Summers have set in full swing in most part of the country and winter isn’t coming for long. Well, what can be better than planning your travel at this time of the year? Travel, one of the best thing to learn about practicality in the lap of nature, refreshes the soul and mind alike. Right from being decisive (at the time of planning where to travel) to being brave & smart while travelling, it is ignored by many for a while too long. Apart from this, travel refreshes the mundane life (at least for a while) and gives you enough selfies to show off for at least the next 3 months.

However, to travel more efficiently, serious travellers make use of technology while saving on cost and time. Hence, to make everyone travel smartly, we have compiled a list of travel apps that are MUST HAVE on your phone –

Hey, have you ever planned a trip without making a single phone call to travel agents, hotels or any activity vendor? Have you ever tried travelling making the best use of technology? There are a number of travel apps in Play store/App store that helps people ease the travel hassles but most of it are repetitive or of little use. We have picked the 4 best apps of the lot for you to help ease out any travel hassles based on 4 steps in travelling: Transfer, Accommodation, Activity, Recommendation/Review.

To Book Transfers

There are a lot of travel apps for booking transfers for a backpacker like Redbus, PayTM and the likes of GoIbibo & MMT. However, all of them screw up at some point in time. No communication is ever made with the booker (except the confirmation emails & SMSes) and one can almost never get through the contacts mentioned in those emails. For all those who are looking for a seamless travel experience, we suggest to always trust the state transportation. These can be booked through IRCTC or specific road transportation websites. Yes, we are not kidding. Fixed timings, dedicated pickup points, on-time arrival at the destination and decent services is what makes the government services still the best in India to travel with. Try it for a better experience than with private vendors.

Download IRCTC on Android and iOS

To Book Places to Stay

Next step is to look up for the perfect weekend accommodation that leaves you speechless. Well, gone are the days when a dingy guesthouse or a 2-star hotel were the ideal options for backpackers. All you smart travellers can now look up for super cool backpacker hostels or Airbnbs wherever you travel. The only few great apps that help you do that are Airbnb & Hostelworld. Quality listings, great add-ons, transparency in commitments, privacy, and a seamless booking experience, is what makes these top our list. India still is low on backpacker hostel options, however, you can always look for some amazing hostelling experience here. Hostels are the perfect spot for getting genuine local recommendations on how to go about the place. Read some useful recommendations about New Delhi here.

Download Hostelworld on Android and iOS

To Book Activities

Picking up activities would be a great addition to your plan. City walks, jungle trails, pub crawls, camping, trekking, bonfire, scuba diving are always adventurous. These give one a sense of accomplishment while travelling. Choosing a backpacker hostel would mean every chance of getting much more than a staying experience. Intelligently curated local events, dedicated community manager, local experiences and much more is what makes these events so widely popular.  Primarily based in North India currently, you can always book a trek or a jungle trail from here.

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