• 6 of the best new travel apps to try in 2016

    2016-10-07

    If you're a frequent traveler, you probably understand the impact that travel apps have had on the industry. Inventors have taken everything into consideration, including help for packing, finding free WiFi and taking the best travel photos. They've also made everything from snagging a last-minute discount on a hotel to finding hidden local gems not only possible, but simple and convenient.

    While there are certain apps that have been around for years successfully helping travelers make the most of their experiences, there are many new apps that have recently received a lot of buzz from travelers. Whether you've come to rely on travel apps for your trips or have yet to download any, use this list to help you decide which new travel apps are worth using in 2016.

    1. Rizon
    Have you ever ended your trip to find that you either didn't take enough photos or took plenty that don't capture the beauty of your destination? This is where Rizon may come in handy. Not only does the app make taking high-quality pictures easy, but it tells you exactly when to take them. Rizon is particularly helpful for adventure travelers who find themselves outdoors a lot, as it notifies users when the best outdoor lighting can be captured each day. Another great feature of this new app is that it works even when you don't have access to WiFi, so you can get alerts in the middle of tours or hiking excursions.

    2. Rio 2016
    This innovative app is for those who are passionate about seeing the world's best athletes compete at the much-anticipated Olympics, an event that is expected to sell at least 7.5 million tickets. Whether you're headed to Brazil for this summer's Olympic games or simply want to be a part of the excitement, the Rio 2016 app has got you covered. You can even follow the preparations for the games, see live job posting opportunities, learn about the sports competitions that will take place and get behind-the scenes news and information.

    Want to win a ticket to the opening ceremonies? The app also gives users a chance to enter a contest in which they send pictures showing their team spirit. It then awards the winner free entry. If you have your ticket to the massive event, the app will guide you to all of the exciting attractions and activities occurring in the city.

    3. Expensify
    There are a lot of apps out there to help business travelers organize their expenses. However, Tech Times has listed Expensify as one of the best for 2016. Even if you aren't embarking on business travel and simply want your expenses in order, this app makes budgeting and keeping a record of your purchases incredibly easy. It has a feature that enables users to scan receipts, which then automatically turns into an expense report. You can also photolog receipts and import purchasing data from your credit card.

    4. Just Ahead
    Just Ahead is a GPS-based app that can be used anywhere, regardless of your WiFi and cellular service situation. The app works as your personal tour guide, providing tips on where to go and anecdotes about your surroundings. This information doesn't come from just anywhere, but is provided by award-winning travel writers from publications like AAA and National Geographic, so you can trust them for accuracy. If you're taking a road trip, stories about the various attractions in your location play automatically so you don't have to take your hands off the wheel. To top it off, Just Ahead also provides suggested directions if you happen to get lost.

    5. Great Little Place
    Providing guidance to over 15,000 hidden gems in more than 100,000 cities and six countries, Great Little Place is the app to download if you want to head off of the beaten path and explore local hotspots. Get a real taste of your destination's charm at quirky bars and one-of-a-kind local restaurants. Even if you want to do some exploring around the city you live in, the app is bound to bring you somewhere you've never been.

    6. Hopper
    Hopper was one of the few travel apps listed in Apple's "Best of 2015." The app helps travelers find the most affordable flights to their destination of choice. What makes Hopper better than all of the other flight-search apps out there? According to Apple, the app has been known to save users as much as 40 percent on their flights. It turns the Internet inside out, scanning billions of sites for flight prices every day. This also allows it to share predictions on how prices are going to change and when it's best to buy your ticket. Mashable also noted that it boasts 95 percent accuracy with a simple and easy-to-use interface for a seamless flight searching process.

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