Best Travel Apps
Top 4 Apps for the Modern Traveller
Travelling today is no longer an activity that requires months of planning, poring over the map and negotiating with travel agents. Online research and bookings have made planning a trip one of the fastest and easiest things to do, and a whole lot of fun! Now there's another way to travel smarter and make your trip all the more organised - apps (application software).
Apps help you perform a specific task or solve a problem.
Whether you want to go enjoy golf in India or a romantic sojourn in France, the vast variety of travel apps at your fingertips will help you plan the holiday of a lifetime. So let's take a look at some of the best travel apps out there:
Kayak is one of the most popular websites to do online bookings whether flights, hotels or rentals and now it's even more accessible as an app. Kayak's mobile travel app lets you look for flights to your destination, compare flight times and prices, search for hotels and do your bookings, look for car rental options and much much more.
You can even look up information on various airports and airline numbers as well as plan and track your itinerary. Whether you want to check your flight status or look up baggage fees, Kayak is a comprehensive and effective app that makes travelling a lot simpler.
Keeping track of currency exchange rates for one country can be confusing enough, but when your travel plans include jet setting to multiple countries, nothing can be more handy than the XE Currency conversion app.
One of the most reputable and commonly used websites the world over, XE is now available in app form for both Android and iOS devices. You can set your default currency for convenience and have access to live currency exchange rates. Best of all, it's free - with milllions of users to testify to its popularity and accuracy.
Travelling to a foreign country and the native language stumps you? Google Translate is an app that offers incredible convenience. Not only can you use the app to translate text or speech into more than 70 languages like Italian, Irish, French, Bulgarian, Czech, Filipino, Urdu, Vietnamese and many, many more but you're also provided with the option of having it spoken aloud.
You can also use the Google Translate app to cross reference dictionary results for words and phrases but also provide input using the camera, handwriting or your voice. How neat is that!
Gone are the days when you noted everything down about your holiday by hand in a musty old diary. The Trip Journal app is an award winning app that lets travellers track, record, document and more.
This travel application allows users to document their journey and experiences and share it with their family and friends, including a cool facility for real-time updating that lets them be part of your experiences as the trip blossoms.
The app is integrated with social networking platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Youtube and more, making sharing your fun all the more enjoyable! Available currently for Symbian, Bada, Android and iOS devices,
Trip Journal is also integrated with Google Maps and Google Earth and lets you map the places you have been to. You can also write blog entries and tag friends and family in photos and videos.
These are just four of the best travel apps out there! Got any more you'd like to share?
This guest post was written by Ritesh M, a tech writer and avid traveller. Ritesh loves using the latest and best in mobile technology and has been experimenting with apps to plan a trip with adventure sports and golf in India. He also has his own travel blog.
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