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Tech traveller: How to plan your journey

If you want to explore the world but think planning a multi-city trip is too much effort, think again Friday, 17 May

By Kate Russell

There are myriad tools to help you plan your journey in just a few clicks, many of which link directly to some of the most trusted discount travel sites on the web.

EightyDays.me is one such site, offering an all-in-one trip planner. It lets you choose your starting city, then select the regions or types of destinations you want to visit (‘must-see romantic cities’, for instance). You’ll be given a suggested route with up to six stops; if you’re not keen on the suggestions, simply hit shuffle for a new itinerary in an instant. Your chosen flights can then be found through Kiwi.com or Skyscanner, and accommodation arranged through Airbnb or Booking.com

Destigogo is another service that suggests a destination from parameters you set, including location, budget and experience. 

For in-depth destination research, meanwhile, try the video-based trip-planning platform SeeVoov. Its system trawls the web collecting information posted by other travellers, offering insight into activities and attractions in your chosen locations. 

And if you’re travelling through different time zones, try the beautifully designed Circa3 on iOS (£3.99). The app displays the time in multiple locations, making it far easier to communicate with friends and family in different countries.

Top apps for flawless photographs

Snapseed, iOS/Android (FREE)
This has a full array of top-notch editing tools, including selective brushes and a decent collection of film-related filters.  

VSCO, iOS/Android (FREE, or $19.99 [£15.27] a year for full membership)
VSCO offers a huge collection of vintage-style filters, a few of which are free to use, or all are available with a full membership.

Afterlight 2, iOS £2.99
Create unique edits with Afterlight 2’s mood-enhancing filters and overlays.

TouchRetouch, iOS/Android £1.99
This app removes unwanted objects and blemishes from your pictures, rebuilding the background from the surrounding pixels.

Kate Russell is a technology reporter for @BBCClick and author of Working the Cloud 

Published in the June 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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