For those of us who love to travel, 2020 was a terrible year, with international borders closed and domestic travel restricted through lockdowns. With the successful rollout of multiple Covid-19 vaccines, many people are optimistic that the world may return to some sense of normality sooner rather than later.
In the not too distant past, travelers had to rely on advice from other travelers or the latest version of Lonely Planet, but these days there are fantastic Travel apps that can help you with every aspect of your trip.
4 Great Apps for Travel Enthusiasts
From booking your accommodation to finding the best local transportation, here are 4 great apps for travel enthusiasts.
1. Touchnote App
When away from home, it is really important to be able to stay in touch with loved ones and to show them that you are safe and having a great time. In the past, postcards were the best way to send a personalized message to family and you could buy one that was unique to the place you were staying.
These days, it is no longer necessary to wait for a postcard to arrive in the snail mail. Instead, you can create your own digital postcards using your vacation snaps and send them to your family via the touchnote app on your smartphone.
All you need to do is upload your photo and message and send it instantly to your family and friends with the touch of a button. Now your loved ones will be able to follow each stage of your journey and you will be able to show them local landmarks and all the fun times you are having.
2. Booking.com App
There is nothing that can ruin a vacation quite like bad accommodation. We have all heard horror stories of people turning up at their hotel or guesthouse only to find it infested with cockroaches or with other problems that made the accommodation uninhabitable. Booking.com has made finding the best hotel and guest house deals super easy. With hundreds of thousands of listings all over the world, all you need to do is log into the app and do a search based on parameters such as price, guest rating, and facilities.
Booking.com will give you the best prices available and tell you exactly what you need to know about all of the accommodation options in your travel destination. Always look for accommodation that has many customer reviews, and avoid any hotels or guest houses where the reviews seem strange or suspicious, because they may have just been written by the owners or their friends.
3. Airbnb App
Another type of accommodation that has become particularly popular in the last decade or so is Airbnb. This is when people make their own homes or rental properties that they own available for short-term lease. The Airbnb app enables you to search for all of the available rental properties at your travel destination, and also look at previous guest reviews and the prices of specific dates.
Airbnb is particularly good if you have particular needs such as wanting to stay in an area in the city where the hotels are very expensive or where you can stay with your whole family without having to book multiple whole hotel rooms or an inexpensive family suite. Just remember that as well as being able to give your hosts reviews, your hosts will also be able to give you reviews, so if you are a bad guest, this will reflect badly on your rating and other landlords may not be happy to rent you their properties.
4. Uber/Grab App
Finding transportation in an unfamiliar place can be overwhelming but the Uber and Grab apps mean that you can now call a taxi to wherever you are and know exactly how much it’s going to cost at all times. This has stopped taxi drivers from being able to rip off unsuspecting tourists and has also increased passenger safety because the journeys are tracked via the app. It is well worth downloading Grab or Uber before you arrive in a new place because the taxis from airports and train stations in many cities are particularly notorious for scamming visitors.
The secret to a great trip is the details, and the Travel apps in this guide will help you to plan everything perfectly. Being able to communicate with loved ones, find great accommodation, and easily arrange transport, are all very important for travel enthusiasts. Try out these apps when you are on your next trip and they will help everything go smoothly.