GLOBAL – Tis the season to be jolly. And also a time when people pack their suitcases, grab their passports and head to the nearest airport in the pursuit of a warmer Christmas – or to spend a couple of weeks with loved ones. So to help you on your travels this Christmas, here’s four free travel apps from Ovi Store.
If you’re planning a trip, it’s best to start with finding somewhere to go. Lastminute.com has now got an app for your Nokia phone which makes looking for cheap hotel deals a doddle. There’s two parts to this app; reading through the blogs of hotel experts, so you know what real people think rather then the usual blurb hotels give you, and the hotel search function. Using the popular cities drop down box for some ideas, if you’ve not decided where to go yet. Alternatively, typing in a city followed by the date you want to travel and the number of rooms you want to stay. This will give you a collection of available hotels based on your criteria, giving hotel details and the ability to book that room straight from the app.
Once you’ve found the perfect place to stay, you’ll need to figure out how to get there. Trainline Tickets lets you search for ticket prices online using the easy to follow search tool, starting with where you’re traveling from to your destination, not forgetting to type in the times you expect to travel. The Trainline Tickets app will take your payment and in some cases give you a barcode that can be used as your ticket. Otherwise, you’ll have to pick up the app from the ticket station.
Maybe taking the train isn’t for you. So you’ve decided to take a flight or maybe you’re heading out of the country. Developed by Psiloc, World Travel is full of useful pieces of information from weather updates based on your current location, currency rates and world clocks so you can save your favourite holiday destinations for next time – all of this is free. Flight Assistant is a great feature, but this part you’ll have to purchase, but it’s worth it if you travel a lot. This will keep an eye on flight status alerts and let you know if something is going wrong that could delay your travel.
Once you’ve landed or arrived at the train station, you might want to know what to do next. Trip Advisor makes it easy for you to find local restaurants based on your favourite type of food and how much you want to spend. The perfect way to work off that lunch will be to find a local park, or maybe walk around a museum. Things to do lets you search for local attractions and lets you see reviews, write your own review and see photos so you’ll know what to expect when you get there.
If you’re going away this Christmas, give these apps a go and let us know what you think, in the comments below.
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