It will soon be time for holidays, and as you begin to plan your next trip, you realise you’ve got less time than you’d like and have to start planning more efficiently. Don’t worry; Technology is your friend! We’ve made it easy for you to manage everything with a quick review of some of the best mobile apps to help you plan both before you take off and when you land.
Google has a travel planner with a whole host of useful features to help you make the most of your trip. When it comes to saving data, you can sync your email, and the app identifies your ticket reservations. It’s also great for finding things to do once you reach your destination, and the “Things to do” section is packed with an endless supply of personalised recommendations.
You can find places to eat, to visit, save locations and plan itineraries, and it helps you optimise your time moving from A to B, and it also suggests other places to visit that are close to your pre-determined routes. And if that’s not enough, Google also offers you discounts on several activities in some destinations.
You can check out the destination with this simple and intuitive app and share your travel experiences, upload your photos and videos to your timeline and share them with friends, family, and other travellers interested in them. Lonely Planet also offers you the chance to discover destinations through other travellers’ experiences.
When it comes to travelling, we often find ourselves in situations where we have to figure out costs for a group and make sure everyone gets paid back. This app is essential to avoid mistakes and arguments about who owes who what or waste time with a calculator to settle up group expenses. You just log everything spent by each person in your group, and the app tells you who paid what and what’s owed.
The app helps you with the master itinerary for your trip. You can save your reservation and confirmation info, create alerts and organise your agenda during the trip, so there’s no need to jot everything down and you don’t forget anything along the way.
Most of us already know about it, but you may not know that it also allows you create your own personalised map with the places you want to visit and discover, share them with friends and easily calculate the best routes. It’s also great for knowing where your hotel is and finding the best way back after a day out discovering the sights.
XE Currency easily allows you convert from one currency to another on-the-go, carry out pre-conversion operations, exchange several currencies with up-to-the-minute exchange rates, and even store the last updated rates. You can also set up alerts to receive notifications when exchange rates increase or decrease.
Last but not least on our list is Google Translator, an essential tool when travelling abroad. The online tool also has an app with a wide range of features. Have you tried the translating signs or menus using your phone’s camera? Just point your camera at the written content, and it translates it in real-time.
You can also translate texts and recorded audio conversations, which comes in incredibly handy when we want to translate longer sentences and texts.
So, now you know which apps to download to plan your trip. All that’s left to do is pack your bags and have a good time!