The travel season is fast approaching, and juggling tickets, hotel reservations, rental cars, itineraries, and other plans can be maddening. We researched, and spoke internally about our favorite apps and came up with a list to help you get around this travel season. Here is a list of the top 5 FREE apps for iOS and Android devices.
Uber (iPhone, Android; free)
Uber is your private driver in more than 100 cities and 30 countries. Request a ride using the app and get picked up within minutes. On-demand service means no reservations required and no waiting in taxi lines. Compare rates for different vehicles and get fare quotes in the app. Use PayPal or add a credit card to your secure account so you never need cash on hand. It’s available in many European, US, and Asian cities.
Word Lens (iPhone, Android; free)
This is a really clever, free app that translates most modern languages simply by pointing your phone’s camera at a sign, sentence, or document. It’s often clumsy, as one would expect: much depends on the size of the text involved and its construction (newspaper headlines, for example, are poorly translated). But as a free app, it’s excellent.
Expensify (iPhone, Android; free)
Receipts and expenses are the bane of the business person. This is a very easy-to-use, well laid-out app to log bills, credits, receipts, mileage, and other common expenses. It gives you extra functionality, such as being able to import expenses from credit card or bank accounts.
Viber (iPhone, Android; free)
Roaming charges? What roaming charges? Viber is a mobile application that allows you to make phone calls and send text messages to all other Viber users for free! Viber is available over WiFi or 3G (data charges may apply). Once you and your friends install Viber, you can use it to talk and message as much as you want – for free!
Hotel Tonight (iPhone, Android; free)
This hotel-booking service is aimed at booking on the day you need the hotel. It offers a few high-end options, with which it negotiates special deals.
Not going anywhere this summer? We’ve got you covered; here is a list of some of the top places in town to grab some great food and free WiFi
1. Boundary Bay
3. Avenue Bread
4. Rocket Donuts
5. Woods Coffee