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10 must-have apps to travel like a pro

DUBAI, February 14, 2017

Passengers are constantly looking to technology to improve their travel experience - from planning flights and accommodation to translating another language at a restaurant or settling costs after the trip.

Having some help on your phone is a must when going out and about and travel provider HolidayMe has rounded up the top travel apps that will make every stage of a trip easier and more enjoyable.

1.Yelp (Free on iOS and Android)
No matter where the destination, one of the prime factors of a holiday is going to be food, and that’s where Yelp comes in! With its outstanding database of restaurants, convenient filters, images, reviews, ratings, and a lot more; Yelp can pretty much help travellers zero in on the best place to head out for a meal, for a drink, or even for a coffee!

2. TripIt (Free on iOS and Android)
If there’s one app travellers can rely on to manage a travel like a pro, it’s got to be Tripit. This wicked app is indeed an indispensable tool that helps people organise their travel in a systematic way. All that needs to be done is forward all travel details and confirmation emails (hotel bookings, car rental info, flight details, restaurant reservations etc.) to a Tripit address (free), and the app will convert all this info into a convenient and easy to follow trip itinerary – all of this in a neat little folder that can be accessed anywhere, anytime!

3. Instagram (Free on iOS and Android)
A stellar combination of remarkable social networking features, flawless photo sharing capabilities, amazing filters and photo-editing effects; make Instagram one hell of an app. Hands down one of the most popular photo apps out there, Instagram is what every traveller needs in order to capture and share their ultimate travel moments with friends and loved ones.

4. Gas Buddy (Free on iOS and Android)
This nifty app allows travellers to enter a ZIP code or uses their phone’s GPS to help them spot the closest gas station around them, and that too, ones with the cheapest fuel prices (in USA and Canada)! Since this is a community-driven app, users can also update the latest real-time fuel prices in their area!

5. XE Currency (Free on iOS and Android)
XE currency is one of the top apps for foreign exchange rates. XE currency helps travellers keep a check on how much they’re spending. In a matter of seconds, this intelligent app gives comprehensive and accurate currency exchange rates, letting users know exactly how much they’re spending in their home currency!

6. GateGuru (Free on iOS and Android)
If air travel is something that is done pretty often, add GateGuru to the arsenal of travel apps right away. Air travel entails a lot of delays often, long stop-overs at unfamiliar airports, endless waiting at the airport, and what not! While waiting at the airport, rather than letting boredom get the better of you, allow GateGuru to use its database and help you discover a hoard of cafes, stores, restaurants, souvenir stores, and more. What’s more, you can even use the app to rent a car, to check your flight status, arrival-departure times, gate number alerts, and a lot more!

7. AirportParking (Only available on iOS – Free)
Not many of us are blessed with airports that are located close to the city centre. Most airports are far-flung, which means travelling to the airport via cab/taxi/public transport can cost a bomb. In such a scenario, drive down in your own car would seem more sensible, and you can allow AirportParking to handle the rest. This brilliant app helps you find, book and reserve discounted parking from a database of over 100 airports (USA, UK, Canada, Ireland). You can even compare parking lots based on the location, price, services, and user reviews.

8. Google Maps (Free on iOS and Android)
Google Maps is the ultimate app in the market for maps and navigation, with flawless street views, satellite data, and 3D views of Google Maps make getting from point A to point B unbelievably easy. Furthermore, the app’s clean and intuitive interface, and it’s incredible mapping accuracy, make it an absolute must-have for travellers.

9. PackPoint (Available on Android – Free)
Anyone who knows what a nightmare packing can be, will appreciate this handy app. Just tell this ingenious app where you’re heading, with whom and for how long, and it’ll suggest you a list of what all you need to carry! Be it clothes, essentials or even gadgets, let this bad boy tell you what goes into your suitcase!

10. Foodspotting (Free on iOS and Android)
The app acts like a visual guide and suggests places where travellers can find dishes they're craving for – within their locality! Be it pizza or paella, dosa or dumplings, burgers or burritos, they can just tell the app what they fancy eating and enter their location, and the app will spit out a list of visual recommendations and reviews from fellow app users. - TradeArabia News Service

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