10 travel apps to make your vacation easier

10 travel apps to make your vacation easier

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Nowadays you can do virtually anything on your smartphone, including everything you need if you’re planning a vacation. Here are some of the best apps out there to help you plan the perfect vacation with the least amount of effort:

1. Tripit

Tripit is the perfect app to contain all your travel information, from flight confirmations, hotel bookings, rental cars, and even event bookings. All you have to do is forward your emails to the app and you’re all set.

2. App in the Air

This app is – as the name so straightforwardly suggests – a flight tracking app with great coverage. It keep you updated to any flight status even if you are offline. A bonus of this app is that it integrates the Tripit app and you can just import all your flights.

3. Citymapper

This easy-to-use app is available in around 30 cities around the world and it offers you detailed journey planner information, including real-time departures, Uber integration and cycle routes.

4. XE Currency

This extremely popular app is the best currency conversion app around. It is capable of converting any world currency and it also has some functions offline and some business-oriented features.

5. Splittr

Splittr is the perfect app for you if you’re traveling with a group of friends. As the name suggests, this app helps you share costs – and keep track of who paid what – as you go, and you can even mix currencies without having to convert them yourself.

6. Duolingo

Duolingo is a free language learning app which can help you learn the basics of a language before traveling abroad. The fun thing is that it is designed as a game, in which you go through levels and you gain experience points.

7. Time Out

This app is designed to give you great ideas of things to do when you are in a foreign city. It includes restaurants, bars, and other touristic attractions such as events or concerts. A great thing about it is that you can also book tickets to events or restaurants.

8. LiveTrekker

LiveTrekker is designed to create a kind of digital journal of your trips, which you can revisit on an interactive map anytime you feel nostalgic. You can even add pictures, videos, audio or text, creating a real virtual journal.

9. GasBuddy

If you’re traveling by car, this is the perfect app for you! It tells you how much service stations charge for fuel, letting you know if you should fill up now or wait for the next one.

10. PackingPro

Last but not least, for those of you who love traveling but dread the packing before, this app will suggest you what you might need for your trip and split it into categories, based on where you go, for how long, and who with.

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Caroline Parker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Bucharest. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. She specializes in gender issues, ethnic minorities, and has a passion for literature, but she loves to find out more about any subject she comes across. When she is not busy with her studies, she is attending conferences, seeing plays which deal with contemporary issues in society, traveling, taking photos for her Instagram account, and watching beauty related vlogs. She aims to become a published writer and to pursue a Ph.D. is the field of gender studies.