping, backpacking, and more.
Next is wayn.com which stands for “Where are you now.” Wayn is a travel community site that allows users to share their current travel plans and chat about hidden gems in foreign countries. One of the best features of this site is that it allows for location based questions which can be answered by locals or other users that have visited that country.
Finally, every travel excursion is bound to be filled with photos, I know I never leave my camera or phone at home! If you want to bring your pictures to the next level, whether for Instagram or sharing on Facebook, here are two apps that I have fallen in love with. The first is the VSCO app, I love it because it can bring your pictures from boring to beautiful in seconds with dozens of filters and tools.
The second is Photoshop Express; while it doesn’t have the full capabilities of the desktop software, I haven’t found anything else that makes my photos look more well-lit and professional.
My last piece of advice is: if you want an authentic and intimate travel experience, free from the red tape of big ticket travel agencies, skip the prepackaged offers from other travel corporations and invest in a smaller, more exclusive experience like the one offered here at Gout et Voyage!