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Travel apps: Don’t leave home without them!

By Caroline Yeung - 3 Aug 2019

Exploration & Travel Planning

Note: This article was first published on 16 March 2019.

Don’t leave home without your apps!

Planes, ships, and trains have brought us to many places and expanded our horizons. Travel has always been in the history books since ancient days, and many of those journeys were completed successfully back then without connectivity, data sharing, mobility, or real-time information.

Travel has become easy in today's world largely due to our ability to stay plugged-in at any time. Compare to the days of the unknown, today’s travelers are very eager and willing to recommend and share their experiences and hence, they have created stacks and stacks of information for other users.

Such cataloging of information under specific functions has also resulted in slews of apps being created on a very frequent basis. Some apps teach users how to be more efficient and organized. Others help them to save money. Each app tries to outdo their rivals in the same category and ultimately, gain your vote.

There are so many travel apps that many people already know. However, there are also some apps that some may not know. Just name a task that you need to accomplish for your travel, and chances are that someone has already developed an app specific to your requirements.

Some apps are localized while others are not. The localized apps tend to have lesser users as they are mostly developed for specific countries/regions. The popular apps are the ones that users can consistently use no matter which country they travel.

In this feature, we trawled around to put together a whole list of useful apps we hope you'll find useful in every step of your journey.

 

Explore

There are some virtual reality (VR) apps that can help you to decide where you want to travel even before you set foot in that country. Users can actually see and experience real images, and thereafter plan their vacations (or even revisit after their actual trips).

Gala 360

Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Category: Travel & Local
Platforms: Google Android

VR trips are free, and Gala 360 wants you to venture out to any locations in the world while you are still in your home. Gala 360 can help you plan your next trip to any part in the world.

 

Explor VR

Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Category: Travel & Local
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

This app allows you to watch a video in 360 VR, and experience any continent, country or activity at the same time. Explor VR helps you to find your ultimate destination by providing the first immersion experience right from your mobile phone.

 

Planning - Airline & Hotel bookings

A word of caution for first time users looking for airline and hotel apps - there are more than 240 apps specializing in airline and hotel bookings. Some apps specialize in just booking of flights (like Skyscanner) or hotels (like hotel.com), while others provide a few options under one roof.

TripAdvisor

Price: Free
Category: Travel & Accommodations
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

TripAdvisor’s travelers share their recommendations, and advice on the best way to book trips. The continuous feed of endless reviews, photos on tours, attractions, and restaurants allows new users to save, and efficiently organize their trips.

 

Expedia

Price: Free
Category: Travel & Accommodations
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

Expedia flights, hotels, car rental, and vacation packages provide exclusive travel savings. This app captures users with its bundle deals, and 2x Expedia rewards points. Expedia has over 500,000+ worldwide network of boutique, luxury and airport hotels in addition to hostels, bed and breakfasts, and resorts.

 

Airbnb

Price: Free
Category: Accommodations
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

Airbnb differentiates itself from the rest by allowing travelers to book vacation homes. With over 4 million vacation home rentals across 191+ countries, there are endless choices for holiday enthusiasts who prefer to stay in home-like residences. Travelers can search by price, neighborhood, amenities, and many more.

 

Trivago

Price: Free
Category: Accommodations
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

Trivago wants to create a stress-free booking experience for travelers. The app provides users the opportunity to get great deals, compare hotel prices, and save money despite knowing there are more than a million hotels and hundreds of booking sites to choose from.

 

Triposo

Price: Free (Ads & in-app purchases)
Category: Travel & Accommodations
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

Triposo enables users to book hotels, restaurants, and immerse in local experiences and activities in 50,000 destinations worldwide.

 

Hopper

Price: Free
Category: Travel & Local
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

Hopper prides itself as one of the best app to predict cheapest tickets. The app’s algorithm can analyze up to 15 billion daily ticket prices, and achieve a 95% accuracy.

 

Planning - Travel & Accommodation Advisory/Tips

Apart from the above travel planning apps, don't forget Singapore's no.1 local forum for awesome community driven advisory, real-life feedback and veteran traveler inputs in our very own Travel and Accommodation forum. You can thank us later for fast tracking your travel plans :)

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