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10 Best Travel Guide Apps You Need For Your Next Trip

10 Best Travel Guide Apps You Need For Your Next Trip

It would be ideal if one could simply show up at a location for vacation and know exactly how to enjoy their vacation upon arrival. However, for most individuals, making use of a guide or researching a bit on the location before going is a task that they must embark on before a location is agreed on. Travel books and agents used to be the source of knowledge in the past, however in this technological age, there are a myriad of travel guide applications available for individuals who want to have travel guides available on their mobile phones. Let’s look at 10 travel guide apps you’ll need for your summer getaway.

1. Tripomatic (In-App Purchase)

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    Tripomatic allows you to make a workable itinerary on your iPhone that can be edited online in a snap. With the ability to create day-to-day plans, you are able to choose sights to check out based on reviews and photos already on the application. This will allow you to choose if the locations on your list will truly interest those who are coming along on the trip with you. The maps, which are largely personalized by you, can even be accessed offline, this ensures that you’ll never be out of the loop of the day’s plans. Each city’s guide is purchased through an in-app purchase for $3.99 each or $13.99 per continent.

    2. Viator (Free)

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      Viator connects you with sights, tours, and activities that you can do in the city you are visiting. You are able to make on-the-whim decisions with last minute booking options through Viator. This is a great way to ensure that a damper isn’t put on your vacation when plans change. Your ticket and all of its information is viewable and scannable through Viator in-app. Not only does Viator connect you with activities, it connects you with deals to ensure you still have enough money for continued fun. With Viator videos, you are put in the action seat of the fun activities, allowing you to see exactly what you have in store.

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      3. Fast Talk (In-App)

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        The best thing that a tourist has in its favour is being able to understand or have some way of speaking the local tongue. This can not only get you out of awkward situations, but impress the residents who may be more incline to help you out or give you a special recommendation or two.

        Fast Talk, developed by Lonely Planet, hopes to step a bit outside of the travel guides they are known for and guide you with five of the most common languages encountered by tourists in Europe. Top phrases in French, Italian, Spanish, and German are offered for free. For ultimate speaking opportunities, there is a in-app purchase option to open more phrases and even more specific Spanish dialects.

        4. Wikitude (Free)

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          Using augmented reality, Wikitude wishes to open the world to you. Through a photo taken, you are able to get the history behind a specific site that you are visiting or check out the nearest restaurant locations close to where you are standing. This is similar to the augmented reality feature of the next app we will cover, Yelp, but Wikitude offers more by explaining in deeper significance popular tourist sites you will encounter. If you wish to be your family’s tour guide, this is the free application you need to add to your iPhone before your trip.

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          5. Yelp (Free)

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            Yelp is known highly for its restaurant reviews. While you will find yourself using Yelp for that purpose a majority of your time abroad, it can come in handy in more ways than that. Yelp isn’t just a city guide, it makes you not just feel comfortable with your surroundings, but turns you into a short-time resident.

            Yelp, through the use of reviews and star ratings, allow you to go to restaurants that are popular among locals but might not have been in your range of view as a tourist. I used Yelp when in Miami to find this amazing Mexican food restaurant far from what’s considered a touristy place, and it was amazing! Yelp can also get you in touch with bars, doctors, places of worship, travel agents, and more.

            6. GateGuru (Free)

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              GateGuru is the application you need to ensure that your airport experience is one that is of less stress and good planning. The application not only allows you to keep up with the information of where your gate is and when you need to arrive there, it allows you to see a map of nearby amenities including bathrooms and places to eat. This prevents you from having to wander around the airport, too far from your gate. With social networking intertwined, you can keep your family and followers on top of your travel plans, with easy Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook checkin options. Once you arrive, you can even be connected to rental car service through GateGuru.

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              7. JetLag Genie ($2.99)

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                The roughest thing about travel is the corruption of your sleeping schedule. Not only are you most likely traveling to a new time zone, but you probably aren’t getting enough sleep the night before. If you are like me, you are most likely finishing your packing the night before and once you hit the sheets, you are probably too excited to get some shut-eye. Once on the plane, comfort and noise may prevent you from having a good night’s rest. On arrival, the new time and the line-up of activities and unpacking makes sleep impossible. JetLag Genie gives you a prescription of how to combat JetLag through adequate sleep schedule changes, melatonin, etc in advance.

                8. mPassport ($0.99/per city)

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                  Once in a foreign country, the combination of new foods, questionable water, and strenuous adventures can present you with the possibility of illness or injury. The application, mPassport, allows you to stay connected constantly to embassies, pharmacies, and medical establishments that are welcoming to an English-speaking clientele. Through HTH Worldwide, this application also is in connection with the company’s travel insurance program, allowing you to also access it through the app. You can, in addition, get medical term translations and request medical appointments in app.

                  9. EveryTrail (In-App)

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                    EveryTrail truly works itself into any way you are getting around town. Through a personalized map, you are able to see what is around you by foot, bike, car, ski, sail and more. Let your friends and family see what you have in store through great social media options. If you are in a rut on not knowing where to start, the nearly half a million other travel stories on EveryTrail can add a bit of inspiration. There’s offline access available (pro), and the ability to also add photos and videos (pro) to save the memories. Guides do come at a cost between $0.99 and $9.99. Pro access is $3.99.

                    10. The Converted ($2.99)

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                      The United States is a little different compared to other countries when it comes to measurements. Aside from the obvious instance of the currency exchange rate, the metric system can leave many first time travellers in a bit of a confusion. It is a hard lost in translation moment to ignore too. With distance, temperature, weight, and money all on another scale, your trip will be governed by a lot of guesswork.

                      However, The Converted by Ideon changes that. The application allows you to get over 200 offline unit translations, all presented without further configuration using location services. It’s recommended, however, to let the app go online once a day at least for updated currency exchange rates. For novice and regular travellers alike, the $2.99 is well worth the price.

                      Let us know in the comments below how you will use these applications to enhance your summer travel plans.

                      Featured photo credit: Top Travel Lists via toptravellists.net

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                      Published on September 20, 2018

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                      Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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