Today’s post is a Guest Post from Laura Murphy, who was cool enough to give us a great look at some apps that will help for any traveling folks out there. Take it away Laura:
Traveling during your gap year can be quite the exciting experience. You’ll have the chance to hop in a rental car (try Nova Car Hire), on a subway or bus and head out on an adventure to experience a brand new culture, try new foods, and meet new people. But, anytime you’re gone for an extended period of time, it’ll take some careful budgeting to make sure you don’t break the bank.
Luckily, we’ve put together a list of our favorite seven apps that will help you save money when traveling during your gap year. Here they are (in no particular order):
Who needs a travel agent when you have a handy app like TripDeck that can keep track of your travel plans? Simply forward your travel confirmations to your free TripIt account and the app will manage your reservations – including your hotel, car, meetings, and even dinner reservations. When you click on your trip, it will display your confirmation number, contact information, check-in times and more.
Forget spending tons of money on long distance calls. With Skype, you can keep in touch with your friends and family members through phone, chat, or video chat – all for a low fee. You can purchase minutes or subscriptions for an extended length of time so you can call people around the world for just cents on the dollar.
Don’t book your travel without checking out the Kayak app first. It’s available for nearly every phone on the market (and if you don’t have a qualifying phone, you can always use their mobile site) – and best of all, it’s free! With it, you can find cheap airfare, hotels, rental cars and more. Simply click on your choice and locate the business on a map, view hotel photos, and read traveler reviews.
World Customs & Cultures
Traveling to a brand-new country is an amazing experience – but it can also be overwhelming if you don’t know the basics of their local culture. This iPhone app lets you search through 165 countries and discover their cultural information, customs, and facts. Learn helpful tips like their communication style, whether or not to use eye contact, what certain gestures mean and which you should avoid, and more.
Never pay too much for a taxi again. If you’re traveling throughout Europe, use iRail to find the next few trains departing to your destination by entering your start and end point. The app will pull a list of results that shows you a timetable, the stops each train makes, and more.
Healix Travel Vaccinations
Getting sick on your holiday isn’t fun. And the last thing you want to do is risk your health – and pay a big medical bill – for something that could’ve been prevented. Healix Travel Vaccinations will show you exactly which vaccinations, jabs, and immunizations you need based on where you’re traveling. Simply select your destination country (there are more than 190 countries to choose from) and afterward, save it to the history so you can access it later on.
Don’t spend a chunk of money on an expensive travel dictionary. Instead, take advantage of Babelingo. The app lets you browse through several languages and find common phrases so you can communicate with your hotel staff, negotiate with cab drivers, ask where the bathroom is, and much more. After you’ve downloaded it, it doesn’t require Wi-Fi so you can use it at any point.
Before planning your gap year, be sure to download a few of these apps. They’re guaranteed to save you money and make for a stress-free holiday.
About the Author:
Laura Murphy has lead the eclectic vagabond life, traveling here and there and now has settled into the perfect gig for the perpetual itinerant: writing for the money-saving gurus at http://www.novacarhire.com/! She’s learned a thing or two about saving money on travel and hopes you follow her on her quest to share her lessons with folks who have a traveler’s heart, if not the budget.