FOR YOUR SINGAPORE GETAWAY
By Florine E. Beauloye
Discerning travellers no longer need to carry a hefty guidebook, oversized maps, public transport timetables and endless confirmation slips jumbled at the bottom of their bags.
TripIt, Your Personal Travel Assistant
TripIt is a travel organiser which consolidates all your travel confirmations (flight information, hotel bookings, car rentals, restaurant reservations and activities) in a single day-by-day itinerary. You can then easily share your travel details with friends and family. Once downloaded, you can access all your confirmation slips anytime, even when you are offline.
XE Currency, Your Personal Trader
With live currency data, the XE Currency app calculates and makes conversions instantly so you never land a bad exchange rate. You can save data for offline use as well.
Google Maps, Your Ultimate Map
Saving Google Maps for offline access can always come in handy at some point in your travel. This rarely talked about feature allows you to store large map areas for guidance and mark places to visit in advance. You can now navigate the roads even when there is no Wi-Fi or data services available.
Uber, Your Private Chauffeur
Uber is an on-call driver service. Setting it up is, well, uber-easy. Uber lets you track your driver’s location and gives you an estimation of fares and the duration it will take to reach your destination. Uber automatically charges each ride to the credit card you provided in your booking account, so you don’t need to worry about cash.
MyTransport.sg, Your Transport Companion
This comprehensive app covers all modes of land transportation and gives up-to-date traffic alerts. It locates nearby taxi stands, provides real-time bus arrival information and determines your MRT journey fare.
GrabTaxi, Your Taxi Driver
You can always call for a taxi in Singapore, but hailing a cab through an app is usually faster, especially on rainy days and during peak hours. The GrabTaxi booking app connects passengers directly to drivers from all taxi operators ensuring a quicker turnaround.
TripAdvisor Singapore City Guide, Your Travel Companion
The app works offline and offers reviews, maps, self-guided tour itineraries and the ability to create your own trip journals. You’ll need to download the city data prior to hitting the road.
Showtimezz, Your Movie Guide
The Showtimezz app displays movies playing around Singapore for the next few days in all major cinemas. You can also book your ticket straight through the app.
SGMalls, Your Shopping Guide
SGMalls has shop directories and indoor maps to more than 80 malls in Singapore. It also features the latest shopping sales and promotions.
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