Best travel apps
Whether you’re after a romantic getaway, a half-term holiday or a retreat with friends, booking a vacation is a sure-fire way to help beat those winter blues.
Even if you’re looking for last-minute deals or trying to find somewhere to eat on your holiday, planning can make the world of difference.
Luckily for us, there’s a whole host of apps that are ready to help you before and during your trip. But with such a plethora of travel apps, which ones should you bother downloading?
Put down the travel brochures and feel like an intrepid explorer with these top travel apps:
Guides by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet guides have long been the guidebook of choice for adventurous types and those travelling on a budget. And now you can have all that knowledge without having to carry around a book.
To make sure you don’t use any data when abroad, download one of the guides before you set off.
From budget travel recommendations to quirky cafes, sightseeing suggestions, local hotspots, offline maps and audio phrasebooks, this handy app can cover most of your travel needs.
If you’re off on a city break, be sure to download Citymapper. This free app, available for iOS and Android, is limited in that it is only available in 30 cities around the world, but it does cover all the obvious city-break destinations.
Citymapper provides users with more detailed journey planner information than Google, making you feel more like a local and less like a tourist.
Whether you want to get to grips with the basics before you go or simply refresh your memory, Duolingo is a great, free language learning app that guides users through levels.
With more than 70 million people registered, it’s hardly surprising that people are calling Duolingo the best language-learning app.
Hopper is the best of the best when it comes to flight-booking apps.
As well as letting users book flights on their phone, it says when to do it and how to get the best price and biggest savings.
After searching for a flight, Hopper will let users know whether it’s best to buy the tickets now or wait. If it’s the latter, the app will send users a notification when the price drops.
If you’re booking your holiday yourself instead of going through an agent, all your travel information can end up in numerous emails that get lost in your inbox.
To avoid any stress, download Tripit. This clever app pulls travel information from your confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars and any events you may have booked and puts it all together in a single itinerary. All you have to do is forward your emails to the app.
This app is also great if you’re travelling with a group as it allows users to easily share the plans.
Let’s be honest, packing can be one of the hardest parts of any trip. Take the hassle out of packing by downloading PackPoint and entering your destination, duration of stay as well as some details of the activities you plan on doing.
If you don’t have the suitcase space to take a different outfit for every evening, you can easily tweak the list when it’s been generated.