One of the hardest aspects of traveling to deal with is jet lag. You’ve booked an amazing trip to London, Africa, the Far East, but it’s going to take you a while to get there and you feel like a dishrag when you finally touch down. The Binaural Beats app is a great anti-jet lag tool to have around, as it is known to help with sleep, focus and meditation. Pick a frequency based on colors, set a sleep timer and hit play. There’s also a rain option to add a layer of ambient noise. A big help on a vacation, and possibly a lifesaver on that long-range business trip.
When checking out a new country or city, you can look at TripAdvisor or Yelp for help, but how do you know that these reviewers’ interests gel with your own? Cool Cousin offers curated city maps from actual locals whose lifestyles you vibe with. Perhaps an architect in Paris will have what you’re looking for, or an anime master in London, or a vegan sailor in Tel Aviv. It’s a wonderful way to see cities with a whole new perspective through the eyes of someone to whom you can relate. And if you run out of things to do, or are contemplating your next move, message your “cousins” directly for suggestions.
Sea may surround us in Cayman, but in the big cities, it’s a little more difficult to find water into which you’re willing to dip your toe. The Dip app gives you the down low on the luxury hotel pool experience without the luxury hotel room price tag. Launched in the trendy cities of Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C., Dip helps you get day, month or seasonal passes to exclusive hotel pools. All very “Sex and the City.” Depending on the hotel’s availability, options might even include daybeds, cabanas and access to the spa and gym. Beyond that, you’ll feel like you’re in an exclusive club. NOW we’re talking!
Guthook’s Pacific Crest Trail Guide
Just because you’re happy to rough it doesn’t mean it has to be, well, rough. Off-the-grid hikers who still like a digital map will love Guthook’s Pacific Crest Trail Guide. Whether you’re taking to the trails for a day or a five-month immersive hike of self-discovery, Guthook has trail guides for the breadth of the United States. In addition to detailed maps (always handy), highlights include information on water sources and campsites, photos for points of interest and digital trail registers for comparing notes with other hikers. The more knowledge you have, the better off you’ll be. Hiking can be a lot of fun and Guthook will make sure it stays that way.