Travel Apps of the Week – 5/4

Technology has advanced tremendously and every day there seems to be a new gadget, a new laptop, a new phone and even new apps. Travel apps are now a necessity in today’s world and without them most of us would get lost or worse…we would not be able to book a hotel from our phones.

Sounds horrible, right? Imagine living in the 80’s and 90’s with the big bulky phones and a paper travel map with no voice to guide you. Luckily, we are now in a time where smartphones exist and have amazing apps to help us find our way back home.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I love travel apps. I have a huge collection of travel apps on my phone and they have become quite useful during my travel adventures.

Every few weeks, I look up useful apps and try to test them out.  After a few days, I pick out the ones I liked the best and add them to my collection of useful apps. This week, four travel apps caught my attention.

 

busbud

1) Busbud 

When I first heard of Busbud, it was during my time on Twitter. One of the accounts I follow mentioned them and I had to check them out. Needless to say, I am glad I did. Busbud is a unique booking tool for buses worldwide. Need to make a trip from Toronto to Montreal? No problem, Busbud can help.

Busbud shows you the time, date, bus service and price. It also allows you to pick your ticket type, departure and arrival stops, and the amenities.

They recently introduced their new iOS app, which is even more exciting since it is now possible to book on the road. Hopefully we will soon see an Android app for them as well.

*Available in iOS only

 

dwellable

2) Dwellable

Dwellable shows photos and reviews of wonderful vacation rentals. The app is very easy to use and allows you to search through many cities and countries for a rental. It gives you a list, photos, maps and a calendar to see when the rentals will be available.

Each listing comes with the owner information followed by information of the vacation rental and the prices.

*Available in iOS and Android

 

triptive

3) Triptive

Triptive is an app that allows you to book a vacation 12 months in advance and make monthly payments. Don’t have the $1,000 to take a trip to Europe? No worries, you can now make monthly payments for that trip you’ve always wanted.

I have not been able to test this app, since the app hasn’t launched as of yet. However, this is one app I am looking forward to and I definitely like the concept of this start-up. If this sounds like something you would definitely like on your phone, then go support them on Kickstarter.

*Coming soon

 

shutterbee

4) Shutterbee

Shutterbee is a photo travel journal app that allows you to blog about your travels. It records the places you have been to, it lets you chat with other travelers and plan trips together, and allows you to discover hidden gems posted by other travelers.

It’s a really great app for anyone wanting to keep track of the places they’ve been to, blogging and for making new travel buddies.

*Available in iOS only

 

Although I wasn’t able to try a few of them, I must say I am impressed with their websites and what they have to offer. Not only is technology improving, but travel is definitely improving thanks to these amazing apps. Now travel is easier than before and booking only takes a simple click.

Thanks to the efforts of the teams behind the apps, travel is now hassle free and more enjoyable.

-Hanny

 

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