Whether you plan your entire trip down the last detail, or you prefer to see where the wind takes you, our top 10 travel apps can help you plan and book before you go, and find everything you need once you’re there.
Searching and Booking
Well-known to most travellers for web-based search, Expedia also offers an app that allows you to search and book travel, read reviews and find mobile-exclusive discounts.
Available: Android, iOS, Windows 8, and Web
Orbitz Flights, Hotels, Cars
As the name suggests, the Orbitz app lets you search and book flights, hotels and car hire. It can be useful when planning ahead of time and for last-minute bookings while on the road.
Available: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Web
SkyScanner is a great app that allows you to search for cheap flights. You can search for flights from your home airport to anywhere in the world based on cost, and you can also find the cheapest date to travel.
Available: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Web
A useful app for organisers and list makers. The Packing Pro app can utilise sample lists or create your own, helping you remember what to pack, and also serving as a list of what your luggage contains if it gets lost while travelling. It also offers handy reminders before you leave home.
TripIt connects to your email accounts to compile a travel calendar and organiser with all relevant travel information, such as flights, hotels, rental car reservations, and even restaurant bookings.
Available: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone
You can search Gogobot for interesting things to do in cities around the world. It offers suggestions for travellers with different types of interests, such as family-friendly activities and outdoor activities, as well as everyday activities such as sight seeing, dining and shopping.
Available: Android, and iOS
With more than 40,000 attractions listed in 300 destinations, Tripomatic can help you plan what to see and do on your trip. You can also download maps and visitor guides that can be viewed offline.
Available: Android, and iOS
While you travel
Wi-Fi Finder helps you find free Wi-Fi in your area, and even compares Wi-Fi signal strength at different locations.
Duolingo can help you get by in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian. Don’t know how to ask for directions to the bank, the bathroom or the beach? Duolingo can help!
Available: iOS, and Android
Helping travellers to save money on expensive calls and messages, Viber allows you to save your phone credit and use their internet connection to make calls and send text, photo and video messages.
We hope these apps make planning your next trip a little easier. Do you use any apps or websites while you travel? Do you have some tips and tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below.
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