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The best apps for your best travel ever

There are thousands of travel apps out there, but which will actually make your holiday better? These are the best 9 apps to enjoy your vacation

The best travel apps do not simply deliver information but also advice, insights, tips and warnings. I know that planning a trip can be a pain but we are in 2018 and we have the right tools to make your vacation a heaven. Here you can find the best travel apps to avoid stress and enjoy your holidays. Get out of the town and download these apps!

 

Booking.com

A great app for booking hotels is Booking.com, especially if you’re looking to book it last minute or if you’re one of those brave people who wait until they arrive to book somewhere.

There’s a feature that helps you find available hotels nearby, and it works in more than 64,000 destinations around the world. Plus, as well as showing available hotels, Booking.com also includes villas and apartments.

Get a 10% discount by signing up to booking.com here!

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is all about the flights: the app allows you to search, compare and book flights without having to trawl through endless airline sites or apps. You can also use it to book hotels and cars

It is available in over 30 languages and there are millions of flights and flight paths available to search through for free, making it nice and easy to find the perfect one for you. You can filter by journey duration, number of stops, airline, travel class, departure and arrival times, and Skyscanner also has a colour-coded chart and calendar to highlight cheaper days and months to travel.

Logging in to an account will sync your recent searches across your smartphone, tablet and desktop, and you can also get price alerts so you’ll know if a particular trip you have been looking for drops in price.

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Revolut

When travelling in other countries, managing money is always a problem: you either need a bank account in the foreign country, or you need to bring cash, but anyway you’ll pay high exchange fees.

Here comes Revolut that solve these problems: you can create in some minutes a free account on the app, you can order a Revolut MasterCard or Visa, which allows you to pay in any currency without paying any exchange fees nor any account management fees.

How do they do that? When you pay with your card, Revolut pays the local debtor directly using the local currency. Internally, it uses the interbank exchange market to transfer the money from your account (in my case, a Euro account) to the receiver. Therefore, you can pay with the Revolut card as you would do it in your home country.

There are no fees to make purchases with your RevolutCard, anywhere. You can pay for the hotel, restaurant bill or bar tab without being hit with ridiculous bank charges.

If your friends are using Revolut, you can split the bill in under a minute. You can also freeze and unfreeze a card if lost or suspected stolen and withdraw for free at any ATM in the world!

Last but not least you can get Travel Insurance from £1 per day.

Revolut is not just for your travel vacation but it born for your daily use to get over your traditional bank account. I also have written a post about a banking revolution some months ago.

Download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Airbnb

Airbnb is the app for those that want to stay in a more interesting place on their holiday than the average hotel. It allows you to book one-of-a-kind accommodation in more than 34,000 cities with over 450,000 listings to choose from.

It means you might be able to find a loft apartment in New York or a cool basement apartment to rent for your holiday, rather than a double room or family room in the cheapest or plushest hotel you can find. You’ll be able to access your itinerary from the app, as well as message your host and get directions.

Get a 25€ discount by signing up to Airbnb here!

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Google Maps

The king of map apps remains Google’s. Google maps offers the most reliable routes while remaining very intuitive and easy to use. A plethora of options, from bus-only routes to an optimised in-car GPS mode make this ridiculously good for a free app.

One of its still best kept is offline mode – if you’re abroad and haven’t got a data package, you can find where you’re going for the day on your hotel Wi-Fi and save that map for offline use. Google claims the biggest download size for an offline area is 120,000 square kilometres, so I think you’ll be fine for a day or two.

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Lonely Planet

One hundred percent of the reason I use Lonely Planet to get insights on what to see and do when I travel is because it has gorgeous photos. Lonely Planet offers insight and advice, as well as travel experiences you can book through third parties. I love paper so I always buy the guidebook but those who want travel light can get an amazing app

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Uber

Uber now operates around the world, and while the in-app options vary from place to place, the general concept is the same everywhere. This ride-on-demand app eliminates the need to carry local currency, speak the same language as your driver, and know local customs for tipping and haggling.

The app charges your credit card (like your Revolut Card) the right amount so you don’t have to worry about getting ripped off by taxi scams.

Use my code f7eyc to get 5€ credit for the first ride on Uber!

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

TripIt

TripIt connects automatically compiles travel information into one itinerary, based on confirmation messages you receive via email after you book something. It finds the important details for flights, hotels, rental car reservations, and even restaurant bookings, then collates them in order. If you worry about not having all your details in one place, TripIt is a wonderful travel organizer.

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Google Translate

This translator can be a useful tool to support your own, more serious language learning, but realistically, it’s most useful on a practical level quickly translating day-to-day words you come across on your travels. For example, you can hold your camera up to text, such as a sign or a menu, and Google will translate it for you instantly. It’s an essential app for any traveller.

Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

AirHelp

When your flight is cancelled or delayed you’re often entitled to compensation, but uncertainty over what qualifies prevents many people from claiming.
In that unlucky case, just input your ticket info into the AirHelp app and it will file a compensation claim for you. If your claim is successful, the app will automatically transfer your funds into your account.
Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

 

Now you have all the best tools to plan and enjoy your vacation. I wish you the best travel ever!

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