There’s almost no predicament in the world a travel app can’t get you out of nowadays, and plenty of them cost nothing at all. Download all these free travel apps to your device before setting of on a trip to have everything you need right at your fingertips.
For flights: JetRadar
We don’t mean to toot our own horns, but we’re pretty proud of our flight search app. JetRadar’s app searches through over 1,000 airlines to find you the best price for your selected flight, and it’s takes just a few taps to get it all booked. We don’t charge a commission fee and we pride ourselves on bringing you the best deals.
For currency: XE Currency
The XE Currency app provides one of the quickest and easiest ways to compare currencies while you’re on the road. When you’re connected to WiFi, the app updates exchange rates in real-time, but the great thing about XE Currency is that it also works offline. Although it won’t show you up-to-the-minute rates, the app will work off whatever rates it found when previously connected to the internet. This is ideal for when you’re out and about and need a rough estimate!
For reviews: TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor is without doubt the biggest travel review website in the world, and so useful for finding honest reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions and more. Download the app to your phone to have all that information right at your fingertips, perfect for when you’re rushing about and just need a quick tip-off about somewhere to eat or stay.
For planning: TripIt
TripIt takes all the hassle out of travel planning. This app works with your email (but don’t worry, privacy setting are available) to map out your trip itinerary in just a few taps. This app is particularly useful for longer trips when you’re moving around a lot – it saves you from flicking in between emails all the time, laying everything out in one easy, consolidated timeline.
For maps: Maps.Me
A good map is essential for getting around a place you don’t know, and as not many of us want to lug around lots of paper, map apps are an ideal solution. Maps.Me is one of the best map apps around because it allows you to download the maps you need and use them offline – essential when you don’t have roaming data available on your device and want to avoid a giant phone bill. The app also has a route planning function, making it even easier to navigate unfamiliar places.
For language learning: Duolingo
Great to use before you get away and while you’re on the road, Duolingo one of the easiest, simplest language learning apps on the market. Although it’s not available in all languages yet, the ones it does cover are delivered in bite-sized, easy-to-remember ways. Although it won’t make you fluent in days, this app is great for a base understanding of a new language, equipping you with the basic grammar and vocabulary to use on a daily basis.
For translation: Google Translate
The best app to use when you’re totally stumped and need a quick translation, Google Translate has advanced leaps and bounds over the years. Now, you can scan over foreign words using your camera to get a quick translation of what they mean – perfect for those countries that use not only foreign languages but entire different letters too.
For sharing photos: Instagram
One of the easiest, most beautiful photo apps ever create (in our humble opinion…), Instagram is a simple way to share your photos with the world and let people back home know what you’ve been up to. While other social media platforms can be good for sharing, the filters and features on Instagram are pretty unbeatable, giving you just one place to keep all your best snaps, an album you can look back on with fond memories.
For keeping in touch: Skype
Chatting to friend and family back at home is essential for many while on the road, and Skype is an ideal app for it. If both parties have the app you can call each other for free, but calling other phones across the world from Skype is extremely affordable. It’s useful to have a few bucks in Skype credit to make any phone calls while abroad – to book hotels or make reservations, for example – so as long as you have an internet connection you can connect to almost anywhere in the world.