Whether exploring a new country, new city, or simply rediscovering your neighbourhood there’s an app to to help you get from A to B. An app to enhance your experience, and an app to turn that journey into an adventure.
This is the top 10 best travel apps in 10 steps.
1. Prepare your device
Let’s begin with an app to help you make the most of your mobile device. Reduce the unpleasantries of overseas roaming with Onavo. This app reduces the amount of data required to perform everyday tasks, such as retrieving email and posting to Facebook. Save, measure & protect your mobile data.
2. Sort out your flight
If flight’s your mode of transport you’ll probably want to make the most of it, certainly the most of your money! SeatGuru gives travelers the information they need to make better and more informed travel decisions by providing comprehensive, extensive, and trusted seat recommendations and airline advice.
3. Prepare for landing
In further prep for your journey we think it’s a good idea to take some steps to reduce the effects of jet lag. This app’s like a jet lag spirit guide, hey it’s your JetLag Genie. It provides customised action plans based on your flight info and personal sleep patterns. The app then breaks this down into manageable plans for days before your trip, during your flight, and at your destination.
4. Food (yum-o!)
Don’t disappoint your tastebuds. Foodspotting helps you to discover and share great dishes. When on the road get out there and savour the local cuisine. Find whatever you’re craving, see what’s good at any restaurant and learn what foodspotters, friends and experts love wherever you go.
5. Stay safe buddy
Not every trip’s a walk in the park. When things go wrong it’s reassuring to know an app has your back, regardless of the presence of an internet connection. TravelSafe Pro provides access to common emergency numbers while traveling, such as police, medical, fire and embassies.
6. Rest your weary head
Ok you’ve reached your destination free of jet lag, treated your taste buds and you’re feeling safe. Best find somewhere to stay! Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries. This is a great way to get off the beaten track and kick it with the locals.
7. Discover something new
Speaking of locals, unfortunately is not always as easy as speaking to the locals. If you can’t grab a recommendation on the fly TouristEye may save the day. This app can supply you with personalised recommendations that are created based on your taste and preferences
8. Not good with directions? There is hope!
TripAdvisor Offline City Guides
If you find your new network unreliable it may be time to whip out an offline city guide. This app gives you an any time, anywhere guidebook in the palm of your hand when you don’t have internet access.
9. Augmented reality is better than reality!
When you don’t know how to describe your new found discovery (or if you’re just feeling lazy, that’s cool) – Wikitude. Using the camera, simply hold up your smartphone and engage with your immediate surroundings. Get information on places, find restaurants, discover people and even play games – all through Wikitude’s field of vision.
We recommend checking out the showcase to preview Wikitude in action:
10. Forget the above, be spontaneous
Travel doesn’t have to be a rigid and planned experience. Adioso provides a platform for spontaneity. This service comes in handy when you don’t know exactly what dates you want to travel, or even exactly where you want to go, but it does give you the best, cheapest or best airfares on the market.