Traveling is a bliss. Planning to travel is not. You get tangled in booking air tickets, booking rides, booking hotels, booking this and booking that. The aforementioned moment of bliss gets lost in this chaos. This is also the most common reason people avoid traveling because of all the hassle and cacophony it ensues. People then rather prefer to stay at home on their comfortable couches and watch tv instead of being out there in the open and exploring the unknown. I say, travel and get new perspectives from various different cultures all around the world, meet new people and listen to their stories. I believe you are not here on this planet to just pay bills all your life and silently pass away one day. But you say, “I really don’t like the hassle of planning a travel and booking a plethora of things instead of enjoying my trip”. Well, you are right, that is a completely valid argument and a genuine problem. So, before you get lost in your contemplation of finding if there is any solution to this hassle, after all, let me stop you and help you with the wrinkles of great stress on your forehead and tell you about the solution to all this chaos. The solution is in your hands. Yes, your mobile phone!
Today, we live in the world of smartphones. We have access to millions of applications which try to make our lives easier, every day. So, why not use them to solve our great dilemma. Today, I will do just that and mention great mobile travel applications that not only will save your time but also your sanity the next time you plan to travel. So, without any further ado, let us get started.
Skyscanner is the all in one travel companion. From booking hotels to renting cars, it has everything on tap of a button. With Skyscanner, you can search, compare and book hotels instantly in any part of the world. Not only does it give you the comfort of booking a hotel in any part of the world from your living room, it also provides you with the best deals you wouldn’t get otherwise, anywhere. You can also rent cars in various locations. The best thing about this app is that it is completely free to use and no booking fees or hidden charges of any kind is levied on your booking. All this, on your fingertips.
Who has heard about Airbnb? Well, if you are one the few people who haven’t heard about it, it the best alternative to living in a hotel. Airbnb provides the widest collection of homestays in your desired destination. You get to stay with the locals and enjoy the great hospitality that even hotels fail to provide. All this, for prices relatively cheaper than a hotel. If you are traveling someplace and want to experience the culture firsthand or just don’t like staying in a hotel, then Airbnb is your go-to app.
We all know how Uber took over the world and saved us from the tyranny of outrageous fares demanded by the cab drivers. If you are traveling to a new place and the cab driver knows you are just a tourist, there is a strong chance they will overcharge you. This is nothing new and happens every time in every country. But Uber is there to help you out if you feel helpless. Not only does Uber gives you an estimate of your travel beforehand, before even riding, it also provides with the best rated and trustworthy drivers. Your money and your safety, both of them are guaranteed if you ride with Uber.
#4 Google Maps
According to me, Google Maps was the civilization changing application. With Google Maps, everywhere seems accessible. If you are new to the place and do not know how to navigate around the city or cannot understand how to reach to a particular destination, then, Google Maps is your savior. Google Maps provides you with the shortest and fastest route to your destination and also gives you turn by turn navigation. Google Maps is the must-have app if you are traveling any place you are not familiar with.
#5 Google Translate
Traveling to a new place and cannot speak the local language? This is the ideal situation to use Google Translate. This application can translate between 103 different languages by typing. Moreover, the app also lets your translate even when you are offline or have lost data connectivity. However, the number of languages supported are only 59 rather than 103. Typing is not the only input Google Translate accepts, you can also click a picture of a signboard in a different language and the app will translate that literature into a language which you understand. Also, you can have a two-way conversation using Google Translate in real-time. However, the languages supported in these input types are fewer in number.
#6 Google Trips - Travel Planner
Google Trips understands your pain of travel and helps you out in this process. The app organizes all your essential information regarding your travel in one, convenient place. Your reservations and booking are extracted from your Gmail and put into one place which you can access even offline. Google Trips also suggests activity based on where you are and what you can do. You can also create your day plans inside the app. Thus, Google Trips is the all in one application you need when you travel.
#7 XE Currency
XE Currency provides with on the go exchange rates for currencies. You can look up to 180+ currency exchange rates on this app. The currency exchange rates are updated in real time so you know they are the latest rates. You can also store the rates in offline mode where they will store the last know currency exchange rate. If you are traveling to a foreign country which has a different currency than your’s, then this app becomes a necessity so that when you exchange your currencies you are never cheated.
I hope I have helped you a little with this list. Technology has made traveling today easier than it ever was. It only makes sense we should use these tools and travel as much as we can because we are meant to see the beauty this world has.