Travel is that one underrated activity that many people view as a recreational option for people who have so much money to waste. However, that notion is misleading because travel is a vital activity that everyone should get involved in to reap its advantages. While traveling, however, you want the best experience in everything you do.
It is vital to research your travel destination and ensure that you follow all travel guidelines and precautions while on your trip. But it would help if you did not forget to have your travel assistant with you. No. I am not talking about hiring a tour guide. Your smartphone is enough for all your travel needs. With the right travel apps, you can turn your iPhone or Android device to a full-featured travel gadget with solutions to all your anxieties.
These are the seven best apps you should have on your phone to make your trip exceptional.
Everybody expects this app on the list. So, why not begin with it? Airbnb is popular for its peer accommodation service. You can get a unique stay during your vacation according to your preferences. Avoid the crowds and noise in hotels by booking a private home for the duration you will be on vacation.
Apart from elegant homes for spending your vacation, you also get access to various nearby adventures, restaurants, and numerous experiences on your trip. The ratings on various activities and adventures make it easy to decide on the best engagement you want on your vacation. You can download the app for both iPhone and Android and enjoy your trip.
Trips begin with the booking of flights and hotel reservations. Skyscanner is one of the few awesome apps for finding the best flight deals and booking your ticket to your travel destination. This free-to-use app also allows you to book hotels and car rentals to make your experience a breeze upon arrival.
With the search feature, you can find anything you need related to flights, hotels, and car rental services. You can also use the explore feature to find the best recommendations. This feature works best for people who are new to the app and want to experience something straight away.
With the currency and region options, the app allows you to estimate the cost of flights, trips, and bookings in the desired currency. Using this app, you can find the best car service with a universal roof rack to help you move from the airport to your hotel hassle-free. But you need to create an account to make the bookings, and the app will access how you use your phone apps to make the best recommendations.
Another flight booking app. Flights tend to take a good portion of the money people spend on their trips. Reducing your flight cost can save you some bucks that you may need for miscellaneous expenses or save it for some present when you come back. Hopper helps you to find the cheapest flights around the world.
With this app, you not only find cheap travel deals but also the best booking time. By analyzing billions of flights across the world, and tracking them, Hopper sends you notifications to tell you when you have the best opportunity to book your favorite flight. And they claim that you can get up to 40% in discounts for the flights.
Apart from flight booking, Hopper also helps you with finding wonderful deals in hotel booking. Set a watch over a specific hotel to find deals with your favorite stay instead of wondering where to board when arriving in the city. Lest I forget, you can complete your bookings and reservations in less than 60 seconds.
4. Klook Travel
Sometimes, it is ideal to know what to expect and plan adequately before leaving for your trip. Apart from finding the best deals in hotels and flights, you also need access to those amazing activities at various destinations. Klook is your appropriate partner in finding the best tour experiences at your destination.
The app gives you recommendations for the best destinations to tour around the world. With each trip, you can find various activities, transport information, hotel services, train tickets, and WiFi and SIM information. There is way too much than you would think of getting from a single travel app. It seems that this service is all you need for all your travel needs – apart from booking flights.
5. OpenVPN Client
As you move around the world, you want to access various information and keep the communication going with your friends, peers, and family. But there are cases where you discover that your connectivity is censored or access to various services is blocked. With a reliable VPN server, you can route your connection and encrypt it so that you can access the information you need without any restrictions.
However, there are so many spammy VPNs in the market. You might get a reliable connection by downloading a free VPN online, but your information could be compromised. The best advice is to get a private VPN server with OpenVPN and always connect to it when going online to carry out sensitive transactions. It might be a technical process, but it is relatively secure when compared to the spam-filled apps in the market.
6. Google Translate
Traveling abroad means meeting new people, some who do not speak your native language. But that does not mean that you should not say “hello” whenever you meet. Neither does it mean that you can only use sign language in your communication. It is possible to make friends and great conversations with people anywhere around the world without knowing their language, but you can learn along the way.
Google Translate is the leader and most-trusted app by most travelers to enhance their communication in foreign countries. The app allows you to translate words and phrases from one language to another – almost all common languages around the world. But the best feature is that it facilitates easy communication by listening to your voice and translates it, giving your listener a translated speech – much more like having a private interpreter.
7. Google Maps
Another handy Google App for travelers. You want to be sure that you are at the correct location when driving, walking, or finding a shop. It is not ideal to ask every pedestrian about the way when you are a visitor in a city. Many people have very evil ambitions, and you do not want to fall victim of their crime. So, what hinders you from carrying your map to give you directions and accurate places?
With Google Maps, you can do so much anywhere as long as your smartphone has access to location services (GPS). Use it to find the best directions to your destination while hiking, biking, or on a road trip. But you can also create custom places on the map where you would want to visit and use the map to find your routes around. The best thing with Google Maps is that it can alert you when roads are closed or when there is heavy traffic so that you can find an alternative route.
Travel is essential in human life. Everybody has something unique they want to do while traveling and the best destinations to visit. The ultimate experience of any trip depends on preparedness and natural influences. But since we can control how prepared we are, you will want to ensure that your adventure becomes the most memorable in all your lifetime. You will want the various travel applications designed to give you an awesome experience while out and about.