If you’re like me, you’ll want to have all the practical information at hand before travelling, especially to a new country. In this case, travel apps are your best friend. So before you pack your bags and travel the world, take a look at our list of travel apps that will make your journey that much better.
1. Travel List
If you need some help to pack properly and to not forget pack those last minute items, Travel List helps you easily organise the items you’ll put in your bag/suitcase. You can even set a reminder for the items you have to pack at the last minute.
This app can help you plan every stop of your trip as well, ensuring you don’t miss out on anything. Add events to the calendar or set alerts. (£1.99)
It might be obvious, but there’s no denying that reading books from a phone or tablet is way easier than lugging several heavy books around with you. With the Kindle app you can download all sorts of books – guides, magazines, fiction books, and more. (Free)
With this app you no longer need to download individual airport or airline apps for each flight. Flightaware lets you track any flight with real-time updates and zoomable maps. It also includes flight alerts on delays and cancellations, and more. (Free)
Kayak has been the go-to trip planning destination for quite a while, providing you with a fast comparison of lots of travel sites. Features include comparing flights, accommodation and car rentals; tracking flight status; booking your accommodation; making itineraries; accessing airport information and airline numbers. (Free)
5. SAS Survival Guide
Know how to start a fire? Know your Morse code? With this app you soon will. It’s a must have for any traveller who could venture anywhere remote. Written by a former SAS soldier and instructor, this app has hundreds of survival skills that will help you when you’re both at home and away. (£5.99)
Duolingo is full of little lessons and games that teach you how to read, write, listen and speak a language – 27 in fact. Start with basic phrases and sentences and learn new words every day. (Free)
Not very good at keeping track of booking numbers, or got a trip that includes more than one hotel or flight? Then get TripIt. A mobile trip planner that shows you all your trip details at a glance – flights, accommodation, car, directions, map and more. You can sync your travel plans with your mobile calendar, share itineraries and post travel plans on social media. (Free)
AroundMe identifies where you are, and lists the nearest hotel, bar, supermarket, hospital, bank, restaurant, petrol station, cinema, theatre and taxi rank. Useful if you fancy watching a movie – vital if you’re taken ill abroad. (Free)
If you’re like most people and can’t work out what 1,562,965 Vietnamese dong is in pounds off the top of your head, use this currency exchange app, XE, to work it out. Not the prettiest of apps, but definitely one of the more robust currency converter apps. It’s updated constantly and offers live exchange rates for all currencies. (Free)
Touchnote allows you to create personalised postcards using your own images. You just simply open the app, choose an image, put in some text and an address, and then postcard will ship to anywhere in the world. (Free)
In case of emergency, ICE keeps you covered. Of course, the last thing you would want to happen to you when travelling is to have any medical issues. But to keep you covered, this app keeps details about your medical conditions, your emergency contact details and insurance information – all of which can be accessed even if your phone is locked. It also translates the stored information in 10 different languages. (Free)
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