In today’s age of technology, travel has become available to more people than ever before. No longer do you have to visit a travel agent to book a vacation or buy a traditional guidebook to plan your journey in the places you’re going to visit. In fact, now the availability of information is almost overwhelming and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn for the best advice, information and resources to make the most of your trip. We’ve come up with a list of 5 cool apps and resources that can help improve your travel experience – some LGBT specific and some mainstream, but all with the focus giving you travel inspiration and helping you to make the most of your trip.
Here’s another cool travel app we discovered to make your travels more personalized for your friends and family at home. MyPostCard makes it easy to send personalized postcards from your phone from anywhere in the world… no matter if you’re at the beach in the Caribbean, sitting on a plane in Asia or at a café in Italy. You can use your photos, or one of their designs, to send a unique card to anyone, anywhere in the world! Personalize your postcard or greeting card with a personal note and send your card from their website or directly from your phone with their popular app. You can select from one of more than 10,000 designs to personalize your message and create customized postcards or greeting cards. After you’ve personalized the perfect card then you can order as many as you’d like to send to family or friends, including sets of 8 all the way up to 200.
PO Box Zone
PO Box Zone is a US based online mail forwarding service that receives your letters and packages while you are away. When your mail arrives, it can be automatically scanned and uploaded to your Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, or even sent to you via email. That means you can access the content from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. Now you don’t have to worry about missing anything like you might if you were to use a long-term mail hold at a post office. You also don’t have to bother friends or family by sending your items to them, potentially causing an inconvenience. Plus the service offers you an actual street address, not just a PO box. PO Box Zone will even securely shred your junk mail, allowing you to avoid sorting through it all when you return.
We’ve been using the service now for a year since we no longer have a US-based home address, so it makes it really convenient to still get our mail even when traveling around the world or while at home in Spain. They offer several different packages at various price levels depending on how much mail you receive and how often you want to use the scanning and forwarding services. Sign up here to try out the service starting at just $99 per year.
misterb&b is an online service that allows you to rent short or long term spaces from gay and gay-friendly hosts around the world. Think AirBnB for gays! You can rent a loft in Soho, share a room in Barcelona, a couch in the Castro or a cozy apartment in Le Marais or Chelsea! Understanding a city’s gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows the best insider advice. misterb&b has become the #1 gay hotelier in the world with more than 50,000 hosts in over 130 countries. New to misterb&b? You can save $25 on your first booking by signing up with this link.
Some travelers hold bank accounts in more than one country to make local spending easier when you hit the road. However, changing currencies during a transfer can come with costs. Transferwire.com gives you a way to transfer funds between accounts, and currencies, for a low fee and transparent fee. The total cost is displayed up front, so you know exactly how much money you will be receiving after the transfer is complete.
Since the service is online, you can access the features from anywhere. That makes transferring money on the fly easier than ever. We recently started using this service to transfer money between foreign bank accounts and also to family and friends. Sign up here to try out the service and get one free transfer.
If you want to find cheap flights out of your area, Kayak Explore has you covered. You can get flights all over the world for excellent prices. For those with some flexibility, you could let the low fares help you decide where to visit next. You can also focus on your destination of choice and explore all of the options available. Either way, you can find a way to get to where you want to be at prices that can be much lower than those found elsewhere.