Jul 25

Flight Diary and Flying

Not too long ago I became aware of a site called Flight Diary.  On this site you can input all of your flights you have or are going to take. It’s a neat way of documenting and commemorating different trips and flights you have taken.fd-logo

The first day I signed up I added all my planned flights for the year and will be going back to add some older flights, I’ll probably start with the more interesting ones first.  My only issue with the site is that it takes quite a bit of time to set it up, you need to add in the flight number, airline, departure and arrival times. I wish it could at least pull the times from the airlines after you enter the date, airline and flight number – that would make it much easier.  But this just means that the site has room to grow.

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 9.42.15 AMAfter setting that up I became aware of an App that does a similar thing, Flying. The app is currently in Beta, but does a similar thing as Flight Diary, with one distinct advantage, it syncs with the TripIt App. If you don’t have or have never used TripIt, it’s not an advantage. But, if you do – all you have to do is sync the two apps and all of your flights that are in TripIt will be imported to Flying.  Within minutes I had badges for flying across the Pacific, Atlantic, Equator…  I do want to add a few flights to it from before I had TripIt, but this was an easier start for me.  Either way, both apps/sites are a great way to commemorate your travel.

Mar 14

Phillip Island Penguin Parade App

On Wednesday I wrote about the Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour that I did when I was in Melbourne. Today, I want to talk about the Phillip Island Penguin Parade App that was created by that nature park that operates the viewing of the parade. Even if you’ve never been or aren’t planning a trip, I think this app is fun and educational.

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First of all, you can watch live footage of the Penguin Parade – so even if you can’t make it to see it live, you can get a little glimpse of what it’s really like. And there are also cameras into the burrows that some of these little guys live in.

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The app has a lot of educational information about the smallest penguins in the world, and the rest of the penguins of the world.

There’s even games on the app, some for fun, some to test your knowledge.  Anyone going on Jeopardy soon?

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Finally, you can also adopt a penguin in the app, which is way better then taking one home with you and trying to take care of it yourself.

The app is available in iTunes and the Google Play store and in the following languages – English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German and Spanish.

My only complaint about the app is that although it allows you to watch the parade live, it does not allow you to view a previous parades, so if the time of the parade is a time when you’re normally asleep or at work, you’re out of luck.