Traveling is always an adventure. Anything longer than a trip across town with family or friends requires some strategic planning to keep everyone connected, entertained, and organized. In the mix of activities like traveling within a city, itineraries, flight booking and of course actually talking, apps can be super helpful when you’re traveling in a car or a plane.
Whether you want to communicate in a group, current location tracking, or know the weather before you embark on your next destination, check out these apps to find what works best for your travel this year.
For calling within the group: Rebtel
Skype and WhatsApp will always be staples when it comes to international calling and messaging, but a Wi-Fi connection is needed to use them. Since internet in the other country may not be available everywhere during your travel, or it can be expensive. So to make cheap calls around the world without the internet (or faffing around with phone cards), Rebtel is the app to choose. By “hijacking” local phone lines, it gets the best available calling rates. The app was launched earlier this year and it is currently offering a “Rebel calling” deal, which means friends or family can be called for free if they are also using the app. The app is available for both Android and iPhone.
For Itineraries: Google Trips
If you are the kind of person who prepares for every trip by getting a manila folder and filling it with every bit of your travel itinerary, then Google Trips is like that folder, but without the annoyance of maintaining a tatty pile of paper printouts. This app serves as a trip planner and travel guide for anyone who is exploring a new place. The app gathers all your travel information from Gmail and Inbox and organizes it automatically. It also maps out half-day or day itineraries, with suggestions of things to see or do. Best of all, it works entirely offline, so you don’t need to worry about arriving in a new country and having to find a Wi-Fi spot before you can find out where you’re going.
Cellphone tracker app for GPS tracking: Xnspy
When you are traveling in groups or with family, you would always want to track your group members to know where their whereabouts. But to make sure they are not lost during the travel you should use a GPS tracker app. Xnspy is a cellphone tracker app that tells you the exact location of any person during the travel. This app has multiple location monitoring features that can not only help the user during the travel but can also be helpful for the parents whose kids are leaving for a foreign trip.
Even if the target person does not have the internet facility it will keep recording their location and once the phone is connected to the internet it will update detail of all the locations visited in the form of location log.
Similarly, when teens embark on a trip the parents are always concerned about them visiting certain places. So even if you have forbidden certain places for your children to travel, you can set virtual boundaries around those geographic areas and if your teen enters those locations, its current location tracking feature will alert you about it. The Xnspy app is compatible with both, Android and iOS devices.
For Weather Forecasts: Accuweather
Once you have left the jurisdiction of the good old Met Office, you will need to find a wider-reaching weather report source. While traveling to a new country or a different landscape, the weather can sometimes be really harsh and it can end up ruining your whole plan. For international weather forecasting, Accuweather tops the charts. The website and app, which provides services in over 100 languages, is used by around 1.5 billion people and offers everything from general long-term forecasts to minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts hyperlocalized to your exact address. The detail is prodigious – you’ll never be caught without an umbrella or suncream again.
For meeting new people: Tinder
You have probably heard of this app, but if you want to date/hook up/be swept off your feet by a wine-drenched local poet who can “show you the real Paris”, then Tinder is a winner. The original swipe left/swipe right dating app – which is used by around 50 million people around the world each month – beats by far any of the dating apps that have attempted to capture the travel market. These include travel “companion, partner and buddy” app TourBar, which seems oriented towards those seeking sugar daddies, and apps like MileHi, AirDates, and Wingman, which aim to encourage in-flight dating. Unless you want to star in the movie Creeps on a Plane, when trying online dating abroad we suggest sticking to the classics.
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