Part of what makes traveling so great is the unexpected—the new sights, sounds, and tastes. However, just because they are new, doesn’t always mean they are enjoyable, which raises the question—how can we improve the likelihood that the things we experience while traveling are good and enjoyable?
There are a number of things you can do to ensure that your trip is a hit. For one, you can start by partnering with a bonafide and experienced travel agency. Working with a travel agent who is committed to your individual needs and to tailoring the perfect trip for you and your companions can make all the difference—if you are in the Hampstead area and looking for this type of travel agent, look no further than Dreamers Travel! The second thing you can do to prepare is to make sure that you have all the best tools at your disposal.
What kind of tools, you may be wondering. Let’s start with one of the most powerful and readily available tools. We are, of course, talking about your smartphone. Just like packing all the necessary clothes, loading up your smartphone with handy travel apps can make your life on the road slightly more enjoyable.
Must-Have Travel Apps
Making a list of things to pack is useful. However, what’s even more useful is using a pre-made list and then adding to it. Not only can PackPoint help you flesh out your list, but it can also look at the weather forecast for your destination, and then make recommendations based on this as well as the activities you intend to do—e.g. swimming, business meeting, hiking, etc.
Gesticulating and acting out your thoughts can be fun. However, when you traveling in a foreign country and really want to make yourself clear and ensure that you are being understood, nothing beats a handy translation app. As far as apps go, Google offers the best value—100+ languages, 59 of which can be downloaded for access even when you don’t have an Internet connection, and some can be even be used by simply pointing your phone at the foreign text, like say a dinner menu or street sign. And the best part—it’s totally free!
Standing in front of a vendor or shop, trying to figure out how much something would cost in your native currency—okay, 38,000 divided by 22 is…—can be time-consuming and annoying. This simple (and totally free!) app can remove this hassle. The XE Currency app offers live exchange rates for currencies all over the world.
Often regarded as one of the best navigation apps in the game, Google Maps not only gives you accurate maps, but you can also download maps for offline use. This is incredibly handy while traveling without the Internet. In addition to streets, it will also display popular museums, restaurants, and attractions with reviews. Just remember to download all the maps you will need while you have an internet connection. Similarly, TripAdvisor is another great map-based traveling app with millions of reviews for bars, restaurants, hotels, and more. And it can also be downloaded for offline use.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to travel apps. If you have yet to do so, we encourage you to explore the world of travel apps before you set off on your world travels. If you are looking for a passionate and experienced travel agent to help plan your next adventure, contact Dreamers Travel! From all-inclusive cruises to destination wedding packages to romantic Caribbean getaways, our Hampstead travel agency can handle it all!