Best travel apps

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The Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store are both loaded with a variety of apps. With so many options to choose from, picking the perfect app for your needs is quite troublesome. The same can be said about the travel category, where your every need has over a dozen apps providing the same service. It would only be a problem if you downloaded the app and it wasn’t helpful while you’re on the trip.

So as to save your time and providing you with comfort, here’s a list of apps that are a must-have for any of your travels.

Apps for each of your certain necessity and need have been segregated and sectioned for your comfort, so as to make things easier for you.

Part 1: Travel Planner.

Skiplagged:

Platform:  Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

The app’s motto says it all – You won’t find any cheaper flight deals than this. And truly, because of it’s rare “hidden-city flight” system, this flight booking app helps you save more compared to most of the other flight booking sites. A hidden-city flight is a flight where you get off at the layover rather than the final destination. After all, the fact that this is completely legal, and United sued them and lost to Skiplagged, this just somehow makes you want to check out their deals. They even have their own website for further convenience of the user.

App In The Air:

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

You’ll find it surprising that the app’s best part is not only the name, but also the design, function, and features. To put it in simple words, this is a smart flight-tracking app with the best-known coverage of airlines and airports. The most impressive feature of the app is that it will keep you updated about flight status, even when you do not have internet coverage. Its features only keep getting better because other than being an amazing flight tracker, it also helps you manage your time at the airport, breaking down each flight into four stages; check-in, boarding, takeoff and landing time. Definitely, a must-have app for your flight tracking and updates.

Tripit

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

Let’s say you’ve done initial planning for your trip. Then you’ve booked all your flights, accommodations, Car rentals etc. Now how would you organise all these bookings in one place? You would either print each booking confirmation emails or move all these emails to a new folder to keep it organised – if it’s a short trip this could work but what if you’re travelling to some remote places in India for a month with limited access to the internet? Then these methods are not practical right? And That’s where Tripit comes in a picture. TripIt can organise anything you book. After creating a free account with Tripit, Simply forward your confirmation emails to [email protected] and TripIt will create a master itinerary for every trip. In this itinerary, all your booking confirmations/ tickets are just a click away.

Part 2: Once you’re at the destination.

– Time Out:

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

Time Out has got to be the best app developed for any dynamic traveler. Time Out has limited features, but it is still something you’d want to have on your phone. From having a trip planner to locating local cinema times, restaurants and other activities with the ability to be customized accordingly to your destination, Time Out is definitely the best at its game. An event guide helps you discover what’s new and interesting around you. You can also save these events and keep track of your favorite places. There is also a ‘Things I Love’ section to create a personalized custom city guide. Isn’t that just the best?

Google Translate:

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

Does anything really need to be said about this app? Everyone knows Google Translate and what it does. Google Translate is your survival app in a place where people fail to understand your language of communication. Do you want to buy groceries but don’t know what they’re called? Google Translate. Do you want to order food at a restaurant but don’t know how? Google Translate. Want to start a conversation with that cute girl holding the red umbrella? Google Translate! Even with its flaws and everything, Google Translate has kept developing throughout these years and has been a successful life saver for many. With its new and ever developing image recognition and text-to-speech features, it is another app you should definitely carry with you.

Part 3: Hotels and Stay.

Airbnb:

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

If you want to drop the whole hotel experience, and want to go for something more authentic, something that feels more home-like and local, Airbnb is the answer for you. Airbnb is a worldwide name and there’s quite a high chance that you’ve heard of it. You’ll not get any better experience of living the lives of the locals than literally living with the locals. That is exactly what Airbnb does, locates you a home at your destination and helps you by allowing to stay at their home, or with them. Airbnb also has plans to convert into an all-in-one travel app that will introduce features such as planning your day, booking a car and more.

Hotel Tonight:

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

Unexpected change of plans is nothing new in the life of a traveler who knows the world. Say, your Airbnb plans fall through, they cancel the reservation at the last minute, or even your flight gets delayed at a layover, Hotel Tonight has got your back. With reliable services on last-minute deals, Hotel Tonight boasts of not only this great feature but also of the big discounts it provides. The app has launched a Daily Drop feature that offers a super-economical deal for the day. You can also book multiple rooms in a single go and broadcast that info via group chat. Having Hotel Tonight handy on your travel will turn out to be a real life saver for any traveler.

Part 4: More helpful apps.

XE Currency:

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

Even though it is not as helpful as the others on the list here, but having a trusty currency convertor app which is constantly updated and offers live exchange rates for every world currency and even precious metals is definitely going to help you at some point in your trip. XE Currency also provides a feature where you can save the latest rates of your preferred currency on your device to keep track even when your phone is offline. And for the iOS users, XE Currency also provides a Siri shortcut support.

Yelp:

Platform: Both Android and iOS.
Price: Free.

Yelp can now definitely be recognised as the Yellow Pages of restaurant and bars, and its use extends all over the world. Its most powerful feature is the sheer number of reviews housed in the app — it’s an excellent resource for when you’re looking to hit some of the best spots in the country you’re visiting. Yelp also offers hours of operation, a phone number for listings, and sometimes even a menu, so you can be as prepared as possible before heading out.

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