As solo women travelers swell in number, here are some apps that will hold you in good stead.
When you are in a different city, the first hurdle is the language. Well with Google Translate, you can translate between 103 languages! Simply tap to translate and copy text in any app and your translation pops up. The app also works offline and you can translate in 59 languages even when you have no Internet. You can also use your camera to translate text instantly in 38 languages. The app also has a conversation mode and offers two-way instant speech translation in 32 languages. Offline translation, including instant camera translation from English to mist Indian languages (Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu) are available.
There’s no better way to discover a place than immersing yourself in local culture and Airbnb gives you the chance to live in a local neighbourhood to make you feel like you belong there. With Airbnb, you can find diverse stay options in the home of a local, to gain authentic insight into the local way of life. The extensive filters on the app let you customize whether you share your accommodation, or have an entire apartment to yourself with the amenities you want. In addition, the app lets you choose from over 4500 unique curated experiences with local experts, across passion points like food, shopping, local art & architecture, nature, adventure and even social impact.
This is an all-encompassing travel meta search engine, offering myriad travel-related solutions. The ixigo flights and hotels app helps women travelling alone find a good accommodation by providing a ‘Travel Solo’ option. Features like Flight Fare Alert, Flight Auto Web Check-in and Flight Status helps enthusiastic travellers chart out and book flights and hotels simply at the click of a button. The easy-to-use ixigo trains app makes travelling more convenient by offering features like Station Alarm, Platform Locator, Seat Map and PNR Status. Basically, planning an ideal holiday is made simpler by ixigo as everything happens ‘under the same roof’, leaving no room for uncertainty.
Traveling to a new place comes with its share of indulgence. The excitement of trying the local cuisine, the joy of buying memorabilia may soon evaporate if one were to misplace their wallets. If you are someone who likes to be safe than sorry, then this OneAssist app is for you. The app gives you complete control by offering assistance and protection for wallets in case of card frauds and theft. With just one call, you can block all your cards. It also assists with hotel bill settlement, return ticket arrangement and cash assistance of upto 25,000 anywhere in India. So you will not be stranded anywhere.
Smart24x7 App for Women
Your safety is literally in your hands with the Smart24x7 app that aims to help when your safety is threatened or you are in any emergency. The application allows you to store five contact numbers who can be contacted in case of any emergency. The app has a 24×7 call center assistant, offers SOS Alerts to friends and relatives and also sends a quick SMS response to your loved ones. The app also integrates Police/ Fire/Ambulance services with a press of a single button and has an average response time of 15 seconds. It has an Auto Upload Audio & Images to Police Control room option as well as an integrated GPS that helps in identifying your closest police station, hospital and fire service station and also enables others to locate you on an online map.
This story appeared in the May 2018 issue of Spice Route magazine here: 4 Must Have Apps for Solo Women