Now that January is fast approaching, you may be thinking about when is the prime time to book a spring/summer getaway. There isn’t really any way to escape the January sales – everything from groceries to vacations seem to be on discount! But although it can feel a little manic and stressful, it is definitely worth trying to snatch a bargain in the sales, especially when it comes to things like flights. But once you’ve booked your weekend break, how can you ensure that you get the absolute most out of it? Most of us these days own a smartphone, and the answer could be right with yours. Take a look at some of these top apps available for download that can make or break your vacation.
If you haven’t heard of Air BnB, just where have you been for the past year?! This handy website also comes in an easy to use app format and has revolutionized the way we see vacations. Gone are soulless hotel rooms, to be replaced by amazingly affordable villas and private rooms in the homes of hosts. Some Air BnB properties can also be used as short-term rentals if you need somewhere to stay for a slightly longer period of time, such as a business trip. You can use the app to refine your search for a place to stay using filters related to price, location and room size.
Most of us would admit that we use our phones more than ever these days. They can come in especially useful whilst we are on holiday, in a country we are perhaps unfamiliar with. Speaking to friends and family back home is a priority for some of us, whilst others just want to use their phones to take pictures. So, when we quickly run out of battery, it can be pretty disheartening, to say the least. Thankfully, there are now ways you can charge your phone wirelessly when you’re out and about, by connecting to hotspots. You can see more here about the apps that can help you to do so.
No one likes wasting time, especially when they are on vacation. As going on holiday can be so expensive, most of us like to make sure we get the most out of it – and that doesn’t mean spending hours walking in circles trying to find a cultural monument! Most smartphones these days come with built-in maps so you can find your way around, and some run purely on GPS, meaning you won’t need an internet connection. However, you can also get some map apps that are specific to the country you are visiting, which can help you find new and interesting places to visit.
Going to a place where you don’t speak the local language? It can be easy for things to get lost in translation, whether you are at a restaurant or trying to hire a car. To make things easier, why not download a translator app prior to your vacation? Some of these are based on typing in the phrase you want to translate, and some other apps will allow you to speak directly into the phone. Vacations can sometimes be as stressful as they are enjoyable, but by downloading some handy apps you can make sure the whole thing runs smoothly.