From private jet charter to audio city guides and local tips from residents in-the-know, there’s an abundance of resources at the fingertips of every smartphone user. We take a look at the best travel apps to download for a more rewarding experience each time you set out on a journey.
As the world’s first mobile marketplace for private jet flights, this app is designed to connect members to idle jets and unused seats around the world. Encompassing routes between major cities such as New York, London, Milan, Zurich and Geneva, the app could prove to be of particular use to business travelers, while the app’s private charter service includes flights to almost anywhere in the world. What’s more, JetSmarter have now introduced Jet Smarter Homes, making it possible to browse and rent luxury homes on the same app.
Another app with the potential to transform the experience had by business travelers is Dayuse.com, an app that enables users to book a hotel room to fill the spare time between flights, whether it’s to catch up on some sleep or simply freshen up. Users can choose from 4,000 hotels located across 20 countries.
Ideal for anyone who is continually in search of off-the-radar locations in the cities they visit, Cool Cousin connects users with in-the-know locals in a number of destinations. By connecting with a resident with similar interests, from a local designer or food writer to a stylist or music producer, each user is given a series of insider recommendations. The app currently runs across 12 cities.
This urban route planner acts as the ideal navigation tool for travelers who want to explore a city they’re visiting on foot. Rather than simply mapping the most direct route, Sidekix identifies a series of routes for the user to choose between, which take in some of the city’s best shops, cafes, nightlife and sights based on personal preferences. With listings curated by bloggers in each location, the app affords direct access to lesser known spots in more than 100 cities.
By collating user-generated photos taken in cities across the globe, this map-based app enables travelers to see what an area is like before making the journey there. For each neighborhood included, high quality images have been overlaid to give an overall impression of what the area offers and where to go within that vicinity. The map’s Hotspots then signify the places where the most photos are being taken. The image gallery can be filtered to see the most recent photos, or those taken by a particular photographer.
As another app to transform the experience of anyone setting out on independent exploration of a city, Walc maps out directions based on the landmarks to be seen within that area. The app’s pocket mode then gives step-by-step audio direction making it possible to simply follow the directions through your headphones.