Whether it’s snapping that dreamy sunset on
Instagram, or keeping your friends up to date with your latest trips, today’s
savvy traveller will never be far away from their iPhone. I’ve rounded up 5 of
the best apps I’ve come across that will make your next adventure a breeze.
I love an itinerary, so I’ll always have a
rough plan of things I want to see and do whenever I travel somewhere. Websites
like tripadvisor are great for finding tourist favourites, but it’s nice to mix
up your trip with some local hotspots too. Stay is the perfect app for this,
with local guides to a whole load of cities detailing the best places to eat,
drink and shop, to name a few. They also have bespoke guides such as ‘how to do
cities on a budget’, ‘where to find the best cocktails’ or ‘the top romantic
spots to head to’.
But the best thing about this app, is you
can download whole cities to use offline and it will still track your location
meaning you can access all the tips and find the best picks that are closest to
you even when you don’t have Wi-Fi.
Up until recently, I had always been a bit
of a traditionalist when it came to getting currency and just took all of my money
out in cash before I left, but then it occurred to me, that there was probably
a more sensible option than carrying hundreds of pounds on me whilst I’m away.
Then I found Revolut, a prepaid mastercard,
which can be topped up via an app wherever you are. All you have to do is load
the card with an amount in pounds and it will then transfer the money into the
currency of wherever you are using it, with perfect interbank rates (the rates
banks give each other, which will be much better than bureaux de change!).
This is great if you
are planning a trip with multiple currencies and it also means you don’t end up
with left over currency you won’t use as you can just top up the app with money
as and when you need it as long as you have access to the internet. Anything
you don’t use can be spent as pounds back in the UK.
What’s more, you can
also use the card to withdraw up to £500 a month from ATMs abroad without fees,
meaning if you do need to get hold of some cash you can do so without worrying
about any sneaky fees!
One of my more recent discoveries, for the
ultimate flight companion, I wouldn’t be without App in the Air. Super slick to
use it is the flight-tracking app with the best coverage of airlines and
airports I’ve come across. It also has a number of useful extras, such as the
ability to break down your flight schedule into 4 stages; check in, boarding,
take off and landing – notifying you of any delays or gate changes along the
If that wasn’t enough it has tips from
other travellers for each airport, such as where to get the best snacks, which Wi-Fi
is free and directions to the nearest phone charging point.
One of the hardest things to know when you
get to a new city is the best way to get around. In some places public
transport is the best bet, with lots of well-connected and regular options, for
others a lot of it can be walkable. City Mapper is a dream at solving this
problem as it combines all of the available options into one handy app –
helping to choose the quickest and cheapest route. It has real time departure
and disruption updates and even supports uber integration, meaning it will let
you know when that’s the best option too.
It’s currently available in 30 cities worldwide and has the majority of
the typical city break countries covered. No doubt it will be rolled out in plenty
more within no time, so if your next weekend break isn’t available on there
just need, don’t get too worried.
Any travel lover likes to keep track of
places that they have visited and there are plenty of apps out there to help
you do it. One of my favourites is Been, which visualizes your ‘travelled to’
list into a map, showing you the percentage of the world you have ticked off so
far. You can also see it in a globe view and can easily share your progress on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via the app. The one downfall with this is it
doesn’t tell you how many countries you have visited – that part you will have
to keep track of yourself!
Have you ever used any of these apps? What
would be in your top 5?