Back in the old days the most important thing you needed to pack was a passport and a toothbrush. These days, it is your iPhone…. and your passport because clearly no one has found an app to replace that yet. From inspiration, organising and finding a place to stay, here are my top 10 favourites which you should download now.
1. Best for communicating: Whatsapp
Crazy expensive phone and data bills are a thing of the past. Whatsapp allows you to call, text and chat as a group for FREE! All you need is a wifi connection.
2. Best for inspiration: Pinterest.
Nothing gets the wanderlust juices flowing like Pinterest. You can see on my page here where I have boards dedicated to destinations on my bucket list. When I actually get around to booking a trip somewhere, I already have a huge list of things I want to do and see already on my board.
3. Best for offline guides: Tripadvisor
Tripadvisor is obviously helpful for many reasons, but my favourite thing this app is you can download city guides so when you are offline you can still access the information including places, hotels and attractions. This was god sent on my recent trip to Havana, Cuba.
4. Best for keeping notes: Evernote
Evernote is a great place to keep a list of things you want to go, filing photos (it does this for you based on where you take them), storing itineraries and keeping a travel journal. Best of all, you don’t need a connection to make notes or access old one, you will only need it when syncing your account.
5. Best for finding accommodation: Airbnb
Airbnb is my favourite type of accommodation; you can live like a local in beautiful homes half the prices of hotels. The app is easy to use and you can manage your bookings on the go.
6. Best for finding where to eat: Zomato
Zomato is a restaurant bible which recently bought Urbanspoon. It is global, peer reviewed and best of all has amazing functionality to help you find great spots near your location. You can also keep track of your favourites places by creating your own collections.
7. Best for breaking language barriers: iStone
There are plenty of translation apps out there, but most of them need an internet connection to work, but not iStone. Awkward games of charades need not occur.
8. Best for getting around: Uber
I doubt Uber needs much explaining, but the best part about using the app when you travel is that it charges your credit card immediately, saving you having to get cash out, you can plug in your destination so you don’t have to struggle with directions and language barriers.
9. Best for an organised trip: TripIt
I am many things, but organised is not one of them. I envy those elope at the airport who have a neatly stuffed travel wallet as opposed to my handbag stuffed with random documents. But TripIt makes being one of those organised people relatively easily. It keeps track of all your travel documentation and creates an itinerary so you don’t have to.
10. Best for a comfortable flight: SeatGuru
SeatGuru knows the design of planes and has assessed each models amenity and lets you know which are the best (and worst) seats to snag on your flight. Cramped seats next to the toilet can now be some other suckers problem.
I would love to hear your favourite apps, if you have any that I have missed, leave a comment below.