20+ Free Apps for Travel Plan­ning and Man­age­ment

From book­ing air­line or rail­way tick­ets, to taxis and ho­tels these apps help you do it all

PCQuest - - CONTENTS - – Raj Ku­mar Mau­rya

If you are plan­ning a trip to spend some time with your fam­ily in the up­com­ing sum­mer va­ca­tions, go­ing on hol­i­days or for busi­ness meet­ings than you might face some prob­lems re­lated to travel plan­ning such as seat avail­abil­ity in flights or trains, ticket con­fir­ma­tion, ho­tels and restau­rants to visit, get­ting rental cars, etc. Nowa­days, there are a lot of travel apps avail­able in the mar­ket which are help­ful in ad­dress­ing some of these travel Plan­ning prob­lems. We checked many apps cur­rently on the mar­ket to bring you the best travel plan­ning apps to make life eas­ier.

Travel Plan­ning and Book­ing

Tripit: Or­ga­nize your travel plans in one place with TripIt from Con­cur. Sim­ply for­ward your ho­tel, air­line, car rental, and restau­rant con­fir­ma­tion emails to plans@tripit.com to cre­ate an in­stant itin­er­ary and TripIt au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ates a de­tailed daily itin­er­ary for ev­ery trip (If you use Gmail or Google Apps, it hap­pens au­to­mat­i­cally). Ac­cess itin­er­ar­ies any­time, on any de­vice (even offline), get di­rec­tions, maps, and weather for each des­ti­na­tion. Kayak: Com­pares hun­dreds of travel sites to find you the best deal. In­cludes ho­tel, flight and car search and book­ing, flight tracker and itin­er­ary man­age­ment. TripCase: It gives you an easy to use in­ter­face on your mo­bile de­vices to add your flight, train, ho­tel, rental car, and other in­for­ma­tion, or you can send all of your

con­fir­ma­tions di­rectly over to TripCase and have them au­to­mat­i­cally or­ga­nized for you. IRCTC Mo­bile App: This ap­pli­ca­tion is for book­ing your train tick­ets on In­dian Rail­ways. This app uses net­work con­nec­tion for con­tact­ing the server. You can book both tatkal and gen­eral tick­ets through this app.

Ho­tel find­ers

Ex­pe­dia Mo­bile: The Ex­pe­dia Ho­tels & Flights app lets you view a beau­ti­ful itin­er­ary of the trips you’ve booked in the app or on our web­site. As al­ways, you can save up to 40% with amaz­ing Ex­pe­dia Mo­bile Ex­clu­sive ho­tel deals and then, use your phone or tablet to find the best flight to any­where in the world Tri­pAd­vi­sor: It is de­signed to pro­vide a quick way to get in­for­ma­tion about a range of des­ti­na­tions across the world. Based around the pop­u­lar Tri­pAd­vi­sor web­site, the app of­fers in­for­ma­tion and in­de­pen­dent user re­views about ho­tels, restau­rants, and things to do in a host of towns and cities across the planet.

Restau­rant find­ers

Yelp: Look­ing for a gas sta­tion you can drive to be­fore your tank hits empty? Yelp for An­droid is here to help. Use this app to search for places to eat, shop, drink, re­lax and play. Zo­mato: Zo­mato Restau­rant Finder app gives you restau­rant rec­om­men­da­tions around you and lets you look

at menus, pic­tures, and maps for 190,000 restau­rants in In­dia and abroad.

Cur­rency con­vert­ers

Book­ing.com: Book­ing.com puts over 440,000+ ho­tels, apart­ments, vil­las and more at your fin­ger­tips for sim­ple and se­cure book­ing on your An­droid phone and tablets XE Cur­rency 3.0.2: Con­vert ev­ery world cur­rency on-thego with the XE Cur­rency App for An­droid. It fea­tures a cur­rency con­verter with up-to-the-minute cur­rency rates, charts, and even stores the last up­dated rates, so it works offline. Cur­rency Con­verter: Free cur­rency con­verter uses OANDA Rates the same daily fil­tered ex­change rates used by au­dit­ing firms and banks. Con­vert 190+ cur­ren­cies and four pre­cious met­als. Choose the In­ter­bank rate, or use the per­cent­age add-on fea­ture to cal­cu­late typ­i­cal rates charged by credit card com­pa­nies and banks. Cur­rency Cal­cu­la­tor: It’s a sim­ple Cur­rency Cal­cu­la­tor/ Con­verter de­signed to be easy to use. You can con­vert more than 150 cur­ren­cies. The per­fect tool for trav­el­ers that need to cal­cu­late the ex­change in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. New: The new dig­i­tal cur­rency “BIT­COIN” is now on the cur­rency cal­cu­la­tor.

Nav­i­ga­tion

MyMapRide GPS Cy­cling Rid­ing: MapMyRide+ tracks the route, dis­tance, pace, and more in real-time us­ing GPS. MapMyRide brings you its mo­bile app for An­droid-based de­vices. MapMyRide+ is great for cy­cling, bike rid­ing, weight loss, calo­rie count­ing, train­ing, and more, and is an integral part of the MapMyRide plat­form, by MapMyFit­ness. Use our route search fea­ture to find nearby places to ride. You can fil­ter routes by type or length, ex­am­ine el­e­va­tion graphs, and leader­boards. Street View on Google Map: It is an add-on to Google map. With Google Maps Street View, you can ex­plore the world at street level. See pop­u­lar land­marks, check out

places you want to visit in your home­town or far away, and take a vir­tual trip around the world. To use Street View, open Google Maps, search for a place or long-press the map and tap the Street View op­tion. GPS Track­ing Pro: GPS Track­ing Pro keeps your fam­ily and friends safe by track­ing their real-time lo­ca­tion us­ing any An­droid phone. With the best in GPS tech­nol­ogy, this app tracks the ex­act lo­ca­tion of your fam­ily mem­bers and alerts you when they are in trou­ble, us­ing the app’s in­no­va­tive check-in fea­ture.

Lan­guage Trans­la­tor and dic­tionary App

English Dic­tionary - Offline: The free offline English dic­tionary ap­pli­ca­tion ex­plains the mean­ing of 159000 English words! Def­i­ni­tions are based on English Wik­tionary. Google Trans­late: Trans­late words and phrases be­tween more than 65 lan­guages us­ing Google trans­late for an­droid. For most lan­guages, you can speak your phrases and hear the cor­re­spond­ing trans­la­tions.

Other use­ful apps

True­caller: It pro­vides a num­ber of fea­tures and ser­vices that make it a use­ful app for trav­el­ers. It pro­vides them with pro­tec­tion from spam calls/ mes­sages, con­ve­nience to send/re­ceive money us­ing their smart­phones, send quick flash mes­sages. True­caller’s caller ID and spam pro­tec­tion fea­tures can help trav­el­ers iden­tify un­wanted spam calls/ mes­sages and pri­or­i­tize im­por­tant calls over oth­ers. Hindu Tem­ple Finder: Hindu Tem­ple Finder en­ables you to find Hindu tem­ples and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the world with con­ve­nience. WorldMate: You can use it to get all of your itin­er­ar­ies and reser­va­tions in one place, and then add other des­ti­na­tions, ap­point­ments, meet­ings, and events that you need to at­tend when you’re out and about. WorldMate has some very busi­ness-friendly ser­vice in­te­gra­tions too, like LinkedIn, for ex­am­ple. You can use WorldMate on the web or on your smart­phone to or­ga­nize your trips, and you can ei­ther use their TripCatch ser­vice to au­to­mat­i­cally pull in your travel info, or you can send it over piece­meal, whichever you pre­fer. Shopholix: The offline shop­ping uni­verse is too vast. Hence, Shopholix, a mo­bile app, cu­rates the offline shop­ping op­tions avail­able near cus­tomers based on their pro­files and pref­er­ences. It is your offline shop­ping part­ner which tells you the 3 Ws – What to shop, When to shop, and where to shop from! It’s a lo­ca­tion-based mo­bile & web in­ter­face that en­ables shop­pers to lo­cate, ex­plore and plan their shop­ping trips. In­ter­est­ingly, it serves you rel­e­vant cu­ra­tion and timely shop­ping feeds. The best part about this app is that you are no­ti­fied about the re­lated trends of­fered by the stores near you. Shopholix al­lows you to vir­tu­ally browse the lat­est fash­ion and stay con­nected with your fa­vorite stores. Ever­note: As soon as you’ve booked your trip, you need one place to store all those email con­fir­ma­tions, re­views, pack­ing lists, and rec­om­men­da­tions from friends. Ever­note syncs with ease be­tween de­vices that might get dam­aged in tran­sit and you can then use it at your des­ti­na­tion to up­load pho­tos to re­mind your­self of ex­actly how you spend all that ex­tra time you used to spend jug­gling pieces of pa­per.

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