With thousands of iPhones and Androids being manufactured faster than we can blink, the smartphone has intertwined its way into our everyday lifestyle. Gone are the days of atlases and MapQuest. Sure, asking directions from local strangers is still acceptable, but why ask for one person’s advice when you can harness hundreds? As with everything else, there’s an app for travel.
If you’re going to download any travel app, make sure Kayak is the first. It was recently voted the #1 mobile travel app… and how could it not be? With its extensive searches of a multitude of hotels, car rentals, flight-tracking, etc., you can plan your whole itinerary without a single travel agent involved. Sounds too easy, right? Maybe the other 20 million people who have downloaded this app can alleviate any reservations you might have (no pun intended.)
Long story short, this app contains everything you would need to know about anything important within any given city — all with the tap of a button. Believe me, it’s not such a lonely planet after all.
For those not already familiar with this handy program, Yelp provides tourists with not only the most essential excursion information, but also a local flair, depending on the votes of previous visitors. It maps your location, providing the best eateries, sites, and exhibits for any traveler’s taste or budget. Remember: Need help? Open Yelp.
You know those instances when you see an interesting building or site while traveling and wish you knew something about it, but have no one to ask? This app is the perfect solution for those helpless occasions. It allows access to the information about the location through a Google search, just by taking its photo. Also, this app allows for translation of signs or menu items from one language to another by a simple snap of the camera. (For Android users only)
Viber or What’s App
Having anxiety about not being able to call or text friends and family back home without the enormous fees? Don’t fret! Thanks to the brilliant minds behind Viber and What’s App, anyone can contact anybody across the world… for FREE. (Yes, you just read that correctly. FREE.) The only thing you need to know is that this is exclusive to smartphone users and both parties must download the app in order to communicate. Other than that, feel free to go ahead and proclaim to everyone how exciting traveling is the moment it happens.