Smartphones are now considered essential in everyone’s day to day living. For frequent travelers who are always on the road, smartphones also serves more than just a device for communication and entertainment.
With the big boost in the travel industry recently, there are now loads of apps designed for travelers. For your next trip, here are some mobile applications that you must definitely check out.
1. Google Flights
Get the best ticket deals from all airlines with Google Flight! Just punch in your origin city and destination/s and this neat little app will compare all the ticket prices available for you. With a friendly interface, you can immediately do a quick comparison of the ticket prices as well as your preferred flight schedule. Results include the ticket prices, airline, airports, and schedules.
When I was planning my first ever Europe trip last June 2016, Google Flight came in handy for me to select the cheapest air ticket for all my flights. Booking from Google Flight will automatically save your scheduled flights to your Gmail calendar, which is convenient to avoid missing your flight. The interface of it has a lot of useful information from hotel prices, must-visit places and a lot more.
Probably one of the most popular apps in the world. It’s an excellent app especially for those people who value hands-on experiences when it comes to activities, accommodations, attractions, food and so on. TripAdvisor has millions of members who share their experiences and recommendations to the community. Since it has millions of different opinions you just have to go with the recommendations that you think suits you.
It has detailed guides to cities worldwide including must-visit destinations, must-try restaurants, museums and other things you can include in your itinerary.
For IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/tripadvisor-hotels-flights/id284876795?mt=8
For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor&hl=en
Airbnb lets you book apartments, homes, condos, private room, shared-room and even a villa all over the world. Properties are mostly owned by ordinary people just like yourself and by far the most convenient and unique way of meeting new people and eventually gain friends.
Booking in Airbnb is pretty straightforward and it allows you to interact with the owners directly if you have some arrangements or emergency prior to your trip. At the end of your stay, you can leave a feedback about your whole experience and the host will leave a feedback vice versa.
Tip: Sign up using this link to get $40 travel credit on your first trip.
For IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/airbnb/id401626263?mt=8
For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android&hl=en
Make it a habit to always check the weather before venturing out of your hotel rooms. The best way to enjoy traveling is in when you’re dressed comfortably and properly, depending on your destination. Do you need to bring an umbrella? Is it going to be really humid outside? Would the evening be chilly? Knowing these little details through a convenient app can surely help you prepare better and enjoy your trip more!
Additional interesting facts displayed in WeatherPro are cloud formations, humidity, wind speed, and even atmospheric figures—just in case you’ll need some ice breaker.
Cost: £1.99 for iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, £2.49 for Android
For IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weatherpro/id294631159?mt=8
For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mg.android&hl=en
Have a flair for fine dining and the arts? Musement is the best app for you! Developed in Italy, it’s no surprise that this app is leaning more on the fine things in life, including a well-curated list of exhibitions, museums, restaurants, and bars. Some destinations even has official partnerships with Musement, allowing you to book directly from the app, oftentimes at a discounted rate.
For IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/musement-travel-activities/id828471190?mt=8
For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.musement.android&hl=en
4. Google Translate
Never worry about communicating in a foreign city again! Google Translate, one of the most used language translation tool worldwide, is now available for smartphones. It’s so easy to use and it also comes with the real handy “Word Lens” tool. Simply point your smartphone’s camera at a foreign word or signage, voila! You can immediately see the translation. Translate to over 50 languages together with 23 languages worth of recorded phrases.
All hail the free messengers! There are lots of free messengers available, but Viber is definitely on the top of the list. What makes Viber standout? Its image quality retaining capability. It doesn’t automatically decompresses your photos, so you don’t have to worry about sending a pixelated screenshot of the traveling you to friends and family. Another thing is that it’s so easy to use, just find a space with an internet connection and you can immediately communicate with loved ones back home. And the great thing is that it is widely used worldwide, so it should be fairly easy keeping in touch with new friends that you meet along the way.
For IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/viber/id382617920?mt=8
For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.viber.voip&hl=en
Download these apps today and make sure you have them ready for your next trip!
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