Thanks to the ongoing evolution of smartphones and mobile devices, there are innovative apps available which are transforming the travel industry. Some applications make booking hotels and flights more efficient while others are intended to make your travels more enjoyable, or easier - like translating words or currency “on the fly”. Therefore, we decided it would be helpful to put together a list of Road Warriors and travel managers alike often travel apps that are changing the way we travel. So, here they are.
Available in over 30 countries and 18 languages, Kayak.com is the web and mobile-based application that lets you search multiple travel sites at once from online travel agencies to airlines, hotel, and car rental websites, to find the best rates. While Kayak has been transforming the tourism industry for some time now, we add it to this list because it recently rolled out the ability to search for flights and hotels via Slack - a popular chat service for businesses. The way it works is users enter a query in Slack such as “/kayak flights from Sydney to Beijing from April 4 to April 11” which then populates the results. After that, the user can choose their flight from the app.
After you’ve booked your trip, you’ll usually want to get the latest status information. FlightStats lets you track flights on a map, by number, airport or route. It also allows you to check airport conditions like current delays and weather conditions. Available via the web, iPhone, Android phones, and Apple Watch, this application has full-fledged tools to make sure that you never miss your flight.
Similar to FlightStats, App in the Air lets you check flight status, but in four stages: Check-in, Boarding, Takeoff, and Landing. What’s cool about this app is they show you a “timeline” of these steps to ensure that your check-in on time or make it to your gate before it closes. It also lets you see weather, delays and currency info for all the main airports around the world. There’s also a gamification feature where you can earn achievements for your flight experience and contribution to Flyers’ community, making your travels just a little more fun.
If you’re travelling to a country, where the language is not your native tongue, then the Bravolol app will come in handy. This app features commonly used phrases and vocabularies for travellers and beginners in over 15 languages. Using this app, you can learn from their “speaking parrot” which works together with you to practice your speaking and listening skills, wherever and whenever you are. The best part is, there’s no internet connection required so that you can practice your language skills even in-flight.
If you want to make learning a new language more fun, then check out Duolingo. This app lets you earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges, and helps you stay on track by recording how many days in a row you spend learning a language. An effectiveness study also recently showed that the primary factor for higher efficiency than similar apps was the motivation of the participants with people learning for travel gaining the most.
Knowing what the current currency exchange rate can be challenging, especially if you’re frequently travelling to various countries. Currency provides timely exchange rate updates for over 150 currencies and countries. Around since 2008, it was one of the first 500 apps in the App Store. However, this is one app that’s a must for travelling abroad - if you want to know how much you’re paying, that is.
When you frequently travel as a group, sometimes you want to split costs among each other or keep track of who’s up to pay next. Splittr lets you break up costs between people and add expenses while on your trip, so you know who’s turn it is to pay. It supports multiple currencies or mix currencies, which is great if you’re taking a client in another country out to dinner. Also, it lets you print PDF reports, which are particularly useful for submitting expenses to your company.
Sitting around in an airport can be tedious and tiresome, especially if you have a long layover. If you’re looking for a place to work, relax, or grab a cocktail while you wait, then you can use Priority Pass to discover 900+ lounges in over 400 cities worldwide. It lets you see which ones are available, browse photos and amenities, and has multilingual advisors that can help you out 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While it does require a paid membership, the annual fee is minimal and worth the amenities that are included - like free alcohol at most of their lounges.
So you’ve finally made it to your destination. Now, what? Surely you don’t want to stay cooped up in your hotel the entire time when there are places to discover nearby. AroundMe lets you explore restaurants, coffee shops, local guides and more, and allows you to get GPS directions to your chosen destination. By integrating with apps like Booking.com, Opentable.com, and FourSquare, you can also see tips left from other uses, to ensure you’re making the most of you time while travelling.
Travelling isn’t always easy, but this app is - for letting you renew your passport that is. ItsEasy enables you to take passport photos and update your passport which can then be delivered to your door, or instantly through the app. This digital delivery is particularly useful if you’re going on a last-minute trip but your passport has expired. Also, you can view travel visa requirements and process that visa through the app as well.
So next time you’re travelling for business or pleasure, check out these apps to make your travels easier or more enjoyable.
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