If you’re planning that one holiday of the year this summer or if you are a seasonal jet setter, it is vital that you have travel apps on your smartphone, tablet or ipad to make your journey smoother, easier and more enjoyable. From finding the cheapest flights and accommodation available to uncovering where the locals eat and budgeting your trip, these apps think of everything. So first and foremost, no matter where in the world you are travelling to, be it by plane, boat or car, make sure you have these apps downloaded.
Hipmunk sources all the best flight and hotel deals for you. It is fast and easy to use. The app includes flight durations, reviews from TripAdvisor and maps. It even has in-app booking so you can do everything from searching, researching and booking on Hipmunk.
TripIt cuts back on all the travelling hassles and organises your important documents into a simple travel itinerary. All you have to do is link your email account to TripIt and it will do all the hard work for you – ingenious! You can also share this itinerary with your contacts that may be going on the trip with you.
TripAdvisor is your crowd-sourced guide to hotels, restaurants and attractions. Millions of travellers use TripAdvisor to write reviews, uploads photos and equally read reviews posted by others. Use this app to get an honest rating of the places you’re thinking of visiting/staying.
Expensify is the best way to keep on top of your spending while your away. Especially if you’re a business traveller, this app will help you with your expense report. It allows you to log bills, credits, receipts, mileage and other common expenses. You can also scan receipts and import expenses from credit cards or bank accounts.
One of the most dreaded things about going away is, without a doubt, packing! PackPoint helps you with this stressful task and organises what you need to pack, depending on where you’re going, the length and purpose of your journey and the activities planned.
Airbnb is a fast growing alternative to hotel booking. It allows you to rent unique places from B&B’s for a night, apartments for a week to castles for a month! This app has a diverse range of accommodation options for all types of travelers, on all sorts of budgets, in over 190 countries.
If you’re planning a road trip, GasBuddy will find the cheapest petrol stations in the area for you. Tap on the gas stations to get directions on how to get there by Google Maps. If you update a stations price, Gasbuddy will reward you with points, which you can later redeem free prizes with.
- Google Translate
Google Translate prevents all the language barrier problems you may have while abroad. With this app you can simple translate short sentences from one language to another, by typing in text, dictating a sentence or by visual translation, allowing you to translate text and signs with the help of your camera.
- XE Currency
This is a great currency converter app that will help you with exchange rates while abroad. It converts every world currency and offers live currency rates and charts. It is easy to use, allows you to track up to ten currencies simultaneously and even works when you are offline.
If you’re fed up of eating and drinking in over priced tourist spots and going to the same places as everyone else on their holidays, then you need to get Lacaleur. This app will allow you to experience cities like a local. With Lacaleur you will get advice from the locals on a diverse range of things from where the best seafood and running spots are, to the best photo booths in bars.