Naina KhedekarOct 15, 2015 08:40:14 IST
The festive season is also considered a great time to unwind by planning a short vacation. Whether you plan for a beach holiday, want to go camping visit a historic place or nature trail, a few handy apps can ensure your travel is easy. With the festive season just around the corner, here are 14 must-have apps to consider before your travel.
When on a vacation, planning the travel, stay and itinerary becomes really crucial, especially if it's a last minute plan. Here's when an app like TripIt comes really handy to ensure that all details are in one place. After all, you don't want all the crucial details scattered across your phone, email box, scribbled papers and so on.
Apart from directions, it'll automatically sync all your travels via Google Calendar. If you plan to travel in a group, then there's the auto syncing option that will allow you to easily share all the details with others travelling along.
If you plan to visit a new country or are a frequent flyer who goes globe-trotting, then XE Convertor comes quit handy. It's a no-frills, simple app with an easy calculator. You can view the latest updated rates, and access them anytime without the need for an Internet connection.
Tripadvisor is an amazing aggregator for hotels and flights. It lets you choose between hotels based on user-generated reviews. It also lets you look through reviews about touristy places wherein other travellers share their experience about the place, dos and don'ts and so on. A plethora of pictures will ensure that you know the exact place and location of the place. You can compare reviews and prices of various hotels and check for the best deals across booking sites. Similarly, you can also look through flights and compare the prices to zero in on the best deal.
You wouldn't want to leave behind your camera or beach wear during a vacation, or even worse – medicines. Making a checklist accessible anytime anywhere could prove to be really handy. It will let you create quick and easy checklists, which will be quite handy as you pack your bags. You can create multiple checklists and also add notes for all the important things to be carried. It will let you share the list with a group. When on a group picnic or camping, the list will ensure all the essential things have been packed.
Whether we love it or hate it, IRCTC Connect is the official app that will let you book your train tickets online. The app supports general as well as tatkal booking. It will let you check the PNR status and other details. The interface looks neat and lively. It works with devices running Android 4.1 and higher. The home screen also gives you more menus such as My Booking, Cancel Ticket, My Profile and so on. But at the time of checking the app, we did not notice the web account being synced with the app, as there was nothing under Booking History. You can also cancel your booked tickets via the IRCTC Connect app and the app can also retain recently added passenger details. For first time users, IRCTC lets you register from the app itself and you also have a PDF explaining the IRCTC Connect app.
Redbus is an extremely neat app when it comes to booking bus tickets. It covers most of the popular Indian cities. You simply need to add the starting point and destination, and the app will show a heap of options to choose from depending upon the time and fare. You can select seats and quickly book via online payment options. The Redbus experience has always been smooth, and we could also take advantage of the several discount promo options. It is almost like the desk version of the app. You can look at the amenities in the bus, cancel tickets with a single tap and also read reviews before choosing a bus.
The Skyscanner app is yet another cool app if you are looking for flight tickets. It has a clean UI that neatly crams up all those flight options on a single page. You can choose a particular flight and also ensure that it is being 'Watched'. The Watched option will keep you updated each time the price changes. To set the currency and location, go to settings and change the option to 'Rupees'and select India as the country.
MakeMytrip is a good option when booking a hotel. You can directly book via the app and also opt for a complete vacation package. What makes it even easier are the holiday packages that come inclusive of airport transfers, sight-seeing and even meals. The search option appears to be very smooth and you will find additional discount codes too. All the bookings can be easily accessed in the mobile friendly format. You make payments using debit or credit cards, and also opt for EMI options.
Cleartrip is another great option when it comes to hotel bookings. It also has a special Weekend Getaways section that lets you choose from special weekend holiday options. Besides, Hotels + Flights options ensure more discounts.
Booking.com has been built specifically for hotel reservation and it works wonderfully. No matter where you plan the next vacation, Booking.com includes almost all countries. In India, it includes all popular travel destinations and makes reservations easy with a single click. When you key in the destination, you also get the option to choose within what km radius you need your hotel, theme such as spa, shopping, nature, beach and so on, and also filter options like shuttle service, swimming pool, pets and likewise. There's an option to book the hotel instantly and pay later too.
If you love summing up the day into a peppy collage then this is the best option. The app is quite simple to navigate once you get the hang of it. You need to simply choose a stencil and pick from the various photos, which can be placed as you wish. The image is then saved into the Pics collage folder that you will find within the Gallery. It also comes with an easy sharing option on social networks.
Wi-Fi Booster Easy Connect - (Android)
If you are an internet junkie who can't leave behind the connected world during a vacation, or keep yourself from uploading those pictures on social networks, then a Wi-Fi booster could help you do so easily. Among the several options, the Wi-Fi Booster Easy Connect is a good option that worked flawlessly for us.
You don't want to be on a vacation and completely run out of data over a roaming network. Onavo is good option to keep a tab on that data while on vacation. You can set a data plan limit for the month/week and the app will alert via notification status when you are nearing the limit. Another handy feature is that Onavo lets you restrict such apps to Wi-Fi only (it will download updates only with Wi-Fi) or even uninstall them with the press of a button. The Onavo has undergone some UI changes from the last time we used it. It now looks more snappy than the dull look it once posed in. Getting around the app and setting data limit is very simple too.
Whether on a vacation, visiting new place or not, Zomate is an app every foodie should have. So, if you are in a new city and want to know more about the nightlife around, simply choose the location manually or let the app pick it for you.
Now, that you've got all the handy apps from planning and packing to stay and food, it's time to get started with that next vacation without any hassle.
If you've been using these apps, do share your experience. You can also add a list of your own apps that could be handy for planning or during a vacation.
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