Tech special: These apps can be your tour guides when travelling
A lot of people like to take a gadget detox on their vacations, but we’ve got reasons for you to keep your smartphone close at hand. Here’s a list of apps to guide your ways around, manage expenses, translate foreign languages and much more. These are the most handy travel tool right to keep in the palm of your hands.
TripIt allows you to feed in data such as travel itineraries, flight details and hotel bookings. Forward the confirmation mails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the app will design an itinerary for you. This app can be accessed offline and on any device that has your login details. It even gives you the directions, maps and weather conditions. The paid version offers an additional feature of real-time flight info. It even has a flight finder, seat tracker to choose the best seat and a point tracker for your various flight affiliations.
What can be worse than not going on a holiday? Oh well, going on a holiday and getting stuck in the hotel due to bad weather. Do not let this happen to you. With AccuWeather, remain updated on latest weather forecast for any city around the world, by the minute. You can get an animation illustrating the weather for the next 72 hours or even for upto 15 days. AccuWeather even gives a Local Forecast Summary, a brief about what you can expect over the next 3-5 days, with the customisable details that you want to see.
WayGo Translator & Dictionary
If one cannot communicate in a local language, he/she can be stuck in foreign land. WayGo is an offline translator and dictionary that lets you hover your phone’s camera over and foreign text and instantly translates it for you. It even tells you the pronunciation of the translated words, so that you do not offend anybody by mispronouncing any of the essential words. You can even share the translation through SMS, email or social media with others travelling with you.
Free WiFi Finder
Most apps are useless without an Internet connection. So either you buy a local connection everywhere you go, or hunt for a free WiFi. Free WiFi Finder lets you find Free Wi-Fi Internet hotspots wherever you are in the world. With the ‘Near Me' search, it uses your device’s GPS and network triangulation capabilities to locate a free WiFi around you. You can also browse through its list of over 1,45,000 global locations and find something that you can use. You can search by geographic region, by location type — as in a café, hotel or an address. One can even Bookmark the Free WiFi location for future reference.
Who knows a city better than its local residents? Localeur aims at being more than just a guidebook, with the app and the website focused on local experiences as narrated by locals of the city. It consists of recommendations by the people living in the city —what to eat, shop, see etc. Localeur is a curated community of insiders that does not get paid to put forward their views. Each writer has a profile and a photo, explains who they are and what kind of interests they have. The recommendations and reviews are written in a casual format
If you are one of those compulsive travellers or just want to take an unplanned trip to foreign lands, then Hotel Tonight can be a lifesaver. The app works with local hotels in major metropolitan areas to post last minute room rates for properties with vacancies. With Hotel Tonight you get a curated list of hotels that have rooms available. The lists can be sorted on the Basic, Hip or Luxe, or various themes like great pool or good Sunday brunch. There is even a detailed hotel description, so you know what to expect from it. The App also gives you a weather forecast of the area where the hotel is located, so you can rest assured that you will not be stuck in rain on your way to hotel.
XE Currency gives you live currency rates and charts of every world currency and precious metals. It even has over 30,000 historic charts for different currencies. You can monitor up to 10 currencies at one go, set the frequency at which you want the updates, or simply shake your phone to reset rates to the current one. The base currency — the currency of your home town — can be pinned and all future conversion are done with reference to it. It can work offline too.