Do it yourself travel planning is a movement that is gaining momentum globally as travellers reap the benefits of personalising their international vacation around their specific needs.
This used to be a logistical nightmare but is now achievable with the click of a button. We continue our look at some of the best travel apps that will help you plan your perfect getaway.
Make sure that you make use of a travel SIM card when travelling abroad.
A travel app is an app that you can find in your app store that will assist you in booking a specific element of your vacation.
These apps may be developed by a specific company that only features their deals (eg: a resort like Sandals) or it may be an app that collates deals from different venders and presents them in a single location so that you can compare and choose the best offer that suits your needs.
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One of the main features of a travel app is that it is cuts out the middle man (travel agent) so that travellers don’t have to pay an added commission. Travel apps also typically include a lot of information so that the traveller can make an informed decision about the hotel that they want to stay in or the service that they want to use.
Below is a comprehensive list of some of the main features that can be found in travel apps:
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The main benefits of a travel app include:
There are a number of benefits to using a travel SIM card.
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The main disadvantages of using a travel app include:
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It is important to note that free travel apps, as well as paid for travel apps, are available in your app store.
Free travel apps generally generate the baulk of their revenue through advertising or links to paid for content.
Another way in which travel apps generate revenue is through Bookings and reservations. These are probably the most traditional way of generating revenue in a mobile app. It can be done either by adding an affiliate link which generates commission on each converted lead (example: Booking.com Affiliate Partners Programme) or by selling the option of having a direct booking or reservation link to individual business to increase conversions.
In-app purchases is another important revenue generator. Offering the mobile app for free is crucial to generate traffic to your app. However, free doesn’t mean totally free; you may provide a nice product for free but offer additional services or content for a low fee through in-app purchases. For example, additional travel content or offline maps & navigation could be charged for premium users.
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A lot of people use travel apps because they want the freedom to personalise their vacation. While making use of a travel agent is convenient, they typically present you with options that are limited to suppliers that they are affiliated to. With a travel app, you have the freedom to choose the supplier that you want to.
As pointed out earlier, with a travel app, you can make your way to your destination doing minimal leg work and have the ability to plan your vacation based on recommendations presented to you by locals.
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According to Google, the five most downloaded travel apps are:
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|Name||Downloads||Description||Model (free or paid)||Download link|
|Airbnb||over 100 million||Users are presented with a list of locations in their destination of choice which they can filter by proximity to city centres, price and ratings by previous guests. These are typically owned by locals who have turned parts of their property into guest houses.||Free||Airbnb|
|Booking.com||Over 500 million||Collates accommodation deals from a number of hotels/guest houses and presents them in one interface.||Free||Booking.com: Hotels and more.|
|GasBuddy||over 10 million||The basic premise of the app is to help you find the cheapest gas that is also closest to you. Those on the road can find the nearest gas station in case they’re in the need of a fill up. The app is crowd sourced so you can report new gas prices if the ones you saw in the app were inaccurate.||Free||GasBuddy: Find and Pay for Cheap Gas and Fuel|
|Google Translate||over 1 billion||Allows travellers to interact with locals in different countries that speak a foreign language. Google translate translates what you need to say from your language into theirs and vice-versa. The app now also has the ability to read foreign road signs and menus and translate them into your preferred language.||Free||Google Translate|
|KAYAK||over 10 million||an all-in-one app that lets you book hotels, flights, and rental cars. Along with that, it has an explore option so you check out where you want to travel. It’ll also let you track your pre-existing travel plans even if you didn’t book with them. It rounds out the experience with things like price alerts, deal alerts, and price forecasts to help you find a better deal.||Free||KAYAK: Flights, Hotels & Cars|
With 2.8 billion users, Android is one of the most used operating systems in the world. A number of top travel apps have been developed for this platform and are popular with consumers.
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|Name||Description||Model (free or paid)||Download link|
|Ola||over 20 million||Ola is a ride-hailing app that offers top levels of safety to all its riders and drivers. With more than 2 million drivers and taxis in 250+ cities worldwide, we’ve got you covered in India, UK, Australia and New Zealand.||Free||Ola, the top ride-hailing app|
|Uber||over 100 million||Uber is a ride sharing app that allows travellers to request a ride to their desired destination without making use of conventional taxi companies.||Free||Uber – Request a ride|
|Rapido||over 10 million||Rapido is the fastest and the most affordable way for a daily commute in India. Rapido Bike Taxi is available in over 90 cities across the country.||Free||Rapido – India’s Bike Taxi|
|IRCTC||Over 10 million||IRCTC is the official app of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and allows travellers to book trains and track the progress of their trip or whether their train is on time.||Free||IRCTC Rail Connect|
|ixigo||over 10 million||ixigo is one of the highest-rated Indian Railways App for train booking.||Free||ixigo Train Booking PNR Status|
Statistics show that there are over 1 billion iPhone users in the world. A number of top travel apps have been developed for this platform and are popular with consumers.
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Planning an international trip is a logistical exercise with many different boxes to tick before travelling to your destination. Below are some of the typical app categories that are important when planning your trip.
|Travel Category||Example of Travel Apps||Main Feature|
|Travel Planning apps||TripIt, Sygic Travel Trip Planner, Roadtrippers, Kayak, TripAdvisor||Allows travellers to plan their international travel without using travel agents.|
|Cheap Flight Booking apps||Skyscanner, Expedia, Kayak, Priceline, Cheapoair.com||Allows travellers to book the cheapest flights to their destination.|
|Travel Accommodation apps||Hostelworld, HotelTonight, Couchsurfing, Priceline.com, Orbitz||Allows travellers to find the best deals on hotels at their destination.|
|Navigation Apps||Google Maps, Waze, Sygic Navigation and GPS, MapQuest, Spotted by Locals||Allows travellers to navigate the streets and sights at their destination.|
|Travel Budget apps||PocketGuard, Tripcoin, Trip Expense Manager, TravelSpend, TripMate||Allows travellers to plan their vaccation according to a specific budget.|
|Packing Apps||PackTeo, OneBag, Easy Pack, PackPoint, PackKing||Allows travellers to plan their packing needs for their vacation through helpful checklists.|
|Travel Diary apps||Driftr, Bonjournal, Polarsteps, Momento, Day One Journal||Allows travellers to document their trip to create lasing memories.|
|Weather Apps||Weather Bug, Weather Channel, AccuWeather, 1Weather, Yahoo Weather||Allows travellers tocheck the weather of their destination. Daily, weekly and monthly forecasts are availible.|
|Travel Itinerary apps||Guides by Lonely Planet, Hopper, Skiplagged, Skyscanner, Sygic Travel||Allows travellers to create travel itiniaries so that they can plan their excertions.|
|Safety Apps||Sitata Travel Safe, NordVPN, bSafe, CloseCircle, TripLingo||Allows travellers to create safety alerts for their travel destination.|
|Currency Conversion Apps||XE Currency Exchange, Easy Currency Converter, All Currency Converter, Currency, Currency Converter Plus Live||Allows travellers to convert their currency of choice to the currency used at their destination.|
|Translation Apps||iTranslate Voice 3, Google Translate, SayHi, TextGrabber, Microsoft Translator||Allows travellers to translate from their language of choice to the language used at their destination and vice-versa.|
|Apps to Find Travel Buddies||CouchSurfing, UNBLND, Travello, WorldPackers, Travel Buddy||Allows travellers to find travel buddies so that they can share their experiences with someone.|
|Travel Bucket List Apps||Tripbucket, iWish Life Goals Wishlist Bucket List, Visited: Been Map, Everyday Bucket List, Strides Habit Tracker||Allows travellers to create travel bucket lists so that they can travel with a purpose.|
|Local Tour Guides Apps||Viator, Getyourguide, Airbnb Experiences, Tours by Locals, GuruWalk||Allows travellers to find out more information about the sights and experiences of tehir travel destination.|
|Transport Apps||Citymapper, Uber, Rome2Rio, Here WeGo (formerly Here Maps)||Allows travellers to book public transportation at their travel destination.|
|Airport Navigation Apps||GateGuru, FlightBoard, LoungeBuddy, TripAdvisor, Just Landed||Provides travellers with helpful tips on how to navigate the airport of the destination they are travelling to.|
|Travel Guide Apps||Hopper, Culture Trip, LoungeBuddy, Duolingo, Citymapper||Allows travellers to have the information that is packed into a travel guide on their phone.|
|Flight Tracking Apps||FlightAware Flight Tracker, Flightview – Flight Tracker, FlightStats, Plane Finder – Flight Tracker, Flight Board||Allows travellers to track the progress of their flight or the flight of a family member that is coming to visit them.|
|Car Rental Apps||Getaround, Kayak, Zipcar, Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car||Allows travellers to bookcar hire at their travel destination.|
|Restaurant Apps||Zomato, Foodspotting, Roaming Hunger, ChefsFeed, Zagat||Provides reccomendations about where travellers should enjoy the best culinary experience at their travel destination.|
|Couch Surfing Apps||TrustedHoussitter, Airbnb, HomeAway, Tripping, HomeStay||Allows travellers to find the best housesitting deals at a destination that they want to travel to.|
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Typically, a travel app is used by consumers who are planning a vacation.
However, travel apps may be used by a number of people for different reasons. Travel agents may use it to do some investigation into the best deals that they can offer their clients. Locals may use an app like google translate to help them communicate with tourists. Locals may also use apps like Uber to get around their city.
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There are a number of trends that will drive the development of travel apps in the future.
The most important trends include:
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Most travel apps allow you to book your service (accommodation, transport, activity) through the app. Therefore, you will be required to provide the app with some personal information. However, all apps adhere to privacy laws that are applicable to their client base and if you are really worried about privacy, use a VPN and a secure WIFI network.
Depending on how you want to tailor your vacation, you may need to use more than one app. However, apps such as KAYAK allow you to book multiple experiences through one app.
Most apps are designed in English. However, some apps provide you with the opportunity to change the language of the app into your preferred language.
Most top travel apps are found on both Android and iOS. If not, there should be an equivalent app in your app store.