We know that the vast world of mobile apps virtually offers one (or more) for each purpose, however, when traveling getting our smartphone flooded with dozens of apps with similar functions can be impractical and cumbersome rather than opt for those that offer the best features. That is why in No Luggage we have created a select list of seven (like the lucky number) “essential” applications for your trips, all available for iOS and Android, so you have everything you need in the palm of your hand. Let us begin!
In order to respond to our desire of providing solutions to make your trip easier and pleasant we will start this list with a digital tool that will make you live your travels in a different way: the No-Luggage app. With this application you can efficiently manage our luggage shuttle service from / to the airport and AVE train station in such a simple way that will make you question the ease with which you traveled so far. Its interface lets you make your service reservations for dates and times of your convenience and track at all times of your bags. Download it on Google Play and live your next trip as you’ve never done before. Soon available for iOS!
The first step and one that can take longer in your planning stage is related to the flight tickets. Getting the best price can be a difficult task so we recommend you to preserve your energies and download Skyscanner. This application not only makes an exhaustive search for detailed fares by airline and destination, but also offers a list of days and times when you can get the best prices.
Once you have chosen your destination, the following step would be organize everything to avoid anxiety and excitement play you bad tricks. That is why TripIt work as a personal assistant that lets you sync all your itineraries, hotel bookings, bus tickets and event information relevant to your trip, on the inbox of the app so you don’t miss a thing. This is one of those vital apps that make the difference on your journey.
Gone are the days of keeping restaurants or places recommendations from friends and relatives in a note book, for any stage of the trip the best counselor you can trust is called Trip Advisor. This app has become a sort of interactive encyclopedia where you can get endless options to visit ranging from entertainment venues such as restaurants and museums to hotels and holiday apartments, all identified with a highly nourished ranking of recommendations with photos and comments actually generated by a huge community of travelers around the world (instead of being mislead with the pictures placed by some establishments only to sell).
Google Maps (offline maps)
It seems obvious, but we couldn’t miss Google Maps as one of the essential apps for your trip. Regardless of your destination, this app will be your guide at all times. With every update more information is included to help you find addresses easyly. We recommend downloading the map of the city you are visiting so you can access offline and forget about using your roaming and tracking down WiFi connections throughout the city.
There is nothing worse than not being able to communicate in the country you choose to go on vacation, which is why the following recommendation is Google Translate. This app may come in handy on those moments where you find yourself unable to communicate with anybody, although it may the results not always be as accurate as you expect, surely you will be able, for example, to make an order on a restaurant with no problem. In addition to the familiar features, this app can translate text from a picture taking with your phone camera or directly by voice, even offers the possibility to download the language pack you choose to not rely on Internet connections for use.
Because it is always important to have information of foreign exchange at hand, we recommend using the well-known XE Currency, this application provides you change information instantly updated whenever you have an internet connection, if you don’t, you will not have problems because you always can synchronize it using the hotel WiFi before heading out to explore the city to have the information fully updated and forget about using you phone data to connect.