Great tips from Mashable
There’s something to be said for a digital detox while on vacation, but technology doesn’t always deter from the travel experience. When used wisely, a smartphone can enhance a trip instead of take away from it.
From a big multi-city itinerary to a small, relaxing beach vacation, these eight apps will make travel in 2016 a little bit easier.
RoadTrippers makes itself useful as soon as you pull on to the highway.
Travellers plug in their itineraries and the app will recommend restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations and stretching spots en route. The app also gives estimates of how much drivers can expect to pay for gas (petrol).
But RoadTrippers is no substitute for GPS. Once you’ve found the stops you want to make, you’ll have to export your itinerary to Google Maps or Waze to get directions.
Hopper predicts future flight prices with 95% accuracy, according to the company, and will determine whether or not now is really the best time to buy that plane ticket.
For those who resolved to travel more in 2016 but can’t seem to find the time to plan a trip, TripScope pairs you with a travel agent and their services for a low fee of $25.
Sending the in-app agent a destination and budget kickstarts the process. Agents will customize an itinerary and book flights, hotels, ground transportations and tours. But by far the best perk is that agents are able to provide upgrades for thrifty travellers via a “mobile concierge.”
Heading to Brazil this summer?
The official Olympics app has information about the games, activities and attractions in the city, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and more.
TripSee is made for organization freaks. Travelers plug in their destinations and the app will generate a list of hotspots around town that can be organized and added to an itinerary.
Once travel and hotel confirmations come through, travelers can forward the information to TripSee. The app will then aggregate every piece of information — times, dates, cost, phone numbers, addresses, etc. — into the itinerary, making it possible to see the entire trip in one glance.
Triposo is the 2016 answer to heavy guidebooks. From Afghanistan to Denmark to Martinique to Vietnam, this app covers almost every corner of the globe.
Each location’s page features a currency converter, weather, tours and a cultural synopsis of the location. The app will also sync with an Apple Watch for offline navigation.
A great app when traveling with the perpetually late or directionally challenged, Glympse will send your location to whoever needs it.
When your group gets separated, it’s easy to see everybody else’s location. The app will eliminate the need to start the dreaded conversation beginning with, “What do you see around you?”
EON Experience VR
Of course there’s no travel experience like the real thing but for those that — for whatever reason — can’t leave home this year, there is Eon Experience VR.
Users of the virtual reality app can “visit” the Valley of the Kings and the Luxor Temple of Egypt, the Medici family’s Magi Chapel in Florence or India’s Taj Mahal.