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Trail Wallet Travel Budget App Review – Travel App of the Month Feb 2019

Does worrying about your budget get in the way of enjoying your travel adventures? Fear not, there is an app that will help you stay on track without feeling like you’re sacrificing freedom and fun!

What is the Trail Wallet Travel Budget App?

It’s an expenses travel app that has been designed specifically for the travelling type in mind. It’s easy to use, quick, and beautifully designed. All you have to do is add your budget by trip or by month, set a daily budget and every time you pay for something – add the figure to the app and it’ll take it away from your spending pot. No more wondering if your available balance is up to date or collecting receipts to file!

What does the Trail Wallet Travel Budget App do?

Loads! The most helpful is probably the detailed summary screen which gives you all you need to know about your budget, including what is eating up your precious cash!  Among the many key features, these were the ones that stood out to us the most:

  • Detailed Summary screen
  • Data can be shown in any of your local currencies
  • Interactive bar chart shows your last five days spending
  • Daily budget label enables you to view an adjusted budget, to see exactly how much you have left to spend each day
  • Option to spread expenses out over multiple days
  • Multiple tags which can be filtered on the History screen
  • Add amounts in either your home currency, or choose from over 218 local currencies
  • Interactive pie charts for a visual view of how much you’ve spent by category
  • Daily breakdown of how you’re doing against a daily, monthly or trip budget
  • Export your data in CSV format and send it via messages, email, or Airdrop
  • Daily automatic iCloud backups of all your data (iCloud account required)

Who is the Trail Wallet Travel Budget App for?

The thrifty traveller, business traveller and, more than anything, we think this app is awesome for backpackers and those on long stay travel adventures. Fun fact, the app was created by Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney of Never Ending Voyage, a couple who’ve been travelling full time since March 2010 because they wanted something that stopped financial stress putting a dampener on their good times!

What do the Trail Wallet Travel Budget App Reviews say?

First and foremost it’s well worth paying for! The first 25 entries are free, after that you need to go ahead with an in-app purchase to unlock unlimited amounts. It is also so good that you’ll probably want to use it for everyday living when you aren’t travelling. Apart from that, exactly what it says on the tin – quick, easy to use, and totally fit for purpose.

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FLIO App Review – Travel App of the Month January 2019

Make layovers and waiting for delayed flights more fun with an app that tells you everything you need to know about the airport you’re in. 

 

 

What is the FLIO App?

It’s the ultimate flight travel companion, with relevant and helpful information about 3,000 airports around the world. It is actually a partner app to many airports and as such there are some great deals to be had using it!

What does the FLIO App do?

Top of the list are flight tracking, interactive airport maps and access to over 300 lounges. There are also deals and discounts on cafes, restaurants and shops. The app also instantly connects you to the airport Wi-Fi, saving you data before you depart! Plus, if you are a registered user, you get the early heads up on flight changes and boarding times – making missing a flight a thing of the past!

  • Airport maps for better orientation at each airport
  • Complete flight tracker with real-time information on arrivals and departures
  • Directions on the cheapest and fastest ways to the city
  • Booking for over 350 airline lounges worldwide
  • Reserve parking at over 50 airports for reasonable prices
  • Booking with the Fastlane Access when you are in a hurry
  • Discounts in shops, cafes, and restaurants
  • Flight alerts

The app is also a handy way to keep track of all your travels, saving flight information, miles travelled and countries visited amongst other things. 

Who is the FLIO App for?

Whether you are a frequent traveller or an occasional holidaymaker, this app is designed to make the airport experience, and the associated travel arrangements less stressful and less costly. 

What do the FLIO App Reviews say?

 It got voted as one of The Best Travel Apps of 2018 by PC magazine. Real life reviews mostly hit 5 stars thanks to being easy to use, and with lots of useful info. The low scorers are questioning the real time update functions.

 

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Workfrom App Review – Travel App of the Month December 2018

If you are fortunate enough to be able to freelance while you travel the world, you are probably hampered by the need for a productive work environment. Let us introduce Workfrom, a handy tool for digital nomad types who need somewhere to sit, work and probably enjoy a cup of coffee or two!

What is the Workfrom App?

At a fundamental level Workfrom is a Wi-Fi finder app, but it has all the bells and whistles “free range” workers need to be able to find their personal workspace paradise. If the best coffee is essential, you can search for that, if you need a handy charging station, you can search for that too, and if you need somewhere that late night snacks in a place that offers super-fast Wi-Fi with comfy seats and is quiet before closing… you can probably find that too.

What does the Workfrom App do?

It provides an online space for the remote working community to get-together and a range of filters that makes it easy to find a personal workspace that meets personal preferences either nearby, or at an upcoming destination in over 12,000 cities worldwide. The basic filters cover Wi-Fi speeds, power availability, and opening times, and the rest help you choose which of the available establishements meets what you are looking for at the time.

Who is the Workfrom App good for?

It is great for digital nomads – freelancers who want to travel the world while they work, it’s also great for those who are travelling on business and want to turn it into a bleisure trip (business and leisure mixed together), and it is also ideal for business owners, managers and the like who have taken a holiday and just know that they are going to have to pick up the laptop and put in a few hours while away.

What do the Workfrom App Reviews say?

By all accounts, it could be better, but it seems to be the best thing out there so far thanks to the many filters that help personalise the search.

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Sun Seeker App Review – Travel App of The Month November 2018

Take travel photos that will make your friends green with envy with the help of a sun-tracking app, the easy way to make sure you don’t miss those precious golden hours!

What is the Sun Seeker App?

It is sun tracking app – a slice of magic that shows the solar path in all its 3D augmented reality glory. It also has a flat-compass view and comes with a whole heap of data to show what the sun is up to at any point in the world.

What does the Sun Seeker App do?

It provides sunlight data that enables professionals of all types to see when the sun is in an optimal position for their needs. This data is also useful for everyday decision making that involves wanting or needing to know where the sun is, or isn’t, e.g:

  • Planoptimal light conditions, sunrise/sunset directions, golden and blue hour times.
  • Find where to camp or sit, in or out of the sun.
  • Find optimal planting locations and seasonal sunlight hours.
  • Visualise the spatial variability of the solar angle throughout the year in a building.

Main Features

  • Uses GPS, magnetometer and gyroscope to find solar position and path.
  • Flat compass view showing current solar position, diurnal solar angle and elevation, shadow length ratio, atmospheric path thickness.
  • 3D augmented reality camera overlay view showing the sun’s current position, its path with hour points marked.
  • Map view showing solar direction arrows and elevations for each hour of the day.
  • Choose any date and location and view solar path for that day.
  • Notifications for sun-related events, such as golden or blue hours.

Why is the Sun Seeker App good as a travel app?

This app is an invaluable tool for the travel photographer, and is also jolly useful if you are on an adventure holiday and want to know when and where you are at risk of strong sun or need to know the best place to camp in terms of shade.

What do the Sun Seeker App reviews say?

Photographers say it helps with framing and time-lapse, and iOS users love the app’s accuracy. The Android users however don’t rate it as highly, highlighting accuracy problems. The developers have responded saying that the compass in the Android device could be to blame, and suggests calibrating before use.

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Circa App Review – Travel App of the Month October 2018

It is hard enough to know when you are awake when hopping from one country to the next in a blur of time zone changes. So how are you meant to know when friends, family, and business contacts are around? We have found the answer!

What is the Circa App?

It is a thing of beauty. A well designed time zone tracking app that allows you to see what time it is where you are, as well as the time it is where you are heading, and anywhere else you like too. But that’s not all…

What Does the Circa App do?

It has some clever features such as allowing you to add “office time” for example, so you know when a contact in another country will be available. The app also lets you do this for multiple time zones and locations which makes it possible to create meeting invitations that work for everyone.

  • Visually compare time across multiple locations
  • Quickly see working hour overlaps
  • Connect your calendars to check your schedule
  • Personal, organise in your own way
  • Create one-touch meeting invitations

It is also Apple Watch ready, which looks pretty neat.

Who is the Circa App for?

It has been built with busy business people in mind. “Stop wondering when your colleagues are available and start using circa.” However, we think it is a pretty neat app for anyone who has friends and family around the world, which includes long-term travellers trying to keep in contact with friends they have made on their way as well as family back home.

What do the Circa App reviews say?

It looks nice. It is simple. It does what it says on the tin, and very well it does it too.

Get Circa on iTunes.

Jetcost Flights Comparison Review – Travel App of the Month September 2018

Everyone loves a bargain, especially if it means having more spending money for holiday! People also want finding that bargain to be super easy. Enter an app that makes it a cinch to find competitively priced flights, favourite searches, and works offline….

What is the Jetcost App?

It is a free flight comparison app and the new updated version has a range of features that makes it really easy to use.

What does the Jetcost App do?

Jetcost offers the usual comparison service and adds a customised search experience by allowing users access to their search history and bookmarked results. Users can do this EVEN WHILE THEY ARE OFFLINE! This makes it perfect for browsing your travel itinerary while still on a plane, or in your remote destination that has no signal or wi-fi.

  • Access flight information – departure and arrival locations, times, duration, number of stops, waiting times, etc.
  • Filter results by flight duration, airlines, stops, travel class, departure and arrival times, smart time intervals, etc.
  • View search history and favourite
  • Continue searches where you left off.
  • Access search history at anytime, anywhere.
  • Swipe to either delete an itinerary, or add it to bookmarks.

Who is the Jetcost App good for?

Thrifty travellers, frequent travellers, business travellers, backpackers, bargain hunters, savvy travellers, busy travellers.

What do the Jetcost App Reviews say?

Reviews focus on the ease of use and lack of ads – not bad for a free app! Links to less than reputable travel agents has been mentioned, but Jetcost only claims to offer users the info, not recommend which bookings to make.

Jetcost Comparison App is available on iTunes

PKs List Review – Travel App of the Month August 2018

Welcome to an app that gives you entry to the most luxurious hotel experiences around the world! Not only does this app open doors to magnificent places, it also guarantees a VIP experience as you will be part of one of the most exclusive travel clubs in town.

What is PKs List?

It is an exclusive members travel club, and the result of PKs – aka Phillipe – time spent compiling an extensive ‘little black book’ of the world’s leading hoteliers, granting him access to the world’s finest hotels. The connection means that each hotel in PKs List recognises a PKs List booking, guaranteeing the guests will receive additional perks on arrival, such as upgrades, inclusive breakfasts, spa credits, gift vouchers, late check out and discounted services.

Members of PKs List – of which there are three tiers, the Elite Membership (by invitation only), the Travel Club, and the new App – can trust that the suggestions being offered have undergone a vigorous vetting process and that Philippe has personally visited and arranged for the very best perks for his members.

What does the PKs List app do?

The app was designed for time-poor members wanting inspiration and insight into the world’s finest hotels, offering hotel contact details, a ‘quick book’ option and perks such as upgrades, spa credits, gift vouchers and late check out at select hotels.

  • Uses Subjective Travel Intelligence™- a dynamic database of over 1,000 individually selected, reviewed and visited hotels around the globe.
  • Categorises hotels into types for easy selection.
  • PKs List Travel Club Membership grants users perks such as upgrades, breakfast and VIP amenities (participating hotels only).
  • Guaranteed VIP status and privileges at virtually every hotel brand across the world.
  • Bespoke trip itineraries, access to sought-after events and experiences.

Who is the PKs List app for?

PKs list is for discerning travellers that expect the best, but don’t have the time to vet every booking option themselves. The trust in Philippe’s choices and connections means that VIP status and privilege is guaranteed and you will not be disappointed by your booking! To become a member of this exclusive travel club via the app costs $99 a year, however there is a 7 day free trial to give people an idea of what the app can give access to!

Remember that the app is the lowest tier of membership – to really get the best perks, you will have to pay $500 a year membership and be personally referred by someone who is already a member of PKs List.

What do the PKs List app reviews say?

The app is super new and so far only available in iTunes, so no app reviews available. There aren’t any reviews or ratings on the website either, but that is probably because the target audience is a discerning crowd and probably give feedback to Philippe himself about their undoubtedly magnificent experience.

Download PKs List on iTunes.

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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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