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Borrow A Boat Review – Travel App of the Month July 2018

Fancy chartering a boat at the drop of a hat on your next holiday? Well, a new app, from the only peer-to-peer charter company in the UK is offering flexible bookings on over 17,000 boats in over 60 countries across the world.

What is Borrow A Boat?

It is an online booking portal where people who own (often underused) boats hire them out to people looking for adventure experiences. The aim of the founder was to open up boating adventures to more people, and at the same time offer those who own a boat a way of getting some of the costs of ownership back.

Boats can come with skippers on board if required, which means that you also don’t need to have sailing experience to enjoy a random adventure!

What does the Borrow A Boat app do?

It makes it super simple to charter a boat wherever you are. The app puts the following at your fingertips:

  • Find boats near you
  • Search and filter based on your requirements
  • Contact boat owners
  • Book online
  • Review past trips
  • Create wishlists of your favourite boats
  • Share boats with friends

There is a choice of Bareboat and skippered charterson sailing boats, gulets, motor boats, catamarans, canal boats, river boats, narrow boats, picnic boats, super yachts, sailing yachts, speed boats, and trimarans.

What makes the Borrow A Boat app so good for travelling?

It puts a luxury lifestyle experience in your hands at your destination. It can also be the reason for choosing to visit a special part of the world. Ultimately, it is a cost-effective way to live the high life whether you have experience sailing or not.

“This app will revolutionize the charter market by opening up access to boats, which we see parked in marinas the world over, almost always under-used. People will be able to take this app on holiday with them or use from the comfort of their own home, and be able to access boats from the palm of their hand in an instant, without the burden of ownership!” CEO Matt Ovenden

What do the Borrow A Boat app reviews say?

This app is brand spanking new, so no reviews yet. However, the company has been in action since 2016 and has an excellent Trustpilot score with the following comments as standard:

  • “Amazing Company & Service”
  • “Amazing, easy & speedy service – especially for a first time boater!!!”
  • “Brilliantly organised & would highly recommend.”
  • “Cheaper than hiring directly with the charter owner.”

Only available on iTunes

UV Lens App Review – Travel App of the Month June 2018

After sharing our top tips on safe tanning, we thought this simple to use, and free UV awareness app should get some exposure!

What is the UV Lens App?

It is a simple app that can predict the UV levels anywhere in the world, and also give personalised advice about staying safe in the sun based on a skin type quiz.

What can the UV Lens App do?

As well as letting you know how strong those rays might be at any given time, the app can be personalised to your skin type, allowing users to enable reminders to apply more sun cream based on the strength of the sun and their skin. It also gives a nudge as to whether sunglasses, hats, full clothing, or parasols need to be used. It has an extended forecast so it can be used to prepare for the day ahead too.

 

Why is the UV Lens App good for holidays?

This is a useful app to have for the British summer when it’s easy to underestimate the strength of the sun, but on a hot holiday it comes into its own. This app has the power to prevent sunburn disasters that are so common in the first few days of a sunny break abroad. It’s a great way of reminding and educating holidaymakers about how strong the sun can be, and a gentle nudge to exercise a bit of self-care with the right SPF.

What do the UV Lens App reviews say?

Users like its simplicity, and its levels of personalisation. On the downside, users would like to see more accurate real-time UV updates, and a longer forecast spell.

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Simple Habit App Review – Travel App Of The Month May 2018

Following on from our blog that shares the secrets to achieving a zen-like experience when travelling, we thought we’d check out an app that might just help. Welcome to Simple Habit!

What is the Simple Habit App?

It is a sweet as a nut app that offers your mind a “daily vacation” from the stresses and strains of life based on the things that actually cause you stress. Simply pick from a list of topics when you fire up the app for the first time, and you’ll be offered a selection of 5 minute meditations that will help you sleep better, eat more mindfully, be less anxious… or whatever it is that you need a little assistance with.

What Does The Simple Habit App Do?

It is like an audio library of tailored meditations from experts in the field all around the world with far-ranging approaches. You could just as easily end up listening to a former monk as you could a mindful expert at Google. The app also sends a timely reminder, at a time of your choosing so you don’t miss your daily dose of tranquillity!

Why Is the Simple Habit App Good for Travellers?

With over 1000 meditations stored, there were bound to be a few that were focussed on travel. We found: just landed, waiting at the airport, fear of flying, and commuting by bus. However, we do think that the standard meditations focussing on generic topics like relaxation and sleep will be of great benefit to a weary traveller.

What Do The Simple Habit App Reviews Say?

The app gets lots of praise on both iTunes and Google Play, but only a certain scope of meditations are available to listen to without subscribing, and it doesn’t come cheap. New users can explore 50 free sessions before having to subscribe.

 

 

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Memrise Review – Travel App Of The Month April 2018

Get your linguistic lips around Memrise, a language-learning app that has more than 200 languages to choose from!

What is the Memrise App?

It’s an app packed with tools and games that promise to make learning a new lingo fun, and less of a challenge.

What Does The Memrise App Do?

  • Lets you improve your linguistic skills with chatbots
  • Gives the opportunity to learn via video
  • Serves up games to hone your skills
  • Option to learn just by listening
  • 3 levels to boost your grammar and vocabulary skills
  • Gives you learning stats to track your progress

Who Is The Memrise App For?

With 15 million people using it, it is tempting to say everyone! We have picked this app for its huge range of languages, and the fact that you can continue to use the resources offline. This makes it perfect for practice during a flight on aeroplane mode, or swotting up in your remote destination when you have no signal or access to wi-fi!

What Do The Memrise App Reviews Say?

It won best app on both iTunes and Google Play, and those using it do seem to love it. Bear in mind that there is a free and a paid-for version, so your experience might differ from other users.

Memrise on iTunes

Memrise on Google Play

Detour Review – Travel App Of The Month March 2018

Private tours are only in the realm of the rich, right? Wrong! There is an app that offers location aware audio tours, an immersive experience that will make you feel like a VIP next time you take a select city break.

 

 

What is the Detour App?

It is an app that offers immersive audio walks. Using your GPS signal, it will guide you through the world’s most interesting places, with the people that know them best telling you all about it via your headphones.

How does the Detour App work?

  • Detour uses GPS to keep your selected narrator in sync with your location. This means that you can look at what is around you rather than staring at your screen.
  • Detour can be a solo or social experience – in fact it is the world’s first social audio tour, you can sync Detour with friends for a shared experience!
  • Each Detour audio tour lets you walk in the shoes of a narrator with a special connection to the place, giving you access to voices and experiences you couldn’t otherwise have.
  • Detour is available at some of the world’s most iconic locations including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New Orleans, Boston, Portland, Savannah, Charleston, Austin, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, and Marrakech.

Who is the Detour App for?

Anyone who wants to know more than they will learn from a guide book about their destination. Whether you are between flights, on a business trip, or on a holiday, Detour will make every step you take an unforgettable experience.

What do the Detour App reviews say?

Excellent mini tours that you can take to suit your own travel itinerary, and an unusual – and cool – way to experience a new place. Moreover people are saying that these tours deliver a real connection, on an emotional level via the stories told by the narrator. The downside? Wanted in more locations!

Get the app on Google Play and iTunes, or tune into the Detour website to find out more.

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Culture Trip App Review -Travel App of the Month Feb 2018

If you are searching for inspiration for your travel itinerary, there is an app written and curated by locals, enhanced by travellers, and designed so you can leave bulky guidebooks behind. Let us introduce Culture Trip!

What is the Culture Trip App?

It is an app that helps you discover the most amazing things to see, do, and experience in over 300 locations worldwide. Everything on it has been recommended by someone who lives it, loves it, and wants you to experience it too.

What can the Culture Trip App do?

It makes local culture globally accessible, enabling users to explore things to do in their chosen destination. It even has informative articles and videos that will enhance your holiday experience from a cultural perspective.

  • Find recommendations for every country in the world
  • Use the explore function to find things to do in favourite locations and new destinations
  • Locate restaurants, bars, pubs, markets and more near you
  • Discover unique and informative articles curated and written by locals
  • Bookmark posts you want to come back to
  • Share stories with one tap to facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram
  • Download and read articles offline

Who is the Culture Trip App for?

It is for travellers that don’t want to miss a thing, and really want to understand and experience all that their holiday destination has to offer. If you have a thirst for knowledge, are interested in other cultures, and are inspired by new things, this is definitely the travel app for you!

What do Culture Trip App reviews say?


It has been described as “fantastic, intuitive, and compelling”, and the must-have app if you like to travel off the beaten path. Some reviewers have had some glitch experiences, but the developers seem to be quick on bug fixes and performance improvements aimed to enhance user experience.

Get it on Google Play

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CamCard Review – Travel App of the Month January 2018

If jet lag leaves you fuzzy headed on your business trips, you are going to love CamCard.

It is a nifty app that can scan, manage, sync and exchange business cards, and offer all the information you need to get a conversation started with your prospective new client or customer.

 

 

What is the CamCard app?

It’s a multilingual business card scanner app with a heap of additional features that take the legwork out of networking, such as instant access to their company news.

What does the CamCard app do?

It can do your thinking and your research for you. It can also make you look extra fabulous to your new contacts – check out this list of features:

  • Accurately read cards in 16 languages
  • Batch scan all your paper cards to cut the card clutter
  • Get notified when your contacts join new companies, get promoted or others
  • Exchange e-cards with people nearby at meetings, tradeshows or seminars
  • Complete your own Profile to make a better impression to your contacts
  • Synchronize cards across smartphones, tablets and the web app
  • To know your contacts better, get their company news instantly
  • Add meeting notes with texts or images, set reminders

Why is CamCard good for travelling?

The information the app can access and store will be welcomed by any business traveller who wants to impress but is hampered by a lack of sleep from a long journey. Also, the app is ideal if you don’t want to carry lots of your own cards, or other peoples for that matter.

What do the CamCard app reviews say?

Good points to note include: nice tools for sales, good export to excel feature, handy integration with maps. On the less positive side users say that you need to check the information after scanning as a busy card or quirky font can be misread.

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Booking – Travel App of the Month December 2017

Looking for an app that could get you a tasty discount on your next hotel stay? Booking.com is billed as “Planet Earth’s #1 Accommodation App” let’s find out why, and whether users think that’s true too! 

What is Booking.com?

It is an online portal for holidays, helping travellers find places to stay, such as apartments, holiday homes, family-run B&Bs, 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos!

What does the Booking.com app do?

It gives users access to 1,534,024 properties, covering 123,234 destinations in 229 countries and territories worldwide. The app is available in over 40 languages.

– Search by city, landmark, hotel name or properties close by
– Filter by WiFi, price, review score and other things important to you
– Browse verified guest reviews to help you pick your perfect stay
– View maps to make sure your hotel is where you want to be
– Save your favourite properties to a list and share with friends and family
– Find great deals at all kinds of amazing properties (not just cheap hotels!)

– Get paperless confirmation and offline maps with the app! No printer, data or wifi needed

Who is the Booking.com app for?

Globetrotters on the go! This app on your phone means you can access your account easily, get all the latest deals easily, and of course compile your destination wish-list while you are waiting for your delayed flight to depart! You can make bookings and pay via the app and get confirmation and local maps even if you don’t have any data.

What do the Booking.com reviews say?

While we didn’t find a review that stated it is “Planet Earth’s #1 Accommodation App”, the stats do look pretty good. Very booking good they might say!

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Monzo Review – Travel App of The Month November 2017

A pre-paid card with real-time app to keep track of spending is just one reason travellers are turning to Monzo as their currency card of choice. The other is their fair pricing for use abroad.

 

 

What is the Monzo App?

Monzo is a new type of bank that has an app to promote mindful budgeting. The app is able to update the minute you have made a purchase, so you always have a real-time balance to work with. It also breaks down your spending into:

  • Groceries
  • Transport
  • Eating out
  • Cash
  • Bills
  • Entertainment
  • Holidays
  • Shopping
  • Expenses

 

What else does the Monzo app do?

  • Instant payment notifications
  • Built-in monthly spending analysis
  • Freeze your Monzo Card instantly if you lose it, defrost it when you find it
  • Intelligent insights into your spending habits
  • Send money instantly to friends and family
  • Easy top up with Apple Pay or another debit card
  • Use your card abroad as you would at home. There are no fees and you get the wholesale MasterCard® exchange rate – until changes on 18th December

Why is the Monzo app good for travellers?

Firstly it is great for keeping track of spending, or keeping to a budget, secondly, it has favourable fees that have been ethically decided. Oh, and you can use it as your main spending card in the UK too.

As of mid December, card payments abroad will be free, and cash withdrawals will be free for the first £200 drawn per month in one hit. After that there will be a 3% charge for ATM withdrawals. This figure has been collectively decided by Monzo users, and is based on offering cardholders a good deal wherever they are in the world.

What do other banks charge for using an ATM?

As with all things to do with money, it isn’t easy to say! Monzo shared their results here, but it seems other banks charges were ranging between 3.05% and 5.26% on a €100 withdrawal in Berlin and $100 in San Francisco.

What do the app reviews say?

People are loving it, especially those who travel. However, some users are less than happy about the new fees being introduced for ATM withdrawals abroad as Monzo was initially promoted by some as a fee-free pre-paid currency card.

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LuckyTrip Travel App Review – App of the Month October 2017

Do you have a tough time deciding where to go and what to do on holiday? Imagine that all of that is decided for you in just one click. You’ve just imagined LuckyTrip, the most simple and perfect holiday planner on the planet!

What is the LuckyTrip app?

It is an app that finds awesome holidays on your behalf, including somewhere to stay, how to get there, and things to do while you are there. The clever bit is, it has a Lucky mode, so, you can just put in your budget, press the Lucky button, et voila! The app will show you a complete trip to one of 300 amazing destinations!

If this all sounds waaaaaay too much like total freedom, you don’t have to let the button decide everything, you can use filters to select dates, type of holiday, number of people and also airport.

What does the LuckyTrip app do?

  • It finds you Somewhere to Go – using the cheapest flights from Skyscanner.
  • It finds you Somewhere to Stay – locating the best rooms from Booking.com.
  • It finds Something to make you Happy – such as unique things to do, handpicked by the LuckyTrip team.

It also saves trips, and allows you to share your adventures with friends and of course, book a holiday. As we mentioned before, you can filter your results to personalise the perfect trip.

Who is the LuckyTrip app for?

In Lucky mode, it is for the adventurous, the frivolous, the spontaneous, those who believe in destiny, and of course, the indecisive! Even if you don’t use Lucky mode, we think it is a fun and simple way to discover a new destination, and go where luck takes you.

What do the LuckyTrip Reviews say?

LuckyTrip is only available on iPhone, it won best app of 2015, and it has had lots of positive publicity. As far as user reviews go – it gets 5 stars.

  • TechCrunch: ‘Incredibly simple’
  • USA Today: ‘10 Best Travel Apps’
  • The Scotsman: ‘Simple, but revolutionary’
  • Evening Std: ‘Brothers cook up travel app’
  • The Express: ‘Best Apps 2015’
  • Daily Star: ‘Top 10 Apps’
  • CityAM: ‘Quicker than any travel agent’
  • ProductHun: ‘Brilliant’
  • KYM: ‘Best iPhone Apps of 2015’

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