The summers are already here and vacation time is nearing. If you are planning a foreign or even a domestic trip this summer, technology is at your helm to make the plans less hectic and easier to manage.
Your smartphone is now your key to accessing the world. If you don't have a specific itinerary in mind, don't worry because mobile apps can now practically solve all the problems you might face. We have carefully curated a list of the only apps you'll need on your next trip in the summer vacations.
TripAdvisor is one app that does exactly what the name is. It advises you on your upcoming trips. From hotels to flights to trains, it's got you covered. In this summer holiday season, people look for apps that help them plan their holidays without a travel agent. Start off with powering up the TripAdvisor app and book the most convenient and cost-effective flights for all the travellers. All the major airlines are part of the app's Flights tab and you can also choose flexible dates for the best offers.
If you are travelling to a nearby location, trains are your best companion. They let you enjoy the view while warding off the scare of heights and lengthy bills.
Booking train tickets on the IRCTC website can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. IRCTC Connect, the official app, makes life a little bit easier, by letting you search, book and cancel tickets on the go. New users can register from the app directly and the app retains passenger details so you don't have to repeat it everytime.
Over a million users have downloaded the app, and it has a 4 star rating on Google Play.
Flights? Nah. Trains? Don't think so. Don't worry; maybe your thing is a bus ride. Redbus is the only bus booking app you need. The Redbus app makes it easy to choose a bus based on bus type (AC, Non-AC, Sleeper) and customer ratings, select a boarding point, and lets you save your card details for future transactions.
Termed the ‘AirBNB of India', OYO has a slightly different take on the hotel-booking model. If you are the offbeat kind of person and staying in luxury hotels isn't generally your thing, you can check out Oyo Rooms. The company has tie-ups with several above average hotels all across the city you wish to visit. A certain percentage of rooms is slotted for Oyo and it is ensured that quality standards are uniform throughout. You get free high-speed Wi-Fi, a healthy breakfast and good quality towels and soap to get through the day.
Oyo Rooms are cost-effective options for guesthouses, but with the quality maintenance of a proper hotel. These are the solo traveller's dream.
The most trusted and one with the biggest fleet of cabs in the country, Ola Cabs is almost present in every city in India. Once you reach the airport, railway station or bus terminal of your destination city, fire up the Ola app and book the closest cab to travel to your hotel or preferred destination. It works like a breeze and starts at just Rs. 6/km (for Ola Micro). The look from the prepaid taxi drivers is just priceless, though.
Another alternative to TripAdvisor is ClearTrip. Cleartrip is your one-stop shop for all things travel related. The app lets you book hotel rooms, bus, flight and train tickets on one portal.. Payments can be made using netbanking, debit and credit cards. It's the only app that lets you book tickets with an international credit card, and shows fares in local currencies for GCC customers.