One of the most exciting aspects of a vacation is anticipation. Tickets and hotel are booked, the guide is ready and so are your important documents and wardrobe.
And what about travel agents?
Well, who needs them when you have the smartphone? This is 2019, and you have all the necessary tools to become your own travel agent. Yes, people would need a travel guide before the smartphones dominated the world, but now they have the complete information at their fingertip. So they don’t need the travel agent anymore!
A smartphone has now become an absolutely indispensable travel companion and has been used for years as more than just a phone. Today, it serves as a tool for the travel planner, booking overview, navigation device, translation tool, currency converter – the roles of our tiny digital devices are almost inexhaustible.
Thanks to numerous small programs, our smartphone is like a genie who can perform any task in the blink of an eye.
No matter where you go, you can take out your smartphone and just get started with the installation of an app, and you will not regret it.
To be able to find the best in the wealth of apps, we present here
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the 20 most useful travel apps for your smooth next adventure trip!
What will Kayak do for you? This popular travel app will crawl hundreds of travel websites to help you compare the best rates and book the perfect flight, hotel, and rental car service for you. This app will help you save money. The ad-free pro version contains more than 100 airport terminal maps.
Relax and just pack what are you told to pack by this app. Depending on the length of the trip, the weather forecast in your destination, and any activities you’re planning along the way, it shows you what to “pack” with your bag. From your regular t-shirt to your favorite sneakers, this app will suggest you everything.
PackPoint even allows you to account for washing your clothes and wearing them multiple times if you have the privilege of laundry facilities. It has a user-friendly interface. Simply download and install the app, search the target city, and insert your travel dates, and you are good to go.
After booking your trip, you have to take all the email confirmations, travel reports, packing lists, and favorite place recommendations from friends and family somewhere as digital notes. Evernote is your digital partner for this. It synchronizes all your files with your selected devices for your convenience later on.
These notes can be shared with family and friends. Apart from that, you can use Evernote to upload and share photos.
Tripit manages all your itineraries in a user-friendly interface for your review. All you need to do is forward the entire details of your flight reservation, hotels, and restaurants through an email to the sales representative of the service and the app will put together a complete comprehensive travel schedule.
Google Trips is an alternative to TripIt, this app offers tours, guides, maps, restaurants, and other important places in proximity of the area of your stay. The app’s destination-based features serve as a guidebook for reservation advice.
At The Airport
Airports usually mean a lot of waiting time. If you are a book-lover, then don’t forget to take Amazon’s Audible App with you. While traveling with low-cost airlines which usually offer no entertainment program during the long flight or while you stay at the airport between connecting flights, a traveler’s crucial time is lost mercilessly. Use this time to listen to your favorite audiobooks with this app.
Thanks to machine learning, Google Translate has now become a conversational partner for frequent travelers. This popular app, since its debut, has amazed its users through consistent service improvements. The app provides translations in more than 100 different world languages.
It has features like listening to translations out loud and detecting your own handwriting on the screen, has made this app a must-have for travelers. You can highlight your favorite words for offline access and listen to its pronunciation in local diction.
Duolingo uses numerous mini-lessons and games to teach you how to read, write, understand, and speak a foreign language. You have a choice of 27 languages – including Mandarin. You start with simple verbs, phrases, and sentences and learn new words every day. You can also chat with bots in your target languages.
With this currency converter, you can quickly find out whether the bargain at the bazaar is actually as cheap as the dealer says. XE Currency is one of the more robust currency converter apps available for both iOS and Android.
This app regularly updates and offers live exchange rates for almost all “world currencies.” It saves the most recent prices so you can access them later even on an offline mode. The user interface is not worthy enough to be mentioned. Nevertheless, the app does what it is supposed to do.
This app needs no introduction. Google Maps has many features that can help you prepare for your trip or city break. Use offline maps on your smartphone, create your own city maps, plan a city tour, or travel virtually to foreign locations.
Airbnb suggests vacant rooms and homes by locals for rent. On the website, you can filter the results based on the home type, price, booking method, amenities, and more.
The home-sharing app has become a household name. The app gives hotels a run for their money by offering far cheaper prices and a more local authentic experience by allowing the user to stay with a local in their home. You can negotiate rates and other terms with the user online. It also lets you plan your day, book a car, and many more things.
The world’s largest travel platform TripAdvisor has much to offer: hundreds of reviews, opinions, videos, and photos of just about anything – bar-restaurants, hotels, airlines, great travel deals, search engines. It helps you find the best hotels based on their rates and quality of service.
The “Near Me” feature finds well-assessed places, closest to you. Just like Yelp, users can ask travel queries in the forums or add their own reviews.
Luckily in this time and age, if you are a travel freak, technology is here to help you with everything from planning your trip, booking hotels, packing your bags, waiting at the airport, roaming around your destination. Whatever your need is, there is an app for that.
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