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By Lilian Gaitho

From the golden years of face to face communication, and human contact to the advent of wireless internet, and new age robotics; tourism and travel have no doubt grown to be one of the leading sectors in technological advancement.

This has truly given way to a new dawn; that of connected and seamless DIY planning, as well as paving way for global accessibility and ease of travel. Leading on the lists of travel enhancing gadgets is the smartphone, the multi-utility invention that can now literally open doors, control temperatures, and track luggage.

However, no one size fits all if you are looking to buy or build a travel app that will cut across all aspects of travel, here are the basics to focus on.

Minimalist and clean interface

Remember an app is supposed to provide a quick-fix solution to a pressing issue, thus should not leave room for distraction and unnecessary clutter. The first page/interface should link directly to well outline solutions. Well controlled use of white for both aesthetic and functional reasons as well as overall design appeal is just as important. For great user experience (UX) loading speed and the ease of navigation must be accorded priority.

Travel itinerary generator

This will help you create and visualize the plan and outline of your trip ahead of your chosen travel date. For maximum benefits, the element should be well developed to pick locations with minimal input, match dates as instructed and also give proper estimates in terms of distance, time and possible detractors.

Language translator tool

For efficiency and to aid your stay in a foreign land; an in-app language translator tool will go a long way in helping you conquer the anxieties and suspicions that can arise on grounds of language barrier. On top of this, basic knowledge of local languages also helps in boosting confidence as people tend to be more attracted to those speaking their tongue, even in destinations without any hints or history of hostility or harassment.

Currency converters

Another important aspect for travelers crossing borders to a different currency. Whether converting to dollars, dirhams, yen, yuan, or rupees; accuracy is the most vital function. Additional information such as local exchange rates projected short-term performance and nearby exchange bureaus will also come in handy.

Travel apps have ceased to be a reserve of the tech-savvy, to be a key facilitator to seamless travel and discovery. Whether for hotel booking applications, flight reservations or simple tax pick-up, a scroll down your smartphone should be able to connect you to the desired service.

These pointers should give you a good perspective on what to look for when shopping, as you consider other aspects such as weather forecast, restaurant finders, and taxi-share.

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