My Top 10 Favorite Travel Apps

In recent years, travel has become so much easier, thanks largely to emergence of smartphones and the amazing apps which are created for them. Here is the list of my favorite ‘don’t leave home’ without these apps:

  1. Heading the list is the hands-down popular favorite – XE Currency. The best thing about XE is that the only difference between the $1.99 pro version and the free one is that the first allows you to track 20 currencies simultaneously while the later only (!) 10, and ads. That means everyone can view up-to-the-minute rate updates, access over 30,000 rate history charts, track extreme highs and lows over multiple time frames, and compare rates quickly and easily.
    • Platforms – iPad, Android, BlackBerry, BB10, Windows Phone, Windows 8 & Firefox OS.
    • Cost – Free, Pro $1.99
  2. Expensify – Consistently voted one of the best expense apps, Expensify has more features than any other similar app. Besides the usual gamut of expense management via OCR of receipt photos and emails, it even has a GPS mileage tracker.
    • Platforms – iOS and Android
    • Price – Free
  3. Trip It – If you are a frequent traveler, especially across international borders, this app can simplify your travel plan management so you never miss another connection again. Tripit’s strength lies in its ability to pull together the information from various bookings, regardless of mode of transportation, and create a custom itinerary that can be managed and understood from a single location. All you have to do is forward your confirmation emails and the app does the rest. It is especially useful if you are planning a group trip or plan to link up with friends or colleagues along the way.
    • Platforms: Android, Blackberry, iOS & Windows Phone
    • Cost: Free
  4. GateGuru – This is a very handy travel companion which stores all of your flight information, and provides you with live updates in case of any delays, gate changes or cancellations. GateGuru’s is such a genius app, that it has local intelligence about the airport amenities, terminal maps, weather and lots of useful tips which have been submitted by users. You can also use this app to find restaurants and even get to see how your fellow fliers have rated them. The app actually offers gate by gate lists of shops, restaurants, and many other services.
    • Platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone
    • Price: Free
  5. Uber – Uber is another great business travel app which will allow you to request for a ride and also pay for it via your smartphone. Better yet, Uber usually costs much less than taxis and it takes only a couple of seconds to request for a ride. In addition, Uber for business also allows your company/business to set its’ own Uber employee policy, and provide the list of authorized users who are not required to pay any charges. Instead, Uber for Business will submit monthly invoice directly to your business/company; this eliminates the need for you to always pay upfront, and then wait for reimbursement.
    • Platforms: iOS and Android
    • Price: Free
  6. Weather Underground – It is very easy to use, once you open it, you can use your zip code or GPS to search for your specific location from where you will know the weather conditions. You can have forecast for a day or even an hour. It offers reports about your area temperature or use a webcam to know when rain or snow will fall. You can share the findings via twitter, email or on Facebook to alert your friends.
    • Platform: Android, iOS
    • Cost: Free
  7. Citymapper – Citymapper incorporates real-time public transportation updates, cycle routes and even provides Uber integration. Customized for thirty cities around the world and building, it is meant for those travelers who rely on public transport and goes all-out to include every possible type of information they might require. The inclusion of ‘rain-safe’ routes, bike-share options (even how many were available at a particular place) and almost magical ability to deduce shortest routes between points all make this a formidable travel app. If you have been stuck with Google maps all this while, you have been missing out big time.
    • Platforms: Android & iOS
    • Cost: Free
  8. PackPoint – This is a list packing application that strives to distinguish itself from competitors by providing highly specific templates for users to work on. It requires you to enter your destination, things you want to do along the way as well as the dates you intend to carry out various activities. It is capable of fetching data about weather and giving you a detailed list of accessories that might come in handy.
    • Platforms: Android, iOS
    • Price: Basic FREE, Premium: $2.99
  9. iTranslate – If your business trips usually take you outside the country, you should make sure you’ve this little smart conversation starter with you. iTranslate is a very attractive app which will help you easily break down your language barrier in nearly any given situation, whether it’s during a business trip/meeting or even when you are out and about on the town.
    • Platforms: iOS, Android and Windows Phone
    • Price: Free
  10. Duolingo -The app is absolutely free and it is very helpful to beginners. You can learn classic options such as German and French as well as unusual choice such as Swahili, Norwegian, Klingon among other languages. You can also compete with friends online to learn new languages. Contains 26 languages.
    • Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
    • Cost: Free
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