Preparing for your next trip? Arm your mobile phones with some free and super-handy travel apps before you embark on your next trip out of Singapore.
For checking airfares
- Skyscanner– Find the best airfares with Skyscanner to get the best deals. You can compare prices for flights, but you can also use it for sourcing cheap and nice hotels and car hire deals.
For booking hotels/apartments
- Agoda- Agoda has a unique feature that sets it apart from other booking sites. You can receive emails from Agoda if there are price changes to the hotel you’re considering. This allows you to get the best price if you’re planning a trip far enough in the future to price-watch. Agoda also has price matching functions and will reimburse you the difference between what you pay and a lower price you find on another booking sites. You can also find out the secret deals that Agoda selects for you. These are highly discounted rates, sometimes as high as 4 percent.
- Airbnb- Want a more authentic experience when you are abroad? Airbnb undercuts hotels by offering lower prices for accommodation, yet a unique experience by allowing users to stay with a local, or in their home. The app also provides an “Experiences” feature for users to choose from during your stay.
- XE Currency- One of the best currency checking apps available on iPhone and Android. They updated continuously and offers live exchange rates for every world currency and precious metal. XE Currency is also available in offline mode, and the app can even be used on your Android Wear device or Apple Watch.
- Grab– There are seven countries that Grab operates in: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar.
- Uber- Uber features GPS navigation, so it’s much less likely someone is going to take you somewhere they aren’t supposed to. Also, it’s relatively easier to order Uber compared to a taxi. With many cab companies overseas (or even locally), you have to call and provide your address and destination. There is a higher likelihood of mistakes this way, especially in a foreign country!
- Google Maps- Widely regarded as the best navigation app, Google Maps offers directions for travel by car, on public transit, on foot, by cab, or on a bicycle. You’ll find it reliable in offering up local public transportation options in many countries, and you can also download specific areas for offline use.
- Google Translate- Traveling to a foreign country worrying about the language barrier? Nothing goes wrong with a Google Translate- A translator within your reach everywhere you go. Supporting over 100 languages, Google Translate is now even more conversational thanks to machine learning, and you can also save your favourite words or phrases for offline use. Also, you can hold your camera over words you don’t understand (perfect for street signs you can’t decipher), speak to translate, translate as you type.
- Papago- While Google Translate could be a useful tool in most countries, it is still falling short on specific languages such as Japanese and Korean. Papago is a better tool when it comes to Japanese and Korean, it has dramatically improved translations between languages with differing grammar structures, and allows the machine to better pick up nuanced expressions as well.