Travel agencies are slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past. Today, anyone with a smartphone can organize an amazing trip with the attention to every detail.
Which beach in Brighton to choose for your summer weekend? How to book Leeds Bradford car hire at a cheap price? Where to find a great place to eat in London? You can find answers to these and many other questions on your mobile device – the main thing is to install the necessary applications.
Indeed, modern digital software solutions will make travel easier and also improve the quality of your journey. If you are going on a trip and want to make it better, install the following applications on your smartphone:
This is an application that will help collect all the data about your trip and, at the right time, will remind you of all key dates – from the day of departure to a party or a business meeting.
TripIt will also plan your best trip. It’s enough to indicate the date of travel, destination, way of movement, and your interests – the program will find cheap air tickets, book a hotel room and even hire a car. That is, you get a complete travel plan for your upcoming trip. If necessary, you can edit it as you wish.
This is a convenient service for those who don’t want to forget something important at home. PackingPro structures things by categories (outerwear, accessories), contains ready-made sets of things, and also allows you to make a to-do list before and during the trip.
In the latest update, the application has become even smarter: now it prepares options for essentials based on the duration of the trip, the number of people, weather conditions at the destination, and many other things.
Maps are the first and most essential tool for any traveller. The advantages of Maps.me interactive maps are that they cover the whole world, and, moreover, they can work offline. You just need to download the required city or region in advance.
The application instantly downloads a map of the area and allows you not only to create a route, but also to find any object on the map. For example, a gas station to refuel a hire car or a vegan cafe to enjoy a healthy dinner.
The second important point in your trip is the choice of accommodation. If suddenly you decide on a spontaneous adventure in another city, finding an overnight stay will no longer be a problem. Thanks to the Hotel Tonight app, you can book a room on the day of arrival or a couple of days before.
Moreover, you will be happy to receive great discounts, which sometimes reach 70%. The service base consists of more than 15 thousand hotel names around the world, and only the best ones fall into it.
Each of us knows that talking from abroad can make up a significant portion of our vacation expenses. With this application, you get the opportunity to receive calls abroad by using your domestic SIM card and thus bypassing expensive roaming charges.
The Roamer service is available both via Wi-Fi and without an online connection at application rates, which are several times lower than the operator’s prices.
This app will keep you safe wherever you go. MySafeTravel provides free access to up-to-date information from global travel safety experts. The database is constantly updated based on the analysis of the latest data from security systems around the world.
If you suddenly get lost while driving your hire car in unfamiliar neighborhoods, you can easily avoid danger zones and find the right way.
If you are tired of staying in hotel rooms, then try using the app based on the Airbnb service. This is an increasingly popular service that allows you to find accommodation directly from the owner, bypassing all kinds of realtors. Today, more than 600,000 options are available in 34,000 cities around the world.
Before booking, you can contact the owner and clarify all the details, see photos and a description of the accommodation, and most importantly, reviews from other guests. Do you want to hire out your own home? No problem, this service will also help you with that. Place your ad and accept or reject requests from potential guests directly via your phone.
Don’t forget about such flight booking apps as Kayak. The service scans the offers of more than 800 airlines online, while quick filters help to reduce the list to the required minimum. You can pay for tickets directly through the application using a bank card.
In addition, the application will also help you hire a car and book a hotel room. If necessary, you will find things to do in the desired location as well as a flight tracker.
Often, trips are accompanied by long transfers and long hours of waiting for the next flight at the airport. LoungeBuddy will help you navigate the 500 largest airports in the world.
The app finds where at the airport you can print documents, take a shower, drink wine, find free Wi-Fi, a nursery, a restaurant, a car hire desk, or a conference room. LoungeBuddy contains detailed data on 1,700 lounges with photos, ratings, and customer reviews.
This is another useful application, especially for those who travel by hire car. Finding a parking place is not an easy task even in your home city, and in an unfamiliar country, it can turn into a big problem.
ParkMe helps you find the nearest car park, shows the cost of a parking space, and allows you to track the remaining time. The app covers over 500 of the largest cities in the world.
It’s rather boring to order traditional dishes on your trip. Much more interesting is to join the culture of a new country! The Foodspotting application will help you with this. It will find many good restaurants/cafes with local national cuisine in an unfamiliar city.
In order to easily recognize any important information on the signs and announcements on your trip, you just need to download the Google Lens application. Everything is extremely simple: just point the camera of your device at the text of interest, and the application will display the translation on the screen. A nice bonus – it works without internet access.