“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Today this proverb can be a little bit updated – “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single tap.” It must have sounded weird 5 years ago, but today it’s much more than a reality. All digital growth today comes from mobile usage which has become an integral part of our daily life. Being a traveler has never been so simple. You don’t need to waste your time on boring planning, checking, booking and so on. Everything can be well-organised with least efforts - just a few taps on a mobile travel app for. Brilliant, isn’t it? Of course, it is and users love using such apps – just look at the statistic showing the most popular categories in the Apple App Store! Statista 2017 says the travel apps are the seventh-most popular category with a share of 3,88 percent of all active apps. And there is a simple explanation of the phenomenon: mobile travel apps allow to make travel experience easier. However, mobile travel app is a great tool not only for travelers but for business as well. Business owners know about the importance of having a mobile presence and the sphere of travelling and tourism is not an exception. That is why there are so many travel apps and they are of great popularity among users.
One can find a travel planner, a weather app or a tracking app in the app stores. There is a broad division of mobile travel apps according to their types. The most popular are as follows:
•Travel guide apps;
•Travel map apps;
•Smart trip apps.
Still there are many functions they have in common. Let’s have a deep insight into the main features that are most common for different mobile travel apps.
It seems to be the main feature of any travel app. The travel planner allows to seek for desired travel destinations, look through suitable tours, set up schedules, book hotels, buy tickets and many more besides. Searches may be optimized on different criteria, for example, fastest, shortest, least changes, cheapest. Usually, the “all-in-one” approach applied to journey planners. Of course, a user would prefer to use one app when all necessary functions are at hand rather than several different apps.
When we speak about development an app for travelling, services for geolocation tracking is an absolute must. Being at the unfamiliar area, this will help tourists find where they are and how they can reach the place of destination. Geolocation tracking will also help nearby hotels, cafes, museums and other places of interest. Of course, adding geolocation to the list of app functionality will undoubtedly affect the ultimate development cost. But still users need this feature even in MVP and beta version. Moreover, according to statistical data, 52% of all mobile app users download any navigation app and among tourists this number reaches 85%. That is why geolocation is a feature that no travel app can do without.
World Clock Time Converter
Very often crossing a border a tourist also crosses time zones and this thing turns out to be very perplexing. To be well oriented in time you need to have. That’s why having a world time converting feature in your app. Such a feature would be a great bonus to the travel app while you’re on a journey. Translation It is really difficult to be in an entirely new environment, especially when you don’t know the language. That is where the translation feature may be very essential. And it is always wise to give more than your customers expect.
Who doesn’t care about the weather? Weather affects absolutely everyone and it doesn’t matter where a person is: at home or abroad. It is unlikely, that a tourist would like to go to the beach when it rains heavily or to have his or her plans disrupted by an abrupt weather change. But this will never happen when there is weather feature in travel app. And our NybleCraft team can use one of free open source API`s to integrate this feature in the mobile app for the greatest user experience.
Taxi and city transport
While travelling it is extremely important to see all places of interests and not to waste half of the day on finding the way to them. Taxi services and city transport feature of travel app is a perfect solution to this challenge. Besides, it is convenient for a user to have taxi system and city transport system put together.