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Everyone who has planned a vacation or a long-distance business trip has used travel services at least once. Today, the market consists of dozens of convenient Russian sites and mobile applications aimed at finding air tickets, booking hotels, helping with organizing leisure activities and providing information about other services that will greatly facilitate rest in another city, an unfamiliar country and solve a number of everyday problems.
Travel portal VipGeo has prepared its list of the most popular travel and travel services, as well as top travel applications that you can install on your phone or tablet at any time.
Best travel services
The list of the best Russian-language online travel services includes the Skyscanner portal, which was originally developed to find cheap flights. Now the sitemap has been expanded with hotels, visa information, as well as full-fledged guides for tourists and informative thematic articles.
Travel insurance – a stumbling block for many novice travelers, partly due to the difficulties that arise when searching for information. But the Cherehapa website corrects this flaw by providing access to all insurance agencies in Russia. An electronic policy is issued in a matter of minutes without commission and extra charges, regardless of the direction of the holiday. The user will only have to print the document after payment.
The world's largest taxi booking and tracking service. Uber is gradually starting to work in large Russian cities, when, like in Europe, millions of people use it. You no longer need to worry about the honesty of taxi drivers, the price for the trip will be exactly the same as you paid with your bank card. The site has a mobile version, however, in 9 countries of the world, including Italy and China, you will not use it – service under government ban.
Blablacar, a very popular search engine for travel companions among Russians, first appeared in France, and now the franchise brings billions of dollars in income to its creators, working all over the world ... The system searches for cars for a certain date in order to get to the specified point for an acceptable amount. Everything works on the principle of a social network with the ability to leave reviews about drivers, which directly affects their ranking.
Airbnb is the leader in the daily rental market, which is widely represented in Russian cities. It is designed for quick booking of an apartment directly from the owner, who sets his own rules of residence, the minimum period and conditions for cancellation. Everything is convenient, visual and with minimal risks – ideal for those who do not trust hotel service and prefer a home environment.
A portal that brings together hundreds of podcasts that are, in fact, audio guides on the key sights of Russia and the world. Any registered user can become a guide on Izi Travel, the main condition is – quality recording, informative text and delivered voice.
Best travel apps
How to get started with a country where you have never been? Perhaps, it's worth learning a few phrases in the language spoken here and Duolingo will help you do just that. Forget about boring tutorials and paper phrasebooks – the bright interface of the application in a playful way will help you master the initial level of one of the 27 proposed languages. Russian interface available, Android and iOS support too.
The vital program for finding public toilets cannot be deleted from the list of travel applications - and ndash; Flush. It works on the principle of a GPS beacon, the database is updated daily, and as a bonus – information on prices and, for example, the availability or lack of access for people in wheelchairs.
The main competitor of Google Maps – offline service MAPS.ME regularly receives awards for the best navigation system in the world. The brainchild of Californian programmers has been translated into many languages, and the Russian version even received its own interface. It maps routes, has an autonomous database of restaurants, parks and attractions.
Translated from English – `` Anti-theft '', and today Prey Anti-Theft has been recognized as the best protection against pickpockets or the banal loss of a mobile phone. After installation, the gadget is assigned a unique number with a password, by which you can track the device via GPS, as well as remotely block it in case of loss before contacting the police. The service is free and works on all platforms.
Useful travel applications are regularly updated with thematic navigators, and the new word in them is Yuggler – the first program created specifically for parents who travel the world with children. Here are the best amusement parks, interactive museums, water parks and other establishments where you can take your child. The functionality has filters by age, gender and area of interest of your child. So far there is a version only for iPhone, but the creators promise to implement the application for other mobile systems.
An offline currency converter is hidden behind the letters XE, working with most of the world's currency. Just update the rate by connecting via Wi-Fi, and you will know exactly how honestly a particular exchanger works. The utility spends very modest traffic, is absolutely free, but has a PRO version with dynamic charts of stock markets and other information from the world of the economy.
SAS Survival Guide
Imagine that will be if a former military man decides to develop a mobile program describing several hundred skills of survival in the wild. This is how the popular SAS Survival Guide app was born, which tells the tourist, how to make a fire using improvised means, send a distress signal, what is Morse code and how to avoid meeting a bear in the forest. The only negative – paid app, it costs $ 8.
SAS Survival Guide
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