Travel, they say is one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. Only those who love to travel can understand the bliss of witnessing breathtaking landscapes, the serenity of blue waters, the mystifying mountains, and the joy of lunching at your favorite restaurant with your loves ones. Planning your journey not just makes it pleasurable but also gives you the turn to make the most of your expedition. With the mark of holidays this month on your calendar, plan your vacation with these five apps to explore the best of all that exists.
Wego: The Company is known for its award winning travel app and website tailor-made for travel enthusiasts in Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Wego’s competitive edge lies in the fact that it leverages simple yet state-of-the-art technology that automates the entire process of searching and comparing results from a multitude of airline, hotel and online travel agency websites out there. The platform features travel products and prices which enables shoppers to find the best deals and from where to book the deal from – from an airline or hotel directly, or from a third party aggregator website. Headquartered in Singapore, each month Wego sends flight and hotel booking referrals worth US$1.5B to travel partners.
ixigo: The fastest growing travel meta search engine in Indian travel industry. Founded in 2007 in Gurgaon, ixigo is India’s leading travel search marketplace, connecting over 80 million travellers with content and deals from over 25,000 online and offline travel and hospitality businesses.
With a mission to simplify the lives of travellers by building apps, ixigo makes their travel search and planning hassle¬free. It aggregates and compares real-time travel information, prices and availability for flights, trains, buses, cabs, hotels, packages and destinations. Ixigo has an impressive list of investors including SAIF Partners, MakeMyTrip & Micromax.
Recent developments –
· ixigo launches book a cab through ixigo without Internet or GPS
· Launch of Intercity cab booking in 10 cities
· ixigo launches ixibaba – AI powered personal travel assistant
· Launch of Ixibook to simplify your travel bookings
TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site. TripAdvisor offers advice from travelers and compares hotel prices from around the world to offer the best that is there, to their customers. The platform covers 350 million reviews and 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Some USPs include:
· Strong international presence in 45 countries like U.S., U.K., India, France, Germany etc.
· “Just For You” feature in the app offers personalized travel recommendations for customers
· A pioneer in Hotel and flights booking, Vacation rentals, Restaurant finding, Travel guides
Travelocity: Travelocity.com is a premier online travel app where travelers can make airline, hotel, car rental reservations, book cruises and vacation packages, search information about destinations, and access a range of other travel-related services. It is a joint venture by Sabre Interactive and Worldview Systems Corp.
ClearTrip: A simple, easy to use and comprehensive online bookings portal, Cleartrip’s services includes online booking and reservation services, booking status check, schedules and guides for both international and domestic flights, trains and hotels, IRCTC railways reservation and PNR status. The USPs include:
· Simple and user-friendly Interface and processes
· Prominent presence in the international business arena
· Highly customer oriented
· Tie-ups with select airlines, corporate houses and hotel chains