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Smartphones have changed the rules in many areas of human endeavor incredibly fast, almost as much as mobile phones, these days called “feature phones”, did upon their appearance on the commercial markets. Arguably, one of the most useful applications of the technical possibilities smartphones have bestowed upon us come in the form of countless travel apps. The ways in which smartphones can make your journey easier and more pleasant by far exceed the scope of this article, but I will mention some of them that are most useful, most interesting or caught attention in some other way.
Apps for air travel
Every flight begins with one important task – booking. Skyscanner takes the hassle and confusion out of flight booking. It allows you to search hundreds of airlines and millions of flights around the world. Once a flight has been selected, the app connects you to the airline or travel agent to ensure the best deal. Results can be filtered by takeoff and landing times, airline, price and cabin class.
There are many more flight apps that can come in handy when you are on the go, with variety of features like flight alerts, real time notifications, flight status etc. Therefore you should definitely consider one, if your planning to travel by air, it will certainly ease you planning.
Car Travel Apps
Driving has many advantages over air travel, the most significant being a generally lower price tag. To get the most miles for your money Gass Buddy provides detailed driving directions, and tells you exactly how much you can save by stopping at the cheapest gas stations. All you have to do is to simply input your start location, destination and fuel type.
Another important issue is road safety and fiddling with your smart phone while driving cannot be considered smart at all. Auto SMS takes care of this problem by reading your texts out loud and responding automatically on an incoming call, so your eyes can be on the road, not on your phone.
There are several reasons for you to leave the highway during a road trip, from bathroom breaks to grabbing a bite to eat or simply checking out something interesting along the way. iExit provides you with detailed information on what awaits you at every exit on your route, so you can both plan ahead and be sure to find what you need at an exit when you need it.
When it comes to exploring a new city, travel books and brochures can be bland and outdated. Minube is an app that tracks nearby spots recommended by other travelers. It is packed full of useful information on anything you may need during your travels, from restaurants to clubs and hotels, all complete with comprehensible user reviews.
Google Goggles is the ultimate solution to identifying landmarks during your travels. Just point your phone camera at an important looking building, statue or whatever catches your attention, and the app returns relevant Wikipedia articles. No need to get over language barriers or engage the locals.
Understanding the local language is taken to futuristic levels with Word Lens. It instantly translates any foreign language text that you point your camera at.
In addition to these, there are many more mobile apps that will help you immensely in your travels whether you are going abroad on holiday, visiting your parents in a nearby town or just driving around for the fun of it. Either way, be sure to keep your smartphone battery full, find the apps you need or update the old ones and you’re good to go.