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  • Snapshot of the Eiffel Tower Snapshot of the Eiffel TowerAccording to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, over 3.7 million students are enrolled abroad, a gigantic leap from the mere .08 million in 1975. And millions of students abroad also means millions of families, friends and loved ones left behind. Luckily, with the advent of the Internet, travelers can keep in touch, and share photos, videos and itineraries with the latest blogs, photo apps and more with the click of a button.

    Blogs

    Trip Journal: Digitally document your trip by adding geo-tags on your photos and videos, write blog entries and integrate Google Maps and Google Earth with Trip Journal. The award-winning app is also integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more so you can update to your social media channels on the fly. Your friends and family can also see what you’re up to, and view your trip stats like how far you’ve traveled and points of interest on your journey.

    TravelPod: Sign up for a free travel blog with TravelPod and start sharing stories, videos and photos. According to Travelfish, TravelPod is for the experienced traveler and blogger because it is laden with features and options to truly customize your blog adventure. One such feature is the ability to print your blog as a book to turn into a coffee table piece or gift for a travel companion. And if you want to send your blog as a book to family and friends; digitally share it on Facebook, Twitter or via email to share the memories.

    Photos

    Postgram: Go a step beyond documenting your trip with photos and send it as an actual postcard to friends and family. Snap a photo of your latest attractions, or go into your Facebook or Instagram account and grab a shot from there. Next, include a short note for your postcard, enter the mailing address and Postgram does the rest. Your photo postcard magically gets printed out on glossy photo paper and sent to the address of your choice.

    VSCO Cam: Take snapshots like a professional travel photographer with VSCO Cam. Use their editing tools to quickly clean up your photos and instantly upload to Instagram, Flickr or other social networking sites. You can even adjust the flash, change the exposure and color temperature and experiment with over a dozen filters. The results are elegant and professional looking photos to record life on the road and back home.

    InstaCollage: Create your own travel 2D and 3D photo collage in seconds with InstaCollage. The app allows for multiple sized photos and offers photo frames and stickers to decorate your masterpiece. Add captions to mark your location or attractions you visited, and easily crop photos and tweak effects until it’s just right.

    Data Storage

    SugarSync: A simple interface with complex storing capabilities, SugarSync lets you store documents, photos, videos, copies of your passport and anything else in one place. Though it’s not technically just for travelers, there are plenty of ways to use it to your advantage both on the road and at home. Share files securely for safe collaborating on files or working on a project back home while you’re abroad. Use it on your desktop or laptop at home, then install the app on your smartphone and sync it up to upload your travel videos and share.

    Dropbox: If you are looking for something quick and easy, you can’t go wrong with Dropbox. According to Top 10 Cloud Storage, a free cloud storage comparison site, “Dropbox is the epitome of simple.” It is perfect for storing photos while you are abroad so that you don’t have to worry about losing any precious memories should your phone or computer get stolen, left on a plane or corrupted by a virus. It also has an Android and iPhone app to make it easy to automatically upload all of your pictures into the cloud.

  • Generic Male State Driver License Generic Male State Driver LicenseThese days, it seems like everyone has their own set of wheels. According to a recent Ward’s Auto report, over a billion people submitted new vehicle registrations around the world. So how do people in the various countries gain the privilege of getting behind the wheel of their vehicles? Here’s to shedding some interesting international light on the driver’s license process:

    Getting a Driver’s License

    The road to getting your own driver’s license varies throughout the world. Some countries have extraordinarily stringent requirements, while others have relatively lax requirements.

    As ironic as it may be for a country that developed the high-speed Autobahn, Germany has some of the strictest requirements for obtaining a driver’s license, according to InterNations. For example, there is a comprehensive written exam that up to a third of all participants fail on their first try. German citizens are also required by law to take driving lessons, which can become very expensive. When it’s all said and done, the average German has spent over $2,000 and put in at least 25 hours of professional instruction and 12 hours of theory before finally obtaining their laminated card, according to German-Way.com.

    Getting a driver’s license in Japan is also a stringent undertaking. The vast majority of Japanese citizens attend driving schools, which can cost as much as 300,000 yen, as Michael Mozzhechkov of Alien Times notes. The actual driving test itself is fairly comprehensive and it is not uncommon to fail the first couple of times before finally getting it right.

    Meanwhile, the United States does things a bit differently. For instance, it’s the states (which are equivalent to provinces elsewhere) that issue licenses as opposed to any nationwide authority. In addition, the requirements for obtaining a driver’s license are relatively simple to fulfill.

    Take Massachusetts, for example. According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, the only requirements for obtaining a driver’s license is to have the proper documentation confirming your identity and date of birth, pay a $30 fee, take a relatively short written exam and then take an actual driving test. Driving-Tests.org offers plenty of detailed information for those who want to take a practice driving test or obtain a driver’s license in Massachusetts.

    What About Tourists?

    Not every tourist wants to hire a taxi or take the bus when they get to their desired destination. But with a vast array of drivers licenses from different countries with different requirements, there has to be a way for authorities in any country to know whether or not a tourist or expat has what it takes to safely and legally operate a vehicle in their host country.

    An international driver’s license is a workaround to that particular problem. Used in conjunction with the drivers license issued in your home country, international licenses allow drivers to legally operate motor vehicles in over 150 countries, as AAA notes. These licenses also carry essential identifying information translated into 10 languages.

    Once You’re On the Road

    Getting your license isn’t the only hard part about being a driver in other countries. There are some strange driving laws around the world, so make sure you know them before getting behind the wheel in another country. Some of them make sense, such as the Scandanavian law that drivers must have their headlights on (even in the day), but some some seem completely illogical. For example, it is illegal to drive a dirty car in Russia, according to an infographic from Think Insurance.

    According to News Corp Australia, it is illegal to eat or drink anything (even water) in Cyprus. Cyprus laws also restrict drivers who “unnecessarily” raise a hand from the steering wheel. So if you are driving in Cyprus and get cut off by a rude driver, shaking your fist or making a rude gesture could get you a huge fine. In Costa Rica, drivers are legally allowed to drive while drinking alcohol, as long as they are not “drunk.” Although, it may not be a good idea to test this rule.

    America has it’s own set of crazy driving laws. CNN reported that in Tennessee, it is illegal to shoot any animal other than whales from a vehicle, despite Tennessee being a landlocked state. Other laws are vague, such as the one in Oregon that states car doors may not be left open “longer than necessary.”

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