Travellers are constantly searching for the best online tools to assist them in making their planning a little easier. With new apps and tools coming out every year, we have to update, test and recommend tools that have helped us. Here’s my 7 Essential Online Tools for Travel.
Google Translate is a service provided by Google that translates approximately 103 languages to your desired language so as to overcome any language barriers you may have when you travel. Google Translate can be used on website interface as well as mobile apps for IOS and Andriod. Multiple forms of media such as text, sites, images, speech and videos can be translated with Google Translate. If you wish to use Google Translate offline (internet connections aren’t always great when travelling), download a language pack of the language you want to translate prior to your trip and you can select to use Google Translate in an offline mode.
This is a calculator to convert currency so you know exactly what you’re spending! With over 150 currencies loaded, it covers basic calculator operations, mathematical functions as well as scientific functions.
TripCase is a travel manager and organizer on hand, where you can load your flight details, itinerary, car hire, hotel bookings etc. with maps and phone numbers. It is a easy sign up, after which you can load your trip details and even share with others. During your travels you can also search useful information about your destination according to your trip details. It can also be used for booking and keeps your travel documents within the app.
Dark Sky is a weather forecasting app that is accurate down to the minute. It gives a great visualization for your exact location. It also comes in handy when you need to pack, so you can check the weather at your destination prior to your travels.
Navigating through a new city can prove to be very challenging at first. City Mapper is a mapping service that works with public transit for all urban modes of transport including walking, cycling and driving. Citymapper is available in 39 urban areas across the world: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Brussels, Paris, Lyon, the Netherlands’ Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht), Köln-Düsseldorf-Ruhrgebiet, Hamburg, Berlin, Milan, Rome, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, St Petersburg, Moscow, Istanbul, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC-Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney. You can also download maps to use offline.
Snapseed is Google owned photo-editing app that is rated as one of the best apps for editing your travel photos. Within the app you are able to enhance your pictures as well as apply digital filters to them. Editing can be done manually or with an automatic adjustment. You can also save your manual filters for future use.
I will admit, it isn’t the best app to use for bookings however, reading recommendations and reviews by more than 600 million travellers will give you a reality check of what to do, where to stay and where to eat. You can use it to compare prices to get the most out of your bookings. This is my number 1 go to site/app for unbiased reviews.
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