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9 travel apps to plan and enjoy a hassle-free break

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Gone are the days when travel meant endless visits to an agent or constant back and forth in planning. These travel apps have made your smartphone the best planner. From booking a flight, hotel room or an apartment, having foreign currency home delivered, knowing what to pack or simply tracking the flight of your loved ones, these apps have made travel planning and traveling a smart and hassle-free affair.

BOOKING APPS

Skyscanner

Looking for flights, hotels or car hire! Look no further than Skyscanner. It literally scans thousands of sites to get you the best price quotes on offer. The website and app’s interface is simple and user friendly. Just type the destination and it brings you best deals on flight tickets, hotel room rates and car rentals. You can choose the deal that best suits your plan. The site links you directly to the airline or travel agent whose quote best suits you and you can book without any additional cost!

www.skyscanner.co.in

Kayak

Kayak is your single window to book flights, hotels and hire taxis as this app searches hundreds of other travel sites to let you compare and book whatever you need. It also features ‘mobile-only’ rates and private deals. The trips section lets you see all of your travel plans in one place. Airport terminal maps, flight status updates and security wait times help you plan your journey even better.

www.kayak.co.in

Airbnb

Looking for an apartment, homestay, hostel beds or hotels to stay in? Look no further than Airbnb. This site has changed the way we live while travelling. It lets you ‘live like a local’ as you get to book rooms or full apartments for yourself and also meet your hosts at the destination of your choice. You can read reviews of the place you like before finally booking it. With lakhs of listings spread across thousands of cities, you are bound to find a stay of your choice on this site or app.

www.airbnb.co.in

TRIP ORGANIZER APPS

Google Trips

When Google has answers for everything then why not let it plan your travel too! This app is an amazing travel mate especially for those who use Gmail as an email platform. If all your booking confirmations are mailed to your Gmail account, then all you need to do is download this app and let it do the planning for you. Google Trips pulls up your itinerary from your Gmail and organizes your booking into day plans based on your flight, hotel, restaurant and sightseeing bookings. You need not feed details manually. You can also customize your day based on your interests and time at hand as it shows you activities and options around you such as ‘Things to do’ ‘Local favorites’ ‘Live Music’ etc.

Best bit, the app stores the information and works offline too!

get.google.com/trips/

PackPoint

You need to know what to pack. And as the name says, this app helps you do just that – pack. Just enter the destination where you are headed, when you are going and your plans for the destination such as a work trip or leisure outing and the app suggests what best to pack, keeping your schedule and local weather in mind! Keep adding in stuff and ticking it on the app. This is essential for those who forget certain things on their trips and wish someone had reminded them.

www.packpnt.com

Nafex

Most of us know which site or app to access for air tickets and stay but always struggle with sorting our foreign exchange. This site simplifies that hassle and we can’t thank it enough. Nafex has a simple and user-friendly interface that asks you the currency you want to buy or sell and the quantity. Once you enter those details, this aggregator of RBI approved forex dealers, pulls up the best rates on offer for that currency. Best bit – It offers you option of either picking it up from the money exchanger or having it home delivered!

www.nafex.com/

TRACKING APPS

FlightStats

Do you wish to know which flight terminal and gate your flight will leave from or if there are any delays! Also, do you keep looking at your phone in case a loved one is flying and hasn’t called to update you before take-off and after landing! Fret not as FlightStats is ideal for a traveler’s family or friends. This app gives you real time fight updates, shows you the route it is following, pulls up information such as departure/arrival times, delays and the flight timeline gives you information such as the height at which it is flying, the speed at which it is moving forward and various weather conditions!

www.flightstats.com

Accuweather

This is becoming the ultimate weather tracking tool for travelers. It is easily the most popular weather forecasting app right now. With over 1.5 billion users, this app looks at the basics such as day temperature, chances of shower, and produces forecasts over the week, month or year to precise hyper local feeds such as minute by minute updates on precipitation levels in your location for the next two hours!

www.accuweather.com

Glympse

Scared of being lost in a new place, need to share your location with loved ones but do not know where exactly you are? You can now share your exact GPS location in real-time with anyone using this handy app that gives people exact directions. All you need to do is select a contact, set a duration, and hit send. The award winning app is perfect for trekkers, road trippers, and adventure travelers.

//www.glympse.com/

All these apps are free to download on iOS and Android

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