Posted on April 21, 2016 by Jess Signet
I had dreamed about Galapagos
long before my feet ever touched down on the island soil. A long time ago, I had a pen pal from Ecuador whose monthly letters were my windows to a world outside of my own. While Michael was endlessly fascinated with the 90’s culture that was my everyday, I was more enthralled with his school break jaunts to Darwin and Wolf islands
to see sharks, sea lions and more fish than one person can imagine. But my jealously about his life, and his about mine, led to a switcharoo not too long ago, and I finally got to put pictures to his words (and he finally got to see what Disney World was like). It seemed like a fair trade to him, but if you ask me, I was the winner.
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands
was an educational exploration of the world’s diverse living species and the amazing potential of Earth. Here are the seven best travel apps that I used to plan my Galapagos trip
and during my Galapagos nature adventure.
1. Galapagos Islands Offline Map Travel Guide
To explore any of the 13 volcanic islands
, you’re going to need something that will go off-grid with you, and getting the Galapagos Islands Offline Map Travel Guide
app is exactly how you take the shortcuts that you want without making you lose all the information at your finger tips that really matters.
With both offline and online settings, you can access Galapagos maps, attractions, menus, transportation options, pictures and more, and it’s specific to the Galapagos, so you don’t have to worry about wading through an app full of information on a bunch of different destinations. This one is already fine-tuned to your purpose!
2. Dark Sky
I have lauded this weather app more times that I can count, but it’s worth every single mention because knowing that it’s going to rain in exactly 18 minutes means I can cut my dog walk a little short to keep from getting drenched, or head to the store for a carton of milk and make it back before the rainstorm sets in.
With radar technology and fully interactive maps, Dark Sky
is a hyper-local weather app that provides weather forecasts more accurate than any others you’re used to—and you’ll really, really start to love that.
3. Wi-Fi Finder
Whether you decide to stay in a hotel or in a hostel, it doesn’t matter—free Wi-Fi is great to have just about anywhere. Wi-Fi Finder
is that singular great thing that doesn’t require Wi-Fi to get you connected to a hotspot. How great is that?
It’s available for both Android and iOS (iPad as well!), so it’s easy to get everything and anything connected to upload to Instagram
, because if there’s no picture, then it didn’t happen, right?
To cut out on roaming charges that you can get from searching for a wireless signal when you travel, I suggest grabbing a SIM card when you land in the Galapagos Islands and grab a Porta card, or something similar. Next, make sure you have a good Virtual Private Network
for your cell; which prevents others from stealing your info while you’re borrowing some airtime on the public Internet.
While postcards are certainly a great collectible, they can be rather run-of-the-mill on occasion. I think there’s no better way to personalize a small souvenir for friends and family than with a picture and a personalized note, and there’s no better way to do it than with Postagram
Starting with $0.99 per card, you can send postcards straight from your phone with a delivery time of one to three weeks, depending on where you are and where you’re sending the card.
There’s never a downside to learning the local language before heading to a new destination, and it will make your experience so much better if you and the locals understand each other as best as you can. Don’t leave anything up to chance, and get Duolingo
to help show you the ropes before you set sail.
You can practice on the plane, learn new phrases, or just get the basics down in small segments. You’re more likely not to be overwhelmed, and you’ll get the linguistic knowledge all the same. Bon voyage!
is golden for taking the hassle out of your traveling. Beyond just getting all your boarding passes, tickets and bookings into one easy space, you don’t spend as much time trying to check in. Instead, get out of line, and get on to the real part of your vacation, or at least to figuring out something to do on that long layover
Using your email and a master list, TripIt goes through your Galapagos itinerary without all the time-consuming compiling, which makes it not just a great organizer, but also a time-saver. Plus, it’s for more than airplanes, it works for sightseeing tickets as well!
Just last month in Berlin, I left half of my stuff sitting on the windowsill of the hostel—you know what this means? I packed too fast, didn’t go through my lists and forgot some of my favorite possessions (headphone, antique rings and the latest Murakami). If only there was an app for that...
became my go-to packing list after I had this same situation happen to me one too many times, but the best part about it isn’t just the list-making (because hopefully you’re taking fresh socks and a toothbrush with you everywhere). It makes specific suggestions based on your Galapagos activities
, so you’ll be more prepared ahead of time.
With technology on your side, you won't be caught unaware in any situation—even on the Galapagos Islands
, where nature reigns supreme. So download these seven great travel apps now to help prepare you for your Galapagos trip, then get to what you’re really there for: a bit of well-deserved and extensive exploring!
About the Author: Jess Signet is a blogger and writer who is proud to combine her two greatest loves: travel and technology. She is also interested in new technologies and the latest smartphone releases. Jess can’t wait for her next trip outside of the United States. Check out her travel blog at www.tripelio.com!