Asked your boss for well-deserved time off? Good! Depending on the
reason for your break (and how long you'll be away from work), you
might not want to spend every second documenting your travels ... and every
travel photo you post might not be Insta-worthy. Even
though there’s something to be said for packing your
a pen and a paper journal and writing about your trip, it’s a lot
easier to keep friends and family in the loop while you’re on the road
if you do it digitally. Here are the best travel apps that will help
you document your next journey.
Day One Journal
The best part about
Day One journals? You don’t
necessarily need to be taking a cross-country or international trip to
use it, you can just make a habit of capturing things that inspire
you. Journaling novices will likely be content with the free version,
which allows you to write entries by hand, with Apple Pencil, or your
finger. You can look back through entries via calendar, timeline, or
photos, while also being reminded of specifics of that day, like
temperature, weather, moon phase, and altitude. Upgrading to the
premium version gives you even more incentive to make journaling a
habit: It allows unlimited photo storage and journal entries,
cloud-based storage, audio recording, and a 25 percent off book
printing discount … perfect if you’d prefer to page through your
memories in paper form.
Diaries app has everything a traveler could want in a digital
diary: Customizable layouts that allow you to enhance your text with
photos and maps marking all of the places you visited, with the option
to keep entries private or share them with family and friends.
Inspired to turn your diary into a blog? No problem: The app can
convert your entries from diary to blog automatically, which you can
share via social media or email. Need to see your entries in print?
That’s an option, too. Choose to print all (or a portion of) your
trip; books are available for printing in as few as 40 pages (or as
many as 320), in hard or soft cover formats.
Created by travelers, for travelers,
Driftr is designed as social
network for those who live for spending time on the road. The app
supports photos and videos, and encourages sharing reviews and travel
advice—perfect for solo travelers, as well as those who like to share
experiences from secluded locations, such as the legendary Inca
Picchu. Though the app is still in beta testing, trying it out
is the perfect opportunity to contribute to the travel community on a
larger scale: The founders encourage contribution from contributing
writers, as well as aspiring storytellers via their podcast.
Even though it’s currently only available for iPhone users,
Bonjournal is ideal for
travelers who want a simple interface for documenting their
activities, whether that means
up the West Coast or chilling on a deserted island. Not
sure if you want to share every moment of your trip? Its privacy
settings allow you to keep some entries to yourself. Need inspiration
for your next trip? Follow friends (or fellow travelers), curl up in your
blanket, and be inspired by their entries.
Are you not traveling but want to live vicariously through someone
photo-lovers dream. Not only does it provide the capability to track
your travel route automatically when
the road(while using minimal battery power while doing
so), it also transforms each travel journal into a visually stunning
coffee table book, complete with modern-looking layouts of the
countries visited, miles and/or kilometers covered, and number of
Even if you don’t have any life-changing trips planned,
Momento is worth a
download either way, thanks to its ability to organize your social
network activity from up to 11 different platforms (such as Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, Swarm, Flickr and YouTube) into one neat, cohesive
package. And even though you can make it private if you choose—great
if you’re using its pregnancy feature, which allows you to journal
your experience of nine months of pregnancy and beyond—you can also
explore people who have tagged themselves enjoying similar
experiences. No vacations (or pregnancies) in your future? It also
doubles as a work/project journal, allowing you to track project
notes, milestones and meetings so you’re always prepared, whether
you’re working in-office or in another time zone.
When you use a digital travel journal you need only slip your
smartphone into your
let the travel adventures get under way.
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