If you are the kind that travels for the sake of traveling, here are 15 practical apps to make your smartphone more travel efficient.
Need the cheapest flight from New York to Istanbul. Skyscanner scours all available airlines to get you the best deal and displays fares for the rest of the month. A simple interface and quick flight fares make this a sensible app.
2. Word Lens:
You’re in Hamburg, Germany and the signboard in front of you says ‘Werstchen’. Wait, what? You open Word Lens on your smartphone and point it at the sign. It translates to English and displays ‘Hot Dogs’. Ah! I’ll have one, please.
3. Trip Advisor:
What’s Beirut like in the Summer? Is it Summer or even safe there right now? Trip Advisor will tell you everything about Beirut. Find out about the history, culture, transport, tourist spots, etc. about way too many cities in the world.
4. Hostel World / We Hostels:
You need a hostel in Sydney next Tuesday night! Swipe open one of these apps. Enter the city and dates of stay and you get many options for hostels in the said city. Finding accommodation is no more such a hassle.
5. Oanda Currency Converter:
Wonder how much 1000 Thai Baht is in Indian Rupees. Don’t look for the exchange rate and then calculate with the said amount. Oanda converts currency at the latest rates so you don’t have to calculate it in your head each time. You’d rather be looking at things you can buy instead of doing Math on the go.
6. Google Maps:
In Berlin for a holiday and you got separated from the rest of the group somewhere near Checkpoint Charlie. The easiest way to maneuver through unknown roads in an alien city is (and thank God for it) Google Maps.
7. Trip It:
Traveling to Shanghai for the first time and the packing, flight details, and itineraries all get overwhelming. Consult TripIt immediately! It instantly acquires all your flight emails and hotel bookings to make the perfect itinerary for your perfect trip. Do you want all your important travel details in one place? This is it.
You’re alone outside a bar in Bucharest and you don’t even know Romanian. Ask Uber for a ride and a premium car shows up within minutes. After the ride, your (pre-registered) credit card pays automatically through the app so you don’t have to haggle about the fare with the driver.
On long flights, train journeys or road trips between travel destinations, your mind starts to slip. It would be great if you could carry a library with a gazillion books right? This is it!
A messenger app with an extremely simple interface that relies on minimal data roaming, Whatsapp is perfect to keep in touch with anyone anywhere in the world on the go. It may not be for them but it is a lifesaver for travelers of all kinds.
Miss your Mum? Just get yourself into a Wifi Zone (like most coffee shops in the world) and Skype her. She will find solace in seeing your face once in a while albeit on the screen of a smartphone.
Finally, what’s better than Instagram to flaunt your selfie walking down a beach in Cyprus! The many simple and creative filters will make your pictures look awesome and your friends jealous all at the same time.