The Best Travel Case For The DJI Mavic Pro Drone Is A Toiletry Kit

The DJI Mavic Pro drone is ideal for travelers because it’s extremely portable with folding arms that covert it into the compact size of a liter water bottle at its smallest. Unfortunately though, nearly every case made for the Mavic is bulky at best, taking away the Mavic’s main advantage for travel. The Mavic Pro is one of the tech gear I travel with and after testing numerous cases, found the SwissGear Hanging Toiletry Kit to be the best soft case for Mavic.

swissgear hanging toiletry kit  SwissGear Hanging Toiletry Kit – Black

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You can see in my full review why the the SwissGear Hanging Toiletry Kit might be the ideal case for your Mavic, in the video above.

How To Take A Day Trip To Andorra From Barcelona

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Most visitors to Barcelona, Spain, aren’t aware that they can easily visit the sixth smallest country in Europe by taking a day trip to nearby Andorra. A trip to Andorra is inexpensive, easily arranged, and can be a nice addition to your stay in Barcelona. Here’s how to get to Andorra, why you might want to go, and what to see while you’re there.

Morning To Night, No Flight

There’s no airport in Andorra at all, even in its capital Andorra la Vella, the primary destination for most day trippers. You could rent a car, which isn’t recommended during the cold months as the roads up to the highest capital city in Europe through the Pyrenees mountains are best handled by a driver who knows them well.

andorra bus

A better option is to take a bus, there are many servicing Andorra from Barcelona, and I can recommend ALSA. You can book in advance through their website and check schedules – basically buses leave the Barcelona Nord station in the morning around 7am, and return either in the afternoon around 3pm or 7pm, depending on your preference. A round-trip costs about 60 euro and when departing Barcelona, sit on the left side for a beautiful view of the Punta de Rialb lake, 80 minutes into the trip. (Depending on the route you take, it varies given the driving conditions.)

To Ski Or Not To Ski

Andorra is primarily a ski destination. Snowboarders and skiers who take one look at the mountains overlooking Andorra la Vella will immediately have visualizations surfing down them. For everyone else, a day trip still has a few good options. From the small bus station (here’s how to pin it on an offline Google map) you can grab a coffee with breakfast at the nearby Granja Tuite 42 cafe.

La Noblesse du Temps andorra la vella

From there, if you point yourself toward the La Noblesse du Temps Dali sculpture, you’ll pass through the shopping district if that’s of interest to you. Otherwise, head to the La Noblesse du Temps, and directly to its left you’ll see one of two tourism centers in Andorra. Ask for a map to Rec de l’Obac, a walking path that overlooks the entire city. The Rec de l’Obac is definitely a sightseeing calorie burner so the uphill walk is not for everyone. The scenery though is amazing as well as fresh air – both much more memorable than slightly sore calf muscles.

Small Enough To See

Andorra la Vella is only 12 square kilometers (5 sq. miles) in its entirety so you can see most of what a tourist looks for in one day with time to spare. I’ll have a longer post coming up with more recommendations of what to do in Andorra but even wandering around on your own its hard to miss much. In case you do finish up quickly or get a bit chilly, most tickets can be changed without charge at the ticket office at the bus station for a 3pm departure. Otherwise, be sure to make the 7pm back, or be prepared to spend a night in town.

One Year Since Release, WiFox Is Now A Top 7 App Store Download

wifox app

In August of 2016, I released the first version of WiFox, an offline map of airport wireless and lounge passwords from around the world, on iOS. A month later, the Android version of WiFox became available. In that time, WiFox has been a trending app on Google Play and the 7th most popular travel app on iOS.

It’s been a busy year – WiFox 14.0 is out for iOS, 21.0 for Android – here’s some of what’s been going on, as well as a little sale, details below.

WiFox Around The Web

Currently available in over 30 languages, WiFox has been reviewed or mentioned by Mashable, lifehacker, TIME, The New York Times, plus a lot of other places. Many of you sent me emails with links of WiFox appearing in international publications for which I am grateful, thank you very much for your support.

time magazine logo   mashable logo   huffpost logo   lifehacker logo   buzzfeed logo   msn logo

iflscience logo   the new york times logo   business insider logo   yahoo logo   el pais logo   the independent logo

WiFox now has over 920 airports with passwords and details on how to get online. (New wifi connection information is updated literally around the clock.) I continue to develop WiFox as well with added features, graphics, performance enhancements in each version.

wifox ios app store     wifox google play android
No Ads, No In-App Purchases, No Privacy Sales

Your privacy is still very important to me, something which not only goes for the WiFox app, the foXnoMad website, but my DroneMate app as well. The WiFox privacy policy is very clear. I mention this because a (surprising) number of companies have offered me a lot of money to modify WiFox so it could be used to collect various data about its users. I’ve refused them all. I recommend you check the privacy policy of any app you download, particularly ones that are free to download. You may be paying with your personal information instead.

Bundle Up With The foXnoMad Air Pack

On the App Store right now, WiFox is part of the foXnoMad Air Pack. You can download WiFox for half off when you purchase it with DroneMate (or the other way around). Current WiFox users can get 25% off DroneMate to complete the Air Pack bundle.

Those of you who’ve downloaded WiFox, if you’re happy with the app, I would really appreciate your 5-star review on Google Play or the App Store. You can also email me any feedback or feature requests as well.

I wanted to catch you up on WiFox since I don’t often get the opportunity to follow up here on foXnoMad. I also want to thank you all for your continued support of WiFox, the other projects I work on, and of course, the foXnoMad site. You are the reason I get to do what I love for a living as I get closer to my goal of visiting every country in the world.

The Best Cafes In Lisbon, Portugal, For Food-Loving Freelancers

lx factory lisbon portugal

Portugal’s capital Lisbon is truly a city of cafes and small boutique restaurants that feel fancy, creative, and inspirational, while at the same time make you feel a little important too. The kind of cafes where you imagine writing a novel or designing a travel app and your reminiscences of the past are pleasantly interrupted by organic coffee. The cafe culture is a part of the reason Lisbon is becoming a big drawn for millennial expats, a place thousands of you voted the Best City to Visit in 2016.

As I do every year of the Best City contest, I go to the winning city. As I do everywhere, I eat a lot. There are many good choices in Lisbon, Portugal, these being some personal favorites if you like thoughtful food with coffee, whether or not you happen to work online.

1300 Taberna

Located in LX Factory, the old industrial part of Lisbon that’s now pretty much an art district, 1300 Taberna has ambiance with fresh foods on large tables if you need some laptop space. 1300 Taberna isn’t open for many hours, a few in the afternoon – a bit in the evening – but having a built-in deadline goes well with solid wifi, low prices, and staff that are generous with electrical outlets.

1300 taberna lisbon

Portas do Sol

For the days when the weather is warmer and you’re not too worried about an Internet connection, Portas do Sol has amazing views with lots of space in between tables, keeping ambient conversation noise at ideal cafe volume for concentration.

portas do sol lisbon

A Mercearia

The restaurant A Mercearia is amazing. The food is excellent, with the kitchen and chef not more than 10 meters (32 feet) away from anywhere you can sit inside. Any questions or requests for your food allergies or dietary restrictions? Tell the wait staff and the chef will come over and collaborate with you on creative, tasty alternatives. The wireless connection is also strong, plus A Mercearia is quiet in the evenings and the price doesn’t seem at all to match the quality of the service or meals.

a mercearia lisbon

Cafe da Garagem

Although the Cafe da Garagem is hidden under the Teatro (Theater) of Garagem, a lot of people seem to know about it. Open mid-afternoon until late, you’ll want to make reservations because around sunset it’s a popular viewing spot. Otherwise, it’s not uncomfortably crowded.

Cafe da Garagem

Pois, Cafe

Great for breakfasts, Pois, Cafe is certainly the one on this list that feels the most touristy. But Pois, Cafe is popular for many reasons (not that annoying comma in its name) like a diverse coffee menu with wifi. I wouldn’t recommend Pois, Cafe if you like to spread out when you work since table space gets quite limited around noon.

pois cafe lisbon

A Small Sample

Lisbon is a city where the ratio of good cafe choices to bad is so in your favor, it’s easy to find what seems like a hidden treasure. (It could be a Portuguese thing, after all this Porto cafe may be inspired JK Rowling.) These cafes are fairly inexpensive, at the right activity and noise levels, plus provide caffeine in tasty liquids with meals as well. I should also add they don’t mind you spending a few hours typing away as you sip and snack.

These cafes are some of my personal favorites, but those of you who’ve been or live in Lisbon, I would be happy to hear from you – what are some of your favorites? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

Where You Can Find The Original Starship Enterprise

Star Trek Starship Enterprise Studio Model air and space

For over 40 years, the original USS Enterprise from the first Star Trek series had been sitting under plastic in a basement of the Smithsonian Institute. Paramount Studios donated the model in 1974 to the National Collection in Washington D.C., 5 years after Star Trek was canceled, as a novelty. Out of the public eye it remained until 2016, when the restored Enterprise model was unveiled at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek at an event I attended.

The unveiling of the restored Enterprise, which is the one that was used on the show during filming, kicked off a series of evening and late night events at the Air and Space Museum. You can see all of the upcoming night events here and the Udvar Hazy Center (where there’s a real spaceship) has them occasionally as well.

It’s unlikely Paramount, when they donated the Enterprise, anticipated the success of Star Wars (yes, Wars) in 1977, which spurred the creation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture two years later. Since then there have been 13 movies and with the premier of Star Trek Discovery earlier this week, 6 Trek TV series. Fortunately, but perhaps unsurprisingly, the curators of the National Air and Space Museum are Trekkies who held on to the model Enterprise even when it looked like the show had gone extinct.

In case you were wondering, the starship Enterprise model is made of wood, about 1.8 meters (6 feet) long, weighing around 124 kilograms (275 pounds). The Enterprise model is currently on display at the Air and Space Museum – in my opinion one of the top 3 museums in the world – well worth a visit, Trekkie or not.

About Anil Polat

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