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7 Useful Apps to Make Travelling Easier


Proper planning makes all the difference between a rushed, stressful trip and a restful, worry-free vacation — especially if you're traveling for the holidays. Luckily, mobile apps are here to help. From trip planners and itinerary generators to online marketplaces for flights and hotels, there's no shortage of applications to ensure your trip goes smoothly. Here are selections of apps we feel could before and during your next trip.

For many, Kayak has been the go-to trip planning destination for quite a while. Like Skyscanner, Kayak searches across various travel sites for rental cars, hotels such as Holiday Inn Parramatta, and flights. Kayak often has exclusive deals you won’t find on other sites, and you can set price alerts and use Price Forecast to see whether you should buy now or wait. Kayak also acts as a trip planner, offering up important details at a glance like your hotel confirmation number or gate number. You can also access these details in real-time, and on other devices such as the Apple Watch.

The app undercuts hotels by offering far cheaper prices and a more authentic experience by staying with a local, or their home. The app recently added a new feature called Trips, which offers Experiences to choose from during your stay — these are curated events you can partake in with local guides. 

Active in about 77 countries and 527 cities, Uber is the global king of ride-sharing apps. The app pioneered on-demand services, and it can be particularly handy when you’re abroad. You can quickly request a car directly within the app after perusing an assortment of differing vehicle rates and fare quotes. Afterward, you can connect with your personal driver, track the approaching car’s location, and securely pay your fair using a credit card — no cash needed. 

TripAdvisor is a catch-all app when it comes to travel. You can quickly peruse millions of reviews, opinions, videos, and photos pertaining to just about anything related to your trip — bar, restaurants, hotels, airlines, and more. You can use TripAdvisor’s Near Me function to find well-reviewed places close by, but the best feature the app has to offer is the number of countries it supports. Furthermore, you can ask specific travel questions in the app’s forums or add your own reviews in a similar fashion to Yelp.

It offers beginner level courses, but it’s also a great tool for those looking to brush up on a language. You can also chat with bots in select languages, and this can particularly be helpful when you’re trying to learn the phrases you’re likely to use the most abroad. You can take placement tests to move up levels to tougher sections.

A sleek, no-fuss app for tracking all your travel expenses on the go should be on your phone. Create different categories based on your spending habits, pick currencies, scan your receipts, and see it all summarized at the end of each trip in your home currency.

Google Trips
Google's brand new it-does-everything app for travel junkies has been up and running. Bundle reservations, find nearby attractions, customize daily itineraries, and get recommendations based on your search history.