Traveling to the nearest town? Easy peasy. Touring through a neighbouring country? Not so easy peasy. Wandering in a different continent with alien cultures and languages? Nightmare. But a person with high travel skills has the ability to roam a foreign land as if it were his own backyard.
Where to go? How to reach? Cheapest means? Where to stay? Where to eat? how to pay? How to communicate? These questions are enough to petrify a novice; whereas to a veteran backpacker, they are a source of excitement.
Traveling, for a novice often becomes stressful if not planned out in a proper manner. It’s always better to accept all the help one can find while on the go. Here are 10 apps a noob can use to improve his travel skills.
It’s a master app for preparing for your tours. It helps you set the most perfect itinerary for your trip. It also organises all your travel tickets, booking passes and hotel booking details conducively within the confines of your phone. All you need to do is feed the app all the details and bookings, then watch the app work up its magic. All in all, it’s an extremely useful app for a well thought out and orderly travel experience.
If you are done with planning your trip, then comes the part where you start packing for it. Packpoint is an app that tells you exactly what all to pack. It will ask for the duration of your trip, availability of laundry facilities, activities you have planned and the weather of the place of travel. Then BAM!! all that needs to be done is to do what it tells you. It will tell you exactly what all items you need to pack, from footwears to clothes to other necessities.
This is fairly simple to understand. It’s a service provided by Google to help you search for the cheapest flights for the days of your journey. It also facilitates the purchase of the tickets of the desired flights from a third-party supplier.
Through the Airbnb app you can rent a place to suit your sensibilities for the duration of your choice. The cost of renting a room for the duration of your stay would be much cheaper than what you would have to pay for a room in a hotel.
Basically, Airbnb is a company that facilitates people to host and/or rent, spaces and arranges for enhanced tourist experiences.
XE CURRENCY CONVERTER
This App is the most important for travellers planning for a foreign “invasion”, I mean trip. You need to have your budgeted amount in the currency of your destination country. This free converter app allows you to calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates. You can also store the required info and view them when you are offline.
These apps are a must when visiting foreign lands.
Duolingo is an app designed for people prepared to learn new languages, at least up to an elementary level. It has 34 language courses in English.
Google translate is a more practical on ground app, with the ability to translate 100 languages. These translations can later be used by travellers to communicate with people in the foreign countries through WhatsApp or other social media.
This is a most popular app for just about everyone on the go. When you have landed in your destination city, you need to find the location of the Airbnb house you rented. Google maps saves the day. It helps you plan your route, for travel by foot, car, bicycle, car or public transportation. It is user-friendly and extremely efficient. It even shows real time traffic conditions; a feature which comes in handy when in a hurry.
Apps such as Uber are a boon for new arrivals in a city. A traveller can make use of this extremely user-friendly application to pool, book or rent a ride in a new city. It’s not that cheap compared to the taxis, provided they ply at cheaper rates. But Uber sure is the most convenient way to travel in a new setting.
It’s a very popular messaging app that uses very little data. Its is very useful for travellers to share texts pictures and files and it can also be used for voice and video calls. All one needs to do is create an account and then add the people you’d like to contact. It comes in handy when you need to talk to new friends in a city and also to send booking confirmations to your hosts among other things.
The Zomato app is available in 23 countries. When you are feeling hungry in the new place and maybe you simply want to eat something familiar, Zomato helps. It often features an exhaustive list of eateries and diners available in the area. You can also choose the parameters according to which the places are sorted; like for example, by ratings, by number of reviews, by popularity etc. It also shows the menus, photos of the dishes and the restaurants. You can also avail zomato’s delivery feature if you are too tired to dine out after a long day’s sightseeing.