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Top 10 Travel Writing Apps

Top 10 Travel Writing Apps


Many of us want to explore the world, however, very few have the means and determination to do so. That is why a lot of young people decide to take matter in their own hands and pursue the life of travel writing.

Travel writers can take you to the most distant locations on Earth, and all you have to do is read their blog. However, travel writing can be extremely exhausting for the writer, since at times you can be away from home for several months, or in some cases even years. 

But, travel writing took the art of writing and photography to a whole new level, combining two of the most beautiful professions. Nowadays you don’t have to try to imagine what the descriptions on paper look like in reality just based on the writer’s words, simply because there’s a photo just below the text you read.


So, without further ado, here is a list of the best apps for those who wish to become aspiring travel writers, or already are, and need some tech advice in order to improve:


Where am I going?


As a travel writer, you have to plan your trips months ahead in order to have the best possible route. That is why most travel writers use apps that help them pinpoint their next checkpoint. A good travel writer will write a story if he runs into an interesting event, but the best travel writers know ahead where the best stories are, and what will be the most interesting read. So, here are 2 apps that will help you pinpoint your next (or first!) travel writing experience:



Google Earth




Google Earth is simply a must-have tool for traveling anywhere. It will allow you to explore the globe simply by moving the Big Blue Rock left and right with the swipe of your finger. To make it more fun and unpredictable, some more extreme adventurers are spinning the globe and blind-picking their next trip through this app. Google has recently updated it and released the 8.0 version several days ago, and with over 100 million downloads, you know that you won’t be making a mistake by downloading it for free on either Google Play Store or App Store.


Trip Journal






Trip Journal goes hand in hand with Google Earth. This could be by far the best journalism app for beginner travel writers. Trip Journal is integrated into Google Earth so that your friends and family may know your travel route and follow you on your path from their respective devices. Besides Google Earth, there are several other integrated services such as Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter so that you may stay in touch with your readers and followers. Trip Journal is available on the App Store as well.


What can I see here?


Now that you got to your destination, what are the must-see things in that place? What would be the most intriguing and appealing to your readers? One way to find out is talking to the locals, which would always be our first recommendation to every tourist visiting a new place for the first time. However, in some places trying to talk to the locals is not possible because of the language barrier, so that’s where technology comes to rescue.


Trip Mayor







Trip Mayor is the Instagram of travel writing, there is no better way to describe it. With Trip Mayor you can create your own photo journal and fill it with pics you’ve made during your travel. Just like on Instagram, you can exchange thoughts on the places you’ve visited with your friends. Not only that, but you can get in contact with the locals and ask for interesting places nearby, and events worth seeing.

Everplaces







Are you hungry of all this travel talk? Thinking about the exquisite cuisine wonders you will taste on your next trip? Even if you aren’t the biggest gourman, you should have this app on your phone because it makes life easier. Everplaces will give you the opportunity to plan out your meals and restaurant visits on your way to the next destination.You can even put in your input for the next travel writer to follow your steps and enter the fabulous world of foreign food.


Let’s get to writing


Now that we have the travel part of travel writing covered, let's get to the writing part. Writing generally doesn’t require too much tech help, however, when you are on the go, sometimes you need to chalk down your thoughts as soon as possible. Unforgettable experiences that you live and see have to be told to your readers, and what better way to do so than writing them down as soon as you experience them. Here are 2 apps that let you freely write on your tablet or phone:



Day One







If you are an Apple fan, stop using whatever writing app you already have and get on the Day One hype train. Day One is without a doubt the best iOS app for any kind of journalism and short-entry texts. Its simplicity and incredibly well organized user interface put this app a class above others. While you can write your journal entries, this app allows you to place photos, markdown support, publish options and even provides a passcode lock in order to keep your ideas safe and original.


MS Word






Here’s an old-school one, straight from the creators of the biggest office pack ever, used by millions, if not billions of people. We all know of Word, the writing giant, and if you didn’t know, they made a phone app. Well, now you know. The Word app provides a range of versatile functions in order to enhance your writing skills, and lets you pinpoint the important parts of your text with traditional Word features such as bold, italics, underscore, and similar. If you ever used it on a computer, you shouldn’t have too much trouble adjusting to the mobile version on both Android and iOS.


Email


Staying in contact with your editor and staff can be a problem in third world countries where calls to foreign countries can be immensely expensive. Wireless internet connection has helped overcome this problem beautifully. Most travel writers prefer staying in touch with their editor and readers via email, thus here are the best 2 email apps on the market:



Gmail





Google mail is the best email app for several reasons, but mostly because it’s been around for so long that as of February 2016 they have over 1 billion users. Most of us have used it at some point in our lives, so the transition to Gmail mobile app shouldn’t be too hard. If you haven’t used Gmail, you’ve never truly had the experience of exchanging info with such ease. With this app you are only one wifi signal away from contacting your friends and family without having to pay a dime for it, while on your trip of a lifetime.


Microsoft Outlook






Some people just like keeping it all together, so with the addition of Microsoft Outlook you can be one step closer to closing the Microsoft circle. MS Outlook is Gmail’s top adversary, and for a good reason. Microsoft Outlook has integrated other popular MS Office documents (PowerPoint, Excel, Word), which allows you to do your writing on the go as well. However, since MS Outlook is far less popular than Gmail, the opportunities for using Gmail are far greater due to the integration of Google onto the mobile market itself.



Convert


The last step before publishing your epic trip around the world is getting your editor to convert and edit the files you have sent him, and upload the text to your blog. Recently, the use of PDF files in the exchange of emails has peaked among travel writers and editors for one simple reason: they are easy to read and review. But the PDF files by their nature are hard to edit, so here are two apps for PDF conversion, in case you found yourself with a PDF in your hands that needs some modifications:


PDF to Word







Here we close the Microsoft circle of mobile apps needed for travel writers, by including this sleek app for converting PDFs file to editable MS Word (.docx) documents. This app is useful for both your editor and you, in case you need to quickly edit your publications before uploading them to your portal. Its engine allows the conversion of both scanned and original PDFs, which makes it perfect for users on the go such as travel writers. Simply a joy for every app fan to use, due to its progressive design and integrated services such as Gmail and Dropbox. Just like any other high-class app, PDF to Word is offered on both Google Play Store and App Store.


Able2Doc







With over 100K downloads on the Google Play Store only, Able2Doc is the best converter on the Android market. Its simple user interface and the incredible speed at which this app converts files put it at the throne of PDF conversion kingdom. Since privacy is a big deal in the world of writing and editing, Able2Doc has its own conversion server, so you know that 24 hours after your conversion is done, nobody on this planet will have access to the file you’ve just converted.

Ceterum Censeo


Now that you are all geared up with all the apps you could wish for successful travel writing, you can head out to the adventure of your lifetime, and share it with your readers as well! And whatever you do, by all means return home safe and sound!


To pass the time traveling back home more quickly (because returns are often much less interesting than departures), read some fun eBooks with these top 10 Android eBook apps. Or, if you are an iOS users, you might want to see how to use an iPad for reading on the go with these 5 reading gadgets.


Sandra Rodgers is a Community Manager at Cometdocs. Her hobbies include photography, writing, travel, and cooking foreign cuisine specialties.
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