Travel has become so much more than buying a ticket from your local travel agent and hopping on a plane with a map and compass. 

With all the technology we have at our disposal, we now have such a better chance of really maximising our experiences and minimising our downtime when off on a special adventure.

If you have a smartphone, then read on!

This is my ultimate list of apps you need to have on your travels:

Accommodation Apps

HotelsCombined.com

This is my go-to app.

It aggregates all of the other booking sites out there and gives you the best price out of each of them, saving so much time, and giving piece of mind that you’ve got the best deal.

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When the hotels are just a bit too pricey, this is most favourite app for finding the best hostel/B&B/apartment deal in most cities around the world.

Airbnb

Airbnb is becoming more and more popular as people start to warm to the idea of renting out other people’s houses on a short term basis.

I check and use Airbnb in nearly every city i stay in, as it can offer great homely facilities in perfect locations for the right price.

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Flights Apps

Skyscanner

If you don’t know about Skyscanner, you’ve probably been living on another planet!

This app is by far the best aggregator of flight deals on the web. It’s the HotelsCombined of flights.

The only time i really ever see a better deal is directly through the airline.

Kayak

I like to double check my Skyscanner results with Kayak. Sometimes Kayak will be marketing exclusive deals, or even package deals that somehow beat the market.

If anything, its a good back-up!

Currency Apps

XE Currency Converter

Simple, easy, free, quick, no hassles.

Use this app to plan ahead as well as double check the rates the currency exchange desk is quoting you. If they are offering more than 3% less than XE, run!

Travel Guide Apps

Triposo

Triposo holds information on over 25,000 cities worldwide. Any information you need can be downloaded for offline access when you need it.

Triposo can also use your current location to give you sightseeing, dining, and hotel recommendations.

Jetpac City Guide

Jetpac City Guides works a little differently, using contemporary Instagram photos in order to find hotspots and trending places for you across the world.

Gogobot

Gogobot helps you plan in three simple ways: where to stay, where to play, and where to eat.

It even shows you what is currently popular amongst other Gogobot users.

Foursquare

Foursquare is my go-to travel guide app on my iPhone.

The main reason for this is that Foursquare is populated by locals.

The info you are receiving is actually coming from the people that know the city back to front.

Dining Apps

Zomato

This app is getting pretty massive given it’s buying out a bunch of other food apps like UrbanSpoon.

Easy to use, full of info, reviews, maps, rating, menus.

Yelp

This app is especially useful in the US, where it is most popular.

To be honest, if you have Yelp and Zomato, you should be covered pretty well across the globe.

Communication Apps

Skype

Skype trumps all when you need to call home or have a teleconference interview.

Did you also know Skype is a ridiculously cheap option for making calls to mobile phones internationally?

Sign up here

Viber 

Viber is a good backup to have in your phone if Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, and cell calls aren’t working for you. Sometimes its the only one that works.

It does offer free calls on top of messaging, but only to people who are on Viber too.

WhatsApp 

When it comes to group messaging and international messaging using data, WhatsApp is king.

Its a favourite around the world because you don’t have to have an iPhone to use it.

Translator Apps

iTranslate

This app is by far the quickest and most accurate app for translating your own language when in a sticky situation.

Easy to use, this one even trumps google translate.

 

Dict.cc

Another great resource. This is a dictionary for 51 language combinations, usable without an internet connection!

Every translation gets checked by several other contributing users. The downloadable vocabularies are updated daily

Photography Apps

VSCO Cam

Most of the really awesome Instagram pics around are getting made with the help of VSCO Cam.

VSCO Cam is a great camera and editing app with a half-baked online sharing experience bolted on.. The editing tools and filters are better than what you’ll find elsewhere.

PicLab HD

This app will set you back $1.99, but its a very worth investment!

This one includes lots of fonts and full control over size, positioning, opacity, rotation, and colour. You can also layer illustrations and other design elements on top of your image.

Maps Apps

Google Maps

This one might seem really obvious, but i want to share with you a little hack to make this work even without a signal.

Check out this post on hacking google maps for offline service! Whilst you have wifi, look in google maps at all the places you want to go. Just scroll around viewing all the details. The app will then save that to the phone for when you are offline and you can use it as long as you like. Even without a signal, it will show you where you are with the little blue dot keeping track of you!

 

This one works offline! The pages are all there from the get-go!

It’s a tad less intuitive than Google Maps, but it works in exactly the same way as the hack I explained with Google Maps, without having to actually go and load the pages beforehand.

 

Productivity Apps

 

PDF to Word

PDF to word is a great app that helps you out if your are on the road and happen to have a PDF you need to convert. This should be your go to app if you are bound to your cell phone or tablet.

iAnnotate

iAnnotate is a mobile app packed with editing option which can be handy in almost every situation. This app is essential for any aspiring travel writer!

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  • What are your favourite travel apps?
  • Any you would add to the list?