Technology has become such a massive part of travel. Pretty much everyone we meet on the road carries a phone, a tablet, a laptop or all three! With phones and tablets being the most portable and easiest to use on the road, we have put together a list of our top 11 travel apps.
This app is an absolute lifesaver and a must-have wherever in the world you are travelling. It is a GPS-based app similar to Google Maps, but it tracks your location without using mobile data or wifi. You download the maps when you have internet access and then when you are on the road it works offline using your phone’s GPS making it free to use!
It has landmarks such as hotels and restaurants on the maps. Maps.me recently partnered with Booking.com, so all of the accommodation listed on Booking.com will be on your maps. There is also a cool feature where you can add landmarks yourself.
Good old TripAdvisor! We never used TA in our early days of travelling but have come to rely on it heavily. It’s a fantastic resource to double check reviews on accommodation, find a great restaurant, read reviews on tours and activities and find out about the most popular things to do in whichever city you are in.
Booking.com has come along in leaps and bounds over the past few years and has a huge range of accommodation options at (usually) the best prices, it definitely rates up there with the best travel apps around. You can book everything from dingy little hostels right up to the finest hotels. One of our favourite features is that you can make a booking without paying a deposit and cancel at a later date without paying a fee, handy if you are not 100% sure of your plans. Just check the booking conditions beforehand.
The Hostelworld app has a fantastic range of hostels, and the comparison tool and reviews make your decision a whole lot easier. You can take care of the entire booking process through the app, including payment of the deposit.
Simple, easy to use currency conversion app. You can add your desired countries when you are online and then do the calculations offline which is super handy.
You will not meet many people these days without Facebook, this includes hostels and tour operators. Facey is a fantastic way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home, people you have just met and is also handy to reach a hostel or hotel if you need to get in contact with them.
A free messenger service that operates just like SMS – without having to pay. You create an account which is linked to your phone number, add contacts and away you go. It uses wi-fi to operate instead of mobile signal so you will save a tonne of money (just make sure you have mobile data turned off otherwise you could be in for a nasty surprise!).
Uber now operates in over 70 countries, and the service is exactly the same wherever you are, which avoids confusion which makes it one of the must have travel apps. It also saves on some communication errors as you are able to input your destination without needing to know the language. It obviously pays to be 100% sure you have entered the correct destination though! Uber-ing can often be much cheaper than normal taxi services too.
Skyscanner is a comprehensive flight search engine that searches hundreds of flights to see where you can find the cheapest price. Once you have found that price you are after, go directly to the website that is offering it rather than click through from Skyscanner as occasionally the price has actually expired and has not been updated, causing you to pay for something that does not exist. It gets messy.
Rome2rio would have to be one of our favourite recent travel apps – it is incredible! You put in your start and finish destinations and the app will tell you all the different ways you can get from A to B. It will then link you to the websites where you can purchase which ever mode of transport you are after.
11. Google Translate
So many times we would have been totally screwed if not for Google Translate. It is an absolute must-have. You can use it offline to translate from one language to another, and use the app to play the correct pronunciation of the word. There is even a cool feature where you can take a photo of text (e.g. a menu) and it will translate the text. So handy!
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