Preparing for TBEX in Athens – Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers
With just under two months to go until this years TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athens, it's time to start some planning and preparation. Forget what clothes to take, and how you are going to fit them all into your luggage. Instead, concentrate on the important things, such as making sure that you have installed the essential Android apps for travel bloggers on your phone or tablet. Oh, and before we go any further, yes you read it right, Android! It's the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, and quite frankly, is a lot better than Apple. End of discussion!
I've broken these essential Android apps for travel bloggers into two article of five apps each. This is part 1, and part 2 will be published in a few days time.
Evernote – This app takes note-making and syncing to a whole new level. It covers not only Android, but other operating systems as well, and syncs whenever the device is online. The beauty of it, is that not only can notes be made by typing them in, but you can also attach audio files and photos. Ever wondered what it would be like to have a paperless office? Well, Evernote can do just. Take a photo of a business card or letter, and within a few minutes, any writing on it then becomes searchable within the app. This makes it an extremely powerful tool, and an essential Android app for travel bloggers. Whether creating a new blog post, building up research from the internet, keeping a diary, planning a trip, or keeping track of expenses by photographed receipts, its uses are endlesss. Available in both a free and paid version, once you get used to it, you will wonder how you ever coped before.
Hootsuite – Although I do occasionally use the Hootsuite Android app to create new updates on Twitter and Facebook, I find that it's real strength is in monitoring my social media feeds instead. From here, I can see what messages I have scheduled, as well as who has interacted recently. One extremely useful feature is the “stats”, from where I can see how many click-throughs to links each tweet has gotten. This is helpful in creating new content for my bicycle touring blog, as well as working out which times may be the best to schedule certain tweets. Available in both a free and paid version, I have chosen the yearly subscription plan. This means that I can manage more social networks, which is part of my development plan for future websites and blogs. Another of the essential Android apps for travel bloggers.
Google Maps – I know this comes as standard on most if not all Android phones and tablets, but it's still worth a mention. Google have changed the way that we access information in many ways, and Google Maps is a prime example of this. It's great for planning routes involving hundreds of kilometres or even just a few hundred metres. By using a devices GPS and then entering a destination, turn by turn directions are then given. Better than that, you can even choose the mode of transport, whether vehicle, public transport, walking or bicycle. For me, the latter is perfect! Ever wondered if a taxi driver is taking you in the right direction? Worried about getting lost in a new city? Google maps solves all this. One slight drawback – You will need a data connection to make the best use of Google Maps (although there are hacks available which can download certain sections of maps which I may cover later). You would think that Google would have cashed in on selling a premium version that didn't need a data connection by now. They probably make enough money as it is though, so it makes a nice free Android apps for travel bloggers.
Skype – Skype has been with use for years now, and whilst other apps such as Whatsapp have gained in popularity, Skype still does it for me. I rarely if ever use the video messaging mode, but for general IM messaging and calls it works perfectly. This is another app which I have chosen the premium version. The option I have, enables me to make unlimited calls to a country landline of my choice. I have chosen the UK, which means that as long as I have an internet connection, I can always call home and not have to worry about the bill. This is one of the best Android apps for travel bloggers to have.
Daily Expense Manager – There are quite a few similar aps in the Play Store, but I have opted to go for this one. Some of the things that appealed to me, were being able to swap between currencies, being able to enter incomes as well as expenses, and pre-defined expense categories with the facility to add more. Being able to store the database on the SD card, means that it will work without an internet connection which is a plus. To be honest, I have yet to give this a full test run. I've only been using it for a couple of weeks, but like what I see so far.
So, there we have Part 1 of the Essential Android apps for travel bloggers. Part 2 follows in a couple of days, although in the mean time, I would love to read what you think about the selection so far.