With time, people are understanding that travelling is one of the better ways to get rid of the stress that we go through in our daily lives. But no matter how far you go, staying connected through a smartphone is something you just can’t avoid. In fact, it proves to be one of your biggest companions while travelling, courtesy some really cool apps. These apps help you in several ways — right from finding your way out when you are lost to locating a suitable accommodation to help you bail out of a difficult situation. We take a look back at some of the apps that really stood out in the world of travel in the year 2015.
This app is highly useful for those planning a long international holiday, say a trip across various parts of Europe. It helps you keep a track of all your flights, and also informs you if some flight is delayed or running late, so that you don’t get stuck at the airport for hours. The app focuses on the smallest details — information on the departure gate of your flight, for instance. So honestly, with Flight Tracker installed in your phone, you can hardly miss a flight.
XE Currency is an old favourite for any global traveller. As the years have passed on, the app has become more refined and powerful — the year 2015 has also seen some major updates for this app. Even today, it remains the most exhaustive currency conversion tool available in the market. The best bit is that it can be downloaded free of cost on both iOS and Android platforms.
This app has been a hit in 2015, a year which has been seen a rising number of group travellers. Tipulator comes in handy when you are travelling with a bunch of friends who want to split their bills on the move. But unlike India, where even a small tip is appreciated, average tip rates/percentages change from country to country. This app helps you in such scenarios as well, and ensures that you don’t look like a cheap person, that too in a foreign land.
When you’re travelling abroad, the simple truth is that you can’t afford to stay in the most luxurious hotels every time. Especially when you are backpacking across different places, looking to live like a local in some homestay, your hostel, or any other form of inexpensive accommodation. HostelWorld can be your best friend in such a situation, because it has a geo-tagged directory of 35,000 budget hostels, and more than 3.5 million user reviews.
Google Maps has been there for ages, but it was in the year 2015 that the internet giant finally added native offline mapping to its iconic mapping application. What does this mean? Well, if you’re on Android or iOS, you get this amazing mapping service even wehn you are far from internet networks. This simply means that you no more need to use the expensive international data to find out where you’re headed. You can just download the map of the place using the hotel’s Wi-Fi, and then you are good to go.