With everything getting smarter, why should your travelling be lagging behind? Before you set out on a long or short trip with or without family, you need to be hi-tech to ensure the smooth sailing. We have already covered best iPhone travel apps and now we have come up with ten smart Apple Watch travel apps that can make your journeys comfortable, memorable & safe. For those, who have itchy feet, these apps are must-have on their Apple Watches. So before you step out, try these travel apps on your Watch.
Best Travel Apps for Apple Watch
Across the world, almost all travellers know what TripAdvisor is. One of the most reliable travel advisors is now just a tap away. TripAdvisor’s latest version 10.0.2 is now available on your Apple Watch. Now before every excursion, you can check millions of reviews, photos and maps posted by genuine travellers. As a smart traveller, you always appreciate details like lowest airfare, best hotels, uber-cool restaurants and activities to do wherever you go. One of the best features of this app is Near Me Now, which lists places near your current location. On your Apple Watch, this app shows you the best food joints and hotels to stay.
Expedia is one of the trusted names in travel industry worldwide. Now, you can use its app on Apple Watch and enjoy a whole new experience of travelling. With this app, you can book hotel, flight, rental car and activities. For frequent flyers, they can book a flight just by selecting flight departure date and destination; also book an airport car rental 30 minutes before landing. Moreover, book your tickets for local tours, shows and theme parks aside from airport shuttles and ground transportation. All these facilities help you manage your entire trip from your phone & watch. Also receive notifications for change in flight schedule, hotel check-out times and more.
Knowledge of local language can be of great benefit for globetrotters, who frequently go to places just for fun or as part of their job/business. An app like Babbel on your Apple Watch can help you speak or at least understand language of native speakers. The app is equipped with international languages like Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, Indonesian, Danish and Norwegian. Babbel can be very helpful at important junctions like airport, railway station, restaurants, bars, café shops, taxi stands etc. where instructions are written in local languages. You can easily decipher sign boards & manuals with the help of Babbel. With this latest version of Babbel, you can discover words as you go about your day, visit your favourite locations to add new words to your dictionary, enrich your vocabulary while roaming around the world, and learn more while you explore more.
Since the advent of online ticket booking, travellers have enjoyed last-minute bookings of their trips. Hotel booking is one of the biggest challenges for any traveller as hotel tariffs are likely to change at any moment. In peak season, hoteliers charge exorbitantly from the guests; with Hotwire, you can enjoy cheap and easy bookings for hotels, select best deals on hotels, 40k cities covered, easy booking by following simple steps and more. Apart from hotel booking, the app helps you book cars from major brands; its smart search option helps you find cars at airports, cities and locations close to you; on your Apple Watch, Hotwire features include short & long view formats, rental car pick-up and hotel check-in reminders, car return and refuel reminders, trip details including car and hotel details and itinerary view with maps and active and past trip summaries.
Travelling is not just about visiting new places; eating, drinking & shopping are also part of your trip. So once you reach your favorite destination, you would certainly like to know the best food joints, bars or shopping centers in and around the city. Foursquare on your Apple Watch gives useful information a traveller needs; for example, if you are in Paris, the app will show you the best places to visit in the city, food alleys, what city is known for, what is best delicacy served in which restaurant and more. All you need to do is tell this app what you want or like; be specific in your instructions. If you are looking for “craft beer” or “fried chicken”, feed the keyword and get the relevant information; the app also delivers general info like “outdoor seating” or “romantic places”.
#6. App in the Air
After booking your flight tickets, stay updated with every detail related to your flight; this App in the Air works as your personal flying assistant that gives you real time status, airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile etc. Additionally, this app also works offline and sends you SMS on gate changes and flight status updates without incurring any roaming charges. In the flight, keep yourself healthy by following in-flight courses, explore the landmarks you are flying over and stay on top of the world with Apple Watch revolutionary Glances and Force Touch.
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Citymapper is the best app for urban transit for any traveller, who prefers to travel alone. This app now supports your Apple Watch, therefore, the app can become your digital guide on your wrist. NYT has hailed the app as the best travel app introduced to New York City. Touted as people’s favourite transit app, Citymapper has received thousands of 5-star reviews from genuine users. The app easily guides you through serpentine streets and complicated topography of the city. Being a single traveller, you can also plan your A to B trip with real-time info on all modes of transit. In their bid to improve the app, Citymapper is available with Uber and Hailo integration. While using this app, please make sure that your GPS/location is enabled as the app works on internet data.
How comfortable it is just to wave your hand and get a taxi in your home town? Hailo can do this for you when you are not in your town but somewhere in UK, Ireland, Singapore or in Spain. With Hailo app, you can easily book a car of your choice; however, the app has covered limited locations like London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool in the UK, Ireland, Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, and Singapore. Apart from booking a cab, you can also track it in real time as it comes to pick you up in moments. The app also sends notifications when the car will arrive; till then just relax. No worries for currency as you can always make payment directly from app, so just leave the taxi and say bye-bye to the drivers, who are licensed by the local authority. For travellers’ security, Hailo app also provides necessary details of drivers. Choose your choice of car and explore the city!
#9. Flight Tracker
Track your flight’s information in real time with this Flight Tracker app on your Apple Watch. Get details on your email or your family or friend’s email. So if somebody is coming to pick you up at airport, the concerned person is well aware of the schedule of your flight. This app saves your time from checking flight details on website; get the perfect information like arrival time, terminal or gate on your Watch. Enjoy features like: arrival/departure times of your flight up to 3 days in advance; gate and terminal info; worldwide coverage of flights. Track your flight by using your flight number or you can type in arrival and departure airports and airlines to see all arriving flights.
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Though this is not a typical travel app, we have listed it in this blog for some savvy travellers, who are really concerned about their home security. Imagine this: you are lazing around with your family on a beautiful beach, and all of a sudden, you remember that you forgot to turn off a lamp in the garage back home. With some hesitation and embarrassment, you probably would dial your neighbour to do a favour if they have got the key of your house. Never in the future. Get alarm.com on your Apple Watch and you can keep an eye on your house from wherever you are. On your Apple Watch Glances, you can easily what is happening at your home, and through the app you can control your key devices and even view live video from your home. Some of the remote features of this app are: enable and disable your security panel, watch recorded clips from your security cameras, turn on or off lights, set the ideal temperature, lock or unlock doors, view images of important activity captured by Alarm.com image sensors and more.