There are two things in the world that I really love; travelling and Windows 8.1. I've been passionately travelling alone since I was 16. Even though there are only a few apps on Windows Store, which are top notch, but I've been using Windows 8 for 2 years and it has helped make my journey less tiring and a lot easier.
Make an itinerary? Book a room? Navigate to interesting places? Want to speak Khmer? Translate thoughts into grammatically correct foreign speech? Calculate currency conversions correctly? These are some of the best travel apps available on Windows Store that I usually use when I travel.
The Bing Travel app helps you explore the world and plan a perfect trip, from close-by destinations to far-flung getaways. The travel tools make it easy to search and book flights and hotel reservations, then check essentials such as flight status while you're on the go. Be inspired by 360-degree panoramas, slideshows, photos and videos of scenic spots around the globe, plus the latest travel news and trends. Then dig into the collection of expert guides to pinpoint the best travel experiences â€” there's so much to discover.
Handy for the non-mathematically inclined, XE Currency will show you up-to-the-minute exchange rates for just about any currency you can think of. Select the currencies you're dealing with, punch in the monetary amount, and then bask in the automatic-conversion goodnessâ€”it's as simple as that. XE Currency's live tile toggles between the various currencies youâ€™ve selected in-app, showing their relative worth to your baseline currency. Now you can watch the value of the dollar plummet or see just how badly airport currency changers are ripping you off from the stylish comfort of your Windows 8 Start screen.
Guidepal is one of the best travel apps across all operating systems, not just Windows 8. They take the idea of the city guide and do it really well. You can search or scroll through the guides, which always have well curated locations. Aimed at the trendy bar hopping crowd with a few dollars to spare, not so much for backpackers. Easily switch to map view (my preferred mode of viewing) to pick your next outing.
What youâ€™ll find in GuidePal is only the <em>crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me</em>: the hidden gems, the popular local hotspots and the must-see classics. Whether you decide to visit that vintage market, the fast food joint, or the latest culinary hotspot, or whether youâ€™re in the city for four hours or four days, we can guarantee that youâ€™ll have a superb, authentic experience.
OutdoorMaps is the leading app for hikers, mountain climbers, mountain bikers, cyclists, inline skaters and other outdoor enthusiasts. A rich offer of free maps (MapQuest, Outdoors, OpenCycleMap, Landscape, Hike & Bike, Terrain, Norway, Finland and more) is bundled with this app. Additional popular high quality maps by swisstopo, featuring the official Swiss hiking trails, are available as extra subsciptions.
Need a cheap flight, fast? Search millions of routes on over 1,000 airlines and find the lowest priced flights in seconds with the free Skyscanner Windows app; save money, save time. Skyscanner sources the best deals then connects you to the airline or travel agent to make your booking directly, so you always get the best deals. Itâ€™s simple, independent, and finds the lowest fares fast.
Flight has been booked. Now the hotel! I always use Booking.com to book a room everywhere because it's really that good! The Booking.com app offers a quick, easy and secure way to find and book hotels wherever you are or wherever youâ€™re planning to go, just as good as the web version.
MyTrip itâ€™s the indispensable app for the most demanding travelers with more than 28.000 places to explore all over the world, that helps you create your own trip in your own way, keep it offline when you are travelling over the world! It helps find extense information about where you'll make your travel to; the country history, artworks from museums, the place history, videos, photos, webcam imagery, destinations near you, geo-location... Everything in a nice UI. Once your trip is created, you can use it without internet connection, ready to use, wherever you go.
The Bing Translator App for Windows is your companion when you need to quickly translate what you are looking at. Use your camera, say or just type the text you want to translate. Text and camera translation work offline with downloadable language packs, so you can get the power of Bing Translator on-the-go, even when you don't have an Internet connection.