5 Mobile apps that make travelling easier
Holidays are fun times and give you a lot to look forward to, but also a lot to think about when planning and packing. There are some items that you just don’t want to leave without, which can happen sometimes if you’ve been lucky enough to pick up a last minute deal and are making your travel plans in a rush. One such item is the trusty mobile phone. There are a host of mobile apps available for these devices and they can make travel much more plain sailing. Here are five that will take the complications out of travel for you.
Travellers love this site for the treasure trove of travel information available. Not sure if a certain place is the right place to stay, visit or eat for you? Check out the free mobile app which gives you access to more than 200 million reviews of accommodation and restaurants, to maps and to photos of more than 300 different cities. The app also has a useful Near Me Now feature so that you can discover nearby options or alternatives at any address you enter.
Available on the iPhone, Android and Blackberry, the XE Currency app will enable you to calculate currencies while you’re on the move, rather than have to go old school and carry a currency converter card about you all the time. You’ll be able to view live exchange rates and historical charts, and to work out prices on your phone so that you’re not paying over the odds for those lovely little souvenirs!
Here you have a really handy app that synchs travel plans and calendars. You can forward, either automatically or manually, your confirmation emails to the app — hotel reservations, flights, restaurant bookings, car rental, etc. — to generate a master itinerary, storing all your travel plans in one place. If you want to share your itinerary with friends or relatives you can do so by text message or social media such as Facebook. The traveller profile feature lets you keep all your important travel documents and contacts in one spot.
Ever found yourself tongue tied in a foreign country? There’s no need for that to happen with the Google Translate app. You can input with your voice, keypad or camera and this app that translates between 90 different languages will do the hard work for you. Point your camera at a sign or text and the app will translate the text for you. Google Translate also offers automatic language detection between two languages so that you can engage in conversation effortlessly. The app works offline so you don’t have to be hooked up to the internet all the time.
Of course, you’ll want to keep in touch with friends and loved ones while you’re away. You can do this with the fantastic Viber app, which allows you to send free text messages and make free video and phone calls via Wi-Fi or 3G to other Viber users. The app synchs with your contacts and will detect other Viber users amongst your contacts. Even when the app is off, you’ll receive push notifications so that you don’t miss a message or a call while you’re out in the sun!
Yes, there’s a lot to remember when you’re travelling, especially if you’re travelling with the family, but the apps above can really make the experience much easier going. You can leave the maps and the phrase books behind and concentrate on having a good time. Beautiful!