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Things to do: These apps will take the stress out of planning a Christmas market trip

‘Tis the time to be merry as the most wonderful time of the year is here. The scents of mulled wine and roasted almonds have filled the air. Are you planning to visit the Christmas markets but you are worried because there is so much happening around? So, pack your bags and bring the good vibes only. These startups in Europe have Christmas market travel sorted for you.

Adhere to the greatest possible safety and hygiene precautions. Layer up, buckle up and join the ride!

For your parking woes: AppyParking

Whether it’s last-minute Christmas shopping or you’re hitting the Boxing Day sales, this app has all your parking options covered during the holiday season. They have disrupted parking with a new cashless parking app, initially rolled out in Harrogate, in association with Visa to turn parking into a fuss-free, frictionless experience.

Ringo

Another platform that lets you take control of your parking is Ringo. With car parks across more than 450 towns and cities, join the platform to simply park, pay and get on with your day while you visit the markets.

For the last-minute ride: Trainline

Europe’s leading train and bus app will help youget cheap Christmas travel for 2021. You can also split your journey into two or three parts, rather than buying a single train ticket. If ticket splitting sounds complicated, fear not. The clever app feature SplitSave does all the hard work and automatically finds you split ticket combinations to make your journey cheaper.

Seatfrog

Feeling a little luxurious and you want to splurge on travel right now? This startup allows passengers to bidding on airplane and rail seats and upgrade it to first class.

Manage your budget: Revolut

Not is it only time for Christmas. It’s also time to have cashless pocket money. And you are worry the bank account might be emptied with blithe abandon? Worry no more.

Offering a suite of products that will make will you manage your budget in the festival times so that you do not go overboard is Revolut. The super app offers Visa, Mastercard and Maestro cards that can be used online, offline and with Apple Pay and GPay to control and manage your spending easily thanks to budgeting and analytics tools and stash money aside in Vaults. Now add money to your account whenever you want and then pay for things directly with your Revolut card or your phone.

Monzo

This is another way of paying up for the good deeps and the overindulgent ones this Christmas. Pay in shops, restaurants and online, anywhere in the world and in any currency, with Monzo. Its uniqu offering, Monzo Flex also lets you spread the cost of purchases over three months interest free, or over 6 or 12 months at 19% APR (variable).

Locate your loved ones: Family Locator

Designed for all those who have a family and want to know the location at all times, this app is perfect to keep a track of your loved ones, in case you lose them at the Christmas market. Coming handy as it is specially prepared to locate the children, this one’s a must-have for your Christmas travel. The app comes with an SOS button so that the children can press in an emergency and that it reaches the parents immediately to share the location.

For instant travel guidelines: Vatic

UK health tech company Vatic has launched on-the-spot COVID-19 saliva test. Its KnowNow COVID-19 test provides results in under 15 minutes. Paired with an app, the technology will provide documented proof of a negative result or non-infectious status almost immediately. The user scans their test result and the app will log whether the user is infectious or not and the time of test. So this is another must-have for your Christmas visits this year.

Tackle Christmas leftover food: Olio

So you have had your fill and got back enough to eat at home too. And then there is a pile of food that will go waste. Helping you to reduce that waste while also showing your care for others, community sharing app OLIO is helping you to create meals from Christmas leftovers to share with neighbours who need it.

tripAbrood

When the Christmas market frenzy is over and you are tucked in bed, how about an app that’s getting bedtime stories to your doorsteps. The travel startup tripAbrood has unveiled a Christmas activity resource for children to explore how different countries celebrate Christmas. Aimed to help expand their thoughts on Christmas traditions from the comforts of their homes, this is a another must app.

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