Traveling is not always about leisure and pleasure with coming back home happily. Every time, it cannot be your fun-filled trip with your friends & colleagues. Even a small excursion at the outskirts of your city or country, can leave you aghast with painful memories. It can be a nightmare for you and your family if not planned well in advance.
Thankfully, there are many free and paid iPhone and iPad apps that you can use to plan your entire trip meticulously. You don’t need to depend on your lousy travel agents or those old maps, which could show you wrong information.
Best Travel Apps of 2016 for iPhone and iPad
#1. Simply Declare
Recently this app has been redesigned to give you a better user experience. The app is made for global travelers; Simply Declare boasts many unique features for iPhone and iPad users. It offers real time currency exchange for 34 supported currencies; you can also add your own custom currency. Before you cross borders, quickly convert your own currency into the currency of the country you want to visit. Keep a thorough account of your expenses by taking images of invoices. One of the biggest advantages of the app is that users don’t need roaming on their iPhone; they can access all features on Wi-fi.
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If you are traveling on your own by car, you should download Waze on your iPhone/iPad. The app is said to be the largest community-based traffic and navigation app in the world. By using this app, you contribute a lot to the community of drivers and travelers. For example, if you spot an accident on the road, you can immediately report this mishap to a nearby police station via Waze. Moreover, you can get information about cheapest gas while you are driving to your destination. Some other features are real-time traffic info, voice-enabled navigation, commuting hours, addition of Facebook friends, live maps, and more.
TripAdvisor is the most popular app among globetrotters. Before you set out for any journey, just check in for reviews, photos and maps from the TripAdvisor. The app is known for its genuine reviews of different venues, hotels, and related services. Get the lowest airfare, best hotels and great restaurants. For real travellers, TripAdvisor has a unique feature Near Me Now, which gives information of places near your current location. If you are stuck at somewhere, you can get advice from other travellers in the forums.
There is an old saying: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. You can follow this saying in other countries as well. Just make sure that you get some primary knowledge of local language while travelling abroad. This will help you in a great manner as people always love to speak (and listen to) their own language. Get Phrasebook on your iPhone/iPad and learn commonly used phrases and vocabularies of languages like French, Spanish, English, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Vietnamese.
Want to get affordable accommodation in more than 34,000 cities across the globe? Get Airbnb on your iPhone or iPad. The app offers you over 600,000 options to stay at different places of the world. This app connects you with the right kind of places and people. Before you book a venue, you can message your hosts, explore more details about the destination, and tell about your choices like penthouse or treehouse. You can directly book your choice of accommodation from your iPhone/iPad; also find details of properties, holiday homes, and apartments.
#6. Yahoo Weather
Before you set off your journey, check out the weather conditions of the destination you are going to visit. Weather can actually make or mar your entire trip, and therefore it is essential for you to check the weather. According to weather, you can pack your bags. Yahoo Weather gives you details of wind, pressure, and possibility of rains. The app also provides you animated weather info of rain, snow, fog, and extreme heat. You will get notifications about weather conditions, so that you can plan your trip accordingly.
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Yelp is your reliable local guide in the country full of strangers. With the help of its wonderful search option, you can find the best place to eat, shop, drink, relax and play. You can also filter your search by distance, rating, neighborhood, price etc. Never get overwhelmed by dilemma; seek help from experts and locals in the form of genuine reviews. While walking down the shopping lanes, get deals offered by local business owners.
Get all details of your flight on your iPhone or iPad. FlightView offers five different features: flight tracking, My Trip, airport delay information, sharing and weather. With the flight tracking feature, you can track your flight, flight path and current radar weather. My Trip sends your complete travel details via email to FlightView; these details will be loaded automatically to your iOS device. You can sync your trips between devices; this will allow you to quickly check status wherever you go. From Airport delay feature, you can see color-coded maps of airport delays in US and Canada; this will accompany weather overlay to check how you should pack your travel bags. With the help of Sharing features, you can share trip itineraries through email or SMS/text; you can also Tweet or update your flight status on Facebook.
Uber is a taxi service that offers you reliable ride in minutes; you are not supposed to reserve or wait for taxi for hours. Uber gives you options of low cost and premium taxi services; you can choose the service according to your budget. You can create your Uber account with your credit card or PayPal, and your fare will be deducted at the end of your ride. However, in select cities, you need to pay cash. Get receipt on your email once your trip is over.
Once you book hotel, flights and everything else, now is the time to pack your travel bags. But hang on! Do you know what to pack and what to discard from the bag? PackPoint can help you here. The intelligent packing app builds a list of items that you should pack in your bags. Feed the app with places you want to travel, distance between all the places, weather and other necessary information; based on this information, the app will give you a list of items you should carry along with you. PackPoint also considers whether it’s your business trip or leisure one; it also checks what activities you have planned at the destination; the app also tells you if you need to include warm weather clothes or cold weather clothes.