10 Travel Apps To Improve Your Trip
We live in the age of technology, and its rare we go anywhere without our cell phones- especially when we’re travelling. Be it a romantic getaway, the vacation of a lifetime or a business conference out of town, there are now hundreds of apps that can make sure your trip goes off without a hitch. We picked out ten of our favourites to help with every part of your travel experience:
1.The ACM TravelAid™ App
Before you set off on your adventure you want to make sure that you are covered against any potential mishaps. Did you know that along with a great insurance policy PrimeLink customers also gain access to the super helpful TravelAid mobile app?
Keep track of your policy and gain vital information such as travel advisories, local emergency phone numbers and directions to the nearest medical facility, regardless of where you are.
Should you run into any trouble, the app also allows you to file claims directly from your phone.
From booking the cheapest flight to finding your perfect boutique hotel, Skyscanner offers its own app that allows users to stay thrifty while fine-tuning their trip.
The app works with travel partners to compare the cheapest dates to fly, rent a car or stay in a particular hotel through a month view calendar.
It also provides updates and alerts should prices change. If you don’t have any specific preferences, the app also offers a “top deals” section opening up a world of affordable adventure.
Whether you’re after a cool, downtown apartment or a cosy European townhouse, Air bnb has become a leader when it comes to booking the perfect place to stay. Thanks to their app you can now plan your trip from beginning to end, communicate with your host and share your itinerary with other travellers.
The app also offers the opportunity to try out recommendations from local experts, celebrities and hosts about the city’s best bars, restaurants and tourist traps with its new ‘Trips’ feature.
4. Google Maps
We’ve all been there: you’re in a brand new city, bustling with action, and you want to check off every cool spot you’ve compiled into your list of “things to do”. The problem is, you have no idea where in the city you are or what the best route to take to each of your locations is.
Enter Google Maps: this handy app places the city in the palm of your hand, alerting you to fastest routes via foot, transport and car. It also updates you on any traffic hold-ups or route diversions in real time, letting you feel like a local.
You can even use the app to see when restaurants or tourist destinations open and close.
There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination only to discover you forgot your bathing suit/cell phone charger/ favourite pair of socks. Thanks to Packpoint- that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach could be a thing of the past.
Packpoint looks at the weather forecast for the dates of your trip, as well as getting you to select likely activities for your trip, before producing a handy packing list.
The app’s share feature also lets you offer some hints and tips to friends too.
If you haven’t heard of Uber already then where have you been? Active in approximately 84 countries and 737 cities, Uber is topping the game when it comes to ride sharing. Using GPS the app finds your location, allows you to set your destination and connects you with a nearby driver.
Day-or-night, users have the option pay with cash (in limited cities) or card using a personal account, and enjoy a reliable ride.
The app also provides a rating system, which allows you to learn a little more about your driver, as well as giving them an opportunity to provide feedback about you, too. More affordable than your typical city taxi, Uber is great when you need to get somewhere fast, while still trying to budget a trip.
If you really want to get around the city on a more local level, then public transport is the way to go, although not always the easiest thing to figure out.
Citymapper is a transit app that allows you to check out subway, train and other local transport routes and schedules in real time, even when you’re offline. Users can also subscribe to favourite lines to receive alerts should there be any disruptions.
Covering everything from food and drinks to fun ways to spend your day, TripAdvisor collates photos, videos and reviews from locals and other visitors to rank the best of the best in any location.
Furthermore, gain access to information from over 200 hotel booking sites to compare prices, download city maps and even tap into the ‘Near Me’ feature to find the best places in your area.
9. XE Currency
Getting to grips with a new currency can be a bit of a headache, but luckily this finance app can keep you up to date with live exchange rates. Free to download, the app can store the most recent rates from across the world so that you can even access them offline.
Not all phone plans cover international texting or calls, which can end up with a hefty bill at the end of the month. Whatsapp, however, helps side step those unexpected costs, by offering a free communication platform worldwide. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and you are free to send messages, start group chats and make voice and video calls with your stored contacts.
Hopefully these ten, handy apps can help ensure you cover all of your bases for a perfect trip.