John Steinbeck was right when he wrote: “People don’t take trips – trips take people.” Whether you want to travel across the border or across the world, getting out of your hometown and experiencing what the world has to offer can be rewarding, invigorating and eye-opening. And while you still have the energy and free time to travel, you owe it to yourself to pack your bags, book a flight and get out there.
Fortunately, these six apps can make seeing the world easier than you ever imagined.
Pre-trip Packing and Planning
Once you settle on a destination, the next thing you need to figure out is what you want to do and where you want to stay when you get there. With the TripAdvisor app, you can take the advice of thousands of travellers who have come and gone before.
Need hotel recommendations without digging through dusty guidebooks, TripAdvisor has comments and ratings from travellers on more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions spread across the globe. You can even limit your searches to specific neighbourhoods. Want to find out where the most affordable hotel is in Brooklyn? Need to book a room in London close to a subway line? TripAdvisor has you covered.
If you’re the type of person who leaves packing to the last minute, then odds are you’ve forgotten some clothing essentials on one of your previous trips. You don’t have to worry about that anymore with TripList’s digital packing companion.
All you have to do is make a list of travel necessities once and the app will remember your choices. When you’re ready to set out for another vacation, the app will automatically produce your last packing list with a set of new recommendations to ensure a safe and comfortable journey.
So you’ve booked your trip and packed your bags, but after so much planning, it can be hard to keep track of all the little details. It’s even harder when adding confusing layovers or complex bus routes; you risk ruining your entire vacation if every step is not properly organized.
That’s why TripIt has won over globetrotters around the world. Once you download the app, it automatically searches your Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook inbox to find all the confirmation emails you’ve received since you started planning. Then, the app will send you alerts for when your next flight is scheduled to leave, if you have conflicting plans or even if certain legs are going to be delayed. You can also forward these notifications to your friends and family so they know what you’re up to while you’re on the road.
You’re not really travelling if you don’t try local cuisine, but there’s no need to worry – Zomato’s app can make sure you’re getting to try eats that are out of the beaten path. With more than 62.5 million users commenting on and ranking a collective 331,200 restaurants across 22 countries, you’ll never miss out on a delicious dinner thanks to this app.
Zomato puts an entire city’s restaurants at your disposal and each eatery is rated by the app’s users and food bloggers. You can even track individual users who you trust and check up on their food diaries to make sure you’re getting the best cuisine wherever you happen to be.
Getting About and Around
5. XE Currency
If you plan on travelling outside of Canada, then you will need to find the best rate to exchange your Canadian dollars for local currency. Airport exchanges and banks often charge extra fees, so where should you turn instead?
The answer is: your smartphone. With the XE Currency app, you have easy access to live rates and you can compare them to the ones offered at banks and exchange kiosks. That way, you’ll be sure to get the most advantageous rate. You can even check the historical record of Canadian dollars against the local equivalent to see if you should make the trade now or hold off until you’re likely to get more in return.
Even if you don’t use Uber at home, this ride-hailing app is a great way to get around when you travel abroad. When you can’t find a taxi on the cheap, Uber helps connect you with an affordable driver who knows his or her way around in a matter of minutes. Subway networks in Paris, London and Tokyo are notoriously intricate, even for locals, but Uber helps you find your way without navigating the destination’s public transit system.
If you travel with friends, you can split the price of the already low fares for a budget-friendly way to get around most major international cities.
Enjoy your trip and let us know if you have other travel tricks!
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