I love my apps. I may have a minor obsession with finding new and awesome apps to use, and I love finding ones that help me when I’m travelling! I use my iPhone 5, but many of these apps are also available for Windows and Android phones too.
1. Moflow (iOS – 3.5/5)
I love Moflow for my travel expenses. I can make different lists for different locations/currencies/holidays, and you have the option to display the total in the currency of that country or your home currency. There have been a few glitches while I’ve used it, where expenses haven’t shown up on the right day, but these have eventually sorted themselves out! It would be amazing if you could add “income” or set a budget for a trip, and being able to categorise expenses would be great to see how much you’re spending on different things, e.g. transport and food.
You can use different currencies in the same list, which is pretty handy too. Moflow is currently only available for iOS. 3.5 stars.
2. Tripomatic (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Amazon – 4/5)
This is an amazing app for trip and itinerary planning! I’ve used it in multiple cities and it’s been so useful – I saw some sights in Cologne and Reykjavik that I probably wouldn’t have known about otherwise! It also saves space in your luggage that might have been taken up by a bulky travel guide.
You simply need to input your destination city and the dates you’ll be there. You can then add activities/attractions to your itinerary and Tripomatic tells you how far (in minutes, by car or by foot) an attraction is from ones you already have for each day. It makes it super easy to plan attractions close to each other on the same day and you can even book activities and tours through the app.
You can also add your hotel or hostel so you know how far the sights are from where you are staying. However, to get offline maps you do need to purchase Tripomatic Premium for £10.99. 4/5 stars!
3. PackPoint (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Amazon – 4/5)
This app is a lifesaver. You tell it where you’re going, when you’re going and how long for and it gives you packing suggestions! You can choose extra activities (e.g. beach or work) and it’ll add recommended items there as well.
The app also takes into account the forecasted weather – great for me when I forgot I’d be coming to Honduras in rainy season! You can add your own items and change the number of things to take (e.g. as a photographer I change the number of memory cards to 3 or 4). There’s also the option of “repeat basics” or “laundry” – handy in case you won’t have access to laundry facilities!
I do wish I could choose the language the app is in. My phone is in Spanish (as I’m learning it) but it would be handy to be able to set the language to English instead of having to look up lots of words while I’m packing. 4/5 stars!
4. Couchsurfing (iOS, Android – 3.5/5)
This isn’t just an app but also a website and community too. I definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to travel on a budget! You create a profile and can host people or be hosted (it’s best to do both!). I’ve met some great people through there and have saved a ton of money too.
The app is pretty easy to use. You can edit your profile, send messages, search for hosts and pretty much everything you can do on the website. I sometimes find the app a little slow when loading but not much else other than that!
You can search for events near your location, which is pretty handy, but it would be nice if you could set the radius of the area that it searches. 3.5 stars.
5. Skyscanner (iOS, Android, Windows, Amazon – 3/5)
I love the website and the app is great when I’m on the move. It’s one of my favourite sites for finding cheap flights, although I find the app doesn’t quite match up to the website. I like to be able to search flights “to everywhere” or “from everywhere” as well as a whole month or cheapest fares for the whole year.
However, if you’re looking for a good deal on a flight then the app is perfect! The graphs need to be improved for the app as I find them super handy to see when the best prices are. 3/5 stars.
6. Duolingo (iOS, Android, Windows – 4/5)
This is one of my favourite language learning apps! It’s super easy to use and is great for learning the basics of a language before travelling to a country. I like to combine using it with apps like Lingopal, which are great for learning useful phrases (e.g. “I don’t speak *insert language name here*”). The app would be even better if it could be used offline, as it would be great on long journeys!
What are your favourite travel apps? Tell us in the comments!
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