3 Handy Apps for Travellers

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handy apps for travellersOff to an exotic place over the holiday period? Before you get on a plane, be sure to download these helpful apps to ensure your time in the sun is less stressful and more enjoyable.

1. A jetlag app

Jetlag is a traveller’s nightmare! It disrupts your sleep pattern and can make you feel drowsy and sluggish for days afterwards. It’s definitely the last thing you want when you’re on a holiday. Now you can beat jet lag with a smartphone app! Yes, really.

Jet Lag Rooster was developed to help prepare a traveller’s internal clock before long flights. All you need to do is download the application and enter your trip details to get a customised jet lag plan. You’ll need to indicate the time you usually go to bed and wake up and then you’ll have the option to choose whether you want to adjust to jet lag a few days before departing, on the plane or after you arrive. This app will give you a detailed plan that suggests the best times to sleep and the best times to stay awake.

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It’s a great little tool for once-yearly travellers or frequent flyers, and as such, it has even been the subject of a scientific research paper. Furthermore, this very app is actually used by many airlines when training new pilots and flight crew. Best of all, it doesn’t require an Internet connection and you can download it for free! Get the app at Google Play or App Store.

2. A Wi-Fi finder

Avoid hefty roaming and data charges by connecting to a free or paid wireless network. With a Wi-Fi finder application, you can stay connected as long as there’s available Wi-Fi connection near your location. You’ll find most airports, cafes, bars and shopping centres have Wi-Fi available, and in many cases, all you need to connect is a valid email address.

JiWire Wi-Fi Finder alerts and gives you directions to the nearest available Wi-Fi hotspot in over 500,000 free and paid locations, in 144 countries. No need to constantly check the Wi-Fi networks for one that is unlocked.

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This app also allows you to view Wi-Fi hotspot detail, call locations, directions and even gives the option to share the hotspot. You can also filter results by location (cafe, hotel, etc.) or provider type. It works both online and offline and it’s available for download at Google Play or the Apple Store.

3.  An offline city guide      

Why carry cumbersome maps and heavy guidebooks when you can navigate your way through a new city using an offline guide?

TripAdvisor

Trip Advisor Offline City Guides Catalog is essentially a personal travel advisor in your pocket. To use it, download any City Guide or offline map whilst in a Wi-Fi zone. Once you have it installed on your device, you can easily find your way around a place even if you no longer have Internet connection. The maps will also offer up ideas on where the best places to shop, dine, or sightsee are.

Another cool feature is that the app automatically updates when any new cities are added. You can also update user reviews when you are on WiFi. Download the app now in Google Play or at the Apple Store.

Enjoy your holidays and watch out for those roaming and data charges!