Smart phones might not exactly be improving the quality of our lives, but they are most certainly putting worlds of information at our fingertips. With a single swipe you can now check the surf report, the status of your flight schedule, and more… even in Nicaragua.
So if you are looking for the latest hot travel app to make your life better in San Juan del Sur, here’s our pick of 10 for your smart phone or tablet.
1. Magic Seaweed – In most other areas of the world, you need to check the weather for reliable predictions. Here, you don’t need a prediction about tomorrow’s weather. Everyone already knows. The dry season is going to be sunny all day and the rainy season will be sunny with scattered rain showers in the afternoon or evening. Average temperatures almost always range from 85 to 90 degrees (28 – 30c) no matter the season. The sun sets between 5 and 6 year round. What changes is the ocean. Swells come and go. Tides rise and fall. Download Magic Seaweed to stay informed, get out on the water at the right time and get better at surfing.
2. Google Translate – No matter how many classes of spanish school you take, some days you just get stumped. There are always going to be new words to learn. Although we still recommend local spanish schools such as this one, this handy tool is a great safety net to keep in your back pocket while traveling.
3. XE Currency Converter – No more getting caught short. This app converts currencies to keep you up to date on the latest exchange rate. Run the numbers while shopping or eating in San Juan del Sur and smile at the low cost of living.
4. Disaster Alert – It’s no secret that San Juan del Sur is located within an active volcanic region. This means that occasionally we do feel earthquakes. We might even get the occasional tsunami warning. When these natural threats take place, it is often difficult to get immediate safety procedure advice or information on the extent of the damage. Download Disaster Alert to access the damage and be better prepared in the event of an emergency.
5. Postagram – Postcards don’t have to be a thing of the past. There has never been an easier and less expensive way to send a post card to your loved one while living or traveling abroad. All you have to do is download this app, designate your photo, type the message and send. Postgram will print your customized postcard and physically mail it to the address of your choice.
6. Spotify – Living overseas doesn’t have to mean that you miss out on the latest music trends. Unlike Pandora, Spotify will not block your international IP address and you can now listen to your music offline. Invest $9.99 per month and you’ll have access to a world of music even when you are disconnected.
7. WhatsApp – With this app it no longer matters whether you have a Claro or Movistar mobile phone. It also doesn’t matter if you have a Samsun Galaxy or an iPhone. WhatsApp does not discriminate. All you have to do is be online to send your friends free text messages. Simply stated, WhatsApp will save you money on phone bills.
8. Snapseed – There are dozens are free photo editing apps on the market but Google’s Snapseed ranks among the best for easy and fast photo editing on your phone. Download Snapseed for free to spruce up your photos.
9. AirportZoom – Whether you are picking up friends or clients from Managua, or trying to catch a plane yourself, AirportZoom will tell you the status of every flight in the airport. No need to waste time waiting or logging into airline websites to check for flight updates.
10. Shazam – An oldie but goodie. Travel exposes us to a new world of music and Shazam enables you to capture it. This app identifies the music in the air and saves it for you to download (for free if you followed our advice on #6 above).