The Travel Post #19: 5 Apps for Travel Lovers

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Whether it’s snapping that dreamy sunset on Instagram, or keeping your friends up to date with your latest trips, today’s savvy traveller will never be far away from their iPhone. I’ve rounded up 5 of the best apps I’ve come across that will make your next adventure a breeze.

I love an itinerary, so I’ll always have a rough plan of things I want to see and do whenever I travel somewhere. Websites like tripadvisor are great for finding tourist favourites, but it’s nice to mix up your trip with some local hotspots too. Stay is the perfect app for this, with local guides to a whole load of cities detailing the best places to eat, drink and shop, to name a few. They also have bespoke guides such as ‘how to do cities on a budget’, ‘where to find the best cocktails’ or ‘the top romantic spots to head to’.
But the best thing about this app, is you can download whole cities to use offline and it will still track your location meaning you can access all the tips and find the best picks that are closest to you even when you don’t have Wi-Fi.

Up until recently, I had always been a bit of a traditionalist when it came to getting currency and just took all of my money out in cash before I left, but then it occurred to me, that there was probably a more sensible option than carrying hundreds of pounds on me whilst I’m away.
Then I found Revolut, a prepaid mastercard, which can be topped up via an app wherever you are. All you have to do is load the card with an amount in pounds and it will then transfer the money into the currency of wherever you are using it, with perfect interbank rates (the rates banks give each other, which will be much better than bureaux de change!).
This is great if you are planning a trip with multiple currencies and it also means you don’t end up with left over currency you won’t use as you can just top up the app with money as and when you need it as long as you have access to the internet. Anything you don’t use can be spent as pounds back in the UK.
What’s more, you can also use the card to withdraw up to £500 a month from ATMs abroad without fees, meaning if you do need to get hold of some cash you can do so without worrying about any sneaky fees!

One of my more recent discoveries, for the ultimate flight companion, I wouldn’t be without App in the Air. Super slick to use it is the flight-tracking app with the best coverage of airlines and airports I’ve come across. It also has a number of useful extras, such as the ability to break down your flight schedule into 4 stages; check in, boarding, take off and landing – notifying you of any delays or gate changes along the way.
If that wasn’t enough it has tips from other travellers for each airport, such as where to get the best snacks, which Wi-Fi is free and directions to the nearest phone charging point.

One of the hardest things to know when you get to a new city is the best way to get around. In some places public transport is the best bet, with lots of well-connected and regular options, for others a lot of it can be walkable. City Mapper is a dream at solving this problem as it combines all of the available options into one handy app – helping to choose the quickest and cheapest route. It has real time departure and disruption updates and even supports uber integration, meaning it will let you know when that’s the best option too.  It’s currently available in 30 cities worldwide and has the majority of the typical city break countries covered. No doubt it will be rolled out in plenty more within no time, so if your next weekend break isn’t available on there just need, don’t get too worried. 

Any travel lover likes to keep track of places that they have visited and there are plenty of apps out there to help you do it. One of my favourites is Been, which visualizes your ‘travelled to’ list into a map, showing you the percentage of the world you have ticked off so far. You can also see it in a globe view and can easily share your progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via the app. The one downfall with this is it doesn’t tell you how many countries you have visited – that part you will have to keep track of yourself!

Have you ever used any of these apps? What would be in your top 5?

Charlotte x

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