Planning a vacation is a very exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Some reviews and information on the internet can be misleading at times and can create some unrealistic expectations about the country you are planning to visit. The only way to truly know what to expect is to hop on a plane and go. Opting for a travel agent is also another way to plan your vacation, but it often comes with a price. The good news is that in today’s world, your smartphone is the only travel agent you need!
Here are some of the most helpful apps that will make your vacation a whole lot better.
When it comes to finding deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals, Kayak is the go-to app. This nifty app searches numerous travel sites for the lowest prices and exclusive deals. The app also features a built-in Price Forecaster that helps you determine whether or not prices are set to drop now or in the future. Kayak also functions as a trip planner by storing important information such as your hotel booking number and flight number. All these details are displayed in real-time, making it one of the most reliable apps for planning a trip.
Public transportation operates differently in each country. Some of the signs may not even be in English, which makes it difficult to know which is the best train or bus to catch. Citymapper is an innovative app that has all the information you need when it comes to using public transport in a specific country. Users can see departure dates, the fastest routes, and whether or not the bus or train has wheelchair access. The app will also send an alert when it’s time to get off the bus. Citymapper has also introduced new features that allow you to view rentals for electric scooters, bicycles, and mopeds complete with availability and prices.
Imagine a vacation without being able to go online! Before you rush out and buy an expensive cellular connection, try using WiFi Map instead. This app displays several hotspots available around your current location. It also provides navigation to get you to the hotspot, log in details, and lets you filter your search according to connection speed. The best part of it all? All the maps work offline!
Planning on visiting a non-native English speaking country? If the answer is yes, then Duolingo is a must-have app. This innovative platform is a great tool for learning a new language. It offers beginner courses in a variety of different languages and allows you to chat with bots for extra practice. Users can advance to the next level of the course by taking tests. This app is especially helpful for learning phrases you’ll most likely use during your travels.
It’s easy to overspend on vacation especially when dealing in different currencies. Who really feels like doing the math anyway! XE Currency is a great way to keep track of movements in the market. This app offers live exchange rates for every currency and precious metal. The most recent rates can also be stored and viewed offline, which is very convenient when you are out and about or shopping.
Now you can turn your phone into your very own travel agent without the extra cost! Happy travels.