Travelling with ease takes a lot of planning.
Whether you’re backpacking around eastern Europe or taking a beach holiday in Fiji – travel apps can help you plan your itinerary, make sure your tickets and connections are lined up, tell you how to ask for a toilet in Greek or simply give you great ideas on how to best spend your time.
Given I’ve been on the road for just under 12 months now, I have found 9 travel apps that I can never travel without.
There are so many popular travel apps like Skyscanner, Booking.com, Hostelworld & Trip Advisor, but here are some less-known and simply amazing travel apps that will make your trip that much easier.
TripIt is hands down my favourite travel app of all time. It combines all your travel itineraries, tickets, flights, hotel or car reservations, events or restaurant bookings and more into one simple view.
Once you book something, you pop the details into Tripit and it provides all the information you’ll need in date order. No more fishing around in your suitcase or trying to connect to wi-fi to find an email confirmation – it’s all right there.
Ever packed for a trip only to arrive and realise that your favourite fur vest isn’t quite suitable for your French Riviera beach holiday? Or kick yourself for having to buy another tube of sunscreen when you have 1,567 sitting in your bathroom drawer?
Packing Pro will help you with this. Tell it where you’re going, how long for and who with and it spits out a suggested list of what you might need. It splits the list up into essentials (like money and your passport), clothes, gadgets and more. It even has separate lists for additional family members. Never travel unprepared again!
This free and easy to use app provides you live currency rates every minute of every day. Don’t pay for currency apps when you get everything you need here for free.
This award winning translation tool helps you break down language barriers. With over 80 languages and its state of the art technology, you can speak a new language in seconds.
This app instantly translates foreign text via your phone’s camera. Although the initial download is free, you have to buy language pairs using in-app purchases. Currently there is English to/from French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian on offer. A tad exxy, at AUD$5.49 per language, it’s so worth it just to impress your travelling buddy.
This app has editions for more than 20 of the world’s biggest cities, each stuffed with comprehensive insights into the finest restaurants, bars, shows and exhibitions. Best of all, each and every one is absolutely free.
Don’t pay extortionate data roaming charges! Knowing where to find a decent wi-fi hotspot is essential for all that travel instagramming and tweeting. So you don’t miss making your friends jealous (#fromwhereyoudratherbe), this app will locate the nearest wi-fi and give you directions on how to get there. Best of all, the offline mode means you can download maps before you go, thereby avoiding getting lost.
With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. You can text, call, and send photo or video messages worldwide over Wifi or 3G – for free to other users on Viber. Viber Out can be used to make calls to non-Viber landlines and mobile numbers at low rates.
Are you too young to know what a postcard is? They’re those rectangular, card like things you used to be obliged to send your great aunt Maureen to tell her about your travel adventures. She doesn’t have the internet so unfortunately sending her an email or forwarding her to Facebook just isn’t possible. This app/print service allows you to create physical postcards featuring your own travel pictures and send anywhere in the world for AUD$1.99 a pop. Save yourself a phone call from mum and download this app now!
What are some travel apps you can’t live without?
Anisa – The Macadame. xx