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Top Travel Apps

14 July 2014, 07:27

Top Travel Apps

You can only travel comfortably when you are relaxed. Likewise, you can only relax when you have everything under control. Yes, everything, from your hotel bookings to your daily movement from point A to point B. Getting all this information can prove to be an arduous task especially if you have to do it from the ground. But thanks to a number of travel apps available, you can be able to make your travel arrangements way in advance and still find your way around quite easily without any effort at all. We take a look at some of these life-saving travel apps and how you can use them for your travel convenience. I came across a travel app list before but it seemed to cater for more active travellers, covering the like of GPS apps so I decided to do a more general list of the best available that would benefit every traveller.

Kayak

Kayak is one of the best and most important travel apps and a must have in your mobile device. It enables users to search all flight information from wherever they are. The flight details include the location and prices it would cost to move from one location to another. There is a special feature on the app known as "explore", which shows users the world map and location details. It also shows users the flight prices from one location to another. Frequent fliers cannot do without this magical app.

Time out

Time Out is an app that contains varied information about major cities around the world, from London, to Paris, New York to Hong Kong. This app gives travelers details about the cities they are in or they intend to travel to. Naturally, it does not have information about all the cities in the world, although the idea would be most welcome, but the cities that are represented are well dissected to provide travelers with all the information they may require while visiting these cities, from the nightlife to entertainment. The app is location sensitive and will automatically register the city you are in and suggest possible points of interest around you.

XE currency exchange

If you are a frequent international traveler, you might as well consider installing this app in your mobile device as soon as possible. This app is used to convert different currencies from different countries into any currency of your choice. Like the website XE.com, the XE currency exchange app is the most reliable currency converter. All you need to do is set a default currency and you can start converting to other currencies as you move. The best thing about the app that makes it reliable is the fact that it can remember the last updated rate and so your judgment in the absence of a connection will not be far from the actual rate.

Google translate

The Google translate app is the most important app by any standards. No other application has been able to connect so many people and facilitate transactions even when none seemed possible. Like the web service, the Google translate app allows you to translate text from one language to another quite easily. While the accuracy of the translation may not be as perfect as it should be, it gets the job done quite impressively and travelers will find this app most convenient when they travel to places with language barrier. Perhaps the most important feature of this app is the voice recognition feature that allows you to speak in any language and it will translate the speech into a language of your choice. Your language barrier problems in foreign countries have now been solved with this free app.

Airbnb

Airbnb is an app that helps travelers to identify affordable accommodation all over the world, be it private apartments or even private islands. The app not only allows you to get a place to stay while you are travelling but also allows you to post your own apartment for rent if you would like to earn some extra money. The app allows guests and hosts to communicate smoothly eliminating any possibility of friction. You, therefore, do not need to worry about where you will spend the night in a foreign country or city.

TripAdvisor

This is another essential travel app that provides users with information regarding hotel bookings as well as flights. Like many other apps, TripAdvisor helps travelers identify potential accommodation and flight services in different parts of the world. However, the most important feature of this app is the fact that it allows users to browse several reviews about different places from people who have been there already. This helps in not only identifying the place but also getting to know how convenient the location will be for your stay.

There are many other travel apps out there, what is your favourite?

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