How did we ever survive travelling before the advent of smartphones? Yes, it is crucial to put them away and remove ourselves from a gadget-dependency culture for a short time during vacation.
But, there are still moments where you need to check emails or better yet, locate that out-of-the-way restaurant that the locals have thoroughly endorsed.
In an era where apps are created and debut on a daily basis, here are my list of best 10 Apps That Will Ease Your Travel Planning. Bookmark them ASAP!
DuoLingo is a great resource app to have on your smartphone to assist with communicating with the locals in their native language.
You have the opportunity to learn various foreign languages such as Spanish, French, German, Brazilian, Portuguese, Italian and others in your spare time. The tutorials are fast-paced with the occasional test showing up periodically to judge your progression in learning the language.
One of the features of this app is its ability to track and identify your weaknesses and quickly finding solutions for you to grasp better the language.
Skyscanner is one of the best flight search apps on the market today, as you can locate and buy the cheapest flights available by all airline providers.
You never have to worry about paying extra fees, as Skyscanner sends you directly to the airline’s website to pay for your fare after you have selected a flight. Plus, you can set up price alerts that will be sent directly to your email address.
Skyscanner will notify all subscribers of any sudden changes in the price range before they are announced.
If you are traveling abroad, then you are guaranteed to be dependent on having WiFi access for internet capability. It would be a wise move to download the CityMaps2Go app in advance to navigate your trip away from home.
All of app maps are stored offline, so you will avoid annoying roaming fees. No need to worry about organizing a road trip, as CityMaps2Go can provide distance and approximate travel time to each destination.
If your next trip away from home is of a business nature, then Trello is the perfect app to have on your smartphone.
The app will help you to stay organized and efficient even inside a hotel room. Trello has the ability to develop and create storyboards for ongoing projects and helps organize your work notes into a functioning email that can be sent to your client overnight. Plus, the app can track the progression of a project within a few simple clicks on your smartphone.
Foodspotting is a very helpful app to select a quality restaurant on the road. Users can search through expert reviews before choosing a place to eat a meal.
Also, this app will suggest favourite dishes from past customers, which can be an excellent resource to obtain the real cuisine of the area you are visiting. The app key point is its focus on dishes rather than restaurants.
WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) is a must-have app for all travellers, as it assists with staying in contact with family and friends during your time away from home.
Jet Lag Rooster is a helpful app that shifts your sleep pattern to the time zone of your next destination prior to travel day. This approach helps to keep you from getting too exhausted upon arrival. To gain a personalized alarm clock, you’ll input all of your travel information into the app, and then simply adhere to your new wakeup call to avoid any jet lag.
If you are travelling on a budget, then AllTheRooms app is the perfect accommodation finder for your smartphone. It will not just find hotels or motels, as the app has access to over 30,000 housing sites located in 180 countries. All searches are based on availability and price range.
If you are looking for a quick, alternative way to figuring out the exchanging rate of your currency into foreign money, then Currency Converter is the perfect app.
One of the useful features is the ability to track the conversion rate of each country you will be visiting. Plus, you can convert all of your expenses from your trip back into your country’s currency.
Say goodbye to paper and email confirmations, as the Tripit app will merge your flight, hotel and car rental reservations all into one easy-to-use itinerary list.
All of the app’s features will help to keep you organized and efficient throughout your entire trip. You can receive text alerts on any real-time flight delays, which might cause you to check for alternative flight plans to maintain your travel schedule.
There are loads of apps that will ease your travel planning out there. Make sure you download the right apps suitable before, during and after your travels.