Top 10 apps to help you save money while travelling
Thanks to mobile technology, planning a trip abroad on a budget is easier than ever. From booking hotel accommodation to buying plane tickets, scouting cheap restaurants to figuring out where to go, smartphones and tablets can do it all.
At Quidco we recognise that the current tough economic climate makes it essential to stay on top of your finances. With that in mind, check out our selection of 10 apps to help you explore the world without breaking the bank.
XE Currency (XE.com Inc.)
If you're visiting a new country it's integral you brush up on the local currency as quickly as possible...you don't want to end up short changed! XE Currency helps you get the right conversion rate straight to your smartphone or tablet even storing your latest selection for use offline. Even better, it's free to download.
Taxi Magic (RideCharge Inc.)
Not confident about using your destination's local transport ? Use your mobile phone to book a taxi and track it as it arrives. Ditch the taxi dispatchers and let Taxi Magic help you get a ride. You can also charge your trip via credit card, if you’re short on cash.
This is one of the must-have apps for any mobile device. Not only will it help you save money, it will also save you time. From retail stores, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, clinics, and gyms, Yelp can helps you find what you’re looking for. Also, this app can give you the average price per plate, perfect for the budget-conscious traveler.
Expensify (Expensify, Inc.)
If you’re the type of person who always loses receipts, then you'll love Expensify which helps you keep on top of your expenses. Letting you photo your receipts and create reports it can also link to current accounts and credit cards. When you're home you can then download the report before filing it with your boss!
Meal Ticket (db3 Mobile)
Looking for special deals and restaurant coupons while traveling can be a pain, thankfully Meal Ticket does the hard work for you. Coupons and offers are sent straight to your smart devices, meaning there's no need to print them off. Show the restaurant the deal and they will give you your meal.
Babelingo (Alta Vida LLC)
Getting lost in translation can be a nerve-wracking experience. With Babelingo, you don’t have to struggle while ordering food or getting a cab while out on a trip. It has over 300 useful phrases in 11 languages to choose from, this is the best travel translator for you.
Hotel Tonight (DealBase Corp)
Get as much as a 70% discount on hotel rooms with the Hotel Tonight app. Book last-minute deals from any hotel across the globe, while planning your next trip from the comfort of your own home. Each hotel featured on Hotel Tonight is guaranteed to give their clients the best accommodation available.
TripDoc (Dynamic Variable)
Maximize your time during your trips with TripDoc. Organise all the places you want to visit and let this app do its magic. It will let you know if buses and other forms of public transportation are available within your planned route. Save your cab fare for good food or a visit at the Sistine Chapel with TripDoc.
GasBuddy (GasBuddy Organization Inc)
Such is life in the oil and gas industry that petrol prices are always fluctuating. If you don't want to pay more than necessary get GasBuddy for your tablet or smartphone and you'll be presented with all the nearest petrol forecourts and their current prices. Plan your trip properly and you could save big bucks on long car journeys.
The Weather Channel (The Weather Channel Interactive)
In any trip, it’s best to check the weather forecast for your next destination. Plan the perfect beach holiday or hiking trip with The Weather Channel app. Using the best weather forecasting technologies, this app gives you a detailed weather report for the day ahead. The Weather Channel also features a destinations average temperature, precipitation, and more.
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This is a guest post by Sookie Lioncourt who is often found writing about the app store, films, modern art and updates from industry leaders like Samsung, O2 and Blackberry. She is a regular contributor to techiedoolers.com and she's always available on Google+ or Twitter: @sookielioncourt