Category Archives: travel apps

App in the Air – Travel App of the Month December 2019

app in the air app reviewAnything that takes the stress out of travel is a winner, especially at airports! Check out this app, which is more like a pocket PA, for passing through airports with ease.

What is App in the Air?

It’s a personal flying assistant for managing every aspect of your aeroplane travel, combing a host of features that will make sure you are on time, at the right gate, and in the know about facilities at the airport.

What does the App in the Air app do?

Loads! Including the power to turn what could be tedious travel into a game.

  • Luggage scanning feature to make sure all personal, cabin and drop-off luggage bags are within the size requirements
  • Real-time updates on security wait times
  • SMS updates for use offline, and to avoid data roaming
  • Information on where to get the best free Wi-Fi
  • Where to find the fastest check-in counters
  • Find phone charging points and plug sockets
  • Track your itinerary
  • File boarding passes
  • Connect with frequent flier programmes
  • Weather information at your destination
  • Record expenses
  • AR globe for visualising previous trips
  • Profile setup that logs your globetrotting and even places you on a worldwide leaderboard

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Who is App in the Air for?

Frequent travellers are going to get the most value from this app. Basically anyone who lives out of a suitcase, whether it is for business or pleasure.

What do the App in the Air reviews say?

It’s getting great average reviews, even though there are reports of a few glitches here and there. The support team are ultra-responsive so it looks like this app is going to get better and better as time goes on.

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Wi-Fi Map App Review – Travel App of the Month November 2019

Wi-Fi Map App reviewFed up of buying a coffee just for a Wi-Fi code every time you are trying to avoid a data roaming charge? Fret no more; this app could save you a small fortune!

What is the Wi-Fi Map App?

It is exactly that – a map of all the Wi-Fi hotspots near you with the passwords needed to gain access. It uses crowd-sourced information, so gets better as more people use the app.

What does the Wi-Fi Map App do?

It shows you where the hotspots are – download the offline maps while you have Wi-Fi to ensure you don’t incur roaming charges – and allows you to add any new ones that you find for other travellers to make use of. The app also has the following features:

  • Unlimited secure VPN
  • Social media sharing

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Who is the Wi-Fi Map App For?

Anyone, anywhere who is trying to keep his or her data costs down! This is especially useful if you are on holiday and trying to avoid roaming charges.

What do theWi-Fi Map App reviews say?

There are some usability issues, especially when trying to use the free version. Some users are saying that they can’t access it without signing up to the ad-free subscription. The developers have come back with the following fix: “You can use the Free version of Wi-Fi Map. When you run the application, tap “CLOSE” on the welcome screen of the app.” Having said that, the feedback for the app is significantly better on iTunes than it is on GooglePlay.

Top tip – refresh your app often for the most up-to-date crowd-sourced results!

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Dark Sky App Review – Travel App of the Month October 2019

dark sky app reviewIf you’re the kind of person who wants to pinpoint the best weather wherever you go, get a load of Dark Sky!

What is the Dark Sky App?

Dark Sky is a hyper-local weather genie with minute-by-minute meteorological updates! It’s also potentially the most accurate weather app going.

What does the Dark Sky App do?

 It gives minute-by-minute weather updates in your EXACT area, and hour-by-hour forecasts for the rest of the day and over the week. The technology used for this magical weather prediction is also used to power super-smooth radar animations so users can see how the weather fronts are moving.

The app also has the following features:

  • Push notifications for severe warnings.
  • A widget so you can see forecasts at-a-glance from your homescreen.
  • Time machine function to explore past weather and upcoming predictions.

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Why is the Dark Sky App good for travelling?

We think this technology makes it the ideal app abroad, especially if you are planning any extreme adventures. Knowing that a torrential downpour is going to strike halfway through a canyon hike could potentially allow you to make a life-saving decision about when to head off. Likewise, if you simply want to find a secluded, sunny cove to relax for the afternoon, knowing which side of the headland to pick could make a big difference to your day.

What do the Dark Sky App reviews say?

 You don’t have to just save it for holidays. This app is just as useful at home – deciding when to go for that bike ride, for example – as it is when you’re away. Also, well worth the £3.99 asking price.

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what3words App Review – Travel App of the Month September 2019

what3words app travel app reviewIf you like to travel off the beaten track, it can be easy to a) get lost and b) difficult to meet up with people. In fact, in an unfamiliar destination you probably don’t have to go far off the beaten track to get lost or lose friends! Thankfully there is a novel way to pinpoint your EXACT location and share it, anywhere in the world!

What is the what3words App?

This app is essentially a map of the world, dividing the planet into a series of 3mx3m squares (that’s 57 trillion squares!) and each with a unique three-word address! For example: the entrance to the Taj Mahal is at straddled.sprayer.sponsors; the best place to take a photo at Gulfoss waterfall in Iceland is decode.delirious.abdomens; and the Queen’s residence is fence.gross.bats.

What does thewhat3words App do?

The app gives what the developers describe as a “simple and accurate way to talk about location”. Not only are the unique addresses easier to remember than any other location identifying technique, but they are also more accurate, more reliable, and can also be used in 35+ languages. The addresses can also be easily shared, saved, and navigated to.

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what3words app travel app review

What makes the what3words App a great travel app?

Many places in the world don’t have an address, or have an inaccurate address, and even in modern cities the traditional address system can just get it wrong. What3words makes it easier to meet up with friends, discover and tell others about amazing places, and explore the world without getting lost.” This makes it as easy to hook up with friends, tour guides etc in a specific yet remote patch of the Sahara Desert (Erg Chebbi Dunes anyone? Meet you at regroup.warranting.costume!) as it is at the Louvre (seasons.sharper.scan), and you can even find your tent in a field at the Burning Man festival using this app. Lonely Planet is also using the system to pinpoint points of interest in remote locations such as Mongolia.

The icing on the cake for us though is that it can be used offline, and its technology has been saving lives. If you’re lost abroad – on a hike, in an unfamiliar town, up a mountain, anywhere at all – you can tell friends, family, your guides, emergency services your what3words location.

What do the what3words App reviews say?

People are loving it, not just for travel either. This is one app you could download for your next adventure and not want to delete once you are back.

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Skyscanner App Review – Travel App of the Month August 2019

skyscanner travel app review logoCheap flights, alerts on upcoming deals, no booking fees… it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not – welcome to a flight, hotel, and car hire app that is used by more than 70 millionpeople worldwide!

 

What is the Skyscanner App?

It’s a portal that promises to make finding and booking your holiday, or various parts of your holiday, really easy. It covers flights, hotels, and car hire, and is known for presenting some of the best deals going. It’s also a wonderful tool for tracking prices, with a handy alert if what you are looking for comes up at a bargainous price!

What does the Skyscanner App do?

  • Connects you with best deals on flights, hotels, hostels, apartments, resorts, and car hire
  • Lets you book your whole trip in the one app
  • Suggests activities for your destination
  • Provides travel inspiration with an “explore” feature
  • Shows price comparisons between hotel, flight, and car hire providers
  • Has a custom search function
  • Has a loyalty option in profile for collecting miles

All with no booking fees, sweeeeet!

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skyscanner travel app review

Who is the Skyscanner App for?

Its multifaceted functions means that it ticks the box for just about everyone who is looking for a deal, but it is those who like to travel often that will probably get the most benefit – especially the tracking feature for securing the best prices on flights, and insights on the cheapest times to travel.

What do the Skyscanner App Reviews say?

The fact that 70 million people are using this app says it all. Sure, there are a few glitches here and there, and some features that people would like to see added, but the app certainly seems to do what it says and is well maintained!

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Tripcast App Review – Travel App of the Month July 2019

tripcast logo Don’t want to lose best bits of your travel adventures in your social stream? Get a digital travel journal! It’s a great way to document the places you’ve been and keep family and friends in the loop too. 

What is the Tripcast App?

It is billed as a living journal for your friends back home, designed to document travels with ease. Compared to the likes of Facebook and Instagram Tripcast provides an ego-free platform for choosing to share with your nearest and dearest, and of course building an awesome travel journal for posterity while you’re at it.

What does the Tripcast App do?

It allows real time updates of images and notes. It can be linked to other users, so great if you are travelling in a group, and it allows you to put everyone’s posts in one album. The only people who can view it are those you invite – so you are free from the prying eyes of the public masses or your 10,000 social media friends. Those you invite can comment and ‘like’ on any post made and can interact through the website. Lastly, the app automatically tags the location, so you can later view posts by where rather than when and download the whole lot when you get back home.

 

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Who is the Tripcast App for?

This app is really great for young adults going off on their first solo trip, or on a backpacking adventure with mates, because it will help parents trying not to feel nervous feel connected. Obviously, the kids want to share their amazing time with the folks back home, but they will also like the fact they don’t have to check in every 15 minutes to let the folks know they are safe!

 What do the Tripcast App reviews say?

All in all, lots of praise for this app and it’s simplicity. iPhone users are definitely happier with how the app works for them, but it appears that the developers have ironed out a range of issues that were affecting Android users, so maybe there will be better reviews from the Android crew soon. The app is free, so definitely worth giving it a try!

 

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Packr App Review – Travel App of the Month June 2019

packr travel appTake the stress out of travelling by using an app that has your back when it comes to packing and links with TripIt for the ultimate travel companion combo.

What is Packr?

Packr is a well-thought out packing checklist that will ensure you have the right things you need in your suitcase based on what you like to do, and the sort of weather you’ll be expecting at your destination.

What does the Packr app do?

It generates automated checklists based on your destination, weather and types of activities you’ll be doing and adds quantities of each item based on the length of your stay.

  • Automated Lists
  • Tailor Made Lists
  • Multiple Destination Trips
  • Weather Forecast Driven Lists
  • Family Packing Function
  • Connects To TripIt
  • Learns From Each Trip How You Like To Organise Lists

The lists can be edited and customised, and you can create your own custom lists too, perfect for times when the pre-defined activities don’t match your plans! Packr also synchronises with your TripIt app, can be shared, printed, and used across multiple devices!

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packr travel app

Who is the Packr app for?

The app caters for families with its multiple traveller mode, backpackers with its multiple destination function, and the fastidious traveller with its customisable features.

What do the Packr app reviews say?

Pay for the pro version! While the free version is great, the small one-off payment is great value for money as it unlocks the real gems that make this customisable tool truly flexible for everyone’s needs.

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Rome2rio App Review – Travel App of the Month May 2019

Get from A to B anywhere in the world with what is essentially the knowledge of a local guide in your smartphone. This app promises to show you the best options available from your front door, hotel, hostel… to your chosen destination by plane, train, bus, ferry and car.

 

 

What is the Rome2rio app?

It’s a transport search engine that even works for remote locations, finding the best routes between point A and point B and displaying a list of options for the traveller to choose from.

What does the Rome2rio app do?

Rome2rio displays travel options, along with estimated prices and durations, accommodation should you need it and handy tips on things to do in those areas. It also provides booking details, so you can essentially plan your entire trip from this one app!

Who is the Rome2rio app for?

While this app is useful to anyone travelling from A to B, it is exceptionally useful for the spontaneous traveller. Whether you are backpacking and have yet to decide on where you’ll end up next, or you feel the sudden urge to go see a landmark on the horizon, this app makes it easy.

What do the Rome2rio app reviews say?

It seems that the iPhone and iPad users are happier with the app than android users – and one of the best features is being able to compare prices of the transport options available. A nine-hour bus journey for £30 suddenly becomes appealing when it is £300 cheaper than a two-hour flight! Should you find that the app doesn’t float your boat, Rome2rio also has a highly rated website you could use instead.

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Komoot App Review – Travel App of The Month April 2019

Our calorie-burning bucket list inspired us to find an app that could stand up to an adventurous itinerary. Et voila! They say there is an app for everything – this one is designed to generate sport-specific topographic routes that can be navigated even in offline mode!

What is the Komoot App?

It is an app that enables you to plan a route based on how you plan to tackle it, e.g. mountain bike, road bike, hike etc. You can detail your route down to the finest point and even create a plan based on preferences such as silent trails, smooth-as-silk asphalt, traversing scree and the like. Finally, it gives audio navigation so you don’t have to take your eyes off the inevitably wonderful surroundings you have chosen to be in.

What does the Komoot App do?

  • Route plan to the inch.
  • Select route type, surface, and elevation.
  • Verbal navigation en-route.
  • Offline navigation capability.
  • View popular segments on your route including view points and places to get refreshments.
  • Track adventures and upload images for personal collection or to share with the Komoot community.

Who is the Komoot App for?

Adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts! Obviously, it is great for activity holidays and challenges, but it still serves as a useful app back at home. If you are planning on a long stay adventure, this app will be an awesome way to track and treasure your adventure of a lifetime.

What do the Komoot App reviews say?

The ratings are pretty good, some are saying that the UI is a bit clunky, but it seems that the Komoot development team have recently address the usability issues.

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Roadtrippers App Review – Travel App of the Month March 2019

Want to explore off the beaten path, but with some guidance? You won’t miss any of those “must-see” gems with the Roadtripper App, designed to take you on amazing detours to discover fascinating places en-route!

What is the Roadtrippers App?

It’s an app designed for adventure! Road trippers in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand can use the app to plan a road trip, and then intuitively navigate that route based on fascinating detours to amazing places on the way.

What does the Roadtrippers App do?

It’ll probably unleash your inner explorer! You can filter and layer multiple categories according to your ideals, to create a trip totally unique to your tastes. Scenic spots near bars that serve craft ale? Hotels near vintage vehicle museums? Glamping near glaciers? Hot wings pit-stops only?  You can also save itineraries, share it with friends and allow others to add suggestions to the trip.

 

Who is the Roadtrippers App for?

Anyone who wants to experience spontaneous adventure (without the uncertainty) and for those who want to make the most of a road trip of a lifetime without missing something they probably didn’t even know existed.

What do the Roadtrippers App Reviews Say?

“I love the method of finding hidden treasures along my route. Makes the journey fun! Glad to have this app along for the drive!”sums it up pretty well. The feedback is marginally better from iOS users than android, but all in all, a fun way to take a detour, and a delightful way to plan a road trip. With any luck they’ll roll it out for use in more countries!

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