Whether you need to travel for business, or for pleasure and exploration, it’s never been easier to find information online via websites, and now, mobile applications.
Now that more than half of all people have a Smartphone, it’s possible to research and book your travel from the convenience of your mobile phone, wherever you happen to be.
Here are seven travel apps you might find helpful.
1. Google Translate
If you plan to travel internationally, Google Translate is worth its weight in gold. Not only is it possible to translate nearly anything on your Smartphone by typing it in your native language, there’s also a voice-activated version that’s starting to eliminate the need to type. Soon, there will be no such thing as a language barrier in travel!
This is a great app to organize your travel notes and documents, as well as save travel logs by location while you’re on your trip. It’s a solid tool to collect and index anything, especially travel!
Yelp is fast becoming the largest collection of reviews for all the things you’ll want to research, from hotels to restaurants, to transportation and tourist attractions. Yelp reports that there are more than 100 million quarterly users of their app and website, which means you’ll have plenty of reviews to help guide you to the right services and locations for your travel needs.
4. Find Pet Friendly Hotels
If you want to take your dog or cat with you, this is a great app and mobile website to research not only hotels, but parks and restaurants that allow your four-legged friends to join you!
Skyscanner is a very interesting app that allows you to see cheap flights from nearly any city, with real-time searching. If you can save money on your flight, perhaps you can treat yourself to an upgraded hotel stay!
6. Google Maps
Whether you’re driving or a passenger on public transportation, you’ll want this app and mobile website to ensure you can always find the safest and fastest path to your destination.
7. Destination-specific sites and apps
Depending on where you’re headed, there may be destination-specific websites and apps that are accessible from your Smartphone. For example, if you’re going to Johannesburg, there’s a site and an app for that!
It’s possible that locally focused content will be less expensive or result in a most memorable experience at the destination you’re headed to. Don’t forget to share your experience about the travel apps you use on your Smartphone.