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🗺 The 25 travel apps that we can't live without👌

Almost (if not) everyone has a smartphone nowadays, and there are so many apps on offer that it can be quite overwhelming. So, we've compiled the top 25 apps that will help you on your travels. They'll make booking flights or accommodation, packing for a trip, or paying in foreign currency (without excessive fees) a lot easier.

Let us know what you think of our list, and if there are any other essential travel apps you can't live without!

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Apps to help you plan your holiday

Every trip starts by planning it, whether you're buying plane tickets, booking accommodation or reserving a car. Here are some apps to help you plan your next holiday.

1. HolidayPirates

A bit of a shameless self-plug here, but we can hand-on-heart say that this is one of the best apps to help you plan your holiday! You can book flights, accommodation, cars, attractions, package holidays, tours and more, all through our app. You may follow us on Facebook or Instagram already, but this app gives you access to every deal the HolidayPirates team find in real time!

It gets better... you can also set up push notifications so you get alerted when the hottest ones land! If you're looking for a specific type of getaway, you can also set up alerts for particular destinations, and you'll be notified as soon as a deal is published on our app that matches your criteria!

2. Couchsurfing

The idea behind the app is to share your 'couch' with the entire couchsurfer community. Basically, you share a space in your flat for free and in return someone else can host you when you're in need of a place to crash. It's also a great opportunity to learn about the local culture or typical food of a region/country directly from the person living there.

3. Instagram

Most of you will use Instagram to share photos or videos with people in your network, but when used right, this app is a great place to research the best restaurants, hot spots and to get inspiration for a particular destination. All you have to do is follow the official accounts of cities, regions or tourist agencies, because they will post photos of the best places to see and the best things to do in that area. You can also search for places via hashtags or by using the Places search engine on the app.

Do you take photos of food in restaurants? You are not alone. On Instagram, you can see what the food looks like in restaurants in the area and decide where to go for dinner based on this!

4. Park4Night

This is an app created by its users for its users. On the map, you will find information about car parks (both paid and free), camp sites and places where you can park your camper. Most importantly for some, it also tells you about the sanitary facilities in the different parks.

5. RoadTrippers

This app is for people who enjoy roadtripping and are travelling to the USA or Canada (unfortunately, outside these two countries, the info is very limited). All you have to do is enter your starting point and your destination, and the app will tell you about points of interest and attractions along the way to help you plan your sightseeing itinerary.

6. Timeshifter

An app for those who find time zone shifts difficult and suffer from jet lag whenever they travel long haul. The app will help you prepare for your trip in advance and plan your daytime routine so that you won't be hit by jet lag as soon as you start your holiday.

Apps to help you plan your visit

You've bought your flight tickets, booked your accommodation and arrived at your hotel. Now, it's time to plan your sightseeing and discover which attractions you can see while you're on your trip. The following apps will help you.


In most cities around the world, there are "free" walking tours that you can join for free (you just need to tip the guide at the end of the tour). Freetour makes it easy for you to find out if there is a "free" walking tour in a particular area and how you can join one. The app also suggests other exciting ways to visit the city and the surrounding area (but that you might need to cough up a bit of cash for).

2. Meetup

The Meetup app allows you to join (or organise) meetings and events organised in a particular area. Events are divided into categories, and once you have selected the ones that interest you, you will see the whole list. Do you fancy yoga in the park in London, a book club meeting in Lyon or maybe a board game in Bangkok? Meetup has you sorted.

3. WiFi Map

Less useful for staycationers, but a great app for those who leave the UK is WiFi Map. As the name suggests, WiFi Map gives information on available public WiFi networks in a given area and suggests passwords for the less public ones ;)

4. Yelp

Many of you will regularly browse reviews about a restaurant on Google or Tripadvisor before choosing it, but you should also give the Yelp app a chance. There you will find a lot of reviews and information about restaurants and other eateries.

5. Visit A City

Fancy a weekend in Rome, but don't know how to go about planning your visit? Maybe you're wondering where to look for alternative attractions and hidden gems? The Visit A City app comes to the rescue, allowing you to easily plan your next city-break. The app allows you to create a full itinerary and then use the maps to walk the entire route.

You'll also be able to read reviews of various places added by other users, so you can be sure it's a great choice.

Apps to help you save money

Since you're visiting, you must be interested in getting the best bang for your buck, whether it's finding great deals on holidays, getting the best rate on transaction fees or saving as much as possible while planning your trip and while you are already there. Here are a few apps that will help you save.

1. Revolut

Revolut will help you take care of your finances when travelling abroad. It allows you to open accounts in multiple currencies and then exchange funds between them at very favourable exchange rates (and with low fees). In addition, you can order a physical multi-currency card to use when you're abroad.

2. Curve

This is another financial app, in some ways similar to Revolut, as it also allows you to exchange currency on the cheap. But it also allows you to 'integrate' all your debit and credit cards into one Curve account, so you don't have to (as in the case of Revolut) transfer money from your ordinary bank to your Revolut app, and at the same time avoid an unfavourable currency conversion rate at your bank.

How does it work? We connect all the cards we own to our card in the app and then only use the Curve card for payments. There is no need to carry all your cards with you any more; all you have to do is select which card you want to use for payment.

3. Gas Buddy

A useful app for anyone using their car or hiring a car during their holiday. In short, it allows you to compare petrol prices at nearby petrol stations so that you do not overpay for your fuel!

Other useful apps

Apps that didn't fit into the above categories, but which certainly shouldn't be missing from a true traveller's smartphone. They will help you get around anywhere in the world, pack your bags and also find the nearest toilet.

1. Google Translate

A must-have for those who venture further afield than the UK. A translator app that enables you to translate the text you enter (also from photos) or speech into any language.

2. FlightRadar24

An app that allows you to track any flight in real time. You can find out where a plane is and how much time you have left until your other half, your friend or your family arrives. You can also see which aircraft is currently flying overhead (if you're into that kind of thing!)

3. Flush Toilet Finder

Flush Toilet Finder is the best way to find a public bathroom in a given area. It'll display the nearest toilets to you (even if you don't have an internet connection!) The app will also let you know the bathroom is suitable for people with disabilities and if there is a charge for using it.

4. PackPoint

If, before every trip, you wonder whether you have everything you'll need for your holiday, this is the app for you! Based on your gender, age, destination and length of stay, the app will check weather data and tell you what to prepare and pack.

5. Ventusky

You've probably all been in a situation where the weather has messed up your travel plans. The Ventusky app makes finding out the forecast in advance easy! You will find weather maps of any place in the world with lots of information about the current weather and future predictions.

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