Travel App - Traveling Apps -LifeHack Apps Part:-1
Hello friends, I hope all of you guys are healthy and happy. As COVID-19 pandemic is going on, everyone’s visit has almost stopped, many of my friends commented / DM to me and asked if I use any app during travel, so I thought why not make a Travel apps,Traveling Apps, Life hack apps blog on this topic so that you can get some convenience during your travel.
That is why I am going to start a new series from today, in which I will tell you about the travel apps (traveling apps, Life hack Apps) i use. Here I will try my best to give you the honest review of the apps.
App in the Air
The name of the first apps that comes in my list is Couch surfing, before using this app, it is essential to understand what couch surfing is, although Couch surfing is not as popular in India as it is in the western countries. The underlying meaning of Couch surfing is when a person rents a portion of their house for rent; in this method, the guest gets a chance to live with a family and gets an excellent opportunity to interact with that country’s people. Some people also make their living through couch surfing and are the best option for a backpacker.
Now let’s talk about the features of couch surfing app:-
Through this app, you can book a room on any date, and you get a chance to live with a family abroad. With this app, you can search for verified hosts. You can make direct contact with the host, and sometimes you can stay with the host for free.
Now the question is:- is there any benefit of having a verified profile. If your profile is verified, it does not mean that any host will be ready to give you a room, whenever a request comes to the host, the host first checks your profile, sees your review activity, it is only after seeing everything that the host decides whether to give you room or not. One of the benefits of a verified profile is that if you have to message more than ten people at once, you can do it in a week, but you have limitations in free profiles.
I mostly use Couch surfing in my tips. I think this is an excellent option for me. Because of Couch surfing, I can travel like a local, and I also get many useful advisors through my host like what are the best items found in the area, the main attractions nearby, information about transportation, and the city’s rules and regulations, and the most significant benefit is that you get a good friend who guides you abroad. When the host and guest become good understanding, they also provide them free stay and food. But it all depends on the mutual understating of both of you. You can book apartments, beach houses, bungalows, and cave rooms for a meager price through Couch surfing.
Pros & Cons
Pro: Amazing Local Experiences
Con: Too Many Experiences & No Personal Space
Whenever we make a trip plan, the biggest challenge is air tickets. If our travel is within India, then there is no problem with air tickets, but when it comes to international travel, air tickets are essential. If you plan your journey wisely, you can save a lot of money, that’s why my request to all of you is to book your air tickets for whatever trip plan you make, at least two or three months in advance. You can get a good discount. Now it comes to whom and how to book tickets, so for this, there are many apps in the market today who are giving us these facilities, one of them is the name of Skyscanner. It helps you to book tickets that are in the lowest price by compiling data from many websites. Through this app, you can book round tickets, break journeys, or multi-city tickets of any country. It also sends you price alerts from time to time, which makes it easier for you to get your tickets. And sometimes it also tells you some special place which usually does not mention any other portal. The interface of this app is straightforward, and you can use it without any problem. This app is available for Android and iOS. It is a free app, and you can save a lot of money by using it. Now Skyscanner has also started hotel booking, and if you book both hotel and flight with this app, then you can get some extra discount as well.
Sky scanner does not sell air tickets; it consolidates the data of booking sites and shows it to the user, and helps you to book air tickets at the chip price. Even nowadays, the market is manipulated through Skyscanner. If you search the air ticket for the same place, again and again, the Skyscanner’s algorithm comes to know that this ticket has to be booked from your IP address or user name, and maybe airfare will be manipulated. Whenever you want to book an air ticket for a destination, always search for tickets by turning on the Incognito Mode in Chrome browser, or private mode in Firefox (Only For Web Search) , so that the vendor does not know the information about the place and date and manipulation will not be possible in the air fare.
App in the Air
As I am a frequent traveler, I needed many apps to maintain my travel statics, such as how many miles I have flown, which country and which itineraries I need, all of them. I used so many apps. But since I found the App in the air, it solved all my problems. It has become my favorite App. Through this App, I can maintain all my travel statics in one place.
If you are a premium subscriber of the app in the air, then this app gives you real-time information of your upcoming flight, gate number, flight delay or any flight cancellation.
The Gate Number Alert of this app has helped me a lot in many places. It happens many times that I used to get very late at the airport due to traffic and, find the gate number or wait on the notice board, and this is a time-consuming job. But with the help of this app, I keep getting update time to time, which reduces my considerable burden.
Through this app, you can manage your travel itineraries, boarding passes, your seat number etc in one place. You can also access it very quickly at any time. In some countries, this app will give you information about waiting time for Check-in, Security or Custom Checking as well.
When you landed at any airport, it will provide you with information related to that airport like ATM, coffee machine.
Once you create your account on App in The Air, it automatically updates the upcoming flights from your email, or you can also add manually.
App in the Air Features
Automated Online Check-in
History of Flights
Checklist and Notes
Tips about Airports
Another great feature of this app is, whenever you laded in a country, it also provides you information of nearby traveler, if you are a little social then you can contact nearby traveler, and you will find out a suitable travel fellow as well.
Whenever we go to an unknown country, Language is the biggest problem over there, and if we are in a country where English is less spoken and understood then, it becomes even more difficult. Such as China where English is not spoken, it is very difficult to go to these countries and explain it.
Due to the Language barrier, many problems can also be faced in many places, keeping this in mind, Google developed this amazing app, which is proving very helpful for the traveler today. I have been using Google Translate continuously for many years, and this has made my travel very easy.
Earlier, when I used to go to China on my business trip, I had to hire a translator there who used to charge 4000 – 5000 INR for daily. When i heard about Google Translate, my all problems are gone, and my work gets done very comfortably with Google Translate, although Google Translate is banned in China; still, you can use it easily through VPN. With the help of Google Translate, you can also scan the signboard on the road, the ingredients written on the product box, and read in English.
After the language barrier, the second biggest problem we face abroad is a navigation problem. Which route should we take, which route will get less traffic, or what are the attractions on the route, Maps.me is a one-stop solution of all these problems.
Although many navigation applications are available in the market, the most amazing feature of Maps. Me is that it provides complete offline maps. It means once you download the map, you do not need the internet to access it.
Maps.me can download the map of any country and save it in compressed form, and when you have to use it you can do it very easily, and it keeps updating once or twice in the month.
Through this app, you can visit find out hotels, grocery stores, petrol pumps, shopping stores etc. Apart from this, which police station is near your location, where is the pharmacy, toilet or post, all this information provides you with your pinch.
This app is also covering the typical foot and bicycle paths, hiking, trail path etc. Another good feature of this is app is offline searching. Through this, we can search so many things without any internet connection with great accuracy.
With OpenStreetMap enables the user to search by name, address, category, coordinates.
Category wise searching is very useful at that time when we have to search for ATM, pharmacy etc. near our location. A few months back, Maps.me added a new feature which avoids misspelling typing errors and gives the exact result. Now we can also do a smart search.
Maps.me give us turn by turn directions like other navigation apps along with it also gives us the fastest route, hills, tolls, traffic etc.
Another good feature of this is that during navigation, we can turn on the speed camera so that you can have the idea of our actual driving speed.
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to be continued….