The travel industry is one of the industries which have been revolutionized the most by the growing proliferation of Smartphone’s and their apps. Do you remember the cozy days sitting by the fireplace flipping though magazines or travel brochures you picked up from the travel agents office in your local shopping mall? Those days are long gone as you will be hard pressed to even find an actual travel agency storefront; most travel is now planned and booked in the virtual marketplace. The days of maps and books have been replaced with snappy apps for everything to do with a dreaming, planning and executing your perfect trip’s itinerary.
You have apps which point you to the best in flights or rail, hotels or hostels, ocean liner or city cruise boats. You have apps like Packing Pro which makes sure you don’t forget to pack anything. Apps can help you check in or check out, just flash a QR code and you are on your way. GPS Apps have made it so you never get lost, which in a way is kind of sad since so many adventures and memories happen when you least expect it, and the GPS even gives you your estimated arrival times.
You have apps for language translations so if you do need to ask a question, you type it into the app and it will even say the words for you. With these language apps you no longer live in fear of butchering the language to a local. There are apps which tell you what landmark you are standing in front of, and before you take its picture the app can even tell you its history. You have apps for currency conversion and of course there is Simply Declare Travel App, only app for tracking your declarable purchases so never get a surprise at your home border and have to pay duty on your souvenirs and trinkets.
If you are travelling by automobile you might like to have an app which will tell you what the price of petroleum is on your route, or if you will need cash to cross over a toll bridge. There are even apps made to tell you where the nearest public loo is located in the city you are visiting.
Apps will help you to diarize your trip with pictures and notes so you don’t forget one thing about the vacation for which you saved your hard earned cash. For the blogger, there are apps keeping them connected to their family and followers, and lets the armchair traveller ride along on their adventure.
The app revolution has turned the traveler into a powerful consumer with the world at your fingertips. There is no longer any excuse to put off planning a long awaited trip to a far away land. You can use apps to plan, to dream, and to aid you in taking your special trip. It’s the perfect time to plan your shopping trip to Paris, the River Cruise down the Volga River or maybe even visiting the Tortoises of the Galapagos Islands.