Are you ready to hit the road for a business trip, a solo adventure, a break away with friends or a holiday with the family? If so, there are numerous apps that can save you a lot of money, time, and energy. But with virtually hundreds of apps on the market that are specifically targeting the travel industry, it can be difficult to know which ones lead the pack in terms of ease of use and value for money.
On that note, let’s talk about some of the best tools that are available on the android and iTunes market today. These cover everything from booking a taxi to communication, dining and recreation so that exploring a new city and finding the best spots won’t be a problem on your next trip.
- Getting a bite to eat
Both Zagat and Zomato are great options but with Zagat being a little on the expensive side to download, Zomato is the better of the two. It’s extremely easy to use and can find you anything from a local coffee shop to a top class restaurant. Once you’ve found a spot that’s close, you can look up more reviews on the old and reliable Tripadvisor to see if it’s worth the trip.
- Seeing the sites
Whether it’s finding the best walking tour of Rome or the best Niagara Falls tour that will make your trip, trusted resources such as the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides will prove invaluable. If you don’t have any idea of what you’d like to see and are looking for recommendations, Foursquare is the obvious app to use.
- Getting around on foot
EveryTrail is a GPS app that will guide you on an easy-to-read map as you walk around and explore your new surroundings. It will provide you with street names, audio guides, a compass and places of interest as well as details of your elevation and average speed. You can share your points of interest with the other 400,000 users of the app as you go.
Note: EverTrail is compatible with the iPad, iPod touch and the iPhone. For Apple users, it requires iOS 3.1 or later and Android 1.6 or up for all Android devices.
- Booking a taxi
Even though Uber has endured negative press, legal challenges and a determined campaign from independent cabbies, it still remains one of the most popular apps for booking a taxi. It’s free to download and its ease of use and efficiency is what attracts many people to this particular app over all others.
- Staying connected
Given that data roaming charges are still ridiculously high in lots of places, it’s inevitable that a decent Wi-Fi finder app is included on this list. Avoid waving your handset around like a fly-swatter and keep your Twitter and Facebook accounts updated by downloading this useful app. To get connected, all you’ll have to do is start up the app and follow the given directions to the nearest sources of wireless internet. And, with offline mode allowing you to download maps before you leave your stable Wi-Fi connection, you don’t have to worry about racking up a huge bill while navigating.