6 Essential Apps Every Traveller Needs
September 21, 2016
It’s a technological world and we’re always looking for easy apps to simplify our day to day lives. So why should it be any different whilst travelling? It’s time to throw away your guide books and grab your smart phone, because we’ve got the lowdown on the best apps every traveller must have!
Gone are the days of lugging around giant maps in attempt to navigate the busy foreign streets, or stumbling through your phrase book looking for the exact way to ask ‘where can I find the loo?’ There are apps for just about everything, so abolish your stresses and read on to learn why your smart phone is your new best travel companion.
Put down your overly priced city map and download City Mapper instead. It’s easy to use, just put in where you want to go and it’ll give you incredibly detailed information on how to get there, including: public transport and cycle/walking routes! The app also gives you super-fast updates so you know as soon as possible if you’re train’s delayed and offers alternate options to get you to your destination.
For simple currency conversions XE Currency is the best app on the market. It allows you to convert to any currency on the go, and saves the last rates even when you’re offline. (Perfect for when you’re travelling in countries with limited Wi-Fi!) Just select the currencies you want and the app will convert it straight away. It really doesn’t get more simple than that!
TripIt is the master organiser when it comes to creating your perfect holiday itinerary. Link your email to it and the app will scan for any reservations, bookings, flights, etc. and add them all to one easy to read itinerary. If you’re travelling with friends you can also share the itinerary with them or on social media, so everyone knows where and when they need to be. You get instant alerts for flight delays, cancellations or gate changes and the app will find you alternate flights at the drop of a hat!
There’s nothing worse than the pre-holiday packing dread. You always find yourself pulling your hair out pouring over whether to pack your favourite shorts or play it safe in jeans, but Pack Point will do it all for you! Create a profile, add in your destination, length of stay and purpose and the app will tailor make you a checklist of the travel essentials for your trip! It also takes into account what the weather will be like and selects which clothes are most appropriate.
Google Translate is by far the best translation app on the market. It’s super simple to use, just type or speak what you want to say and it’ll give you the translation right away, it can even repeat the phrase back to you for perfect pronunciation. The best part of the app is the word lens tool, point your camera at a foreign word and it’ll instantly translate it on the screen right before your eyes! Gone are the days of you trying to guess what a particular item on the menu is or wondering whether you’re bartering for a towel or a tarantula!
You’ll all be familiar with apps that recommend the best restaurants in the area, but have you ever heard of an app that focuses on specific dishes instead? Want to take a bite out of the best burger in New York? Or sample the most delicious noodles in Shanghai? Food Spotting will find it for you! If you get a craving, open the app, type in your desired dish and it’ll tell you where exactly you’ll find the best in the area (it even says where to find the best in the world).
So there’s our top 6 apps that every traveller needs! What do you think? Are you ready to throw away your guidebooks and download some of these apps? Do you know of any other apps that have revolutionised your travel experience? Let us know in the comments!
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