June is almost here and this means it’s time for a well-deserved mid-year break! While going on a vacation is all about relaxing and exploring the city or town you are at. Thanks to the mundane task of packing your luggage, planning the itinerary and the horrid experience of getting lost at train terminals (especially when you don’t understand the native language), sometimes a holiday gets you more stressed out than ever.
To ensure that this does not happen, here are our top travel app picks to ensure that being lost and bored is the last thing you will be on you next trip!
Pack with PackPoint
Before we get all giggly and excited for the trip, we need to get down to the dreaded packing or the trip. With the app PackPoint, packing can now be a little less of a hassle. This app helps you compile a list of the essentials to bring on your vacation depending on activities you will be participating in.
PackPoint will also let you know of the predicted weather conditions during your visit and you are able to share the packing list with those travelling with you via email, Facebook or other message apps. PS – Do remember to send a copy of the list to yourself too, so that you can have a final check on what is in your bag right before leaving for the airport!
Plan with Trip Advisor
Trip Advisor has got to be one of the most important and reliable apps you must have when on a vacation because it works perfectly online and offline as well. Regular travellers like us rate the best things to do, places to visit or stay and eat in a country. So when it is rated the number one activity to do in say Singapore, it really is!
Aside from just rating and having traveller review their experience, Trip Advisor also recommends places of interest and activities they feel might be of interest to you based on your previous searches. The best feature is that even when you do not have Wi-Fi, you are able to get info on places that you have bookmarked.
Play it Safe with Time Out City Guides
If Trip Advisor doesn’t have what you are looking for, try Time Out City Guides which also has content available offline. While Trip Advisor gives you an overview of the best activities to do as rated by other travellers, Time Out City Guides recommend you places to go, things to see and places to dine at with a rather hipster vibe. It focuses more on what is trending now - like hip cafes, local eateries, arts, nightlife and other activities that will make your trip memorable.
Post with Wi-Fi Finder
The myth is true! If your travel images did not make it on social media, it did not happen. So if you are not planning on getting your hands on a SIM card during the trip, you should get this app pre-installed to help you locate Wi-Fi spots near your current location.
Proceed with Hailo
Heading somewhere and need a cab? Hailo is a simple to use taxi booking app that is now available in more than 20 cities worldwide – These include London, Liverpool, Singapore, Tokyo and Barcelona. Works like magic if you ask us! This app will detect the nearest available drivers around you, gives you an approximate fare and notifies you of an approximate time for.
Go on, give these apps a try so that you can start your holiday on the right foot! Last tip, don’t forget to bring your power bank for juice on-the-go – no one wants to be stuck with a lifeless mobile device!
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / May 12, 2015 4:55PM GMT+8
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