Happy New Year 2023: Top 15 Travel Apps and Websites for last minute travel plans | Euro Trip 2023 | South East Asia 2023 | East Europe Trip | Uk Trip
Technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and it has had a major impact on the way we travel. From booking flights and hotels to navigating unfamiliar cities, technology has made traveling easier and more convenient for people all around the world.
Online Hotel & Fights Booking Websites & Apps
One of the most significant ways technology has improved the travel experience is through the proliferation of online booking platforms. With just a few clicks, travelers can compare prices, find the best deals, and book flights, hotels, and rental cars all from the comfort of their own homes. This has made it much easier for people to plan and book their own trips, rather than relying on travel agents or other intermediaries.
Domestic and International Flights and More
- Scotts cheap flights: This paid app (Free for economy flights) lets you follow airports and it will update you on all the deals available on that Airport, whenever it comes up. The free account allows 5 airports to be tracked.
- Trainline: This app allows you to search for and book trains in most parts of Europe. We found this particularly useful in the UK. The app will store the tickets and have the QR code easily accessible to scan and show authorities.
- Railcard: This is a very useful ‘travel hack’ for when you are in the UK. If you purchase a ‘railcard’ through the app it will save you around 30-50% on UK train trips.
- Ferryhopper: Looking to island hop your way around countries like Greece or Croatia? Ferryhopper allows you to search and book ferry tickets right from your phone.
- Flighty App: Flighty is a new generation travel app, elegantly designed with the passenger top of mind. The app was launched in 2019 by Ryan Jones and a global team of developers. Flighty was named an Editor’s Choice app by Apple within days of launch.
- Skyscanner: Skyscanner is a godsend if you are looking for catching the best deals and book straight away. It was perfect for short flights inside Europe, South-East Asia and even for domestic flights.
- Ryanair App: If you’re heading to Europe, there’s a good chance you will book some of the budget friendly flights on Ryanair. What is important to know is that if you don’t check in online, you may be subject to charged of up to 80 euros! The app is the best way to check in, and allows you to have your boarding pass on your phone.
- Blablacar.in – A Global Carpooling website, makes find rides in new cities easier and cheaper for Solo travelers or even if you are in a group. We have found Blablacar rides available easily in European countries.
- Grab App: Grab is kind of a super app that works well in South East Asian countries. This app can become your Uber, Zomato, BlinkIt and Paytm all in one.
Online Booking for Stay
- Booking.com: This app is perfect to search up accommodation on the go.
- Airbnb: Like booking.com, this App is perfect for booking and managing accommodation on the go.
- HiChee.com – HiChee.com is a price comparison metasearch engine, It will help you find your perfect vacation rental at the best price possible — prices are gathered from major OTA booking sites like Vrbo, Airbnb, and Booking.com.
- TripAdvisor: Check reviews of the places before booking you stay.
GPS and Maps
In addition to booking platforms, technology has also made it easier to navigate unfamiliar destinations. Smartphones and other mobile devices equipped with GPS and mapping software allow travelers to easily find their way around a new city, even if they don’t speak the local language. This can be a lifesaver for travelers who might otherwise get lost or feel overwhelmed in an unfamiliar place.
- Google Maps: Google Maps does not need any introduction however, Incase you are going to be without internet while trekking or before getting a local sim card. Best way to use it is by downloading the maps to be used in offline mode.
- Organic Maps : Organic Maps is a free Android & iOS offline maps app for travelers, tourists, hikers, and cyclists based on top of crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap data. It is a privacy-focused, open-source fork of Maps.me app. Organic Maps is one of a few applications nowadays that supports 100% of features without an active Internet connection.
- RandomWalking – If you are interested in discovering new places on foot, this interesting app will help you explore a new city by walking independently, without guides or organized tours.
Technology has also made it easier for travelers to stay connected while on the go. With the widespread availability of WiFi and mobile data, travelers can easily stay in touch with friends and family, access travel information, and share their experiences online. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have also made it easier for travelers to connect with one another and share tips and recommendations.
- InstaBridge: Instabridge is a Free Wifi Hotspot Community, with apps available for Android and Apple devices. It is great for travellers. Download spots ahead of time and connect when you don’t have Internet.
- WhatsApp: WhatsApp is used globally, and it works on the home number even when you swap out the sim-card on your device to a local sim card. WhatsApp also works best with ‘Data Only’ travel Simard’s for Voice Calls, and Video Calls.
- Telegram/WeChat and others: These messaging apps are popular in South Asia and China as well, incase you are traveling to these place it would be advisable to download and install these apps for communication with the locals.
Local Guides, Discovery and Translation
Another way technology has improved the travel experience is through the development of travel apps. From language translation apps to city guide apps, there is a wide range of apps available that can help travelers make the most of their trip. These apps can provide information on local attractions, help travelers find the best restaurants and bars, and even provide directions to the nearest public restroom.
- Wikivoyage – Oh this is a hidden gem! If you did not know about WikiVoyage, you are in for a treat. This is a wikipedia for worldwide travellers, edited by travellers. This website has been instrumental in helping us find what to eat, where to go etc in Europe, SE-Asia and other parts of the world.
- AtlasObscura – Another guide to discover hidden attractions and cool sight seeing places all over the world.
Finally, technology has also made it easier for travelers to stay safe and secure while on the go. With the proliferation of travel insurance policies and apps that allow travelers to track their luggage, it is easier than ever for people to protect themselves and their belongings while traveling.
In conclusion, technology has had a major impact on the way we travel, making it easier and more convenient than ever before. From booking platforms and navigation tools to travel apps and security measures, technology has helped make travel more accessible and enjoyable for people around the world.