It’s time for another round-up of interesting apps, services and online platforms that we have discovered over the last few weeks. While they aren’t all new, we hope these ideas and products will help make your travels easier. Today’s list has something for business travellers, visitors struggling to navigate public transport in new cities, culture buffs and more.
buy provigil online south africa HotelsAroundYou: This app allows you to make last-minute hotel bookings, and is targeted primarily at business travellers. You can choose between “Day Use” and “Night Use”, and make use of features like special rates and even book a room for four, eight or 12 hours, if you don’t plan on staying overnight. The app currently works in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bengaluru but is expected to add cities to its inventory. Available on iOS and Android.
linked here zophop: Aimed at simplifying public transport systems in Indian cities,zophop covers buses, trains, cabs and even private taxi companies to provide the easiest way of getting from Point A to Point B. You can also get schedules and approximate costs. Apart from the four metros, the app works in Bengaluru, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar, Pune, Bhopal, Indore and Hyderabad. Available on Android.
AudioCompass: This app has been around for a while, and is the official audio partner of India’s Ministry of Tourism. You can turn your phone and tablet into a personal audio guide for some of India’s most famous destinations and landmarks. Plug in and be guided through Mumbai, Jaipur, the Taj Mahal complex, the temples of Khajuraho and more. Downloading the app is free, but you have to buy each individual audio guide, with prices ranging between approximately ₹50 and ₹500. Available on iOS and Android.
Trip38: Trip38 wants to be your one-stop, paper-free travel itinerary. Everything from flight tickets, car rentals, hotel bookings and everything in-between is stored in a single place. Information about things like when a check-in counter closes, how much luggage you’re allowed and where in the airport you can find Wi-Fi, all at your fingertips. There are also a few city guides. Available on iOS and Android.
Shouut: Shouut is an app dedicated to giving you information on places, events and establishments you may like based on your interests and your location. The app uses social recommendations to suggest possible outings and experiences related to food, shopping, nightlife and travel. You can filter options by interest, distance or popularity. Available on Android.
Your Local Cousin: Connecting with locals is an interesting way to see a new city, Your Local Cousin puts you in touch with a local who will help you plan your itinerary in their city – where to eat, shop, stay and more. Depending on how much you’re willing to pay, you can either have a 15-minute or half-hour call with your chosen guide, or correspond via email or text.
Thomas Cook’s Foreign Exchange app: The travel company’s mobile offering hopes to be a one-stop-shop for all your foreign exchange travels. Through the app, you can track live exchange rates, buy foreign exchange for upto four travellers (in cash, traveller’s cheques and the Thomas Cook Borderless Prepaid Card), and have the currency delivered to your door step. Available on Android.
Disclaimer: This article is not a review or a recommendation but merely for informational purposes. National Geographic Traveller India makes no representations as to the suitability or validity of the apps, websites and services mentioned in this article and will not be liable for any errors, injuries, or damages arising from the same.
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Published on National Geographic Traveller India – December 2015