Are you heading overseas? Planning a trip can take a lot of work, from researching locations and activities, to finding the right flights and accommodation.
Fortunately, there are plenty of mobile apps out there to help. Before you jump on the plane, you might want to download some of these useful travel apps.
When you’re planning a trip, it can be overwhelming trying to compare flight prices across multiple different websites. Hopper will do this for you, by scanning for the cheapest flights and dates to fly, and notifying you when an airfare price drops.
2. Google Trips
For Gmail users, the Google Trips app pulls information about your flights, accommodation, rental cars, and more, from your Gmail inbox and organises it chronologically within the app. It includes all the critical details like reservation numbers, flight times, and hotel addresses. Best of all, the app works offline so you don’t need an internet connection to access your details.
If you’re like me, packing is your least favourite part of travel – it’s so hard to predict what outfits you’ll need and how many. PackPoint aims to take away this pain by creating a luggage checklist, based on the information you enter, including destination, length of trip, planned activities and whether you’ll have access to laundry services.
Airbnb is an online community marketplace where travellers can rent all kinds of spaces from houses, apartments and villas, to cabins, cottages and even tree houses. So if you’re looking for an authentic travelling experience where you can live like a local, this is the accommodation app for you. It’s available in 191 countries so you’ll be able to find a cool place to stay almost anywhere you go.
5. Hotel Tonight
Sometimes our travel arrangements don’t quite go to plan. So for those times when your flight is cancelled and you’re stranded for the night, it pays to have the Hotel Tonight app on your phone. The app shows you the best deals on empty rooms that night, so you can have peace of mind when things go wrong.
Navigation and transport
6. Google Maps
Google Maps can be a saviour when you’re lost in a new city. It’s also great for planning out your day. It gives directions and travel times for driving, walking, public transport and cycling, so you can work out how long it’ll take you to get from A to B. It also provides opening hours for local shops, restaurants and businesses.
If you’re planning on using public transport to get around, CityMapper takes the stress out of route planning by doing the hard work for you. It uses real-time information about transit systems, maps, and traffic routes to give you the fastest route using all kinds of transport including bus, subway, train, taxi, ferry and walking.
Uber is an on-demand rideshare app that connects you with drivers. So if it’s pouring with rain, your hotel is still a 20-minute walk away, and you can’t manage to hail a taxi, just order a ride straight to you. The app automatically converts currencies upon payment, so you don’t need to stress about having the correct fare on you.
9. Google Translate
With the Google Translate app you can type a word or phrase in and the text translation feature will translate 103 different languages. It has some other great features too, like offline translation for 59 languages and instant camera translation, which translates the text on signs using your phone’s camera.
When you’re in a foreign area it’s hard to know which places are good, and which places to avoid. Using the TripAdvisor app you can check out reviews about the activities, restaurants, bars, and more in your area.
11. PocketGuide Audio Travel Guide
This app is perfect for those of you who want to learn about the city you’re in, without having to join a tour group. PocketGuide has audio tours available in English, as well as some other languages – once you select your tour, you’ll receive an audio guide, so you can do a self-guided tour on your own time.
Keeping in touch
You can stay in touch with your loved ones back home with What’sApp. The app uses an internet connection to send and receive instant messages and photos, as well as make calls. Chances are your hotel room, or at least the lobby, will have Wi-Fi, so you can contact friends and family and avoid using your mobile data.
If you do want to keep an eye on your data usage while overseas, make sure you download the My Optus App. The app allows you to see how much mobile data you’ve used this month and a breakdown of what apps are using the most data.