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On the Move: Top 5 Phone Apps for Travellers

Posted by Maria Inês Pinto on 27/08/2014
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Smart phones have become our go-to devices for everything lately. Besides the regular call and text, most people use their smart phones to catch up on the news, watch videos, engage on social media sites, read books, listen to music, and so much more! Now there is an even better use you can put to your smart phone: help you out on your travels. Whether you need help planning your next holiday, making a last minute booking, getting around a new city, venturing off to sites off the beaten path, or simply want a new suggestion of something to try, there is a phone application for all your travel needs! Below, we take a look at the 5 phone apps that are completely essential to any kind of traveller!

 

1.  Packing Pro

 

When you’re about to leave, do you always get that uneasy feeling that somehow you have forgotten to pack something important? Packing Pro has been created to get rid of those feelings and help you make sure you are packed and absolutely ready to go! You can either create your own list or use a custom list created by the app itself to ensure you have packed everything from clothes, to electronics, to hygiene essentials and much more! Check off each item as you pack it and feel the wonderful relief of certainty that you have packed everything you need. This app free but is only available for iOS. Android users can enjoy a similar application called PackMeApp Packing List that features the same functions and is also free.

 

2.  Tripomatic

 

Tripomatic is an excellent application if you need help planning your next holiday. On the application, you can essentially become your very own travel guide! Pick your next destination, your travel dates and design your own itinerary! The application provides you with a map of the cities you will be visiting, famous local attractions, tours and activities ideas, hotels and car services available. All you need to do is start choosing and you will have a scheduled itinerary on your smart phone ready for when you land! This app is free and available for both iOS and Android.

 

3.  Kayak

 

Kayak is the #1 mobile travel application today. Its notoriety and popularity is undoubtedly due to the excellent services it provides – on the app, you can compare between hundreds of travel sites in mere seconds! Compare flights and hotel prices to find the one that fits your preferences and budget and then book right from your phone. Now, you can even manage your itinerary and track your flight status. The uses for this app are endless and completely essential for any traveller! The app is free and available for iOS, Android, and Windows.

 

4.  Trip Advisor

 

Trip Advisor is the quintessential travel website for travellers seeking new ideas and suggestions from fellow travellers on places they have visited and tried. Now, it is also available for mobile phone users! On the mobile app, you will be able to have access to maps and reviews of hotels, restaurants and attracations from over 300 cities worldwide. The app also enables you to download city guides which you can access offline when you travel. All of this is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows.

 

5.  Viator

 

Viator is another great travel app! Besides providing you with excellent information on tours and activities in your holiday destination, you will also be able to get access to great discounts when you book on the mobile or web app! Find interesting things to do near you, and save while you have fun. This is the perfect app for travellers on a budget looking to try new things. The app is free and is available for iOS and Android.

 

Thought I was done? Here are a few more apps I simply can’t travel without:
Wi-Fi Finder is an absolute must! This is the perfect app for finding free wi-fi connection spots wherever you are in the world! The Weather Channel is perfect for planning ahead – check the weather in multiple cities and customise the app to your preferences. And finally, Foodspotting is the perfect app if you love to find cool new places to eat as recommended by fellow travellers or even locals!