There’s an app for everything now, which is fantastic news because it technically means that you can have everything you could ever need in the palm of your hands at all times. When it comes to traveling, naturally you want it to be as stress free as possible, so we’ve unearthed some of the best apps that you can download right now onto your smartphone or tablet for that easy livin’, easy travelin’ lifestyle that’ll take the pain out of travel whether it’s for work or play.
Fingers at the ready; it’s time to head to the app store for these apps that will change the way you travel.
Downloading Preparture is an obvious first choice. You’ll need this app before you even step foot out the door.
Preparture is the perfect app that’ll plot your entire schedule for you. Begin your journey from wherever you are, and tap in your final destination for your perfect personalized route. Need to stop somewhere on the way? No problem. You can add multiple destinations to your journey, and Preparture will always throw up the best route.
Watch as your destinations are mapped out in front of you in real time, with journey times predicted based on traffic delays and totally avoidable situations to get you where you need to be with the least amount of hassle. Letting you know how long it takes to get to your destinations, how long you should stay and when to leave to that final destination.
Perfect for finding cafes and other hotspots in towns and cities across the country and beyond, Preparture is by your side to offer you the perfect route no matter where you are or what you want to find.
Perfect for: vacations, business trips, tours.
If you want a personalized guided tour, but don’t really want to spend your day following a crowd of people, Detour offers a fully immersive experience that just requires your phone, some headphones (optional if you’re in a mini group, of course, although you can also sync the app so that you and your friends have the same tour at the same time), and a good pair of walking shoes.
Take tips from a local and follow the map as you’re led through the city via GPS, where you’ll encounter history, culture, and stories from someone who knows that place like the back of their hand. With Detour, you’ll get to see the secret side of cities and learn everything there is to know. Lose yourself in an experience that allows you to scratch beneath the surface of the beauty and allure and discover the real roots of a place.
With a recent update that’s seen 75 new tours and 12 new cities added to their repertoire, you’ll have no trouble finding a tour that’s right for you.
Perfect for: those who want to go at their own pace, but want to see the real sights.
📱 Download Detour here.
If you’re one of those people who often gets flustered thanks to their itinerary, TripIt is the way to go. Thanks to this unique app, you can load all of your travel documents and itinerary pieces into it, and have them laid out before you whenever you need to take a look.
With everything in one place, there’s far less for you to worry about. Perfect for all your tickets, hotel or accommodation booking information, car rental reservations, transport itineraries, and flight numbers, you can see what’s coming up when and where, and co-ordinate your entire trip without a hitch.
That’s not all though, because you can also share all of this information with anybody who needs to know when or where you’ll be arriving. Being picked up at the airport? Meeting somebody at a certain spot? just send them your itinerary and they can see exactly when they need to be to find you.
Upgrade to TripIt Pro if you want live updates about flight times or delays delivered to your phone to help keep you in the loop.
Perfect for: anyone who hates keeping track of multiple documents.
📱 Download TripIt here.
For some of us, packing is a throw-everything-in-the-suitcase-at-the-last-second sort of experience, whilst others will have their bags packed and ready to go a week in advance of their trip. Some of us even land in the “wait, did I already pack that?” group – a group which then finds themselves unpacking their whole suitcase to check for one invaluable item. Whichever category you fall into; you’ll find Packpoint the perfect app to help you pack the right gear for your upcoming trip.
By checking the weather forecast for your trip, and cross referencing it with potential activities that you plan on doing whilst you’re away, Packpoint will create your very own, tailor made packing checklist that you can physically tick off as you pack the perfect wardrobe staples.
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, this app will bring up everything you could possibly need to be perfectly prepped for your trip. It even has a list of general items to pick from so you don’t forget your toothbrush. And, you can share the list with anyone heading off on the same trip, so no one forgets a thing.
Perfect for: Anyone who finds packing their own personal nightmare, or forgetful souls who always need to stock up on (overpriced) basics at the airport.
📱 Download Packpoint here.
Hop Wallet / Trail Wallet
If you’re looking to track your expenses whilst traveling, you’ll definitely want to download either Hop Wallet (if you’re an android user), or Trail Wallet (if you’re an iPhone user).
Designed to help you keep on top of budgeting whilst on the road, these expense tracking apps first make you set a budget, then help you keep an eye on your spending throughout your trip.
Take pictures of receipts and upload them to keep track of where your money’s going, customize your own categories to see where you’re over or under-spending, split expenses with your travel buddies, and visualize every part of your budget on screen, in real time for a full picture. You can even convert currencies and keep an eye on the exchange rate without having to do the math yourself.
Perfect for: those with a strict budget.
Our smartphones truly ensure that anything is possible nowadays. With any of these 5 apps by your side, you’re sure to have an eventful trip for all the right reasons, rather than spending your down time worrying that you’ve forgotten something, can’t find a location, or that you’ve spent all your funds on the first day.
What are your favorite apps to travel with? Do you already have these ones installed and ready to go?