Attention, smartphone users: let’s talk about how to revolutionise your travels with your technological gadgets. No, I’m not talking about making your friends envious by documenting your adventures on Snapchat and Instagram – I’m talking about apps that you’ve probably never heard of, but that’ll save you time, money, nerves… you name it.
Thanks to Dealchecker’s handy infographic, your holidays will be easier, safer, cheaper and more fun than ever before. So what are you waiting for? Get downloading!
Snap and Share
Okay, so I was lying when I said that these apps were mainly useful, instead of envy-inducing among your friends. Actually, the infographic’s first category is both of these things combined: why not use your phone’s camera to immortalise your experience and make it come alive for your friends?
If you’re an avid photographer, don’t snap away without Magic Hour, a free app that picks up your location and determines what time of day is best for taking photos. And, after taking some breathtaking photos, why not use Touch Notes to create your own postcard? This app will even send you the finished product. If you’re looking to craft a unique holiday memento for yourself or for your friends, look no further than these transformative tools.
Food and Dining
While experiencing the sights and sounds of a holiday destination is always enjoyable, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as discovering its smells and tastes! While most travellers love sitting down to a hearty meal after a long day of sightseeing, the process of choosing a delicious restaurant that’s within your price range in an unfamiliar location often poses an anxiety-inducing challenge.
Luckily, Urban Spoon and Tipulator are here to help: with these clever apps, you’ll be able to search for restaurants by cuisine, distance and price and – in addition to indulging your taste buds – end your meal on a stress-free note by making use of a country-adjusted tip calculator. The phrase bon appétit has never rung so true!
Health and Well-Being
If you’re a mindful – or very light-skinned – traveller, it goes without saying that lathering up with sunscreen is an absolute must when opting for a warm getaway. But how long should you stay in the sun, and what SPF should you use? Put an end to your doubts with Sun Screen, an app that has country-specific answers to these all-important questions. Use it, and rest assured that you won’t end up looking like a lobster.
To ease the anxious mind, it’s advisable to also invest in one of the many offline resources that provide you with all relevant emergency numbers for every country imaginable. Convenience and peace of mind all in one.
Navigation and Technology
If you’re geographically challenged like me, you’ll have a special appreciation for this section of the infographic. It’s very worth downloading free Wi-Fi and ATM finders, which will help you locate the closest internet and cash hotspots. Combine these apps with your usual lifesavers (Google Maps, anyone?), and you’re good to go!
Whether you try one or all of these apps, I’m sure you’ll find that they’ll change your holiday (and entire life) for the better.