-by Emmeline Brown
ho needs folded up maps and expensive guidebooks when you have a smartphone? Planning a trip can be time consuming and exhausting, but thankfully, most of the stress can be easily diminished once you get your hands on the right apps on your smartphone. Before you’ve packed your bags, make sure you have the most authentic travel apps that would help you throughout your trip and make the whole experience less of a chore. To make your experience easy and fun, I have compiled this list of the best travel apps that are easily available in any smartphone of your choice.
A pocket travel app of sorts, TripIt pulls together all sorts of information for you; from flights to hotels, event bookings, rental cars, converting the app into a single itinerary of sorts. All you need to do is forward your email to the app, the rest is done by TripIt. This app also makes it easier for group coordinations, as you can easily share the plans if you’re not traveling alone.
Duolingo is a free and incredibly designed language learning app, though it is not a replacement for a proper language tuition. This app is really helpful if you’re planning to visit somewhere for a short time but need to learn the basic phrases of the local language. It is a fun way to learn the basics and keep your vocabulary fresh before traveling abroad.
Offering more detailed journey planner information than Google, Citymapper is easy to use and also playful. The information includes Uber integration and cycle routes as well as real-time departure and disruption alerts. It has all the city break destinations covered, and is available in around 30 cities worldwide.
4. Time Out
If you’re planning what to do in a city, Time Out is a perfect app. The app covers everything from bars, attractions, restaurants and events. You’ll never struggle to find the most famous concerts and events around you once you download this app. You can create a customized travel guide for your holiday, and also book restaurants and concert tickets through this app.
You need to download Hopper if you’re searching for the cheapest possible price for a plane ticket. The company also claims that it can save you up to 40 percent on your next flight. The user interface is simple and you can book a flight in 60 seconds or less! Hopper has been a 2016 Google Play award winner, and it was also added to the Apple Store’s Best of 2015 list.
Yuggler is the app for you if you’re planning to travel with family. Nail down what to do each day, based on the weather or the type of entertainment that your kids would prefer that day, all through Yuggler. You can also scroll through comments of the parents who have been to those destinations.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Emmeline Brown is a passionate travel blogger. She shares an uncanny love for food and travel and has been dreaming of exploring the world ever since she took a trip to the Grand Canyon with her parents when she was 13. You can read more of her work in her blogs written for a Dubai travel agency Travelex Travels & Tours.