18 Jan 2019
There are tons of travel apps available, but we have created this guide on our top apps we wouldn't travel without! Please take into consideration that travel apps use data so ensure with your network provider you can use data abroad we don't want you to run up an expensive bill! Also, if your phone battery is as bad as mine, you may want to carry a portable battery pack.
If you are a lover of exploring new cities you need Citymapper! Citymapper is one of the best apps; I’d say it’s an essential when travelling to new cities. It helps us make our way around with ease as it has transit maps for buses, trams, and subway systems. It also provides real-time departure times and disruption alerts. The app in general is super easy to understand with colour coded symbols in a clear, simple design making the map easy to read.
This is a new discovery and I can’t believe we didn't know about it sooner! Dayuse allows you to book hotel rooms for a few hours during the day, often at prices that are a fraction of the typical overnight rate. It's so helpful if you have a long wait before travelling.
HotelTonight gives you amazing last-minute discounts on empty hotel rooms. It’s incredibly easy to use, and it doesn’t take long to reserve a room. You can search by city, attraction, or using the map. The app also allows you to check out the reviews and photos from other travelers. Once we had our airbnb cancel on us and this is the app we used, it’s a lifesaver!
We use this app in day to day life, not just when travelling, but it’s amazing to have if you rent a car whilst you travel. The navigation feeds your smartphone real-time traffic information, based on reports from other Waze users. That data includes accidents, speed cameras and other hazards. We mainly use it as it’s great for helping us to avoid traffic.
PackPoint is my travel packing saviour, it creates a checklist of travel essentials that you need to pack, depending on the nature of their trip. You simply create a trip profile with the destination, length of stay and purpose of travel. PackPoint then creates a customized packing and luggage checklist that takes into account whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the type and amount of clothing to pack based on the weather forecast and other factors. It’s very helpful if you’re a last minute packer!
This app is new to us and we haven't heard much about it, however, we used it for our last trip and it was helpful at giving us ideas for things to do. You essentially put in where you are travelling to and then a range of features come up. The main feature we used was ‘things to do’ which contains a list of suggested places to visit and ‘day plans’ which automatically creates and suggests a daily itinerary.
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