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Best Travel Journal App (Android), for me.

I enjoy travel a lot, and I design an App to capture my travel moments: something quick, intuitive and memorable.

I dislike doing a travel blog because it is tedious: I usually end up taking thousands of photos and writing pages of travel diary every night, and feeling dreadful to spend months organizing them when the trip is over.

I want something instant, like a Facebook and Twitter post. Social media is really good for sharing at the moment in time, but sadly the post will be “lost” over time, drowned by the latest feeds. I wanted a dedicated space to store my travel adventure, and also a place I can easily share my travel itinerary to friend in needs.

Best Travel Journal App

 Capture moments

Whenever I visited a new place, I create a new moment: I select a place, and capture a few good photos. I want to enjoy the moment more rather than staring at my phone the whole time, so I leave the writing to be

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Things I observed while travelling in South Korea

My wife and I travelled in South Korea for 3 weeks at the end of 2016 and the following are my observations.

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 Korea is not Japan

Somehow I have the strange assumption that’s Korea will be like Japan, which is not true. The thing is, Japan legendary cleanliness and politeness remain unchallenged. Korea is cheaper than Japan, and senior Koreans do speak pretty loud; Korean are generally nice.

 Reliable Internet

You can get a 4G Sim Card (or Wifi Egg) at the Airport (70000won for 30 days); you can make calls if you get the 4G Sim Card, which is charged upon return based on usage.

Internet is stable and fast.

 Reliable Public Transport and Google Map

Public transport is pretty liable and timely, and waiting time is usually less than 10 minutes in city area. Google Map is pretty useful: although the schedule is mostly inaccurate, but the route, stops and bus number are pretty

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How to plan for DIY Travel

DIY Travel: to travel freely without guided tour and relying on public transport.

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 Select a destination

The first thing to do is select a destination (I shall give a Malaysia perspective). If budget is a constraint, you can go for Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia or Vietnam. If you like comfort, you can opt for Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia or New Zealand. If you have more money and would like to go far: Europe. If you are more adventurous: Nepal, India, etc.

I was thinking of Japan because it’s comfortable and nice country to visit to (though a bit pricy), but opt for South Korea instead because my wife and I haven’t been there before and it’s slightly more affordable than Japan.

 Book a flight

Booking air ticket is an important gesture to kick-start the planning process in motion, as there is “no turning back”.

As a Malaysian, I tend to stick with AirAsia due to

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Travel Recommendations #1

Some travel lists and recommendations compiled by travelers around the world. Enjoy :)

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 Malaysia

Unique Malaysia Hotel & Homestay

Famous eateries around Petaling Street

Coworking Space in Malaysia

Eating Diaries of Puchong, Malaysia

Ice-cream Places around Malaysia

 Singapore

Coworking Space in Singapore

Cafe in Singapore

 Taiwan

3 Weeks in Taipei, Taichung and Hualien

Recommended Places in Taiwan

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I’m feeling lucky: the handy app when you can’t decide where to go

We are most likely to eat out every day, and we face the same questions of where to eat? We might have our usual or favourites, we might have made the decisions a few hundred times before, but sometimes we are just fatigue of choices and need a helping hand to decide.

Travelopy App introduced I’m feeling lucky feature in the following ways:

  • Randomly select nearby places, or you can filter you selection to Restaurants or Café only.
  • You can change your location and randomly select places near a specific location.
  • You can create a favourite list and randomly select from the list. You can randomly pick from your favourite lunch places list, or help you decide on your wish list.

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May the odds be ever in your favour. Feel lucky to get Travelopy Android App.

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Travelopy App: a replacement for Evernote Food as travel journal

A few years back I wanted a journal app to easily record my travel journey. I wanted to map out my journey and share it with my friends who ask about my journey.

I reviewed quite a few journal apps which are either not user friendly or they behave too much like a blog writer. Most people share their moments on Facebook, but I wanted something travel-specific and not to be mess-up with all the rubbish shared with friends. I wanted a simple and rigid journal app where I can

  • Create a post to describe what I am doing here, or what’s good about this place. I don’t need fancy formatting, just simple short text.
  • Record the place GPS location or let me identify this place from Google Places or Foursquare.
  • Attach a few photos to this post.

Finally I found Evernote Food, which allows me to keep track of my travel the way I like it, though sharing is a bit weak. It’s simple and has all the

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Travelopy Android App: Discover Places, Capture Moments

 Discover Places

It’s more convenient when we are on the move and the Travelopy Androip App could show us interesting nearby places. Sometimes we might not have Internet connections (oversea, out of coverage, etc.), so the app is built with offline support (you pre-download places by country, currently support Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, etc.).

We help you discover nearby attractions, restaurants and hotels. We show you how far is it, how to get there, opening hours and price, while showing relevant photos and recommendations by fellow travellers.

Discover Places

 Capture Moments

Taking photos are part of traveling. You can capture the perfect moment with a short note, tag a place while snapping a few photos. It’s like a quick and simple journal to remember your journey, places you been to and crazy things you did.

You can rate the place you visited and leave some tips so that other travellers can

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Where to upload your travel photos?

Taken tons of travel photos but don’t know where to store them?

If you store them in your computer or smart phone, it will eventually be lost when the device is spoiled or stolen. Even if you backup them to an external drive, the drive might be lost or spoiled. The safer and cheaper alternative is to store them in the cloud (upload them to the Internet). Many provide free storage.

 Travelopy

If you take lots of photos and write a little, Travelopy is a good choice. You can tag places to create a travel map, and it automatically generate a timeline story of all your travel adventures. It is a community for traveler to share travel stories and tips with fellow travelers. Travelopy offers unlimited storage as long as most of it is travel related.

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 Facebook

If you enjoy the immediate gratification from friends liking your travel photos, Facebook is the perfect place. If you want

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Travelopy: a travel album + blog.

I build Travelopy to share my travel story as photo album + blog. If you like taking plenty of travel photos and write a little, you would love this.

I can easily add notes about my travel experience in between the photos (like a photo blog).

I can categorize my album to sections, adding a header to explain what a group of photos is about.

I can enlarge certain photos which I found interesting. All highlighted photos are added into my favourites as My Highlights.

All my panorama photos are automatically enlarged to full view, and added into my favourites as My Panoramas.

I can tag each photo with a location so that I know where I have been to, and a trail map is generated for me.

I can group album into one or more album collection. I added “Venice”, “Vernazza” and “Rome” album into my “Italy” collection; I also added “Vernazza” as part of my “Cinque Terre” collection and all

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Why Travelopy?

After listening to Dande Ringelmann (Indiegogo) talk at Startup School 2014, it makes me rethink of why I am so obsessed with this travel idea. Dande wanted to “Democratize access to funding”, and she is very sure about that, and I want to be as sure as she is.

I find travel planning and research too time consuming, thus I wanted a simpler and faster solution. The best travel information provider like TripAdvisor (or Gogobot, Wikitravel, etc.) doesn’t solve my problem, so I needed a better product. What kind of Travel I am obsessed about? The DIY type (usually practice by backpacker), where I get to know and select the activities and destination which interest me at my own pace.

Why I want to build Travelopy? I want to make DIY travel so simple that I can pack my bags and go anytime. Tickets are usually affordable with budget airline (problem solved) where hotel booking is fairly easy

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