We live in a day and age where information is at the tip of our fingertips 24 hours a day. The internet has created an amazing network for travellers to gain more knowledge than ever before about the locations they are going to see. But if you’re the type of traveller who doesn’t like to bring your laptop everywhere you go, or take it with you at all, it’s handy to have a few apps on your smartphone to help you navigate new territory. These apps have helped me a lot while travelling, and hopefully they can help you too!
Hostelworld has replaced lonely planet for me. Though I do still tend to carry the guide around with me on my travels, I rely entirely on hostelworld for choosing budget accommodation. It gives you prices, location and many reviews so you can pick the perfect hostel for your needs. You can also book your stay on the app.
This app has really come in useful for me this past year. I was sceptical at first, because I’d been staying at hostels for most of my travels, but now that I travel so much with my partner Tom, it’s nice to have access to affordable accommodation and be able to have privacy that hostels rarely provide. You can find apartments on Airbnb for far cheaper than a double room in a hostel in most cities.
TripAdvisor is a great app if you are interested in doing any sightseeing tours, choosing a restaurant or trying to choose accommodation. You can look at other people’s reviews, or add reviews yourself. Remember, it is good to review places that had excellent service, so that other people know about it. Take all reviews with a grain of salt. I personally worked at a pub in England and one bad review can really turn people away, even if it was at no fault of the business. Regardless it is still one of the most helpful apps out there.
I book ALL my flights through Skyscanner. This site is similar to sites like Expedia, where you can search the flight you want and it will show you all the airlines that will sell it to you in order of price. I have not found another website that is cheaper than Skyscanner. Sometimes, to get the cheap flights you have to deal will brutally long layovers, but if time isn’t a problem you can save a lot of money.
Been is a simple app where you can select all the countries you have been to, and it will tell you the percentage of each continent you have travelled. It also shows you where you have been on an interactive map. For anyone who has a goal of hitting multiple countries in the world, this is a great app to visualise your progress.
This app is the perfect way to deal with constant currency changes. It works with or without Wi-Fi, and gives the most recent rates when you aren’t connected.
Remember, the fewer apps you have on your phone, the more space you have for photos! So choose the apps that work best for you!