Heading away on a holiday? Check out our list of must-have travel apps to help you cope with what is more often than not a stressful activity!
Wandering aimlessly through the streets of Venice, sweating buckets and dragging suitcases trying to find our hotel; running frantically through the airport to our gate after our flight time was changed; missing our flight home from New Zealand after daylight savings time kicked in unbeknownst to us and we missed our check-in time – travelling has never been smooth sailing for me, but maybe things would’ve gone a little better with the help of technology.
Don’t make the same mistakes I have – download these apps before you take a trip anywhere and you’ll never forget your toothbrush, never miss a flight and always be able to book a backup hotel with the click of a button.
Stay in touch with friends and family with this incredible free technology. Instant message, voice or video call other Skype users using the internet, or add a little credit to send low-cost texts or calls to mobiles or landlines. Taking communication to a whole new level, Skype is a must-have for any overseas travellers wanting to keep home updated.
Your very own techno-personal assistant! Simply forward the confirmation emails from hotel, flight and restaurant bookings to email@example.com and your itinerary will be instantly assembled and synchronised to your smartphone for immediate access. Search nearby hotels, receive alerts about your flight (changes, delays and cancellations) and check-in online, share travel updates directly to Facebook and Twitter, check the weather, convert currency and calculate tips – this app does it all and really is the go-to travel assistant.
With 6700 interactive maps from all over the globe, millions of restaurants, shops and bars documented and half a million informative Wikipedia abstracts for popular sites and attractions all available in offline mode, you can forgo the hotel lobby maps with a smile and a wave.
Featuring up-to-the-minute exchange rates and historical charts, you can convert over 180 currencies on-the-go with this simple app. It even stores the latest updates for rates so offline mode is a breeze.
5. SunSmart (free, available on iPhone)
A relaxing beach holiday can be ruined with a bad sunburn on the first day – with sensitive red skin the last thing you feel like doing is lying back out in the sun. Avoid this altogether with this clever app – find the UV level and sun protection times for your local area, personalise the sun protection alert to remind you to reapply sunscreen when the UV reaches damaging levels, and use the vitamin D tracker to find out if you’re getting enough of the sunshine vitamin. Then relax and enjoy…
With great deals and extensive accommodation listings, this app is your best friend for last-minute bookings or changes of plans.
All you need to keep important documents safe, this app is able to store copies of your passport and travel documents and has listings of emergency numbers and embassy details stored in offline mode – because you don’t always have WiFi in emergencies.
Compare millions of flights and hundreds of airlines in seconds to find cheap flights that can be filtered by price, airline and take-off and landing times. Then book and buy directly from the airline or via a travel agent – all in a few taps.
What does that sign say? Does it point to your destination or say No Access? Use this app to translate text between more than 70 languages, translate speech and handwriting directly and listen to your translations spoken aloud. Very helpful aid to hand gestures.
10. Packing Pro ($2.99 on iPhone)
Never again forget to bring socks with the comprehensive catalog of items on Packing Pro. Select from Favourites then customise to come up with a packing list appropriate for the trip and duration. Share lists, email them to yourself and create a to-do for pre-trip planning. The perfect app for peace of mind.
How do you use technology to make travel easier? Let us know your favourite apps or programs that make holidaying smoother…