Top 3 travel apps to try this summer
Gone are the days of lugging a guidebook around with you when exploring a new city or exotic country. Technology and the rise of the Internet has brought us closer to the information we need, without the hassle of a carrying a heavy book or three along with us.
Whether you are planning a road trip in the USA, exploring the side streets of a small European town or adventuring across India with a backpack in tow, there is at least one travel app that was made just for you. Here are our picks for the most essential travel apps to download this summer:
A one-stop-shop, this app has everything you need when you’re out exploring the world. Once you’ve chosen your destination, you can pick from easy to read sections about all of the activities available in the area, from golfing to nightlife; and find information on services and accommodation too. You’ll be drawn into the vibrant images and you can meet the local experts through a professionally made video.
This app is free to download and use online, but for a mere $14 you can get all of the 100+ guides downloaded to your phone for offline use; giving you the accessibility to read up on your destination even while you’re on the plane.
If you’re travelling on a budget, or if you love a good deal, this free app will be your best friend on any trip. Choose from hundreds of activities in the city of your choice, find out which day is best to visit and book straight from the app. If that is not enough, you can filter your search to find activities in the city you’re visiting that are discounted. Save money and time while you’re on the go, and you’ll even start to use this app when you’re at home looking for something to do.
What’s a travel adventure without a group of friends or like-minded people to share it with? Apart from the usual services, this free app is unique in that it allows you to search for places based on the type of traveller you are, or want to meet. You can also connect with friends and family, through the usual social networks, pulling them in on your group itinerary. Save itineraries to your phone and pull them out when you need them. If exploring new places with friends is your thing, then this is the app for you.
Of course, you should never leave home without Google Maps and a trusty language translator; and don’t forget your phone charger. Grab your bags and get going, what are you waiting for!
Author: Dominique Kotze