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2019 Must-Have Travel Apps!

2019 Must-Have Travel Apps!

It’s more than just Instagram and Uber, apps we use when we’re travelling need to help us out when we’re in the planning stages of our vacation, right through to decisions about certain attractions that are within our vicinity on a free-day during our vacation. If you’re travelling all the way to Australia, Fiji or even Taiwan, these are lengthy trips that require much preparation. 

There is always need for smartphone apps and so here are my top five picks for 2019:

  1. PackPoint App – Packing your suitcase, and figuring out what you need for the duration of your stay, can be the toughest part of your travel experience.  Visiting the South Pacific or Asia usually means lengthy stays with varying activities or excursions lined up, as well as varying weather conditions. Essentially, this app will help you organize what you’ll need in your suitcase based on the length of your trip, the destination’s weather or climate (especially if you’re visiting multiple countries or cities!), and of course any activities you have planned for your trip.  It will help those who often forget
  2. OpenSignal App – The last thing you’d want to deal with while on holidays is trying to figure out where the nearest free wi-fi hub is.  This app contains a world map, with crowdsourced information from users, illustrating where the nearest location is offering free wi-fi as well as stats on download/upload speeds, how well the network functions, or its availability and so on.
  3. Binaural Beats App – Long flight ahead?  Full schedule of excursions, tours and sightseeing the next day and you need to fall asleep early the night before?  This app offers a series of repetitive sounds such as rain or various beats that can help you meditate, fall sleep and reduce anxiety.  You choose the sound frequency based on what you need and the app will do its thing.  You can also set timers on it in the event you fall asleep, so you won’t have to worry about the app playing all night.  Goes without saying, please don’t play this when driving!
  4. Timeshifter App – Cook Islands is on the same timezone as Hawaii, but New Zealand is around 22 hours ahead of The Cooks.  If you’re visiting multiple locations it can be difficult to keep track of the time changes and adjusting appropriately.  This app aims to help ease the jetlag.  You’d have to enter in your flight details, your various destination(s) of course and general sleeping patterns as well as personal preferences and the app then produces a customized plan to help you fend off jetlag.
  5. Google Lens – Using your phone’s camera, this app is able to detect the world around you, literally.  From understanding plant species as well as dog breeds, as well as information on certain landmarks when you’re on the go like it’s history or ratings – perfect when travelling! – using this app can help with obtaining information from various items around you, while on the go!

Contact Downunder Travel today on how we can help you plan a seamless travel experience.

I travel quite a bit for work and since I am constantly on the go, these applications can come in handy and help alleviate any anxiety I may have.

Written by: Ryan (Destination Specialist)

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Kudos to Sawyer, our travel agent from Downunder Travel, who did a fantastic job of arranging our trip to Fiji. Her attention to detail was impeccable.

We were delayed for takeoff from Calgary to San Francisco due to weather and Sawyer helped us with our hotel bookings and transfers en-route to San Francisco. As well, she automatically readjusted our Fiji itinerary to coincide with our missed arrival dates in Fiji.

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D. Nixon

We will be recommending you to anyone we know

We absolutely loved our vacation, Jason!  Kudos to you with your recommendations, bookings, etc.  Everything came off without a hitch –  excursion pickups, airport shuttles were always on time.  We made out great driving on the wrong side of the road, and steering wheel on wrong side of car lol.  Air New Zealand was a great choice for our main flights, flight attendants came to our seats and thanked us personally for flying with Air New Zealand.  Again, we have to thank you so much Jason for helping us plan such a fantastic vacation – such a great time.  Hopefully we will vacation in another area you sell and we’ll need your services again.  We will definitely be recommending you to anyone we know.

C. Hinks

3 Week Australia Trip!

Our family would like to thank you for coordinating an amazing trip to Australia!  We only had 3 weeks but we were able to experience so much with an itinerary that was seamless and worry free!

Every spot was memorable, from the Grampians to Kangaroo Island, to a liveaboard on the GBR and the bright lights of Melbourne and Sydney  – a spectacular country and can’t wait to go back!

We definitely recommend Downunder Travel and are grateful to Andree for all her help and expertise in creating a wonderful adventure!

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Jason created the Best Vacation Ever for us – a month long trip to Australia travelling the east coast, the Red Center and south. All arrangements, locations, excursions, transfers were well executed which resulted in a stress free vacation for us! Thanks so much for your attention to all the details. Would definitely recommend that others trust Jason to make their entire trip as spectacular as ours was.
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“Heard about this place through a friend and decided to inquire about a trip to Southern Africa. Jason did a fantastic job with very little time and set up a 25 day trip, flights included. Was excellent at every stage and everything went off without a hitch. Would absolutely recommend, and will most definitely be a repeat customer.”

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“A group of 9 travelers wanted to do a tour of Australia. 4 of us have been using Jason at Downunder Travel since 2005. We are a group with agricultural interests so we were hoping to see the diversity of Australia with as many ag components as possible. We met with Jason and he compiled an itinerary for us which gave us another trip of a lifetime. Jason’s attention to detail is truly amazing. Everything happened without a glitch which makes for a worry-free holiday. He also allowed for some free days if anything needed rearranged. We are already planning our next holiday with his company. Kudos to Jason!”

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Just to let you know we arrived safely back home late yesterday after a wonderful trip. Thank you for setting it all up. We saw almost no rain but the day that it did rain was when we arrived in Darwin. Having Platinum [The Ghan] meant our transfer bus was right beside the train whereas the Gold passengers had quite a walk to get to the station. The train is almost a kilometer long so it meant a walk in the rain for some.

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