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My Favorite (Free) Travel Apps – Philippines Edition

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In this day in age where no one goes anywhere without their smartphone. Great applications have become essential to learning new information, locating friends and of course, finding your way around new places. For those who like to travel, there are a slew of travel apps that cover all the bases, while making travel a breeze and your vacation a memory you will remember forever. These are my top 10 favorite apps. Or as I like to call them, my digital travel agents.

PLANNING

10appstripadvisor1. Trip Advisor is one of the best online sources for travelers, particularly because it has in-depth reviews of hotels, restaurants, and sites to see. Photos uploaded by other users are also helpful for getting a glimpse of a place from an unbiased point of view. It is one of the richest resources you’ll find because it has a large and active community. Also, using the free Trip Advisor Offline City Guide app, you can browse reviews that have been stored in the app, with no data roaming charges.
Available on: Android, iOS, Nokia, Windows Phone, Web

10appslooloo2. Another app that I use, Looloo, has plenty of cool aspects and features. The whole idea is that you gain information from the community of users, and you give back by adding your own reviews and ratings. All reviews can be shared on Twitter and Facebook. When you first launch the app you have the choice of signing in through Facebook or “taking a peek” as a guest. The benefit to using your Facebook account is that there are “member-only features. This is my go-to app whenever I want to try out new restaurants, watch a movie or grab a couple of drinks.
Available on: Android, iOS

GETTING AROUND


10appswaze3. Waze
is a community-driven app for traffic and other information about the road, including police speed traps, potholes, and accidents. While Google Maps tells you about major reported road problems, Waze knows the nitty-gritty. You can even see the speeds at which cars are traveling in congestion. In cities, it’s popular among taxi and car service drivers, but it’s equally useful on highways. Beware, though: Waze needs to use your location information all the time, even in the background, which will take a toll on your battery.
Available on: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

10appsgrab4. GrabTaxi has saved me many times from standing in the sun or rain, or wasting twenty minutes flagging down a ride during rush hour in Makati. Since parking is a hassle and expense I would rather not have on most days, GrabTaxi has been an extremely useful tool in my everyday life. What’s even better is that it has started to offer GrabCar and GrabCar Premium. I’ve been picked up by a leather-seated Innova, a polished Camry, and a strapping Fortuner. Awesome part: It runs on a fixed fee so your bill doesn’t shoot up like a rocket. Of course, you occasionally can’t get a cab, even from here, but it’s a really reliable service, with some of the nicest drivers you’re ever going to meet.
Available on: Android, iOS,

ACCOMODATION

10appsairbnb5. Airbnb is an essential app for the tech-savvy backpacker, listing affordable accommodation around the globe – ranging “from a private apartment to a private island.” In addition to searching for places to stay, you can also offer your own room for rent, if you’d like to make a little extra money. So far there are 150,000 places listed in 190 countries. Also, it has an in-app messaging to guests/hosts make communication frictionless, keeping all activity on your mobile.
Available on: Android, iOS

TRANSLATION

10appsgoogletranslate6. Google Translate. Avoid language barriers and make sure you’re able to communicate easily no matter where you are with the best translation app out there, Google Translate. The app features more than 60 languages, and for 17 of those languages, you can translate by speaking the text rather than typing it.
Available on: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

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7. TripLingo. How many words, thoughts and minutes get lost in translation? Don’t lose out on potential relationships for want of a better word. Trip Lingo is a power packed language app complete with a phonetic guide and slang slider – a feature which regulates the number of allowed colloquialisms. It uses the flash card format to memorize commonly used phrases and communicate with ease. And it also has a “culture crash course” to get familiar with local customs and etiquette.
Available on: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

WIFI/COMMUNICATION

10appswififinder8. Wi-fi Finder. Stay connected without racking up roaming charges with the Wi-Fi Finder app, which locates Internet hotspots in your vicinity. The app works around the world, and also provides direction to the hot spot of your choice. You can filter according to whether a hot spot is free or paid, although in some places, the results are less than ideal.
Available on: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

WEATHER

10appsaccu 9. There are more than a few weather applications available to mobile users. And while I haven’t tried them all, I think you can’t go wrong with AccuWeather. The ability to add multiple locations along your trip (place of departure and destination) certainly helps, as does the feature that lets you browse tomorrow’s forecast by the hour. If you’re making plans that could be tripped up by weather, this is a wonderful app to have.
Available on: Android, iOS

BUDGET MANAGEMENT

10appswallet10. Wallet – Budget Tracker lets you create a daily budget and it will let you know how much you have left to spend each day, it’s really simple, which is why it’s great. The best thing about this app is that it’s completely customisable, you can create your own categories such as ‘fare’, ‘accommodation’, ‘drinks’ 😉 and assign each a color. Then you can view your daily spending in a pie chart or list view to see where the majority of your money is going. Best of all you can use it offline so you don’t need an internet connection, the app will use the most recent currency rates to convert your spending.
Available on: Android, iOS

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