Top 5 free apps for travel aficionados

Love to travel?Looking for something that can simplify your travel plans? Well, with a wide variety of travel apps available, you can now boast about your own personal travel assistant, one that will not only eliminate your travel travails, but also find the best deals on flights, trains, holiday packages and hotels. Here are the top 5 free travel apps that will help you transform your journeys into memorable experiences, all while saving both time and money.

Hopper (Hopper Inc.) – Utilizing its advanced inbuilt algorithm, Hopper can predict the best time to book a flight ticket on a given route. It continuously scans billions of airfares daily and will inform you as soon as the price of a specific ticket falls below its historic average. You can then immediately buy that flight ticket. One of the interesting features of Hopper is its ‘color-coded calendar’, which points out to the cheapest dates in a month, as relevant to the price of flight tickets on a given route. You can also try the ‘Watch a Flight’ feature, which sends a push notification, as soon as prices on a certain route bottom out.

TripAdvisor (TripAdvisor) – With more than 225 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor has become a hugely popular crowdsourced platform, one that you can always rely on to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever you go. You can check out videos and photos uploaded by travellers; explore restaurants by food type, price range, and rating; compare airfares and find great deals; and use the forum section to get answers to your travel related questions.

Airbnb (Airbnb, Inc.) – This can help you find the best place to stay with options ranging from legendary properties, castles, vacation homes, apartments, vans, yurts, and watchtowers. With more than 450,000 listings across 34,000 cities, you can easily find your one-of-a-kind accommodation and book directly from your mobile device. The app allows you to locate last-minute accommodations around the globe, find long-term sublets, manage your itinerary, talk to your host, and get directions to reach your chosen destination.

Google Translate (Google Inc.) – This is a must have if you are planning to explore the far corners of planet Earth. No more waving hands and making vague gestures to strangers on a strange land. Just activate the automatic speech translation, and you will immediately have the output in the language you understand. The app supports typed translation in 90 languages and automatic speech translation in 40 languages. Further, you can use your camera to translate text instantly in 26 languages. You can also download language packs in case you are travelling to a remote place where internetconnectivity may be slow orunavailable.

Skype (Skype) – When travelling to international locations, keeping in touch with your family, friends, and colleagues can become a costly affair. Your cellphone carrier can make a killing when it comes to charging you for international calls. Skype offers a great alternative via instant messaging, and voice and video calls. These services are free between people with Skype accounts and just around 2 cents a minute in case you are connecting to someone who does not have a Skype account and is using a standard cellphone or landline.

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