There’s always an app for that.
It looks like we’re getting a long weekend in celebration of the UAE’s National Day which only means one thing: going on staycations and if you’re lucky, flying out for a few days to relax. There was a time when I used to spend hours in front of a computer researching about my trips, but smartphones nowadays always have an app that can it easier.
Yes, few realize that your smartphone is the most powerful tool that you can use on your trips.
Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite travel apps:
Guides by Lonely Planet – These guides used to come in a physical book form but thankfully an app has been made available. You can check out curated guides that include access to offline maps (helpful when you don’t have immediate access to data or Wi-Fi), must-see places, audio phrases in the local language and even special immersive experiences.
Booking.com – Probably our favorite hotel booking service, Booking.com lets you search for the cheapest hotels and accommodations in an easy-to-use interface. When you make a booking, you have the option to select a free cancellation meaning that if you change your mind at the last minute, you will not get charged for anything (just don’t abuse it of course).
TripIt – I’ve been using this for years and it’s still one of my favorite travel apps. TripIt can organize your trips from flights, hotels and even tours and arrange them in an easy-to-browse interface. You can also email your flight tickets to TripIt and it will automatically add it to your account. You can customize it of course, and even add more details so that you don’t need to bring all those documents – just the app is enough.
Flightradar24 – Wondering where your plane is heading or curious to track your friend’s plane even before it lands? Flightradar24 instantly turns your iPhone into the ultimate flight tracker. You can search for any flight using the flight number or by route, or even see planes in augmented reality. More features are enabled once you get the Pro version, but the free variant has enough features to keep you busy.
Google Translate – For years, Google Translate has never failed me. I constantly use the app to learn about phrases especially when I travel to a non-English speaking country. Google Translate not only lets you translate from English up to 103 languages. It can even use the smartphone camera and translate words in real-time. More than 59 languages can be saved and used offline and it also supports bilingual conversations on the fly.
Any other apps that you think should have been included in the list? Give it a shoutout in the comments below!