The whole point of a vacation is to relieve stress and worry, but planning a getaway can be just as stressful as a bad day at the office. Getting the best price, arranging flights and accommodation, as well as the getting to and from the airport, can all take time and a great deal of head scratching to arrange, so any technology that can make this easier has to be welcome.
Of course, there are literally thousands of travel apps available, so the key is finding the ones that satisfy every user’s needs. Mobile applications for travel rarely service just one function these days, as they did when apps first appeared. Many mobile apps now have integrated social media links and feature reward systems, with people being able to track the number of reward points they have accumulated. In terms of look, app design has become less cluttered, to have a better visual appeal.
Packing has to be one of the biggest headaches when it comes to taking a vacation, but the Packing Pro app can help you to pack sensibly. All you have to do is tell the app your holiday destination, how long you will be staying and who you are going with, and it will provide you with a list of what to pack, all cleverly divided up into essentials and optional items, so you need never again pack what you do not need.
Every country has a different idea of etiquette, so if you are unsure of the right tip to leave when in Turkey or in Tokyo, the Tipulator app will tell you. This app takes the mathematical guesswork out of the equation and will help you to determine who pays what when checks need to be split, and also the right percentage of tip to leave depending on which country you are in. You need never be embarrassed about your tipping again.
No one goes on vacation expecting to become ill, or to require the help of the local emergency services, but accidents and emergencies do happen and the TravelSafe Pro app can help you deal with them. This very handy app features a database of practically every country’s emergency numbers, as well as contact details for embassies. This is an app you hope you will never have to use, but one that is definitely worth having on your smartphone.
While you can probably have a perfectly good vacation without even looking at an app, there is no denying that apps can make your holiday experience that much more enjoyable, providing you with information regarding the area that you might not otherwise discover.
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Article written by Cheryl S.