Jun 09, 2014

5 Travel Apps for iOS and Android Users to Make Trips Thrilling

Summer is here, and US have started to map their vacation plans. Traveling to unfamiliar places is a stressful experience. You might think of a getaway, but need to book reservations or prepare a tour plan.
It is a cliche, but there is an app for everything. With technologies becoming crisper, we are here to help you out with likable travel apps, to let you enjoy your trips without much fuss.
Scroll down to find a selective list of travel apps that could help tourists in any awful situation in a foreign land. This gallery includes apps with stored features such as hotel room reservation or booking flight tickets, planning journey route or navigate in a foreign land without a tour guide. Above all, this list shares apps that gel seamlessly with Android as well as iOS platforms.

FOURSQUARE (Available on Android and iOS, Free)
Digital marketers might differ for our pick of Foursquare over Yelp. We have a suitable reply for their query – Foursquare is proficient to find a thing that appears as the closest tourist spots in an unknown land which Yelp can’t. This may be monuments, museums, parks, coffee shops, dine hubs or curio shops. You will not find lengthy reviews in the app, but the tips that Foursquare members leave makes it easier to navigate. You can use the app to plan your trip, entering the location or browsing different categories.
Trendy in Foursquare – Large database of places helps to find or browse whatever you look for in most corners of the world.
Not So Chic in Foursquare – Misses on information as the tips provided by members are too short for a tourist to speculate.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE (Available on Android and iOS, Free)
When you land up in a foreign destination you have to struggle with the language. Google Translate app allows you to translate over 80 languages and you do not even need to be online to do it.
You can speak or type a language that you desire to translate and the app will say the translated words back to you. Another fresh feature which allows you to take a snap of the text you want to translate, and then use your finger to highlight the text you want to decipher.
Trendy in Google Translate – Users can translate the text offline even in the absence of internet connection.
Not So Chic in Google Translate – Users need to download a large language pack before they go offline, or else the offline translate won’t work.

HIPMUNK (Available on Android and iOS, Free)
This is the easiest to use when we need to book flights or hotels. You can use it to find best hotel deals, browse hotels by cities and search for flights.
One of the fresh approach that the app provides when you hunt for flights. It sorts your search result with a filter called Agony. You will see the route with reduced layovers, followed by longer trips that may be expensive. You can also create fare alerts for a particular search. And the app will send you a notification when best offers are available.
Trendy in Hipmunk – The app comes with a simple design which offers more choice in flight booking.
Not So Chic in Hipmunk – You cannot book your travel from the app directly neither you can set specific price alerts for flights and hotels.

TRIPIT (Available on Android and iOS, Free)
After you book a reservation several emails starts floating around your Inbox with confirmation numbers, flight details, times and other relevant information. TripIt helps to organize all the information into an interactive itinerary that you can pull up anytime during the trip. All you need is forward the confirmation emails from airlines, hotels, car rentals to TripIt, which explains the service as soon you sign up.
The app gets praised or their simple user-interface. It can store tons of information, such as reservation details, even you can save directions to your hotel in your itinerary.
Trendy in TripIt – It creates travel plans if users sends the confirmation emails to the service.</Not So Chic in TripIt – You need to enroll into the paid service of TripIt Pro at $50 per month to get flight alerts and seat upgrades.

TRIVAGO (Available on Android and iOS, Free)
Yet another simple app for the travelers. It helps you to find just the right hotel in the right area. You just need to enter the city you like to stay, choose your suitable dates and then run a search. The app will show a list of the available hotels on a map.
You can easily filter your search result by price, rates and facilities such as Wi-Fi or a pool. For each hotel listed, you will see the price from major booking companies including Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com and Travelocity.
Trendy in Trivago – Helpful to find a hotel easily exactly in the place where you want to stay
Not So Chic in Trivago – You can neither book a reservation directly from the app, nor you can sort it by the prices or the room type.
So, what do you think can about these apps? Are they cool? Will you pack them in your Smartphone when you go out for a vacation this summer? Share your views and some more apps which you find perfect for your traveling days.

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Pratip Biswas

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