Mobile phones are amazing. They’ve transformed they way we live – and the way we travel. Their ultra high tech cameras allow us super travel pictures without the pain of lugging around a DSLR, while there is an app to solve every woe a traveller faces. Go on, load these apps onto your phone and never worry about a thing again!
Your very on travel manager, this app allows users to organize multiple flights, hotel reservations and plans in one place. Users can also follow along with each other’s itineraries, allowing families or friends to keep tabs on someone’s travel. Bonus: If your flight is delayed or changed, notifications are automatically shared. The Indian version of this is Tripoto, also a great app.
Similar to Google Translator, a great way of speaking the local language on your travels. The app pronounces phrases and offers phonetic spelling, which is great for languages that feature different alphabets. The best part is that once it is downloaded, no internet connection is required.
3. XE Currency
A go-to name for currency conversions. The app is able to convert every world currency in the click of a button. It also functions offline by saving the last updated rates, which is great if you’re in a place with limited connectivity or trying to save on data.
Love writing a journal? Livetrekker creates a digital journal of your travels so you can look back on your trips on an interactive map. The app tracks you as you go, marking a red line along a map on the exact route you take. You can add pictures, video, audio and text along the way, creating a personal travel diary you can share.
5. ClearTrip & MakeMyTrip
Among India’s most popular booking apps, Cleartrip and MakeMyTrip take reservations for flights, trains, buses and hotels (conveniently arranged according to Tripadvisor ratings). Both apps score well thanks to its clean, easy to use interface. The regular app-only deals and superior customer service are spot on. While MakeMyTrip focuses on holiday packages, Cleartrip has over 5000 activities in 25 Indian destinations ranging from food tours to scuba diving.
6. IRCTC Connect
As anyone who’s ever used the Indian Railways website knows, booking a ticket can be quite an ordeal. In contrast, their official app IRCTC Connect has a considerably faster and simpler interface to check seat availability and make new bookings. It also tracks existing reservations and offers journey alerts.
The official audio tour app of Incredible India, Audiocompass is a handy tool for anyone who’s been disappointed by dodgy tourist guides. It has well-researched audio guides on food, heritage and culture, and local legends, covering everything from the architecture of the Taj Mahal to Bollywood star homes in Mumbai. The introductory destination guides are free, while the detailed sightseeing ones are priced reasonably. Both can be downloaded and then played offline at no additional data cost.
Waiting for that perfect moment to book a flight and land the cheapest deal? Hopper predicts the optimal time to snag a flight deal by analyzing billions of airfares daily and picking out those brief moments when a price drops below its historic average. Hopper’s handiest feature, “Watch a Flight,” sends a push notification when the price of a given route tends to bottom out.
No hotel booking site can match the sheer diversity of Airbnb‘s 1,000,000 listings and counting. Rental options range from castles to vans, yurts to watchtowers, and an ever-growing supply of apartments, rooms and sofas to accommodate just about anyone’s budget.
For a more personal postcard, upload a vacation picture to Postagram, type in a greeting, and Postagram will print out the card and send it through snail mail for 99 cents in the U.S. and $1.99 worldwide.
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