Travelling can be stressful, but thankfully there are plenty of apps out there that can help your holiday be worry-free. We’ve put together our favourite ten travel apps that you need to download before your next trip. Read below to find out more!
Before you even book your trip do yourself a favour and download Skyscanner. This app allows you to compare flights, hotels and car rentals, all in one place. If you have a destination in mind you can create handy price alerts, so you always get the best deal when prices drop. Want to take off this weekend or need some travel inspiration? Well, Skyscanner has you covered; you can simply browse the top deals section which shows you cheap breaks from your nearest airport in the upcoming months or coming up next weekend. This is the ultimate price comparison website for travel.
This is the app for anyone who loves to live spontaneously and leave things to the last minute. Hotel Tonight will help you find accommodation from empty hotel rooms that haven’t been filled, so you can get some last-minute deals without the worry. The app also provides you with 24/7 customer support and has a daily drop feature for anyone who wants to live dangerously and book their accommodation on the day.
The days of haggling with the overpriced taxi driver are over, ditch the stress and use Uber when on holiday. Available in 70 countries worldwide, all you must do is download the app, enter your card details and compare fares for your desired destination. There’s no need to worry about paying in cash, counting your change or getting scammed with counterfeit banknotes, the fare will be taken directly out of your account and you can rest easy.
Google Maps is one of the best navigational tools out there. You can search up to date directions via car, walking, cycling or using public transport. You can also download maps to use when offline, which is handy if you can’t access Wi-Fi. Not only will it help you get around, but it also offers you information on destinations, museums, shops, etc. including their busiest time and any cost involved to get in. You can also use it to help you find restaurants, hotels and bars near you, filtering via your preferences and offering Google reviews.
Google Translate offers you direct translation for over 100 languages around the world. It allows you to type phrases for translation, speak and listen to translations and phrases and translate handwriting. You can save your favourites and access these phrases offline. Another amazing tool is the picture setting, this allows you to translate text in an image and is useful if you are eating out and there’s no English menu. Simply select the photo option and hold your phone camera over the text. You can watch it translate as if by magic right in front of your eyes!
You want to make sure you are getting the best deal for your money whilst on holiday. XE Currency ensures that you are always up to date with the latest exchange rates, so you don’t get a bad deal. This app offers live exchange rates for every currency in the world and allows you to save the most recent rates so you can access them offline. It might not be the most visually pleasing application but when you are struggling to calculate costs it can be a lifesaver, especially if you are travelling to a few countries, all of which have different currencies.
Want to learn the local lingo? Duolingo is a popular language-learning app that offers both free and premium services. You can start off from scratch as a beginner or maybe give yourself a language refresher. There are many features, from being able to send messages and chat with bots, to placement tests that will put what you’ve learnt into practice. If you want to learn with your friends whom you are travelling with, there’s a leader board where you can share your progress. It also offers handy reminders in case you forget to practise and allows you to set the time limit for daily lessons that best suits you.
In certain countries or regions some email servers, websites or social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter will be blocked. This is something to research and check prior to travel. The countries where this will apply are China, Russia, Iran, North Korea & Cuba. To get around this you can download a VPN, it’s also wise to use a VPN when accessing public Wi-Fi to protect your privacy. Nord VPN is the most popular choice; however, it isn’t free. Depending on the package it will cost on average $12 a month.
WhatsApp is a go-to messaging service available around the world. In regions where VPN blocks Facebook or Gmail, WhatsApp is left open, making it a perfect default choice to have on your phone. It is a popular choice for many tour operators or hotels who want to confirm meeting times or check-ins and often they will expect you to already have the app. It is also handy for meeting new people and connecting with family and friends at home. However, please note that to send and receive messages you will need data or a wi-fi connection.
When you’re travelling with a group of people costs can mount up, be it from hostel rooms, mealtimes or uber rides. It can be time-consuming jotting down who owes what and this is where Split wise comes in. This app allows you to record the total costs of everything you have done, dividing them amongst you and keeping track of everyone’s individual bill. You’ll never be reaching for the calculator again!
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