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Travel & Technology : Tips & Tricks

Technology has changed the way we travel these days. Technology is so advanced that we don’t even have to leave our homes for seeing the world out there.  If you haven’t visited Taj Mahal, just click on this link and you can take a stroll around and inside Taj Mahal. No need to wait in the long queues and all. Now that is technology for you.

Well I am not going to tell about the armchair travels. You can very well do that with Google maps and Google street view for free. I am going to share with you, the few tips and tricks I used during my previous trekking. Probably you must be knowing these tips, but anyway I will share my experience.

My Trekking Essentials

Small Back pack which by default includes Camera, lenses and bottled water. And the next essential thing is my Android Phone.

If you have travelled in India, you must be knowing one needs to know a couple of languages for communicating with the locals. You cannot expect to communicate in Hindi or English when you are really deep inside some Southern Indian villages.

During such times, an android phone with a Google maps and Internet connection can be your best friend. So I always travel with my reliable friend Google maps. But then comes the big problem. Draining of Battery!

So here I am going to tell you how I saved my battery for 24 hours during a trekking.

How to Save your Battery charge While Trekking?

Mostly I use the maps for walking directions. For that I need to access Mobile data and GPS.

GPS & Mobile data
GPS & Mobile data

Both of them are notorious for their energy draining capabilities. And to make things worse, my phone is 2 year old.

So lets check the tips without wasting time.

Tip #1 : Try to load the Map before hand when you have wifi or when you are charging the phone. And save the map for offline use.

Tip #2 : If you want to use Online map, turn on the Mobile data and GPS and once the map is loaded, quickly turn off the mobile data.

Tip #3 :  When you are not checking the Navigation, turn off the screen.  Also keep the screen brightness to a minimum if possible.

Tip #4 : While travelling, when maps are no longer needed, keep the phone in Flight mode. If you want to switch off, its better.

There is another problem when we are using the Mobile data.

The Apps running in the Background!

Once you turn on the mobile data, all those apps running in the background would start to seek for it’s updates, new messages and so on. It consumes both your battery charge and mobile data. During a trekking trip such an energy loss is a big loss unless you have a powerpack with you.

Tip #5 : Turn off the Apps running  in the background.

How to turn off Apps running in the Background?

> Go to Settings

Settings Page
Settings Page

> You can check which App is consuming more battery power from “Battery”

> Go to “Application Manager”

> Select those Apps which always give you Notifications, once you turn on the Mobile Data/ WiFi

My Instagram
My Instagram

For eg. My instagram gives the notification while I turn on the internet. So I want to turn it off.

> Tap on the “Force Stop”

It gives a warning message. But don’t worry.  Nothing will go wrong.

Warning Message
Warning Message

> Click “OK”

Now you have successfully turned off the App from running in the background. Repeat the same steps with other Apps too.

When you want to Enable it again, just go to the App and use it as usual. The notifications will be enabled again.

Hope this will save your battery during your next trip.

Trablogger goes to Dubai

It is time for another big trip.

Its Dubai, this time to tick

in search of dreams and miracles.

insecure and excited at the same times.

Ok, I am bad at this 😉 Back to normal mode. So I just wanted to let you know that, these past days I was sort of busy, wasn’t really able to read all your posts, reply to your encouraging comments in time and so on. But I promise that once I settle down a bit, will come back to my normal wordpress routines.

Till then I will probably be able to update you all, on the go. If not, I have scheduled the regular posts, so that you wont miss them. In fact, the blog was running on schedules posts for past few days. Well the blog is on Auto pilot mode now.

Regarding flash fiction chain, I hope the wonderful member will manage it efficiently without any coordination from my part. I will update it at the earliest opportunity.

And wandering story teller, sorry about the address. Hope to update you soon with a proper address.

Now I need your wishes, prayers and support to make this journey a great one and to find my dreams and miracles. This is an all or nothing trip 😉

A home wherever you go

A traveller needs a place to stay wherever he/she goes.  If you are following my post, you must be knowing that I am a big fan of couch surfing and I will always be.

But there is one more option that gives you a home wherever you travel. It is called AirBnB. Many of you must be already heard of it. Airbnb is a website/community that offers unique accommodations around the world. Note the word “unique accommodation”.  Unlike Couchsurfing one has certain options to choose and also one has to pay. ( unlike Couchsurfing )

But at times, every traveller would be willing to spend some money to experience some unique experiences. Who wouldn’t pay to live a day or two in an igloo, or to live in a tree house with a breath taking view, or to live in an ancient fort like a prince or princess, if all these are offered at a very reasonable price!

Yes, you heard that right. The unique accommodation on offer can be an igloo, a tree house, a fort, a yacht, a shipping container, a van, a super luxurious house, a palace; it can be anything. If you would like you can check my wishlist here.

They have some free joining bonus for both you and me, if you are joining through this link and get  ₹1,500 + travel credit. You will get this credits, so that you can immediately start booking  an accommodation anywhere in the world.

There are some awesome accomodations in India as well. Like the palaces in Rajastan, Houses with amazing view of Himalayas, Camp sites in High altitude areas, Secluded palace in the forest and many more. The travel will be a different experience with Airbnb.

I have a friend from Brazil who tried Airbnb in Fort Kochin, Kerala. I went to say hi to him. The place was neat, not the cheapest available option though. But it was definitely a different experience. I am itching to try Airbnb during my next trip.

I hope you will also start making your own wish lists in Airbnb. It will be more like a bucket list to inspire you. So plan a trip and not take it. If you are taking it, even better 🙂

Travel Theme : Altruism

When life Gives you lemons..
When life gives you lemons
When life gives you lemons

Some times we might be bored with long travelling.

We  stay away from home, travelling to the main stream touristy places, click those usual picture with that monument, click some front cam selfies, try to push that building, try to pick up the dome of the beautiful architecture, try so many other trick photography items that are tried and tested by millions of others. And after doing all these things, at the end of the day we might be missing something.

We might be introspective about the trip. What was the purpose of this trip, what have I earned from the trip, I spend all the money and what have I gained from it?  Sometimes it is hard to find a purpose of our trips.

So here I have a meaningful suggestion Continue reading Travel Theme : Altruism

Travel Theme : Fixed Budget Trips

If you are a hobo, if you are a nomad, if you have an itchy feet, If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on travels, read on.

I consider myself as many of the terms mentioned above. 😉  So my travel adventures mainly revolves around on a shoe string! I mean on a shoe string budget. In the previous post I was taking an imaginary journey, (which couldn’t take off from the planning phase) through India and the total cost of 2840km, 7 day journey was only around ₹ 2000

So here is a travel theme for you, if are confused about planning a trip, worry about the budget of your trip or just looking for a different travel experience.

Travel to some place on a fixed budget! Continue reading Travel Theme : Fixed Budget Trips