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Secrets To Having An Awesome Trip On A Budget

June
is almost upon us, and many of us are looking forward to travelling overseas
either to scratch another location off our bucket list, or to simply escape the
daily grind for some well-deserved R&R. But, we always worry about the
cost. Coupled with the copious amount of planning the flights, hotels, deciding
what to pack, navigation and many other factors can quickly pile up into a
daunting task that will challenge even veteran travellers.

As
always. Tech Storm has got you covered with a list of mobile apps and travel
gadgets to help you save money, plan and to also enhance your travel experience.

Apps

Hipmunk

Hipmunk, with its creator’s
design philosophy of, “We want you to spend as little time on our site with the
least amount of pain as possible,” is a travel search aggregator website and
app which, differentiates itself by offering search results filtered according
to an “agony” index with factors such as cost, layovers, transfers, cost and
other variables. If your flight on the day you picked is expensive, it will
show a list of cheaper dates to travel. It also includes user reviews of
airlines and hotels and a heat map to indicate your hotel’s proximity to
attractions.

Tripit

Tripit is a travel planning app
that compiles your entire travel itinerary into one convenient location. Once
you link your email address with the app, it will trawl your emails for your
travel plans and automatically updates itself to present you with your itinerary.
Tripit also includes suggested travel times, maps and allows you to share your
travel information with your friends and loved ones.

Image credit: Tripit

HERE Maps

If
you are leery of data roaming charges or buying an overseas sim card,
HERE
Maps
is
an offline maps app that features turn by turn navigation for more than 1,200
towns and cities in more than 100 countries. It also supports navigation based
on mode of transport and even indoor maps for select buildings. 

Image credit: Here
Maps

Expensify

If
you are worried about balancing your finances but still want to enjoy your
holiday,
Expensify will help you to keep track of your travel
expenditure. One of its defining features is Smart Scan which allows the app to
capture and log receipts from your phone camera. The app can also track your
credit card purchases if you permit it to do so. 

Image credit: Expensify

Gadgets

Trunkster

Designed
to create a streamlined travel experience,
Trunkster is a smart luggage constructed
from sturdy aircraft grade aluminium that is impact, drop and water resistant.
It features a zipperless, sturdy, waterproof roll top door to allow easy access
to your belongings, a removable battery with two USB ports, GPS tracking and an
inbuilt digital scale in its handle. 

Image credit: Trunkster

goTenna

If
you are planning to go off the grid or even multiple countries but still need
to remain connected to your travel companions without buying several sim cards,
goTenna could be the solution for you. By
connecting your smartphone to a goTenna by Bluetooth, it will allow you to send
messages to other users with a goTenna within several miles.

Image Credit: goTenna

By
Nicholas Ho / 30 May, 2016 17:30 GMT+8 Singapore

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