How to Idiot-proof your phone before traveling

How to Idiot-proof your phone before traveling

How to Idiot-proof your phone before traveling is a guest post by Andrey Golub and is about how you can keep your phone safe with an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 case.

About to set off on an new adventure? Congrats! There’s nothing more exciting than setting your sights on the horizon, knowing you’re going to take in more of the world. Seeing new places, meeting new people, exploring new cultures, and breaking out of familiarity. Who wouldn’t want that?

So you’ve bought your tickets, you’ve packed your bags, you’re all set to go and adventure. But are you? One thing people often overlook is protection for their phone. And, when you think about it, your phone is one of the most crucial things you’re going to take with you. You’ll want to take pictures of that gorgeous sunset scene at the beach. You’ll feel like shooting a video as you watch a dolphin dive out of the ocean. You’ll want to Skype your friends back home, check up on your email, check your flight times… the list goes on.

Imagine this – you’re in the middle of a lush rainforest, with birdsong and bright flowers and the sound of a running river. When you get to the river, you decide to take a video of the scenery. So you whip out your phone, but then your traveling partner bumps into you, and whoosh! Your phone drops in the shallows of the river, submerged as the clear water runs over it. You rush over to it and scoop it up as quickly as you can… but it’s too late. The screen has gone black and now your phone is dead.

Or maybe you dropped your iPhone on the rocks, and the screen smashed. Now it won’t turn back on. Where on earth are you going to get it fixed, when you’re in the middle of nature? You might even have to head to the nearest town or city to get a repair, or worse, a replacement. Think of all that traveling time you’d have wasted. How much money you’d have spent. 

Wouldn’t it just be easier to get an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 case case before you leave? We certainly think so. Considering the fact that an iPhone is one of the most expensive phones and can also break, this is the least you can do to protect and idiot-proof your phone!

Check out these 3 cases, and see which one would be best for you when you next go on your travels:

01 | Punkcase Studstar (cost is around INR 2666 or $39)

Punkcase Studstar - how to protect your phone

Punkcase Studstar – how to protect your phone

What this case does best: Color. The Studstar comes in a huge range of color options, with black, white, blue, green, pink, purple, red and teal to choose from. They’re all bold and vibrant, and will make your phone stand out. The bright colors are great for keeping your phone visible in dark places, depending on where your travels take you.

In terms of protection, the Studstar has you and your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus covered. You’ll get waterproofing up to 6.6ft, and dropproofing up to 6.6ft. Pretty impressive. The waterproofing is achieved with advanced sealing protection. This is a special kind of protection that blocks out a whole lot more than just water. Snow, ice, sand, dust, dirt and mud are kept out, too. So wherever your adventures lead, you know your phone will be there by your side every step of the way.

 

02 | Ghostek Atomic 3 (cost is around INR 4000 or $59)

Ghostek Atomic - how to protect your phone

Ghostek Atomic – how to protect your phone

What this case does best: Drop proofing. The hefty bumper crafted from aluminum alloy sees to that. It’s thick, mean, heavy and resilient. You can chuck your phone from long distances onto hard surfaces, and it’ll probably still stay intact – not that we recommend it! The transparent back cover shows your Apple logo, and is made from TPU, so helps absorb harmful shock and keep it away from your phone.

When it comes to other types of protection, the Atomic 3 is awesome, too. It’s waterproof to 4ft, and it can keep out snow, ice, dirt, dust, mud and sand, too. In fact, we’d say it’s one of the best options if you’re looking for a clear iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone case.

 

03 | Punkcase Crystal (cost is around INR 2666 or $39)

Punkcase Crystal - how to protect your phone

Punkcase Crystal – how to protect your phone

The last but not least on our list is the Punkcase Crystal.

What this case does best: Being the best of both worlds! With the Crystal, you get the transparent good looks of the Atomic 3, along with the waterproofing depth of the Studstar at 6.6ft. You’ll also get sand, mud, dirt, dust, ice and snowproofing, so you can be confident about adventuring to even the most exotic of locations.

The Crystal also has a massive color range, so you can look through and pick the case that best suits your taste.

So, that brings us to the end of our list. We think having an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone case is an absolute essential when you’re out exploring the world – what do you think?

Andre is a freelance marketing specialist. Reader by night and phone case tester by day. He likes innovation in everything. Loathe to discuss himself in the third person but persuaded from time to time.

Andrey Golub

10 Awesome Things to Do in Budapest

10 Awesome Things to Do in Budapest

This is a guest post by Eva Green

Budapest will simply leave you spellbound, especially if it’s your first visit. Even if you are going to the favorite city on the European continent for the nth time, you will always come across a new adventure and new things to see and do in Budapest. The famous place offers one the choice and freedom of enjoying their vacation the way they want. There are island parks, funky shops to explore or dig at the delicious local cuisine as well as countless other ways to spend some memorable time. You can hang out with the local Hungarians in the afternoon sipping coffee to save your energy for the nightlife. What do your fancy? Well, if you are still confused, here are some of the top and awesome things to do while in Budapest:

 

01 | Cruise on the Danube River

Budapest simply looks stunning by night as you stand on the banks of the Danube and watch the city lights reflect on the dark waters. Do not miss the chance to take a sightseeing cruise at night. Enjoy the long ride made even more special with the buffet-style dinner. There are one hour sightseeing cruises available for just the evening and those are highly recommended. As you cruise along the river, you come across lush vineyards and ancient castles. Embark on fascinating journeys through sleepy river towns and cities. Look for convenience, comfort and exquisite cuisine on your cruise.

 

02 | Thermal bath

Budapest has made a reputation of sorts as the “City of Spas” and for some good reasons. Get the quintessential Budapest experience at those baths, which are known as “fürdok” and are warmed by natural springs. Ask for the steam rooms and massage services. Different baths around the city supply to different preferences and one can look forward to complete relaxation or look for cures for illness. Széchenyi Baths in City Park and Gellért Baths are amongst the most popular baths. Most of the thermal baths remain open at night during the weekend but there are fewer baths for male- and female-only days. The temperatures can range from warm to hot and carry steam rooms and saunas as well as and rooms for massage.

 

03 | Dohány Street Synagogue

This is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. Referred to as Dohány Street Synagogue, the synagogue opened in 1859 and carries historical significance. The place of worship features Moorish Revival architecture and has a connection to the Holocaust. A pro-Nazi party between 1944 and 1945 bombed it. Do not forget to visit the connecting Hungarian Jewish Museum to learn more about the Hungarian Judaism as well as pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial Temple in the courtyard.

 

04 | Wine Tasting in Hungary

Tourists and travelers never get tired of exploring the 22 wine regions of Hungary. Just beneath Buda Castle is the Faust Wine Cellar, which is part of the extensive labyrinth system. The cellar supplies only the very best wines in the region. Moreover, the very romantic setting of the cellar will leave you relaxed, and this is the right way to understand and sour the rich Hungarian wine.

 

05 | Hungarian State Opera House

Miklós Ybl designed the Location of Hungarian State Opera House in 1884, and this historic building is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest. Decorated with statues of muses and adorned with opera greats such as Mozart, Liszt, Puccini and Verdi, the interiors will leave you dazzled with marble columns, chandeliers, and gilded vaulted ceilings. The near-perfect acoustics make for an astounding performance and make you keep coming back for more.

 

06 | Fisherman’s Bastion

Located on the Castle Hill, the Fisherman’s Bastion offers a panoramic views of the city. You are sure to get blown away by those views as you explore the fairytale-like structure and the seven ornate turrets. The seven turrents represent the tents of the seven Magyar tribe leaders and their settlement on the Carpathian Basin, which ultimately led to the development of modern-day Hungary.

 

07 | Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building was completed in 1904, and it remains one of the most famous landmarks in Budapest. The building’s architecture reminds one of the Gothic Revival styles and carries a national significance. Travelers come mainly to have a look at the beautiful statues and paintings. This is a prominent symbol of independence and democracy of the nation.

 

08 | Shopping at the Central Market Hall

The Central Market Hall is the biggest indoor market in Budapest. It was constructed in the 19th century and its focus is chiefly on Hungarian products. You will find the popular Hungarian sausages and Hungarian paprika selling on the first floor along with fresh vegetables and fruits. If you are looking forward to enjoy some inexpensive and traditional Hungarian lunch, than you are sure to find it here at Central Market Hall. Look for traditional Hungarian embroidery and souvenirs on the second floor.

 

09 | Matthias Church

Matthias Church has been around for centuries and portrays the Romanesque-style architecture. The Church was built in the 13th century and is the first parish church. However, during the 1541 occupation by the Turkish rulers, it was changed into a mosque and remained an Islamic place of worship for the following 150 years, until Turkish expulsion. Tourists admire its imposing architecture and marvel at the historical symbolism as well as the impressive artwork.

 

10 | Caving under Budapest

The rushing and soothing thermal waters of the famous baths of Budapest have created a huge cave system that is believed to be more than100 kilometers long. Get ready to go under and dirty and don on your overalls, helmets, and headlamps to worm your way through tight crevices as you cross some of the longest cave of Hungary. Mátyás-hegyi cave tour can easily last for about three hours. Do enjoy the adventurous activity through natural parts of the cave.

The above-listed sites and locations are a must-see for any visitor’s first trip to Budapest. Have you visited Budapest already and have some of your own tips to share? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Going on your most-awaited trip soon? You’ve probably made a list of all the travel essentials that you’re going to pack for your trip. Whether you’re traveling for leisure or for business, you’d better be prepared to keep yourself entertained and your sanity intact for when you need to wait for crazy long hours.

Here are eight gadgets that will be definitely useful for your upcoming trips, whether you’re a tech-savvy traveler or not:

01 | Travel-friendly camera

Camera - 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Camera – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling – Image Source

First and foremost, you need to bring the most important gadget of them all: a travel-friendly camera.

The best camera for travel, apart from being portable and delivering high image quality, is one that suits your personality and documents well the kinds of activities that you often go for.

If you want a handy gear that can produce high-quality snaps, go for mirrorless cameras. If you want professional-quality photos or you want to start making a living out of travel photography, get a DSLR. But if you’re into outdoor adventures and extreme sports, an action camera is perfect for you.

I’ve always wanted to be a travel blogger, and to be able to do that, I need stunning photos. Since I’m more of a landscape and portrait photographer, I got myself a Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera because its quality and features are impressive.

02 | Portable and lightweight laptop

Laptop - 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Laptop – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

If you take a lot of travel photos, it’s scary to keep everything in one memory card because files might get corrupted or you might not have enough space left for additional photos. Bringing a laptop when you travel saves you from storage problems like these. With a laptop, you can easily transfer files during downtimes, such as long train or bus rides.

If you need to be connected on the go, bringing a laptop is a must such as when you need to check your work emails or social media accounts or to update your travel blog.

Worried about safety when carrying a laptop? You might want to consider bringing lighter and smaller devices such as a tablet or netbook.

03 | Ebook reader

Ebook Reader - 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Ebook Reader – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

For an avid book lover, reading is a great way to kill time during idle moments of the trip. An e-book reader makes a great travel companion because it helps you keep entertained without weighing you down. Sync in great fictional books that will keep your passion for traveling alive.

04 | Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise-Cancelling Headphones - Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise-Cancelling Headphones – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Noise-cancelling headphones are every traveler’s best friend, as they cancel out unwanted noise and help you find peace whenever you need it. If you’re unfortunately mixed with noisy and snoring guests in a hostel, just wear your headphones and you won’t have to stress over and stay awake all night.

05 | Power bank

Power Bank - 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Power Bank – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Power banks are a lifesaver when your mobile device is running on an almost empty battery and you need to power it up on the go.

06 | Waterproof phone case

Waterproof phone case - 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Waterproof phone case – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Got no budget for an action camera? You don’t have to worry! In this day and age, smartphones are already catching up with professional cameras in terms of image quality. All you need is a waterproof case for your phone and you’re good to go. With this smartphone accessory, not only can you save hundreds of bucks, but you can also document your beach adventures without causing damage to your phone.

07 | Universal travel adapter

Universal travel adapter - 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Universal travel adapter – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Your chargers may not be compatible with other country’s wall sockets, so make sure that you bring a universal travel adapter. Don’t rely on the hotel you’re staying in to lend you one because hotels rarely do. Bringing a universal adaptor will definitely save you from the hassle of looking for alternatives.

08 | Padlocks

Padlocks - 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Padlocks – 8 Useful Gadgets for Traveling

Padlocks are essential for traveling to keep your valuable safe whenever you sleep or go out. This can be attached to your designated locker in your room or your bag whenever you go out for a stroll. Bring at least two padlocks so that you have a spare for emergencies.

Travel gadgets may add a little more weight to your luggage, but there’s no denying that they can make your trips a lot easier and less of a hassle. Choose wisely the ones you’re going to pack, and you’re going to have a great and worry-free trip ahead of you.

What’s your favorite travel gadget? Let me know in the comments.

I am a travel photographer with several years of experience in the field. Being a freelance blogger enables me to help photography beginners and enthusiasts to tell wonderful stories of their travels as seen through their lenses. It also allows me to share my thoughts about another advocacy of mine: social equality and change.

Liz Pekler

Explore Sydney Like a Local

Explore Sydney Like a Local

This guest post about Sydney, Australia has been written by Shane as a part of “Explore Like a Local” series. Explore Like a Local is an initiative by Drifter Planet to help you get insider tips about destinations all over the world. Want to write about your hometown? Contact me!

Introducing Sydney

Ah, Sydney, Australia. It’s not all quirky accents and deadly animals! Bask in the weather, the beaches, the friendly people, and the laid-back lifestyle. With a unique diversity in people, food, and nature. You find the urban metropolis and the ocean at the same time. From lush, rain-forests to the dry, red outback. A chill cafe scene and a vibrant night life. What’s not to love?

Suggested reading: Explore Sydney in a weekend

Enjoying Sydney's sunny weather at Observatory Hill with a view of the Harbour

Enjoying Sydney’s sunny weather at Observatory Hill with a view of the Harbour

Where to stay in Sydney on a budget

Eco is a green, earth-friendly option with hip art-deco vibes and just across the street from Bondi Beach!

The hostels here are clean and well kept. I’ve had several friends stay in them with no problem. Stay right in the middle of the city, close to all the action at Sydney Central YHA Hostel for just $36 AUD/night. AirBnb is another budget-friendly option I’ve had great success with!

Things to do in Sydney

Sydney boast over 200 beaches, each offering their own unique spin. With at least nine warm months out of the year (October to May) and easy accessibility via ferry or bus from the city, you have plenty of time to explore them all and find a favourite of your own!

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk– 2.5 hours. This six kilometer walk reveals five Sydney beaches (Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, Tamarama, Bondi) and stunning views of cliffs, waves, bays, rock pools, and even a 19th century cemetery. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and expect to spend 1.5-2.5 hours depending on how many pictures you stop for along the way.

Blue Mountains, Sydney - Explore like a Local

Blue Mountains, Sydney – Explore like a Local

The Blue Mountains are a gorgeous sight which you can reach by train or coach bus. Be sure to leave early and plan for an entire day as it’s 2-2.5 hours out of the city.

If you are a wine-o like myself, you will love the Hunter Valley region. Two hours from the city, it is worth the trip to see the beautiful rolling hills and try the boutique wines you won’t find at a supermarket!

One thing I really regret missing is the fireworks over Sydney Harbour for New Years Eve. If you aren’t here during that time, a beautiful firework display is put on every Saturday at 8pm over Darling Harbour.

If you visit at the end of May or beginning of June. you can’t miss Vivid, a unique festival that lights up the entire city in vivid colors for three weeks a mesmerizing free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures, a cutting edge contemporary music program and the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

Street art in Sydney - Explore like a local

Street art in Sydney – Explore like a local

Not a huge fan of museums, but the street art tucked into the suburbs is amazing!  Check out Newtown, Erskinville, and Sydney University Graffiti tunnel.

What to eat in Sydney and where

Looking for dinner with a view? The Boathouse offers several beach side locations with a bit of everything – fresh market flowers,, deli style food + cheeses, delicious breakfast, good coffee with quirky designs.

O Bar and Quay offer charming views of the harbour but prepare to pull out your wallet.

Looking for a taste of Australia? Visit The Australian Hotel for the Coat of Arms Pizza topped with kangaroo and emu. Australia is the only country which eats their national animals!

Looking for a sweet treat? Cow & Moon Gelato in Newtown You must try this award winning mouth-watering almond affogato gelato! It combines caramelised almonds sourced from Italy with single origin coffee on a Madagascan vanilla base. A salty sweet dream.

King Street in Newtown is filled with ethnic foods galore. Try Thai at Thai Patong, Turkish at Yenikoys, Italian at Pastizza Bar. With over 100 restaurants including Japanese, Vietnamese,  soul food and more, you’re sure to find a favorite!

What to avoid in Sydney

To blend in with the locals, I recommend strolling through the suburbs of Newtown, Surry Hills, and Darlinghurst and steer clear of Kings Cross at night (the red light district)

There are great markets in Bondi, Paddington, Glebe, and the Rocks on a weekend filled with food, clothing, and more!

Harbour Bridge Climb, Sydney - Explore like a a Local

Harbour Bridge Climb, Sydney – Explore like a a Local

The ultimate tourist activity is to Sydney from above with the Harbour Bridge Climb (warning, it runs around $250 but you can do the sample version by climbing the bottom arch to save a buck)

Best way to get around in Sydney

View from Mrs Mcquaries Point of Sydney Harbour

View from Mrs Mcquaries Point of Sydney Harbour

Sydney has an amazing public transport system. Grab an Opal card (for free!) at a local convenient store to get discounts on fares. Expect each trip to be $2-4 AUD.  Ferries are $6 each way. After 8 trips in a week, the rest are free. This can be used on trains, buses, ferries, and light rails!

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Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

This guest post about Edinburgh, Scotland has been written by Gemma Armit as a part of “Explore Like a Local” series. Explore Like a Local is an initiative by Drifter Planet to help you get insider tips about destinations all over the world. Want to write about your hometown? Contact me!

Introducing Edinburgh, Scotland

Cobbled streets, haunted walks, and a three-week long festival of jokes – the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is more than just a pretty place. Enriched in history, shopping galore, food and drink, and waters on the shore! Edinburgh has something for every type of traveler.

Where to stay in Edinburgh on a budget

Approach Edinburgh hostels with caution! I have stayed in one that resembles and crack den and others that act like a revolving door for backpackers, just a bed in a busy city. Expect to pay around £10, do a bit a research beforehand. Check out these hostels:

  1. Budget Backpackers
  2. Kick Ass Hostels

Things to do in Edinburgh

Traditionally, tourists flock to the top of the Royal Mile in the Old Town to see our historical Edinburgh Castle which sits proudly on top of an extinct volcano. Listen out for the One O’Clock Gun which shoots every day bar Sunday (and Christmas or Good Friday).

Edinburgh Castle Canon - Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

Edinburgh Castle Canon – Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

A comfortable walk down the Royal Mile will take to you Holyrood, where the devolved Scottish Parliament lives. A hike up Arthur’s Seat is a great way to blow the cobwebs away and offers the best views of the city.

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Scotland - Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Scotland – Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

The Old Town does not sleep for three weeks in August during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and again on the 31st of December when we celebrate ‘Hogmanay’ aka New Year’s Eve! However, Edinburgh is not just about the Old Town! Leith, in the New Town is home to lots of lovely restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Edinburgh Fringe Scotland - Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

Edinburgh Fringe Scotland – Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

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Where to eat in Edinburgh

My favorite restaurant in Edinburgh isn’t actually Scottish; it’s Thai! You won’t find the national food of Scotland, haggis, at Ting Thai Caravan but you will sample mouth-watering beer battered prawns and tofu options! Personally, I prefer to socialize in Leith as it’s less touristy and more ‘real life’. There is a joke in Edinburgh that you probably won’t meet any Scottish people in the city, as it is saturated with tourists! On a Thursday or Sunday night check out the live band huddled around the fire in the cute, Carriers Quarters or if you are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh on the weekend, hit up the Port ‘o Leith for some dancing on the bar, it’s an Edinburgh institution!

Leith, Edinburgh Scotland - Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

Leith, Edinburgh Scotland – Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

What to avoid in Edinburgh

The Grass Market in Edinburgh is a bit of a tourist trap. Lots of backpackers ask me if I’ve been to The Three Sisters, and the answer is yes, unfortunately! If you were looking to hang out with hen and stag (bachelorette and bachelor) parties then this would be your go to, not my style! Pretty much any of the restaurants on the Royal Mile are not going to be the friendliest on a traveler’s budget!

Best way to get around in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Scotland - Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Scotland – Explore Edinburgh Like a Local

Look down! Yes, it’s your feet! We do have a public bus system (no change given), a hop on / off tourist bus, and now a swanky new tram system, which will take you to the city center from the airport. We do have tuk-tuks! Usually found whizzing up and down the mean streets full of drunks on a Friday and Saturday night!

 

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