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Singapore trip with a new travel companion

There are so many travel apps and travel start up with plethora of information, it becomes extremely difficult to manage it all, especially when you are traveling abroad. Documents, hotel bookings, phone recharges, shopping, airport pickups and local commute, it just becomes too much to manage. While I consider my-self tech savvy, and love to try different apps while traveling; weather its photo editing apps or finding the hidden gems of the city. But the truth is they have never served any purpose and occupies more and more space in my phone. Rarely, I could keep up on any app except the food apps for the longer time.

 

Singapore

 

 

While traveling to Singapore I came across Matrix Travel Companion, which is a product of the renowned company Matrix. Since they know the nerves of travelers so well, they indeed know what would make their life easier apart from easy calling. So I decided to give it a go, and use the app feature to the fullest. And, let me tell how easy it was to install the app and start using it. The first impression was great with clean graphics and user-friendly interface. The only thing I need to put is set my location as Singapore and all the options of Shopping discounts, ticket booking for attractions, hotel / apartment bookings, restaurant reservations, buy and recharge prepaid cards, travel insurance, reload fore on prepaid cards, pre book airport transfers, book a ride with UBER, and more.

Singapore

Singapore

 

I quickly booked tours to Universal and Singapore Zoo the two things, which were on the top of my list. Everything was very smooth from booking to finding a reliable tour with very genuine cost. What was more fun is I really didn’t have to worry about keeping cash or currency conversion, everything is online and hassle free. Later, I also opted for Singapore by night tour. The city becomes alive at night, from bustling night market at Bugis street to having exploring neon-stalls; the tour surpassed my expectations. Though I could do some window-shopping that night, but I knew I had to go for more again.

 

Singapore

Singapore

 

While Singapore is a great shopping destination, it can easily make a burn in your pocket. The usual discounts are available during the Chinese New Year in Singapore, since my trip was planned in off-peak season; I thought there was no luck with the discounts. Well, Matrix Travel Companion came to my rescue with some fantastic discounts on Paragon Mall, Palais Renaissance and more. The app is partnered with over 850 best lifestyle stores in the world with luxury and semi-luxury brands. And the best thing is claiming the VAT has never been so easier before.

 

Singapore

Singapore

We also planned a family dinner outside and made a booking in Clarke Quay. If you know Clarke Quay is probably one of the most happening area in Singapore, and finding a reservation in your desired restaurant is indeed difficult. I quickly checked the option available in Matrix app and I was surprised to find plethora of options to make a quick reservation without any efforts of calling a restaurant. I at times wonder how quickly the things are changing in the world of technology, and the options are being served right beneath your fingertips. All you need is to embrace it now, and so go ahead and install this super easy and super fun app for your future travel and thank me later.

 

3 comments

  1. Hi Deepti,
    All this on line booking is great for some places (Singapore) as the price will be the same but consider a place like Hampi island. The traveller/climber turns up and haggles a bit and gets the room for 200 Rs as the place is half empty. Then the guy turns up from abroad who booked online and has exactly the same quality of room next door. It’s already pre-paid and 2100 Rs for 3 days. Then the 2 ‘new neighbours’ start talking, oops! Awkward and bad feelings all round.
    That’s technological progress! Great isn’t it. In Hampi I call them O.L.I.’s (guess what it means) which is cruel but true as they’re wasting a shed load of cash.

      1. Good for the locals exactly right and if people travel round India for months with trip adviser and online booking agents as constant companions it’s going to cost them like hell (Indian tourists in Hampi are so into booking online it seems) Maybe they don’t want to go checking different places and look like ‘cheap hippie backpackers’ god forbid! Ha ha.

        Wow, stunning pics on your WOI. project! Great you are going full time.

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