Also the time of writing a letter/postcard, then sending it by post or typing an email in an internet cafe is over. With our smartphone in your pocket it's all much easier, faster and you can do more with it.
These 9 travel apps help you to keep track of your travels and create and share a travel report, so everyone knows you are doing well and that you are enjoying your fantastic trip to the fullest.
With Polarsteps you create a timeline of the places you have been. At each place you can then add your own photos and texts. This way you can map your trip and easily share everything with the home front. Then they don't have to ask where you are all the time.
Polarsteps is available free of charge for iPhone and Android. And you can also use it via the website. It does have in-app purchases, but that's only if you have a travel report printed.
The FindPenguins app is similar to Polarsteps. FindPenguins follows your travels effortlessly and automatically. You can make a great travel report by adding photos and texts. You can share a trip with friends, but also keep it private. And when you're back, you can print your travel log super fast.
FindPenguins is free to download voor iPhone and Android. There are in-app purchases available, but you don't need them if you don't want to print a travel log.
The Evernote app allows you to keep track of your journey. You can create notes, checklist what to bring or a to-do list. Next to
Evernote makes it easy to create notes that you can enrich with photos, videos, to-do's, audio, and more. You can conveniently store these notes in notebooks, providing an overview. For example, you can create a notebook per country, city or week and keep track of your journey. Organize it the way you like it.
Evernote is available free for iPhone and Android. You can also take the Pro version, but in principle you don't need it (unless you want to keep track of it with several people).
4. Journal (by Journey)
Journal looks beautiful and works like a diary. You can write texts in it and enrich it with photos, videos, the location, the weather and what activity you are doing. This is very handy during your travels, because afterwards you will also know exactly the weather and where you were at the time of writing.
You can also import from the above Evernote (and other apps) to Journal.
Journal is available free for iPhone and Andriod. And you can also use it via the website. You can make in-app purchases or subscribe, but that's not necessary to use the app.
5. 1 Second Everyday: Video Diary
Another fun way to keep your trip is with 1 Second Everyday: Video Diary. With this app you make, as the name says, a video of 1 second.
When you're back home, you can use the app to make all the videos together. This way you have a nice video of your whole trip, without having to edit everything.
Download 1 Second Everyday: Video Diary
1 Second Everyday: Video Diary is available free for iPhone and Android. It does have in-app purchases.
Momento lets you collect and capture memories with notes, photos, videos, places and people. You can relive or share these memories.
Another advantage of Momento is that it automatically collects your daily activities, messages and photos from social media and other apps.
You can also use Momento to set reminders so you don't forget to write something in them.
Momento is only available for iPhone and is free to download. However, you can make in-app purchases.
Chances are you already have Instagram on your phone, but it should not be missing from this list. Instagram Stories allows you to create and share a combination of text and photos/videos with your followers. You can also save them so you can watch them again at a later time.
Make sure you have a Powerbank with you, because with me Instagram eats the battery.
Instagram is available free for iPhone and Android if you don't already have it.
A nice idea is to send a postcard to your friends or family every week, month or as often as you like. Write a piece of text, upload a picture you took during your trip and enter the address. The Postagram app will then take care of the rest for you.
Another great idea is to send the postcards to yourself and when you get back, bundle them all into a travel booklet with a piece of string.
Postagram is available free of charge for iPhone and Android. You do have to pay for sending the photos. It costs $2 for addresses within the United States and $3 for addresses outside the United States.
9. Note app
You can also use the standard note app that is often found on your smartphone. Here you can write your texts and add photos/video's. This sometimes works better, but not always in my experience.
Create your own travel blog
You can also choose to create your own travel blog, where you can share your travel stories and great photos with your family and friends. In a 5 step plan you already have your own travel blog.