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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Top 7 travel apps

With mobile technology penetrating well across global market, it has lead to a serious surge in the amount of apps in recent years. Travel apps can solve you travel related problems, some while travelling and some helping you in planning your travels. Here are our top 7 travel apps:

1. Google Maps

A de facto navigation app, some would call it the de facto travel app. Whether you want to go to a nearby pizzeria or want to check out attractions around you or you just want to get from point A to point B, this app is equipped to do all that. Accurate maps in over 220 countries are covered by this app. With GPS, your exact location can be determined and then this app can guide you to go wherever you want to go.

Available for: All mobile platforms and web.

2. Google Translate

Language problem is the most primitive form a problem you may encounter while travelling. Supports over 80 languages. You can give input through keyboard or speech. On some phones, you can even take a picture of what's written and get it translated.

3. AccuWeather

All in one weather app, displays almost all weather parameters including temperature, UV index, humidity, dew point, pressure, wind velocity, etc. Forecasts are available on hourly, daily and weekly basis. Uses GPS to determine your location so that you do not have to update your settings every time you move to a different place.

4. XE Currency Converter

Currency prices are subject to fluctuations due to high liquidity in the FX market. This makes buying/selling currencies tricky. Unaware of the latest prices, you could end up spending way more than expected. With this app, you can keep track of the latest currency prices. Also features charts for historical pricing. It is not just when you go to purchase foreign exchange but even when you go to purchase something in a foreign country with your credit/debit card, you may not have information of the latest price movements and may incur an expensive charge.

5. WorldClock

Moving through different time zones can make you lose track of the time and put you out of sync with your country's time zone. This app lets you add different cities to the list and track what time it is in a particular city. A very hand app for frequent country hoppers.

6. Kayak

All in one travel planning app. You can book hotels, flights and cars all under one roof. Flight status can also be seen and one of the best features of this app is the "Price Alerts" which notifies you whenever fares change for a particular sector.

7. Flightradar24

Delayed flight? Depend on your airline to update you and all they say is "We'll update you when we have more information" ? Well, not any more when you have this app. It lets you track the location of a flight in real time (almost, with a delay of about 10-15 minutes). Most major airports are covered. It also lets you see the total air crafts flying in a region over a map. 


gr8 list. definitely helpful...

next time my airline tells me they have no info, may be i will show them flightradar24 :-P

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