With the rise of smartphone and tablet use, technology has become a major part of booking, planning, and surviving new frontiers. From finding hidden gems, to just finding your way home after a long night out, apps have made travel safer and more efficient. In trying to decide which apps are the most useful while on the road I spoke with, a Canadian online travel agency that specializes in all things travel. apps, both old and new, as a way to help their travelers get the most out of their vacations. Using their insight, I grabbed the top five most valuable apps for those who are exploring new cities and countries.
You probably already use it at home, but Uber is just as useful abroad as well. With more and more major cities adopting Uber, the app has grown to become a go-to app for those looking for ride shares. Uber’s app allows users to request rides to and from their destinations and complete transactions without the use of cash in the car. FlightHub’s favourite feature of Uber is the fact that Uber removes cash from the cab. This can be extra handy in foreign countries where you may want to conserve liquid cash use for other uses and avoid unexpected money shortages.
The ultimate in user generated business recommendations, Yelp is your one stop shop for finding restaurants and shops. Yelp is generally used by those local to the city you are checking out, meaning you get a genuine review from someone who knows the city and the competition a particular business is up against. FlightHub recommends Yelp over similar apps for that reason.
Field Trip by Google
Field Trip by Google is the Google Now of travel. This recommendation software suggests attractions you may like based on categories you select and your location. Field Trip isn’t limited to simply finding attractions, as the app taps into different publications to find events and attractions as well as music apps to help you find timely local shows and events.
Perhaps FlightHub’s most important recommendation, Converter Plus is as simple as it sounds. Going to different countries means different currencies and different units of measure. It may sound silly on the outset, but simple things like converting fahrenheit to celsius can be extremely helpful. Likewise, currency can depend nation to nation, making apps like this one essential as you plan your budget.
A one stop shop for all your important travel documents. Not only can you save important addresses or notes, but Evernote allows you to store emails, meaning those pesky confirmation numbers for flights, trains, and other important tickets are safely stored and accessible offline using this app. FlightHub was originally a proponent of keeping hard copies of all tickets on-hand, but with the launch of Evernote it is becoming less and less necessary to carry a filing cabinet of emails along day to day.