Nowadays, no one leaves home without technology: a smartphone, tablet, e-reader, etc. Hence we are all part of the new way of traveling in this digital age. There are apps for everything and surely plenty for traveling. All great traveling apps have one thing in common: they solve problems. Each of our nine Best Apps has earned its place on this list by virtue of being innovative or downright efficient and practical, especially for travelers in Indonesia.
1. EXPEDIA HOTELS & FLIGHTS
Why we love this app: It’s free! Also gives you complete efficiency and every minute of your time is perfectly utilized.
Being on the go, it is a high priority requirement that you have the most updated and intelligent list of hotels and flights available at your fingertips. Expedia Hotels & Flights by Expedia Inc., gives all those features and more. With its easy-to-use interface, this app is a stripped down version of the website that will absolutely be your best friend because it gives list of hotels and flight details that are updated every minute. Expedia Hotels & Flights not only shows where hotels are located, but also room types, rates, and distance from user’s current location.
As the name suggests this app also provides quick updates on your flight details. Making your travel more convenient, you will also be able to book, change or even cancel flights just from your smartphone or tablet! Book multiple flights and plan out a perfect combination of traveling destinations. And for frugal travelers, this app even provides information on airline promotions.
2. FLIGHTTRACK 5
Why we love this app: Push-notifications are on the spot. Animations for flights in progress are gorgeous and intuitive – simply the best designed of any flight tracker available.
For just $4.99, you can follow the path of thousands of international flights on slick, zoom-able maps with detailed information on departure gates, delays and (heaven forbid) cancellations following up with alternate flights if you’re in a pinch. The newest version of this app is not only amazing because of its most updated list of flights worldwide but users can even view terminal maps to help navigate to boarding gates.
For every savvy traveler and for those anticipating the arrival of someone, you get real-time departure information, delays and gate numbers at a glance. If you want to stay on top of all your flight status in one app, look no further than FlightTrack 5. Lots of functionality paired with a gorgeous interface makes this our current favorite flight tracker app available.
3. LEARN INDONESIAN – PHRASEBOOK FOR TRAVEL IN INDONESIA
Why we love this app: It features native pronunciation of words and sentences making it the best and fastest way to learn the language! Not a Bahasa Indonesia native speaker? There’s an app for that! Knowing a little bit of the local language is absolutely beneficial when travelling. So, whether you need to learn how to say hello or bargain for that stunning art piece in Bali, this free Learn Indonesian app provides all the useful words necessary to understand the language.
Not only that it provides you with all the translation you need, the app is recorded using a native speaker that will help you with pronunciation while ensuring that the user interface is intuitive and easy to understand. Learning Indonesian provides the basic traveling categories like greetings, general conversations, numbers and emergencies. But for a free of $4.99, you can upgrade to the pro version that features tourist attractions, shopping and tongue twisters. It is a highly recommended app for tourists and business travelers visiting Indonesia.
4. EXPERIENCE INDONESIA! TRAVEL GUIDE
Why we love this app: An insider guide to all the best things of the world’s largest archipelago? Yes, Please!
Discover the wonderful Indonesia just with a swipe of your fingers! Whether you’re a trained scholar, an armchair traveler or someone born and raised in Indonesia, Experience Indonesia! By Sutro Media provides all the interesting facts and cultural aspects about Indonesia. A quick and easy education just a download away.
Just from your smartphone or tablet you can explore the country’s infamous steaming volcanoes, best traditional dishes, gamelan performances and how the ikat is madethe entire archipelago is packed into this app for just $4.99. The app also presents the best of photography having more than 3,200 images including many historical shots and rare photographs unavailable elsewhere.
5. ENGLISH-INDONESIAN DICTIIONARY
Why we love this app: The dictionary is offline and does not need internet connection – absolutely helpful if you find yourself in a remote area.
Traditional dictionaries sometimes are still the best. This English – Indonesian dictionary contains about 179,000 translation articles. Although it requires a good amount of space on your gadget, it will then easily accessible offline once downloaded. That means that even if you’re somewhere in the mountains or on a remote beach in Indonesia, you’ll still be able to get your translation needs met!
The main features of this free app include a history of all your word searches, favorite words, word spelling, text-to-speech mode and context word search.
Why we love this app: Real-time reports on traffic jams, congestion due to construction etc. and follows up with alternate routes.
Waze has proven that crowd sourced GPS navigation is viable – and it keeps getting better. At its core, Waze gives you voice-enabled GPS directions on your iOS or Android device. Although it’s still not perfect, not yet available in smaller cities, its user-reported traffic jams is one of the best things you can ever have on your phone – especially in the crowded big cities of Indonesia!
The real-time incident reports are handy, letting you know when accidents, construction, road closures, and other things are happening on your route. Waze offers a fine, free GPS navigation solution, and with its heavy emphasis on crowdsourcing, it even offers some features that top brand names in navigation currently lack. The app has a bit of revolutionary feel to it, thanks to its enthusiastic community of users, and thanks to the fact that it’s free. If that appeal to you, and it should to if you’re traveling to Jakarta, by all means download Waze and give it a go.
7. MYTRAVEL INDONESIA
Why we love this app: Works with your current location to find the best attractions and tours near you.
If you are a first-time traveler to Indonesia, this app can help you browse through all the interesting attraction near your current location or your hotels as well as acquire addresses and directions to the most featured and viewed spots near you. This free app also lets you bookmark places and you will be able to make the perfect sightseeing schedule during your stay.
Why we love this app: Connects you with great people and awesome places to stay for long – term comfort – seeking travelers that want to feel like being home.
Probably the hippest traveling app now existing, Airbnb opens the door to the world’s most interesting homes to stay during your travel. For those who prefer a home rather than a hotel room, Airbnb is the app for you. The idea: people rent out their private spaces at a rate. Those spaces could range from an extra bedroom to an extra property, yacht, loft-you name it. Choose a location, select your vacation days, and the next thing you know, you’re browsing through apartments with terraces overlooking the ocean and homes for rent just steps away from the shopping district.
With over 450,000 listings in more than 340,000 cities including in Indonesia, Airbnb connects you with the experience that’s right for you. Message hosts, gush over your itinerary, explore fairytale destinations, and add unforgettable digs to your wish list. Make that penthouse, yurt, or tree-house your next home.
9. JOURNEY INDONESIA
Why we love this app: Because we made it and we strive to provide the best for your traveling needs and wants in Indonesia.
If you don’t already know, Journey Indonesia is a monthly travel and lifestyle magazine with in-depth focus on Indonesia, bringing traveler’s favorites and most loved places as well as some of Indonesia’s less known yet most stunning destinations. Our printed magazine is also available in digital version easily accessible on AppStore.
Download our app prior to your visit to Indonesia and purchase any of our back issues or subscribe to future ones just with one click! Subscription starts at $11.99 for three months including the current issue, $23.99 for 6 months and at $47.99 for an annual subscription.
Source : Journey Indonesia Magazine – July 2014 | www.thejourneymagz.com