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5 app types to enhance your holiday experience

by Tania Griffin

In today’s digital era, technology has become an indispensable tool. And, while we generally want to ‘switch off’ when on holiday, Samantha Pillay, director of ekko – a pioneering lifestyle brand catering to millennials – says that utilising the appropriate technology can serve as an excellent tool for our convenience and ease. It optimises our holiday experience and enables us to fully leverage the services it offers.

“In a world that’s ‘always on’, it’s no surprise that we are eager to disconnect from it all while on holiday. While stashing your phone away in the hotel room safe may be one solution, this means you could also be missing out on some valuable apps and tools to enhance your holiday experience,” she says.

“Instead, disconnect from ‘normal life’ by disabling e-mail notifications and even WhatsApp alerts. This way, you have the freedom to choose when and how to engage with the world – striking a balance between work and relaxation, without compromising on your well-deserved time away.”

Whether it’s to explore breathtaking landscapes, discover the rich cultural heritage of your destination or find venues to go out for dinner or a movie, there are several useful apps for holidaymakers.

Pillay suggests the following ones to ensure you get the best out of your break:

Booking apps

Have you ever spontaneously decided to extend your holiday or embark on a road trip, booking accommodation as you go? Booking apps provide the convenience and flexibility to secure accommodation while on the move. Moreover, these kinds of apps typically offer faster booking processes, extra features and an overall enhanced user experience, compared to their website counterparts. If you are a member of a lifestyle travel portfolio like ekko, having the app downloaded on your phone allows you to utilise your ‘shares’ and easily change or book accommodation at the touch of a button, wherever you are.

Navigation tools

Navigating through an unfamiliar area can be frustrating, and nothing dampens the joy of a holiday more than getting lost. That’s why navigation tools are essential to ensure seamless exploration. They empower you to roam vibrant cities and picturesque landscapes with ease.

Weather apps

Using a weather app helps you plan activities and pack appropriately. Knowing the forecast in advance ensures you make the most of your time and avoid unexpected disruptions. Stay informed, be prepared, and enjoy your holiday to the fullest – come rain or shine.

Currency converter apps

If you’ve travelled abroad before, you know the struggle of mentally converting currency values (despite being advised against it). However, when you’re on a tight budget, you often have no choice but to keep track of expenses. That’s where a currency converter app comes in handy. It allows you to calculate currency conversions swiftly and accurately, helping you manage your budget effectively while travelling. No need for mental maths any longer, you can ensure you stay within your spending limits with the help of a currency converter app.

Loyalty apps

By using loyalty apps, you can save money, receive special perks or access upgraded services to add to your holiday enjoyment. For example, if you’re a member of a loyalty programme like ekko, you get access to 2-for-1 coffees and movies, discounts to spas around the country, and R120 off countrywide dining. Loyalty apps allow you to do more for less – and who doesn’t want that on holiday?

“Incorporating these travel apps into our holiday allows us to make informed decisions, save valuable time and money, and fully enjoy our time away. With the right technology at our fingertips, we can create unforgettable memories and maximise the potential of every trip,” Pillay concludes.

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