Saturday, 4 November 2017

Travel // My Favourite Travel Apps

When travelling I tend to rely on my phone heavily for not getting lost/planning my itinerary and there has been many times that an app has saved me. So through my travels I have made a note of the apps/website that I use.

My Favourite Travel Apps

Sky Scanner (free) - Out of all the apps mentioned this is probably my most used one. If you have never used it before, it basically lets you search for flights from many airline companies, so you can see which one fits your needs and which one is the cheapest. They also have a really good feature, which you can search anytime/anywhere. So if you’re stuck for inspiration or on a budget. Check it out!


AirBNB (free) - After using AirBnB for the first time a few years ago for a trip to London, I haven’t gone back to hotels since. The freedom you get with AirBnB is very appealing and suits my needs. I like to travel on a budget, so staying in a flat/house where there is a kitchen, helps me budget a lot. Every time I’ve stayed in a place, I have booked the entire place but in a few weeks, I will be staying in just a room with the host being there too. Not sure how I feel about it, but it does tend to be a lot cheaper, so I want to test it out.

Google Translate (free) - Google Translate does not have the best feedback. I have heard a lot of bad things, but I have heard a lot of good things. I was in a foreign country and was having difficulty communicating, so I researched some apps that would be good for on the go. Google Translate lets you take a photo of what you want to translate, lets you speak and also lets you write. Although the translation may not be accurate if kind of gives you an understanding of what you’re looking for. I personally like the camera option, as this is great for sign posts, menus, maps and basically anything.

Uber (free) - If you haven’t heard of Uber by now, have you been living under a rock? My personal experience with Uber is a bit…meh BUT that’s because Uber in my home city Cardiff is really expensive, because the demand is very high and there aren’t enough drivers. It recently got rolled out here so it’s still pretty new, so hopefully things will smooth out. Anyway, I have used Uber in London, and also in Amsterdam and they were both great and really cheap. If you’re stuck with public transport and don’t want to pay a fortune for a taxi, then Uber is your guy.

Hostel Tonight (free) - Hostel tonight is great if you’re unsure on where you’re going to be on a day to day basis. Basically the apps finds all the hotels in your area that have rooms available for that night at a discounted price. So if you decide to hop to another city/location and have nowhere to stay then this app is for you.

Deliveroo (free) - I’m not sure how many cities has the Deliveroo option, but I do know the majority of the U.K does, Amsterdam and Spain. Deliveroo acts as a taxi service for your food, and by that I mean you don’t ring up your local take away and get them to deliver it. You use their app, pick from the high end restaurants like Wagamamas, KFC, Pizza Express and many, many, many more and delivers it right to your door. It’s great. If you’re in a city and don’t fancy going out/don’t know where you’re going its really good. The only downside is that you have to pay by card and not cash.

XE (free) - I use XE Currency not just when I’m travelling but also when I’m home. Whether that be for research for a planned adventure or buying things online from non UK stores. This app is great for accurate and up to date conversions, more importantly it works when you don’t have signal or on aeroplane mode.

EasyJet (free) - Although I mainly book flights through Sky Scanner, if a flight is cheap/perfect time and the airline is EasyJet I will also ways book through the EasyJet app. The app acts as your boarding pass, you can check in and you can purchase your seats on there. It’s great! Sometimes I worry too much about where my passport is, so it’s nice not having to carry around a boarding pass too.

Wriggle (free) - For me this is a new app, and I have only used this once in Bristol. For some, you won’t be able to use Wriggle but if you’re based in Cardiff, Bristol or Brighton then I would definitely recommend. Unlike Deliveroo, this app acts as a kind of groupon but for restaurants. It will have offers on there, for example 2x chai lattes & 2 x chocolate brownies for £6.95 instead of £10.50. The offers will only be on there for a certain amount of time (couple of hours), so you have to get in quick and are updates regularly. What I like most about it, is that it has all the little quirky and (sometimes) new places on there that I have never been to or heard of.

Citymapper (free) - This is a new one for me. I had watched a video from Raya (rayawashere) and she mentioned this app so I downloaded it. During my recent trip to Sweden, we had just landed at the airport and as we had been awake for many, many hours we were pretty tired, so instead of faffing about with transport we decided to see if we could get an uber/taxi. I love this app, it’s great for knowing how to get from A to B in any form of transport and how much it’s going to cost. You can also book an Uber through it (which is what I did). This app has now been moved in my ‘Travel’ folder on my phone to number 2. BUT there is a limitation on the app…it’s not in every city. I know they have London, Brussels, Manchester, Paris, Berlin, Milan and many more on there so check it out! If they don’t have the city your looking for you can also vote for it, and more than likely they will add it.
Other

Been (free) - This app is great to note down where you’ve been. It shows you on a map basis and it also tells you how much of the world you have seen and you can narrow it down to, World, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Oceania, Antarctica and Africa.
My Favourite Travel Apps
What are your favouite apps?
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7 comments

  1. These apps are so useful. I love how you have included Wiggle as I live in Bristol I love this local app to showcase the food delights of the city. I have nenver thought of using deliveroo when I am travelling but I am going to download it for my next trip.

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  2. Love Google Translate, especially the mode where you can read a foreign language with your camera! I also love Donkey Republic cause it allows me to rent bikes for the day in any city in most of Europe for cheap!

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  3. Google maps and google translate are truly life saver. Can't travel without it. I personally use TripIt and TripAdvisor too. Travel life is very handy with these apps. Thanks for sharing your list.

    Liz Gen | fatmoments.com

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  4. Apps are very useful in travel.You have presented a detailed list on app info which could be of use. Impressive post.

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  5. Super helpful and comprehensive list! I really cannot live or travel without Uber and good to know about the other ones!! :) Will look it up!.

    ~ Nerdy Adventuress ~

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  6. Super comprehensive list! I have to admit Uber is probably the only app on your list that I use regularly when traveling, but I am definitely going to change that!

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