Tech has influenced every aspect of our lives, including how we travel and where we go. Instagram is the new travel brochure and our smartphones are the new travel concierge. Whether you’re globetrotting or planning a weekend getaway, there’s a whole army of mobile apps that can make the experience easier, more seamless, and a lot more fun!
Here’s the list of top five apps that every travel-lover should have in their phones –
Don’t like spending a lot of time and effort on planning and organizing a trip? No problem! Apps like TripAdvisor and TripIt can take that burden off your shoulder. These are available on both Android and iOS.
With the help of these apps, you can create your trip itinerary, book hotels, restaurants, and tours — plus unlock great deals while at it. For example, if you’re planning a trip to Chennai and want to stay at The Lotus Hotel, you can read reviews, compare prices, and book your room, all from a single app.
You can also trust the vast knowledge repository and precise efficiency of these apps to find exciting trivia and reliable reviews on the sightseeing locations.
Stay one step ahead of unpredictable weather and get the most out of your travel itinerary with the help of apps like AccuWeather (Android, iOS). Utilise smart features like weekly, daily and even hourly weather forecasts to avoid sudden rains and adjust the flexible part of the day’s plans accordingly.
Navigating the streets of foreign places or traveling on the road-less-trudged-on has never been easier before. With various guiding apps like Google Maps (Android, iOS) and Waze (Android, iOS), you can plan your route to the minute along with live traffic condition updates. Also, don’t forget to check numerous reviews of your destination beforehand for a stress-free preparation of your trip.
Money is now even more fluid than plastic cards these days. Digital wallets like are Paytm and PhonePe (Android, iOS) can make practically every financial transaction successful with just a click on your smartphone screen. So you can travel worry-free and keep your wallet light, literally.
If you’re travelling abroad, currency converter apps like XE Currency (Android, iOS) and Valuta+ (Android, iOS) can be your best friend that will allow you to keep track of live rates of every currency. The cool thing about both these apps is that they work offline too!
Vehicle Booking Apps
The prospect of a road-trip in a brand new place instantly makes it all the more adventurous!
Whether you are planning for a short trip to the local market for a souvenir or for a weekend stay outstation, take advantage of instant car booking through apps like Uber and OLA to avoid getting delayed by local transport schedules. If you’re a biker who can’t resist the call of the road, Rapido is the app for you.
Apart from the list above, keep in mind these categorically good-to-have apps:
redBus – to book your bus tickets
All major cities with metro service have their dedicated apps. Keeping such apps when you’re visiting any particular city can make your life and your travel that much easier!
So when planning your next trip, fire up your smartphone with some of these life-changing travel apps and get going!