More Travel Apps To Make Life Easier

Travel apps show now sign of waning anytime soon. Some have fallen by the wayside- ultimately they need to have some kind of business model that makes money. Others are popular beyond reason (but for good reason). Here’s another short list of apps that can help you on the road:

UBER:

On the one hand, a great idea. On the other hand, not without some degree of risk- drivers with regular licenses, possibly under insured and almost unregulated. The offset is it’s a neat service. I’ve done it several times (see my post- To Uber Or Not To Uber). It cuts the cost of a regular taxi in less than half, auto bills to your credit card and it’s fun to talk to your driver (they at least seem more talkative than most taxi drivers). It couldn’t be easier to use and can be set  up in minutes. www.uber.com

FONGO:

This Canadian App provides calls and texts across most of Canada for free to 800+ cities. Fongo uses VOIP for calls and texts and as an app uses data if not connected to Wi-Fi. You can radically change your mobile phone plan and use data to save large! Voice clarity is great and it’s free! I use the same number on both my iPad and iPhone with no monthly phone bill. www.fongo.com

INSTAGRAM:

It’s easy to throw this ultra popular app onto this list but here’s my rationale. Instagram has many uses- just between friends (“this user is private”), fun shots, food & drink, etc. As an Instagram user myself (marktravel), I like it for documenting my travel and also travelling around the world (via Instagram) on any given day. By using hash-tags for searches, say #London, you can research your upcoming destination beforehand or while in the destination. Great sights to see, restaurants to eat, attractions and more. www.instagram.com

TROVER:

Trover is similar to Instagram in that you share pictures but members add tips and share inspiration from their travels. It’s very much about finding unique places to visit and sharing your story. It’s basic search function is location based so it tells you the nearest “discoveries” relative to where you currently are. In order to interact with other members, you follow them and thank them for their discovery. I’m a member (MarkTravel) but haven’t used it a lot to-date. www.trover.com

EXPENSIFY:

If you need to keep track of your expenses on the road (and who doesn’t), this is really cool. The basic version is free and provides 10 SmartScans per month, unlimited expense uploads, ability to track time and track distance (using GPS, odometer or inputting distance). Very simple for a mundane task. Their motto is “expense reports that don’t suck!” www.expensify.com

 

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