Talking TechA guide to some apps that could take the hassle out of your getaway.

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Some of the apps featured are free, while others are paid.


Planning a holiday? Going to some destinations where facilities and services may not be easily available? Together with MasterCard, we have compiled a guide to some apps that could take the hassle out of your getaway. They are useful whether you are travelling solo or in a group. 

Traversing a remote region in Myanmar where ATM locations can be sporadic? Or in a big city that is foreign to you, where ATMs may be plentiful but you don’t know your way around to find them? To the rescue is the MasterCard’s Global ATM Locater (https://www.mastercard.om/us/business/en/smallbiz/atm.html), which allows you to find ATMs country by country. Just type in the address where you’re at and it will show you the way. 

There are also numerous apps to help you keep track of your flight details. WorldMate (http://www.worldmate.com/) enables business travellers to plan, book and manage travel details such as flights, hotels, and cars combined with travel itineraries and meetings. 

Not sure where to stay? Airbnb (http://www.airbnb.com), which started out as a couch-surfing connection site, now connects tourists with rooms, houses and apartments for rent around the world. There are numerous alternatives, which include Travelmob (http://www.travelmob.com) or Tuija.com (http://www.tujia.com), China’s answer to Airbnb. 

No data roaming but what to find out more on the destination you’re at on the go? TripAdvisor Offline City Guides (http://www.tripadvisor.com/apps-icityguides) is the answer to a great travel companion. The free app doesn’t require an Internet connection, so no racking up huge data charges. 

And If you need help to navigate the highways and byways the new Google Maps (http://maps.google.com) will come in handy, as it offers more navigation options and provides live traffic or accident information enroute. 

Can’t get a cab? Then ride-flagging services like Uber (https://www.uber.com), Easy Taxi (http://www.easytaxi.com/) or GrabTaxi/ MyTeksi (http://grabtaxi.com/myteksi/) are your saviours. 

So don’t leave home without some of them. Some of the apps featured are free, while others are paid.

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