5 of the Best Travel Apps
Long gone are the days when I scrambled in the bottom of my carry on luggage trying to find that elusive hotel address, boarding pass or flight information etc., much to the utter irritation of everyone travelling with me. Now with the new smart phones that frustration is a thing of the past and all we need to do is look to our phone (and hope like mad we never lose it).
Travel apps have literally changed the way I do things, simplifying my travel experience.
Everyone will have their own favourites but these are mine:
This clever little app is like having your very own private travel secretary. It organises everything that is essential to making your trip hassle free. It’s easy to use and this is how it works: simply forward all confirmation emails i.e., hotel confirmations, pickup details, rental cars, flights etc., to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. The app will organise the information into one easy to read itinerary. If you are only an occasional traveller you can get away with the free app, if you spend all of your time travelling then fork out the extra for the ‘pro’ version. It’s money well spent.
XE Currency Converter
Where we would be without the best currency converter. I’m sure this app has saved many impetuous travel shoppers who checked the real cost of that prized item in their home currency before plunging into the sale. Again, very simple to use and it updates when in wifi with up to the minute exchange rates but works offline using the last updated rates. I would never travel without this app.
One of the best transport apps. Imagine you’ve landed at Barcelona airport and need to get to a hotel in the city and have no idea how to do it. Just go to the app and insert where you are and where you’d like to go. This amazing app comes up with all the alternatives…bus, train, tram, bicycle and walking, in real time. It tells you exactly where the bus/ train stops are. It even calculates how many calories you would use if you decided to walk (funny, I’ve never used that). This will make discovering new cities a breeze.
When time gets the better of you and you land in another country not having a clue how to say the essentials… ‘thank you’, ‘please tell me where the toilet is’, ‘can you give me something for a headache’. You will definitely need one of the best translation apps. This wonderful (and free) app makes communicating so easy. Of course, you can write what you would like to translate but you can also speak into the phone and it will give you a solution to your translation needs. It’s also possible to take a photo of any sign you might be trying to interpret – very handy. With over 103 languages online and 53 offline, you are sure to be speaking like a local in no time. An essential and amazing app.
Just like home, Trip Advisor is a great source of information on restaurants (or anything) in the cities you are visiting. You can insert your location and it will give you options around you with plenty of reviews and photos. You can book a table, look at the website, use the map to guide you there – it does everything except pay the bill. Of course, you always should watch out for obvious fake reviews but I find you can easily tell the good from the fake. Another essential travel app.