After what feels like a lifetime, summer is starting to show! Blue skies, birds tweeting and sunshine are no longer a distant memory, but a regular occurrence happening outside office windows.
While holidays should be a time to take a break from our screens, there’s no denying that smartphones can be an invaluable tool when you’re on your travels. Before you board your flight, switch off social media notifications, unsync your work email, and make sure you’ve downloaded these top travel apps recommended by Wired:
Okay, so you might actually want to download this app some time before your holiday, as Duolingo is an addictive, detailed and easy way to learn a language or remind yourself of the basics before your trip.
The free language learning app provides users with access to courses in 29 languages, including Klingon!
The app is scientifically-based and a great way to ensure that everyone in the family can do more than just speak English slowly and loudly.
Like to live spontaneously? Then HotelTonight is for you! The app provides travellers with great deals for last-minute bookings. It works by hotels giving the company unsold rooms at a discounted price, so it can ensure you get the best rates and deals.
If you’re not into the last minute way of travelling, the app will let you search availability for up to 100 days in advance in some destinations. And the more you book through HotelTonight, the greater deals you’ll see.
There’s nothing more annoying than trying to enjoy a new destination while also trying to beat jet lag. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up or are simply a coffee snob, BeanHunter can help you find “coffee worth travelling for”.
The app lets you search for the best coffee houses across the globe, leave reviews for others in the community, and set favourite cafes for quick access if you visit that location regularly.
In our day to day lives, many of us are now used to paying without cash, thanks to contactless cards and apps like Apple Pay. But, what to do when you’re abroad? Do you convert your pounds before you leave? Risk getting charged for using your card?
Monzo Bank is the answer to your troubles! The card has no fees on transactions made in foreign currencies, you pay the price you see thanks to the company using the inter-bank exchange rate, and it can be used in more than 180 countries. The accompanying app is easy and has lots of features, including sending bank transfers to nearby friends over Bluetooth, freezing your card, and sending you instant notifications when you spend money.