by carl-edwin 08-01-2012 06:14 AM - edited 08-01-2012 06:14 AM
The month of August is about to start and there is still some time left for summer vacation. If you have a Windows Phone here are four great apps that you will be able to use before and during your trip.
You can use Kayak like a search engine to find the lowest prices on airfare, hotels, car rentals, and more. You can even set alerts to notify you when tickets reach a certain price, so you’ll always get the best deal possible. The advantage is that this single app polls many different travel search sites to find the lowest prices for you. You can also filter search when using the flight option to choose what airline, airport and if you don’t want stopovers with your flight. The entire app works well, is useful and the interface is friendly on a Windows Phone. The app is free and can be found in the Marketplace.
When it comes to finding a hotel for your trip, the Hotel website is a good way to have information about the location and the rooms themselves. But a polished website doesn’t mean that it’s a good place for you. TripAdvisor can tell you the truth behind those great looking pictures. It is one of the largest online networks of customer-generated reviews, including user-supplied photos for hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more. With over 50 million reviews worldwide, TripAdvisor is an easy way to discover some of the best places to stay and enjoy on your vacation. Check it out to see what people who've actually stayed or eaten at those places think before you book your reservations. The app is free and can be found in the Marketplace.
Alright, so you’re all done, you have your flight reservation, your hotel booked and you want to print all those confirmations and put them in one place. Well, forget printing confirmation sheets and itineraries. With TripIt, just forward your confirmation emails to TripIt and the service automatically compiles your information, including maps and directions. You can even add events or activities to your itinerary and share your travel plans with others. The app is free and can be found in the Marketplace, and there’s also a Pro version that includes flight refunds, mobile alerts and flight rerouting tools for $49 per year.
Now you arrived to your destination but you don’t speak the language apart for the traditional “hello” and “thank you”. Well don’t worry; you won’t eat something weird at the restaurant because you can’t make sense of what’s in the menu. Bing Translator allows users to point their cameras at otherwise unintelligible text and then view a proper translation as an overlay on the photograph. Bing Translator also allows users to speak phrases into their phone, which will then be audibly translated into a foreign language of choice. But the app’s big winning point for me is the app's offline capabilities. You simply download the language pack you need, and Bing Translator will translate everything for you even if you don’t have an internet connection. The app supports English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Chinese Simplified, and is free in the Marketplace.
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