There are hundreds of apps out there specifically for travel and it’s hard to know which ones to get without slogging through a lot of trial and error.
Here’s a top 10 list of the apps I’ve found to be invaluable for travelling; long trips or a weekend away, these app can help make things so much easier.
Before I jump in, a little disclaimer: I don’t get any money for recommending these, they’re apps that I’ve used and enjoyed myself, and I have an iPhone personally but I will try and note if an app is available for Android as well. Lastly, these apps aren’t rated in any particular order of preference, just a compilation of apps I’ve found helpful.
1. Hopper – A friend recommended this app to me and it has been brilliant. Flights can sometimes be the most experience portion of a trip and Hopper is a valuable resource to get the best price available. Simply enter where you want to go and when and Hopper will show you the best prices available, which days are the cheapest and which are the most expensive and most of all, Hopper will watch the prices for you, predict if prices are likely to drop or not and will notify you when the price goes down. iPhone/Andriod
2. Yelp – A saving grace when you can’t decide what to eat. Yelp shows you the places to eat in the surrounding area (or a customised area if you aren’t there yet) with price guides, photos, and most helpfully, reviews from customers. iPhone/Andriod
3. XE Exchange – Handy little app to keep track of how much your money is worth in the local currency. The app automatically fetches the latest exchange rates when connected to the internet but can still be used to calculate a conversion without a connection. iPhone/Andriod
4. Hostelworld – Great app for looking for affordable accommodation. I like Hostelworld because they are easy to search, have a very comprehensive list of options and is widely used, therefore most places have reviews that give you a better insight into what staying at a particular place is like. iPhone/Andriod
5. TripAdvisor – Another app that is very easy to search. I often find accommodation options are far out of my price range but the ‘Things To Do’ section is a great way to discover things you might want to add to your itinerary. iPhone/Andriod
7. Disney Emoji Blitz – Matching game that’s themed with adorable emoji faces of Disney characters. It’s a cute and fun, low stakes game and I especially liked that it could be played without and internet connection. Great way to pass some time on a flight. iPhone/Andriod
8. Disney World – If you are headed to Disney World, I highly recommend getting this app (and the corresponding Disneyland app if you’re headed to Anaheim). On the app you have a map of all the parks on hand, can see how long wait times are for rides and organise your FastPass+ schedule in advance. There are lists for places to eat and what time shows, parades and character meets are on, so you don’t miss a thing! iPhone/Andriod
9. Airbnb – Another accommodation app. Airbnb can sometimes be more economical, especially for larger groups, splitting the cost of an apartment rental between 6 might be cheaper than booking hotel rooms. The places listed on here are peoples’ homes, so do be aware that expectations are different than in hotels and hostels. Read reviews and be wary of hidden costs (like cleaning fees) that can come with renting these places. iPhone/Andriod
10. What’sApp – It’s important to keep touching base with everyone missing you back at home. What’sApp is great because it’s connected to your phone number but can be used without a phone signal if you have WiFi available. iPhone/Andriod
What is your favourite app to use when you travel? Share in a comment below!