Category Archives: travel apps

6hourly App Review – Travel App of the Month November 2016

6hourly app logoMicrostays are all the rage, but how on earth is a weary traveller meant to find a place to rest for a few hours, or simply somewhere to just freshen up? Ah….. with 6hourly! At the moment, the 6hourly app is only available on Android, but the website is there for all to use – so pop a bookmark in your browser!

What is the 6hourly App?

It is the ultra convenient version of the 6hourly website, a booking site for hotels that are happy to have guests stay for just a few hours – without charging for a full 24 hours!

What does 6hourly Do?

Simply pick your city, pick your check-in time, and then how long you would like to stay (6, 12, or 18 hour microstays and 24+ hours, perfect if you are looking to book something last minute), and the search engine will provide a list of lovely places handpicked by the 6hourly team for you to choose from. All hotels are top rated 3, 4 and 5 star places to stay.

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What would make 6hourly better?

Being worldwide! 6hourly is currently only available across 19 cities in India but the good news is they plan to roll out across Asia Pacific, Europe and USA in the near future. A budget hotel option would also be welcomed by the thriftier globetrotting individual.

We think the concept is just fabulous for travellers, especially those who are on longstay adventures, and think it would be welcomed all over the world.

6hourly App Reviews

It is early days for this venture, but initial reviews are more of a thumbs up than a thumbs down. Quick, convenient and simple – exactly what you need when you just want somewhere to stay for a few hours!

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HolidayPirates Review – Travel App Of The Month October 2016

holidaypirates-logoAs we “go to press” HolidayPirates may well be celebrating a major success at The British Travel Awards, having been nominated for The Best Travel Deal Provider Award 2016! Great credentials indeed, but what does that mean for those of us who are interested in the HolidayPirate travel app? Let’s splice the mainbrace and find out…

 

 

What is the HolidayPirates app?

It is the convenient, at the tip of your fingers way of finding some great deals. Flights, hotels and travel packages are researched and compiled on a daily basis, offering travellers hard to find deals. They also publish voucher campaigns too for the extra-thrifty globetrotter!

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What can the HolidayPirates app do?

It can help you find great deals, set travel alerts, and offers advice on finding cheap flights, trains, car rental, hotels and holiday packages.

  • Deals on flights, hotels, cruises, and package holidays
  • Car hire, coach, bus, and train ticket deals
  • Travel alerts to match your dream destinations, travel dates and budget

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Who is the HolidayPirates app for?

Anyone who likes to bag a bargain when it comes to going on holiday! They promise that users can save a lot of money by using the app to book a holiday to their chosen destination. It is also an app for the free-spirited, allowing you to go where the whim of wanderlust takes you.

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What do the HolidayPirates apps reviews say?

The reviews give it the thumbs up, although they are a little out of date. Some of the gripes mentioned by users are no longer relevant after recent updates. It is interesting that users gave 5 stars anyway even when it wasn’t everything they wanted it to be!

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HolidayPirates is available for FREE on the iTunes Store. Find out more about what they do on HolidayPirates.com.

 

Untappd – Discover Beer App Review – Travel App of the Month September 2016

untappd logoIf enjoying a drop or two of the beautiful beverage that is beer on your holiday makes you happy, then you should consider downloading Untappd, a beer discovery app with a social twist!

What Is The Untappd App?

It is a kind of digital beer appreciation society. Craft beers are all the rage right now, so it comes as no surprise that some nifty coders came up with such a fab idea. A bit like Pokemon GO for social drinkers, the app offers users a chance to discover local beers, check in to brew houses, see what beers are trending and find out what other people are drinking. Drink enough of a variety and you could unlock some beer badges to show the world what a connoisseur you have become.

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What does the Untappd App do?

Loads! Here we go…

  • Personalised recommendations
  • Find beers and locations
  • Photograph and rate beers
  • Share your photos and ratings
  • Find beer-drinking buddies
  • Post to all your other social networking places
  • Create your ultimate beer wishlist
  • Badges for trying different styles and drinking in different places

Why is Untappd good as a travel app?

We think it is a fun way to discover a new place, especially if you like beer! Plus, if ale is your elixir, finding the finest local craft beers on holiday will make for some very pleasurable memories indeed. If you really want to go out on a limb, you could use Untappd to create a travel itinerary based on your wishlist and personalised recommendations!

What the Untappd App reviews say

Simple, easy to use, and our favourite review said “Great App, especially for finding beers while traveling and encouraging diversity.” Told you so!

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Golden Hour App Review – Travel App of the Month August 2016

golden hour logoSimple, effective, no need for an internet connection and preloaded with some renowned photographic locations around the world. What more could you ask for in an app for travel photography?

 

 

What is the Golden Hour app?

It is an app that gives essential sunlight data in any part of the world at any time of day to help photographers plan photography shoots in the most favourable light possible. Golden Hour in particular is well known as being the most magical time to take a picture.

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What does the Golden Hour app do?

One of the great things about this app is its simplicity. As such, it does what it says on the tin – tells you the golden hour time.

In addition:

  • Bookmark favourite places
  • View preloaded photographic locations worldwide.
  • Colour coded World Sun Clock display.
  • Rotate your device to get detailed timings on key events of the day.
  • Golden Hour display graph showing the altitude of the sun throughout the day with markers for Sunrise, Sunset and the Golden Hour.
  • Explore any date of the year with the slider or date picker.
  • Fully indexed and searchable list of locations worldwide.
  • Latitude and longitude display plus other useful information such as approximate population and Olsen Timezone.
  • Access to the online geonames database plus location setting via the built in maps.

As a bit of a bonus, the app also features a complete years worth of NASA blue marble satellite images of earth.

What do the Golden Hour app reviews say?

Reviews are mostly five stars, with users stating that it is simple, does what it is meant to do, and is an essential piece of tech for planning a photo shoot, especially when travelling.

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The app is only available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch for £1.99 – get it on iTunes or visit the website to have a pre-purchase play!

Airbnb Review – Travel App of the Month July 2016

airbnb logoThis is for the spontaneous traveller, the holidaymaker that refuses to go home, the adventurer who wants to keep on adventuring… Sure, you can use the Airbnb app to pre-book your holiday accommodation, but using it en-route is the best way to feel its excitement to the fullest.

 

What is the Airbnb app?

It is an accommodation booking app with over 600,000 listings across 191 countries. The accommodation includes, yurts, tree houses, homes, rooms, long term lets… all hosted by local people. So you get to live like a local wherever you are visiting.

What does the Airbnb app do?

The app is useful for those travelling, as well as those hosting. As a traveller you can:

  • Discover and book accommodation via the app
  • Search for last-minute rentals
  • Message your host
  • Get directions to your accommodation
  • Access your itinerary
  • Create a destination wish-list based on accommodation

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Who is the Airbnb app for?

Anyone who needs somewhere to stay for 1 night up to many many nights! Families, groups, you name it. According to a few surveys, once someone has tried Airbnb for accommodation, they don’t go back to booking hotels.

We think the mobile app particularly suits the adventurous traveller who has decided to extend their stay overseas, visiting the places your bookings take you. (Don’t forget we offer travel insurance for people who are already travelling –more on that below!)

What do the Airbnb reviews say?

It seems that the app works better for iphone users than for android users, but Google Play is still giving the Airbnb app a very respectable 4.3 stars out of 5. Get Airbnb for free on iTunes, or Google Play.

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Travel Insurance while you are already travelling

If you are looking to extend your adventure, you won’t just need to find somewhere to stay, you’ll need to make sure you have the right insurance. Here at WorldwideInsure.com we provide cover to suit your plans, over the phone, without you needing to be in your usual country of residence. So, if you are still travelling and want to keep on moving you can buy cover online or over the phone by calling 01892 833338.

Star Walk ™ Review – Travel App of the Month June 2016

starwalker logoWith kid-friendly destinations on this month’s blogging agenda, we thought we should feature a travel app that would keep the little ones entertained. We chose Star Walk ™ because it will also help children engage with their holiday location at the same time.

 

What is Star Walk ™?

Star Walk ™ is an app that allows users to locate and view stars and planets in real time in a night sky map. The interactive map contains over 200,000 celestial bodies accompanied by extensive facts and information.

What can Star Walk ™ do?

Let you travel through time! Yep, as well as show real time info based on your location, Star Walk ™ has a nifty time travel button which allows viewers to see what the night sky in that location looked like in the past, and what it will look like in the future!

This personal planetarium also has a calendar of important star-gazing events so users never miss any interesting events, even when you are back home!

What do the Star Walk ™ reviews say?

That it is a fun and informative app that kids (and adults) of all ages will love. Some reviewers have identified some glitch activity, which most of the time has been sorted by a reinstall, but overall the feedback is really good.

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Trippeo App Review – Travel App of the Month May 2016

Trippeo LOGO – Travel App of the Month May 2016Just two weeks ago we focussed on smart travel tips for business trips, and mentioned that apps were just one way to reduce stress while travelling overseas for work. This inspired us to find the BEST app for business travel – and we found Trippeo!

What is Trippeo?

Trippeo is a mobile-first approach to booking business travel and tracking expenses – automatically! What makes it really great is that it is aimed at company level, so a business can subscribe, and all of their mobile workforce can use the same platform to keep track of itineraries and costs.

What does Trippeo do?

Primarily it offers expense management and travel booking, but its power comes from being customisable and flexible whilst maintaining a solid central admin base. It also has many corporate perks, such as guaranteed lowest flight prices, frequent flyer points, and even personal concierge services.

  • Centralised Administration
  • Supports 150 currencies and taxes
  • Automated Controls and Compliance
  • Fully Customisable and Flexible
  • Integrated Accounting with Quickbooks etc
  • Automatic Expense Reimbursements
  • Photo Receipt Logging
  • Credit Card Sync
  • Auto Email Receipt Logging

Business Travel Savings

  • Pre-negotiated flight rates
  • Frequent Flyer Program
  • Personal Travel Concierge

Corporate Travel Management

  • Autonomy policy control
  • Set Preferred vendors
  • Set and switch company controls

Trippeo is available worldwide for Small Businesses (less than 50 people) and Enterprises (50+ employees) for a small monthly fee. Find out more at Trippeo.com

Need travel insurance for your next business trip? Get an online quote at WorldwideInsure.com or call 01892 833338 to speak to a member of the WorldwideInsure.com team.

PackPoint – Travel App of the Month April 2016

PackPoint Premium logoCan’t decide what to pack? Get an app that will tell you! We have chosen PackPoint as our travel app of the month because it’s smarter than a box of smart phones and tells you exactly what you will need! 

 

 

What is PackPoint?

It is an app that builds you a customised packing list based on where you are going and what you are going to do after finding out a few things about your trip, and the type of traveller you are. Very clever stuff indeed. 

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What does the PackPoint app do?

It asks if you are male or female, where you are going, when you are going, how long you are away for, what activities you plan to do while away, and then it checks the weather to finalise it’s picking power for your trip.

It’ll also tell you how many of each thing to pack based on whether or how often you will be doing laundry and how often you are happy to wear the same clothes twice! You then go through the list and delete or keep the things you are going to pack. You can add new items too.

The resulting list can be shared with friends or family so they can base their packing needs on what the app has worked out for you. Genius.

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What do the PackPoint reviews say?

Users are loving the flexibility of the app and the multiple packing categories – super helpful if you are packing for a family, and a hobby too! It seems to live up to it’s name as an intelligent packing app, and the developers are making useful tweaks based on customer feedback to make the app even more awesome.

Find out more about the app at the PackPoint website or download at Google Play or iTunes.

Stay. Review – Travel App Of The Month March 2016

stay app logoStay.com is a social city guide where enthusiastic and talented local chefs, baristas, and artists share their insider tips on where to go and what to do. Now the intrepid traveller can access all this info, and build customised guides using the Stay. app on a smartphone.

 

 

What does the Stay. app  do?

It provides a quick and easy way to create a “to do” list at your chosen destination. Encompassing an amazing array of activities such as eating, drinking, partying, dancing, shopping, sightseeing, visiting tourist attractions and leisure facilities, it is possible to make sure you don’t miss out on the best a city has to offer – whatever you are into!

• Cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants

• Attractions, sights and landmarks

• Live music, theater and shows

• Fashion, style and shopping

• Art galleries, museums and exhibitions

• Sports, wellness and outdoor activities

You can pick individual elements to create your own customised guide, or you could just follow a guide created by a like-minded individual. If a fan of our recent blog post Find Inner Peace On A Healthy Holiday was holidaying in Helsinki for example, they might like to follow the Health and Mindfulness in Helsinki guide created by Tiina Vainio, the inventor of Sauna Yoga.

  • Create a personal travel guide
  • Collaborate with friends or family to create shared guides
  • Access offline maps with no connection or roaming charges
  • Easily add places you visit during travel, even if you are offline

The app has customisable guides for 150 cities worldwide, so this is very much for the urban traveller. It is also possible to create collaborative guides, which is great if you are travelling in a group and have shared interests.

Other notable features include offline map access, and a sync function that uploads places after you’ve added them offline.

What do the Stay. app  reviews say?

At the top end of the scale users are hailing it a great app with great functionality, and some are rating it better than the TripAdvisor app too. The offline capabilities are a winner and it seems that the mix of info really hits the spot for urban globetrotters.  The users on the other end of the spectrum however have highlighted glitches and bugs, but this may be all sorted now as Stay. had an update late last month. Other comments were about the number of cities featured, but this is obviously an ever-growing platform, so give it time!

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Overall, based on Google play reviews, the majority of users are very happy. As for Apple customers, we’ll need to wait a bit longer to gather enough info after the latest update.

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HappyCow Review – Travel App of the Month Feb 2016

happy cow logoPreviously we shared some essential veggie survival tips just in case you were planning to go to one of the Top 5 Toughest Places to Be Vegetarian (which you may be interested to know were Argentina, Central Asia, Germany, Philippines, and Portugal). Well, blogs like that are a thing of the past thanks to HappyCow – a worldwide vegetarian and vegan restaurant guide available online and in App form!

 

What is HappyCow?

HappyCow is a company dedicated to making healthy, vegetarian, and vegan food easy to find – wherever you are! This includes finding suitable yummy delights at restaurants, bars and cafes as well as shops and delicatessens, all over the world. HappyCow also encourages likeminded people to get together in its own online community.

What does the HappyCow app do?

With the app you can search for a place to get your food using a variety of filters to suit, including an interactive map. You can even organise shops and restaurants with an upcoming trip in mind – what a way to plan a roadtrip… around the food you want to eat! You can also access directions, reviews and the websites of chosen eateries, plus share your own views and photos with other community members. In a nutshell the app offers this:

* Search filters by location, type of food or type of store

* Browse popular cafes or restaurants

* View an interactive map

* Store your favourite places to find your favourite foods

* Plan where to go for food on an upcoming trip

* Get directions, phone numbers, reviews, and website information

* Share your experiences and photos

* Add reviews and advice for your other HappyCow users to find

HappyCow also have a simple mobile version of their website (with fast loading pages) available for those who don’t want to use an app – visit happycow.net/m

happycow screenshot1happycow screenshot 2 What do the HappyCow reviews say?

Easy to use, easy to understand and jam-packed with excellent information provided by the whole HappyCow community – that is the general consensus of the very happy and very large majority of users. To be fair to HappyCow, any negative points that have been raised in app store reviews have been fairly answered and explained, and they are actively using feedback to improve user experience. We think this app is fabulous for all foodies – anyone who likes to embrace a healthy way of living and eating – and an absolute gem for free from meat foodies who like to travel the world!

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