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In today’s fast-paced world, technology has become the stuff of everyday life for savvy travellers. From checking traffic update, forecasting weather, booking flights, finding a good place to eat to managing your own expenses – technology has it. But with so many travel apps on the market, it can be hard to choose which items are worth downloading.
Here, I have selected 15 FREE mobile apps that will help you improve your overall travel experience.
This free app is perfect for anyone travelling abroad for a prolonged period. XE Currency tracks live currency exchange rates across the world to provide you with accurate up-to-the-minute conversion tables. This is a very useful application to avoid getting scammed by exchanges and know exactly just how much more you are paying for services compared to the ones in your home country. So don’t even think about hopping on a plane without it. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
When travelling, the only way to keep track of your budget is to write down everything you spend. Save yourself from the headache of expense tracking and focus on the fun, let Trail Wallet take care of the tracking. The Trail Wallet app is easy to use just encode the dates of your trip, the currency you’ll be using, and the budget you’re planning for. From there it starts you out on a simple page that shows you if you’re in-line with your budget. It shows both how much you’ve spent for the day and for your entire trip. After you’ve been travelling awhile, you can look back on past trips and make changes if needed. An alert is set to remind you if you’re going a bit over budget and words of encouragement if you’re being a thrifty spender! (Available for iPhone).
Follow the flight paths of thousands of international flights with more than 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines. FlightTrack provides real-time departure and delay information, timely push notifications with flight updates, and gate numbers (when available). You will even be informed of cancellations and help you find alternate flights. It also includes push flight alerts, Tripit, terminal maps and weather delays. Even when you’re not the one in the air, you can be well informed about the flight status of your friends and family. (Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry).
WeatherPro features high-quality seven-day forecasts and weather reports for over two million cities and 800,000 points of interest worldwide. It also features the local time, temperature, humidity, visibility, wind speed, and other key factors that will inform your decision about what to wear before stepping outside. Meaning there’s no need to decipher the weather for your next trip. With the help of this app, you can avoid a vacation disaster. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
With Foodspotting, you can find the dishes you are craving for fast and easy. You will also see what’s good at any restaurant wherever you go complete with reviews and feedback from food spotters . This app is perfect for the dedicated foodie. Just open it up, search for whatever dish you fancy at that moment and it shows all the best places to find it within a certain radius. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
Hostelworld is a geo-tagged directory of around 25,000 cheap hotels around the world. It also gives you access to 3.5 million user reviews, so you can ensure that you that you are getting the best offer. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
TripAdvisor is one of the best online sources for travelers, particularly because it has in-depth reviews of hotels, restaurants, and sites to see. Photos uploaded by other users are also helpful for getting a glimpse of a place from an unbiased point of view. TripAdvisor also offers a standalone Offline City Guides app to more than 80 destinations you can download and access later without a mobile data connection. There is also the “Near Me” option that lets you discover places near you worth visiting. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
Taking Google Maps with you is one of the best options to explore new places. The service touts coverage for more than 200 countries and territories spanning the globe, providing turn-based and voice-guided navigation with 360-degree street views regardless of whether you’re walking, biking, driving, or taking public transit. The interface is also impeccably clean, making it a lot easier to use.(Available for iPhone and Android).
Google Translate provides translations between 80 different languages. Simply say the phrase you want to be translated and Google Translate will repeat your words in the foreign language of your choice. This app allows you to listen to translations out loud so you can say those phrases accurately. Best of all, you can even star your favorite words or phrases for offline access or view dictionary results for a single word or phrase. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
Getting around a foreign city can be stressful, especially if you don’t speak the language. With the on-demand Uber, you can now quickly request a private car or taxi directly within the app. The app gives you a fair estimate for a ride to your destination, and the driver can see it on the map, too. When your ride is over, Uber charges your credit card the right amount, and you don’t have to tip. Uber is worldwide, with services in more than 50 countries. Plus, no need for reservations! (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
The Free Wi-Fi Finder shows where you can find free wireless connections in urban areas. You can search with a directory or simply enable the Wi-Fi scanner to locate the nearest hot spots. It works worldwide, so be sure to download it before your next trip to avoid being charged pricey roaming fees. Why to pay if you can connect for free! (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
Let TripIt organize your travel plans into an itinerary so all your trip details are in one place. It can store all your plane tickets, hotel booking, car rentals, and anything to plan your trip in one master online itinerary. You also have the option to add maps, weather info or any other information to help you get the most of your vacation. After you create the online itinerary you can automatically book hotels, museums, theater or other activities. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
No internet? Worry not, this app got you covered. Offline City Guides lets you explore new travel destinations and cobble together a loose itinerary for what you might want to see, do, and eat when you arrive. It has over 150 cities packed with great places to visit and beautiful travel guides by local experts. GPS is free with super-fast offline maps! (Available for iPhone and Android).
The field trip is technically a guide in your pocket! This app allows you to discover hidden gems in cities around the world without doing any work at all. It has a combined geotagged reviews and explanations for points of interest from a number of publications which notify you when you’re passing by something worth checking out. This means that when you show up at a new place all the interesting details about that place are ready and waiting for you to access, right in that convenient, card-based interface. (Available for iPhone and Android).
If you want to maximize your travel experience, then this app is for you. This is a collection of apps for IOS and Android featuring walks in almost 500 cities across the world. GPSmyCity allows you to follow guided city walks without actually joining an organized tour. These GPS-powered applications come with a detailed route map and accurate turn-by-turn walking directions to guide users from one spot to the next without getting lost.
The available tours cover a wide range of topics, from famous attractions to monuments to interesting sights to the cities’ hidden gems. Snippets of information about the places are prompted too. Which is a great alternative to eliminate paying tourist guides and enjoy the city at your own pace.
This application is not for free, but in collaboration with GPSmyCity I have the app FREE for you. The first 10 readers will receive promo codes that will allow you to download the full version – which normally costs US$4.99 in the App Store. How to join?
All you have to do is comment on this article and choose the city you intend to use the app. For the list of cities covered click here.
Promo codes will be sent via email on December 24, 2015.
Hope you found the list helpful for your next trip! If you have any other suggestions please feel free to share it with me and also please don’t forget to share this article with your friends!
Best of luck and happy travels everyone!
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