Best android apps for tourists

June 26, 2012
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Going on a tour means new amazing experiences, meeting new friends, and seeing breathtaking and fascinating destinations. You would always want your trip to be smooth and memorable but many people often get too excited about it, and they end up entering unfamiliar territories without bringing stuff that they might need. Chances are high that you will forget to bring a lot of things–but not your smartphone. The good thing is, it’s just the thing you need for a wonderful trip. The Google Play Store is flooded with apps that could help you on your tour and we have sorted out some of the best for you. Read on if you want to have a stress-free trip.

TripIt Travel Organizer Free

Before even boarding your plane bound for your travel destination, it’s always more practical to plan everything. This is where TripIt Travel Organizer Free comes in very handy. When you use this app, you don’t have to experience the hassle of booking everything for your tour. All you have to do is to forward all your hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurant reservations and confirmation emails to tripit.com and the app will do the rest.

The app will provide you with a master itinerary where every detail of your tour is all taken care of. It also lets you find business establishments, restaurants and travel destinations which you can easily include on your trip itinerary. All your travel plans can be easily accessed through your phone or at tripit.com, letting you check or edit them anytime and anywhere you are even without an Internet connection. Once your plans are set, you can share them via Facebook or LinkedIn to let your friends know where you are headed and probably even pull someone to go with you.

TripAdvisor Hotels Flights

When it comes to traveling to far-flung places or unfamiliar territories, it’s always better to see all your options in one place. TripAdvisor Hotels Flights is another helpful app where you can easily book the best flight, find a good place to stay in, or find amazing travel destinations that you might want to go to.

With this app, it’s always easy to find the exact location of a certain place. The app provides a map tab which, when tapped, will show you the location of that place on the map. Phone numbers are also provided, which can be very helpful if you request for a pickup from the airport to your hotel. What’s even better about this free app is that it provides user reviews, letting tourists easily sort out the best places to go to.

TouristEye – Travel Guide

If you want experts’ advice for your travel, try TouristEye – Travel Guide. This app is the all-in-one guide that you can take on your trip. This app is very useful if you want to tour famous cities. It gives you information on hundreds of cities all around the world and what’s great is that other users of the app share their experiences daily, giving you an idea on what you can do in your own tour.

The app allows you to browse through thousands of travel destinations.  It includes a planner where you can list all your itineraries, transportation maps to help you find your way around, a travel journal where you can share your trip and photos with other users, and Tours where you can check expert tips.

WorldMate

Here’s an essential app for frequent flyers and for those who travel around the world a lot.  In one breath, WorldMate is a travel planner and organizer.  Through this app, you can create travel itineraries and make traveling less of a headache.  You can book flights, find the best hotels, search for car rental services, and more.

Not only does the app help you assemble your itinerary.  It also alerts you of any gaps or missing items in your travel plan.  Fearing that you will miss your flight?  With partnerships with over 900 airlines, WorldMate helps you find best air routes, plus reminds you of an upcoming flight.

The truth is that the WorldMate app can be an indispensable all-in-one app for world travelers.  It includes all the basic functions (including car rentals and reservations, currency converter, weather updates, flight tracking, getting directions, etc.) that any world traveler would perform when going around the global village.

Travel the world with a reliable mate: download WorldMate free from the Google Play Store.

TransZilla Translator

One of the most common problems when traveling is the language barrier. That isn’t a problem if you’re visiting a country where people can speak English–but if not, you are doomed. Your supposedly smooth and enjoyable vacation will turn into a translation trip. In this case, you should get a translator but you can’t always bring him or her anywhere. Instead, try TransZilla Translator.

It can easily translate over 50 languages for you. You have the option to use the translator for words or the translator for sentences, depending on your situation. All you have to do is type in the text that you want to translate and you are good to go. For instance, if you want to ask a Japanese-speaking individual about something, you can type in your question and let him or her read the translation.

It also has a text to speech feature, however, it’s only limited to a few languages such as English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. But still, it will be very handy if you end up touring a place with a language that you cannot speak.

XE Currency

Going on a tour means that you have to spend some money for enjoyment and an unforgettable experience, but before going on one, always check the exchange rates so that you will not end up with an unforgettable super spending trip. You can use XE Currency to monitor the exchange rates so that you will have an idea how much money you really are spending.

The app features live rates which are are updated in real-time, keeping you abreast of any fluctuations in the foreign exchange rates. It includes all the currencies in the world and even includes the prices of precious metals, which would be helpful if you dig up some gold on your trip. The app also lets you calculate prices using the currency converter, which is very useful if you are about to pay your bill. If you are a frequent traveler, this app should be on your phone.

Waze Social GPS & Live Traffic

Some countries have very congested roads and if you are going to rent a car, you need to have an app that will guide you out of the heavy traffic. Waze Social GPS & Live Traffic gives you real-time traffic information and road reports, notifying you if you are driving towards heavy traffic and road hazards such as road constructions and recent accidents. When such situations happen, the app gives you directions for an alternative route that you should take for faster travel.

You don’t only get to save on gas and time–you can also interact with other people through local driving groups, giving you some company when driving on an unfamiliar road. It’s also integrated with Foursquare so that you can easily check in to road stop overs, in case you need to go to the bathroom or fill an empty stomach. You can also share where you are via Facebook and Twitter to let your friends know about your trip.

Maps

Having a map while traveling is extremely important. You need to make sure that you know where you are and how you will get to your destination. You don’t want to end up in an enchanted forest or a criminal-infested area. A map could save your life or your tour, but bringing an actual map is quite bulky, not to mention figuring out how to use it is tedious. Instead, you can try using Maps by Google.

This app is simple but it’s not one of those average map apps. It is very detailed and what’s cool is that the buildings are in 3D, allowing you to easily identify buildings and places with descriptions provided. Navigation is made even simpler with this app, having voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation, which is very useful when driving around in unfamiliar cities. Live traffic information is also provided by the app, letting you avoid congested areas when traveling.

You can also use it to find hotels, restaurants, and other businesses which includes reviews to help you easily decide which place you’d like to feed yourself at. Once you go in certain buildings, Maps can also provide you an indoor map.

Yelp

Roaming unfamiliar streets and places could be dangerous, especially if you are alone. If you like to go for a night out or just check out the best coffee shops, you don’t have to go out and check them out one by one because Yelp can do that task for you.

While on your tour, you might feel the urge to go to a bar to grab a drink or just find some other things to do. With Yelp, you will easily find what you are looking for. The great thing about this app is that it includes a picture, a star rating, price range and user reviews for a place or a business, allowing you to easily decide if you want to see it for yourself or not. If you decide to go to a place, you can just check out the details to see the address. It also provides a phone number if you just want to inquire.

Poynt

If you are on a tour, there’s a slim chance that your favorite artist or performer will be visiting places or events that are in your vicinity. Poynt easily points the way for you. Whether you want to have a gastronomic trip, watch a movie, join events, go shopping, or find friends, this app is one of the best apps that can help you.

By accessing your location, the app can quickly show you the nearby businesses that you might want to go to. You can add everything that you want to check out on your calendar so that you can always find time for it during your tour.

You can also use the app to buy movie tickets, make a restaurant reservation, get directions, and even help you find the best gas prices available.

There’s no such things as being over-prepared and if you’re traveling to a foreign country, you’ll need all the help you can get. Download and install these apps to your Android device and have fun on your trip. If your favorite tourist application was not mentioned on our list, let us know what it is by leaving a comment below.

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