When planning to visit an unfamiliar city or remote location, it pays to have apps that can provide useful information and help plan your vacation. The more organized information you have, the more stress-free your travel is likely to become. Based on common travelling needs and challenges such as travel hacks, communication with locals and easy navigation to places offering travel activities, I’ve shortlisted 5 travel apps for your next adventure. Here they are in no particular order.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, they say. If you desire to soak-up cultural and local experiences of the cities that you travel to, it’s essential to be able to communicate with locals. Who best to ask for the best Scuba-diving haunt than the fisherman by the pier? He may speak English, or other mainstream languages, but you’ll probably get more out of him using his native tongue.
DuoLingo is an interactive mobile app that helps you learn different languages. Through gamification and in-app rewards, the process of learning a language is made fun and easy.
Are you an adrenaline addict who seeks w ild, set-in-nature experiences out of your vacation? If you are, you may have noticed that it’s getting harder to find travel destinations untouched by humans that offer adventure and nature-focussed activities. While Google search offers some results, it’s a painstaking process to filter those results manually with so little unbiased information available about the quality of in-the-nature stays and activities.
Wildr is an experience based getaway curation app that lists only the places that are set in terrain away from the hustle and bustle of cities, and activities available at them.
If you’re planning to visit a certain country and aren’t decided on which areas to visit or what activities to plan, you can get insights into those questions in TripAdvisor’s forums. Visit the app’s clearly organized forums to post your question for locals and experienced travellers to answer. The more details you provide about your trip and preferences, the more specific answers you’re likely to get for them from the TripAdvisor travel community.
TripAdvisor has a set of organized forums to discuss travel related queries. While you may not get unbiased options for stays, you can finalize your travel plan and activities.
If you’re travelling long-distance or overseas, the flight cost becomes a substantial part of your overall trip cost, usually eating-up too much of your travel budget. That’s why travel experts advice planning trips in advance and travelling during off season, cutting down air travel costs and leaving you more budget to spend during your vacation. However, sometimes, you may end up choosing a more expensive flight when a cheaper option is available with the same facilities.
Skiplagged is a flight aggregation app through which you can discover and book the cheapest flights between any two destinations.
So you’ve booked your flight and stay, and are now planning how to utilize your time during the vacation. Which tourist spots should you cover? Which restaurants or pubs are worth visiting? Building this itinerary manually can be a pain, because you would be forced to search for and filter multiple possibilities one at a time. However, you could speed-up the process by using an app that stores all of this information in an organized form.
Time Out is a directory app that houses city guides and information of restaurants, events, bars and activities to experience at over 35 travel destinations around the world.
When travelling to new places, it’s best to be organized so you can make the most out of the experience. By learning the local language, planning stays that cater to your preferences and saving travel expenses to allow for more spending during your vacation, you can ensure that you have the best travel experience.
Author bio: Disha Dinesh is a content strategist who helps small businesses build their brands online. When she’s not writing about content marketing trends or her travel experiences, she’s foot-tapping to the latest in progressive music.