Whether you’re a late adopter of 21st-century tech or a keen lover of the latest apps, your smartphone is one tool you don’t want to leave at home on vacation. Harness its power with the sleekest and most practical travel apps to make your next trip run smoothly.
We’ve covered a lot of apps over the last few months, so we thought it would be useful to give you a quick roundup of everything you should be considering on your phone for your next trip, including some new goodies we haven’t mentioned before. There’s bound to be something here that you’ll find useful.
You can easily find any of these apps for iPhone or Android – just search for them on your app store.
Booking your holiday
Staying connected while travelling can be a lifesaver – literally – but your smartphone can be an important resource even before you’ve left home. Use a flight aggregator like Kayak or Skyscanner to search for plane tickets.
Search for a room on Hotels.com or get a cosier, more residential space with Airbnb.
If you’re comfortable winging it, wait until arrival and get deep discounts on your accommodations with Hotel Tonight.
TripIt will forward all your confirmation emails to a single custom itinerary, to help you stay organised.
When you travel
Skip the jet lag with JetLag Genie, which helps you adjust your sleep schedule before departure.
Generate a packing list with PackPoint to ensure you don’t leave anything behind, and prepare to hit the road!
In the airport, GateGuru can show you a map of the terminal, reviews of onsite restaurants, and even estimated wait times for the security line.
Find a prime spot to wait for your flight using Lounge Buddy.
Stock up on reading material for the flight by saving articles to Pocket for offline use.
When you’re on holiday
Once you’re back on solid ground, you may be used to using Google Maps to get around town. If you don’t have internet access in your new destination, try MapsMe instead, or Tripadvisor offline maps (you can download a whole city guide on TripAdvisor).
HopStop and AllSubway can help you navigate even the most mind-boggling public transport system.
If you’re renting a car, download GasBuddy to help you find the nearest fill-up station.
Are you hopping from city to city by bus or train? Rome2Rio (called FetchMyWay on Android), compiles a seemingly endless number of overland routes to any destination you can imagine.
Uber operates in many cities, and can be a quick and easy way to get a taxi. In some cities Uber is cheap, but in some cities like Dublin it’s very expensive, so keep an eye on costs.
Expensify can help you document expenses, but for keeping better track of your travel budget, install a more comprehensive finance app like Mint.
You’ll never be strapped for cash with the PinPin ATM Finder, and you can be sure you’re leaving the right tip with Tipulator.
Finding things to do
When the dinner bell rings, you may be tempted to rely on TripAdvisor and Yelp for restaurant reviews. These are good resources, but you can get specific dish recommendations on Tastespotting.
For a unique take on sightseeing, you can find locals’ favourite hotspots on Localeur and upcoming events on Goby.
Invite a local friend to join you on the WithLocals app.
Need help with a language barrier? Rely on Google Translate or hire an interpreter via Whym.
No matter where your travels take you, put safety first. TravelSafe hosts a database of emergency phone numbers around the world. You can even pin your destination’s police and ambulance contacts to your phone’s home screen.
So no matter which of our travel hotspots this month takes your fancy, keeping your journey in the 21st century is a snap with the right app!