For your annual family trip, a once in a lifetime adventure or a world cruise. There are apps for just about every type of adventure.
Here are some of our favourite apps from our travel experiences.
Dan in finance recommends Waze – A navigation and live traffic app that is perfect for self drive holidays. With community reported traffic conditions you can find your way around traffic hazards and travel like a local.
Sean in customer service recommends Google translate – Great for travelling in countries with limited language skills. The camera translation is super helpful to read signs in foreign language and the app can help with translating spoken questions for the locals.
Andrew our actuary recommends VoiceMap Audio Tours – A great way to explore the local areas with tips from those who have been there before, audio tours help you learn on the go. Rick Steves’ Audio Tours are a favourite with geographic specific playlists with information that relates to your travel plans.
Jo in PR recommends Polarsteps – Share your journey with family, friends or the world with a step by step journey. Upload your photographs and journal your activities, while your chosen audience can comment and chart your stops.
Liz in Marketing recommends Splitwise – When travelling with friends and splitting the bills Splitwise helps to share expenses. Create a group, add expenses and keep track of who pays what.
Some other apps we have found useful are:
- Citymapper – Transport app that provides great journey planning with estimated time of arrival using all modes of transport. Coverage is currently for 38 International cities and is growing rapidly. Easy to use shows transport and walking options.
- XE currency – Find the latest currency exchange rates and work out if you can afford your latest purchase. Monitor exchange rates, transfer money and research historical currency charts.
- Duolingo – Prepare for your trip by learning some of the local lingo. Duolingo can help with basic language skills, give yourself some time to learn and remember to practice everyday to be ready to converse with the locals.
- Local transport apps – Check out your destinations local transport apps, a great way to travel like a local and monitor real time transport.
- Airline apps – Check your airlines app, there are so many ways to keep on top of travel updates and airlines apps are rapidly the way to get information when travelling. Some airlines offer inflight entertainment apps, so make sure you have a look before you travel.
- Hotel apps – If you tend to stay in the major brand hotels, the hotel apps can help you keep up to date with great deal, points and check in options.
- Cruise Line apps – Many cruise liners have their own apps. Content varies from pre trip planning to onboard activities. Make sure you check with your cruise company to see what they have on offer.
A good booking app never goes astray and there are plenty to choose from – Airbnb, Agoda, bookings.com, TripAdvisor. Its best to check your destination and see what apps have the best booking capacity in that location.
It’s always handy to have your phone when you travel, but make sure you don’t fall into the International roaming traps and end up with huge bills. Take advantage of secure wifi when you can and download apps before you leave home.