Instead of filling up your suitcase before your next holiday, load up your phone. We would be lost without these 17 apps, which take the guesswork out of turning your vacation into the trip of a lifetime.
BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT
Oddly enough, the most exciting part of going on a trip tends to be the most stressful. With so many ways to book flights, it’s nearly impossible to know whether you’re actually getting a good deal.
Remove some of the speculation with Hopper (1), which promises to save you up to 40 per cent by predicting when and how flight prices change; it then suggests when you should buy your tickets based on the calculations. We also like Hipmunk (2), an app that compares prices from popular booking sites like Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline to see who’s offering the best deal. If you’re still not satisfied, check Skyscanner (3), which analyzes millions of options from all across the internet to ensure you haven’t missed anything.
WHERE TO STAY
Dumb luck is no longer a factor in finding an amazing place to stay, whether you book months in advance or are one of those last-minute folks. Instead of scanning for vacancy signs, try out one of these apps next time you roll into town.
For a local experience, there is no better booking site than Airbnb (4). These personal listings often take you inside some of the coolest addresses and offer the opportunity to connect directly with residents. You’ll have a hard time going back to hotels once you’ve tried this.
But, if you’re going to book a hotel, make sure it’s bedbug-free by doing a quick scan on TripAdvisor (5). Written by travellers who’ve been there, these are some of the most honest reviews you’ll find on the Internet.
For spontaneous travel, HotelTonight (6) has amazing last-minute deals on hotel rooms at some of the top hotels. Expect deeply discounted rates the more last minute you book.
Never forget your toothbrush again with PackingPro (7). Think of it as a travelling personal assistant. For some free advice, PackingPoint (8) helps determine what you need based on the length of your trip, weather and types of activities you have planned. Once you’ve got that sorted, use Digital Scale Pro (9) to ensure you won’t get charged for overweight luggage.
Carrying around a heavy guidebook not only singles you out as a tourist but can also be a (literal) pain in the neck. Localeur (10) gives you insider tips from locals on where to eat, drink and play in major cities across the US, while GoEuro (11) will help you easily navigate the train and bus in Europe. Feeling a little out of sorts? Ulmon (12) has you covered with pretty much every street and subway map you could ever need, which can be accessed while offline.
Make sure you download XE currency converter (13) before your next shopping trip to make sure you know what you’re spending. If your rusty French is making it difficult to negotiate, tap into Google translator (14) to ensure your message is coming through loud and clear.
Because what would a holiday be without pictures? We like to think that if it didn’t happen on Instagram (15), it didn’t happen at all, so make sure you download this and tell all your friends to follow you before you leave for your trip.
Safe (and happy) travels!