A selection of useful apps that can come in handy when going for a trip. I’ve put them in order starting with bookings, trip planning all the way to the actual trip. So here we go:
#1 HotelTonight App: From a range of hotel booking apps, this one stands out as it makes last minute hotel booking from any place in the world pretty easy. So if you ever get into the situation where you can’t find a place to stay for the night (yes it happens sometimes) the HotelTonight app will get you last minute deals that you will be able to book through your phone on the same night. Yes just book and go!
#2 Trover App: So you are all set on your destination but still need to research the places to visit . Trover is a creative app that lets travellers share their destination photos, with a small description AND it tells you where exactly it is on the map! So just plug in your destination in the search button, choose the photos you like and make a list and you are all set with the places you want to go to with their exact location. And when you get there post your own photos and inspire other travelers… Amazing isn’t it?
#3 Packpoint App: So it’s packing time! This app takes packing lists a step further by suggesting to you the things you should pack. Jot down your destination, trip date, length of stay and type of activities you are expected to do and you will get a tailor made list. All you need to do is pack and tick the items off.
#4 Gate Guru App: The next time you get to an airport you’ve never been to before, you won’t need the “I’m lost” wide eyed look on your face anymore. The Gata Guru app takes care of all the things you need to know. It provides a complete list of amenities (places to eat, shops and services) which you can filter by terminal and sort by rating, name or gate as well as a comprehensive map guide. It also lets you add your upcoming flight itineraries and notifies you of any changes/delays and keeps a log of your flights for future reference.
#5 Daily Spender App: A simple and easy way to track your expenses during your trip. Start off with your budget which will be divided equally across the number of days of your trip. Each day it will let you list down your expenses and will tell you how much is left as you go through the day. It will alert you when you are overspending and reallocate your budget from your remaining days (and will also tells you if you have made any savings, something unlikely!). And finally gives you the option to send a report of your trip spending to your email for reference.
#6 The Food-spotting app: So you are walking around and exploring your destination and suddenly you crave a favourite dish. Dig out the Foodspotting app and it will tell you where to find the best places serving it. All you need to do is indicate where you are and which dish you are looking for. Bon appetite!
#7 The Journi App: What’s a trip without memories? The Journi app helps you keep track of your trips and share it with friends . Take pictures, write notes, and record locations every day of your trip. Keep it as your private travel log or turn it into a travel blog and share it with people you know.
I’m also using a navigation app Spyglass that supports different maps, depending on my current needs: google maps, apple maps, open street map and open cycle map. It’s also very important that the app can read pre-downloaded maps when offline. Besides, it has many useful features for those people that are not very good at orienting. The app shows your current position on the map, can save waypoints and locations, for example, your car or your hotel location. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c
I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks Alex for the tip 🙂