Technology has completely changed the way we travel, making it easier than ever to reach farflung corners of the world and have a great time when you’re there. But with new apps coming out all the time, how can you find the best travel apps to use when you’re on the road?

Yonderbound have gathered together the most useful travel apps and sorted them by what you need most: travel planning, navigation, photo editing and more. Even better, we’ve also consulted some of our favourite travel bloggers to see which apps they rely on when they’re on the go.

Our travel experts came back to us with some apps you’ll already know and told us how they use them for travelling. Of course, first two places were taken by Google Maps and Instagram. But who are we to tell you what it is?

So, let`s take a look at the list below. These apps are probably little less known, but they may change your way of travel FOR EVER!

 

TripIt
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Tripit

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Organise your travel plans in one place with TripIt. Simply forward your travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt automagically creates a detailed daily itinerary for every trip.

“For travelling I always use TripIt, an app that helps keep track of bookings, reservations and where I’m supposed to be. It lets you forward reservations from your inbox into their servers and all location and time information is instantly put in one place. TripIt and Google Maps is a great combination!”
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Cheryl, cherylkeit.com
“TripIt is invaluable when flying because it really keeps you updated about all your flights. Every time when our flight has been delayed etc. it has informed us and many times even before the airline itself has given any info. And it’s never been wrong so far. Huge help! Also the feature to get seat alerts is great as it helps you to reserve better seat”.
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Piritta, bizarreglobehopper.com
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Travel preparation

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The quicker you pack, the quicker you can get travelling…

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PackPoint

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

PackPoint will organise what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip.

“I tend to be forgetful at times, most especially when it comes to packing for trips so the PackPoint app has proved to be very helpful for me because with it, I no longer forget my travel essentials. Also, the app could even build a packing list for me based on my length of travel, the weather in my destination, and much more (rest assured, I’m always free to edit any of their suggested list). Overall, this is not only a helpful pre-travel app but also whilst travelling so I can better track my possessions and never forget anything while on the road”.
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Aileen, iamaileen.com

 

 

Worldmate

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Worldmate acts as your own personal assistant. Simply forward it all of your reservations and it’ll make you a complete agenda for your trip which is also customisable based on your previous trips. Use it to book hotels, share itineraries, connect with nearby friends and navigate. Upgrade to Worldmate Gold to get real-time synchronisation and more.

 

 

GateGuru

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

The daddy of flight tracking apps. Whilst there are a lot of flight tracking apps out there, we think that GateGuru provides the best services for the lowest cost (well, free). As well as giving you information about check in times and gates, GateGuru provides an estimated waiting time through security along with a breakdown of the facilities in your terminal and weather updates for your destination.

 

FlightStats

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

The FlightStats Airport Tracker lets you see the location and track the progress of most commercial flights for most US, Canadian, and European airports on a Google map. FlightStats collects information from a large number of sources (government, airline, airport and others) and presents an intuitive display of data.

“Since I always seem to be running late at airports, especially for connecting flights, I rely on FlightStats to tell me everything I need to know about my flight — departure gate, if there are any delays, if so where in the world it is at that moment, any weather conditions of note…and I can search by flight number, the route it’s taking, or the airport I’m in. It saves time hunting for one of those departure or arrival boards that you can never seem to find when you need one”.
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Clark, clarknorton.com

 

 

Travel money

Travel money
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Travels and vacation mean different things to different people. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a little luxury or would prefer to stick to something more affordable, it’s safe to say that no-one wants to waste their money on expensive cash withdrawals or being flummoxed by exchange rates. Use these apps to help you spend your money only on the things that matter.

XE
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XE Currency

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

XE tracks the currency market, giving you the most accurate exchange rate possible. It’s also possible to use offline and has an in-app calculator to help you easily work out what you need to pay.

“This makes it easier to know foreign currency exchange and to track how much you have been spending”.
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Brock and Tanj, brockandtanj.com

 

 

Trip Splitter

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: 1.99

Going away with friends? Trip Splitter is an app that calculates and divides up travel expenses between an unlimited number of people, as well as categorising expenditure, giving you the possibility to create uneven splits and much more. It works in any currency and can record multiple trips at once. Say goodbye to keeping receipts and awkward arithmetic at the end of your holiday!

 

 

Allpoint

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

No longer do you have to wander the streets searching for your nearest ATM. Allpoint’s geo-locator feature directs you to your nearest ATM and gives you information about charges and which cards it accepts.

 

Road trip apps

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There’s nothing better than the feeling of the wind in your hair and the freedom of the road. If you’re looking for a little road trip inspiration, check out some of our epic journey suggestions.

 

GasBuddy

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

If you’re going on a road trip, don’t set out before downloading GasBuddy. GasBuddy finds the cheapest gas prices and lets you search for fuel stations near your current location. The app also rewards regulars who report gas prices by giving them discounts on gas and other prizes.

 

 

iCarPark
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iCarPark

  • Available on the App Store
  • Price: 0.99

Save information about where you parked by marking your location on a map and optionally entering building, storey and bay details. iCarPark also lets you set a timer so you know how long you have left on the meter.

 

Practical travel apps

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Because your mum would want you to be sensible.

 

Onavo Extend

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Onavo Extend helps you save up your precious mobile data to prevent a hefty bill at the end of the month. It has a number of data-saving tricks, including loading images only when you scroll down to them and automatically turning off cellular data when you find a Wi-Fi connection. Genius.

 

 

Pocket

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

 

Pocket allows you to download material such as webpages to save to your phone so that you can watch them back later, without an internet connection.

“Pocket lets you save full-text web pages, articles, and blog posts for offline use. When I’m preparing for a long flight, I use it to save articles and blog posts I want to read when I’m offline. When I’m travelling internationally or to rural destinations where I may not have internet access, I use it to save articles, blog posts, and travel information that I want to have access to when I’m out exploring and away from the internet”
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Cassie, everintransit.com

 

 

Sunscreen

  • Available on the App Store
  • Price: free

Lobster is never a good look and now there are no excuses. Tell this app your skin type and SPF factor of your sunscreen and it’ll use the UV rating of your location to tell you when you should next apply sun lotion.

 

 

Travel Safe

  • Available on the App Store
  • Price: 0.99

Using geo-location, this app gives you a database of all the relevant emergency contact numbers for your location, so you can make an emergency services call within 5 seconds of opening the app. Just fill in all your details once and you’re ready for anything.

 

 

Wi-Fi Finder

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

A great way to save money on your data plan, this app finds your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot and gives you directions to that location. It works in over 650,000 locations in 114 countries, and you can also filter for the type of location you’re looking for such as a restaurant, café etc.

 

Navigation travel apps

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Being lost isn’t alway half the fun of the journey if it’s dark and you’re cold and tired.

 

MAPS.ME

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

MAPS.ME gives you instant offline access to maps over countries all over the world.

“I have come to really love the ME app. It lets you locally download maps for any country you’re in, and it can locate you on the map even when you’re offline. This means you can always find your way using GPS even when you’re outside of mobile range or don’t have data, which happens a lot when travelling abroad. I love it for its ability to save me when I’m utterly lost! You might argue that it detracts from the adventure, but I was very relieved to have this app when I was recently exploring the medina (old city) of Fes in Morocco which is a confusing and seemingly infinite maze of narrow alleyways and dead-end streets. Thank you, MAPS.ME…!”
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Marek, indietraveller.co

 

 

Maplets

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: 2.58 Android/ 2.99 Apple

A comprehensive offline navigation app. Maplets has many specialised maps on its database, including subways, national parks, theme parks and ski resorts. Searching for a Starbucks? Just ask Maplets. Gallivanting in a gallery? Use Maplets to find your way to your favourite painting.

 

 

Compass

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Compass is a a measuring instrument which indicates the cardinal points under the sunlight. Put your finger in the middle of the compass and line its shadow up with the app’s shading.

“With the thousands of travel related apps out there it’s funny to me that the one I find most useful is the simple Compass. This app has saved me from complete disorientation on so many occasions around the world. It is amazing how helpful it can be to just know which direction you are headed; North, South, East or West. This came in particularly handy while exploring Hanoi in Vietnam. I knew that my hotel was located at the south end of the Hoan Kiem lake, so whenever I was feeling lost while exploring the old streets on the north end and needed to return to my lodging, all I had to do was pull out the trusty compass”.
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Annette, bucketlistjourney.net

 

Waze

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Drivers near your location share real-time traffic & road info which you can access, saving you time, fuel and improving your daily commute.

“The app we couldn’t live without for traveling is Waze. It is a GPS app but it is much more than that. Users can create an account and make notes like traffic, accidents, police, etc. so it is extremely helpful when you use it since you’ll know what to watch out for. Waze is also incredibly complete with information, even compared to Google Maps. We always use it for GPS whenever we are driving in countries”.
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Samantha, mytanfeet.com

 

Foreign language apps

Street in Japan
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Use these apps to help you hang out with locals on your travels.

 

Google Translate

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Another popular app from Google, Translate performs translation tasks in a wide variety of languages. Although it’s very effective for translating individual words, be wary of translating more than short phrases, as the app often goes for literal translations and meanings can get lost in the process.

 

 

Duolingo

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Learn foreign languages through exercises, games and lessons on Duolingo. Perfect for getting in some practise before hitting the road to your travel destination.

“Our favourite app for travelling is Duolingo. When you visit a new country, we think it’s really important to have a basic understanding of the language. As long as you know enough to ask for directions, order meals, book a room, etc you should be ok, but most importantly it allows you to make friends with locals and other travellers that can’t speak your language. That can be more rewarding that anything else”.
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Beth, enjoythejourney.org.uk

 

 

Fodor’s Travel Phrases

  • Available on the App Store
  • Price: free

Fodor’s is great for getting round in a new country where you don’t speak the language. The app has 22 languages and a phrasebook for each that’s designed to meet any traveller’s needs. The phrases can be played through your phone and are recorded by native speakers of those languages, making it sound more natural to the ear.

 

Destination apps

New York morning
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Not sure where to go? Read some awesome travel stories for inspiration. Once you get there, here’s some apps to hotwire you to the best that your destination has to offer.

 

Time Out

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Time Out informs you of the best events in your city, along with a digest of the hottest restaurants, cafes and bars. It features cities all around the world, with more to be added soon.

 

 

Foodspotting

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Whether you’re hankering for a slice of pizza or want to find the best Thai green curry in Bangkok, Foodspotting will let you search for specific dishes in your location and read reviews of them. Upload your own submissions or link to your social media channels to show your friends your travel meals.

 

TripAdvisor

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

TripAdvisor contains millions of reviews for destinations, hotels and restaurants.

“I’m a sucker for reviews and especially lots of them. I won’t always forgo a place based on one good or bad review but it helps with my decision process”.
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Duke, dukestewartwrites.com

 

WalkJogRun

  • Available on the App Store
  • Price: 4.99

WalkJogRun is for all those travelling fitness addicts who take their trainers wherever they go. The app will show you safe running routes in your location that are tailored to your preferred distance and logs stats to track your performance.

 

Happy Cow

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: 3.99

Happy Cow is your go-to resource for finding listings and reviews of places that serve vegetarian and vegan food. You can store up your favourite restaurants, get directions to new places, share your discoveries with your friends and more.

“Our favourite app for travelling has to be the Happy Cow App! It’s a vegetarian and vegan location-based restaurant and shop app – It searches for veggie/vegan restaurants in your local area, and you can sort by ratings, gluten/wheat free option etc and see contact details! We used it in Mongolia, China, India – It works everywhere! It’s important for us to know we can get a vegan meal while we’re on the road. It’s hugely comforting knowing we’re not going to starve!”
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Stu and Eloise, aminearlythereyet.com

 

Foursquare

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Foursquare features reviews of places, restaurants and much more. Based on your interests, it can recommend destinations in your location using the 60 million + reviews on the app.

“Foursquare helps me find anything I need, from attractions to cafes to restaurants”.
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Angela, chasingtheunexpected.com

 

Travel memories

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Good quality photos will help you to remember your precious travel memories. Check out our blog post on how to get the best out of your smartphone camera, and don’t forget to share your travel story to inspire the world to travel more.

Snapseed

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on the Play Store
  • Price: free

Snapseed is a professional photo-editing software available for your smartphone.

“I find it invaluable. As a travel photographer, I often find myself needing to edit photos on the go, and Snapseed is an incredibly powerful mobile editing app which lets me achieve 95% of my editing needs on the go for social media sharing. I definitely couldn’t travel as a photographer without it!”
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Laurence, findingtheuniverse.com

 

 

Bonjournal

  • Available on the App Store
  • Price: free

Bonjournal is an app that gathers together photos and memories from your trip and presents them in the form of a beautiful minimalist diary. You can share your material on Facebook and Twitter and follow your friends too. Bonjournal also lets you convert your diary into PDF format for easy printing.

 

 

Vintique

  • Available on the App Store
  • Price: 0.99

 

Vintique is a photo and video editing app that gives you a range of creative filters in real time.

“I love the fun seasonal filters which stand out on Instagram! You do have to pay for it and pay for the packs inside, but it’s fun to do quirky edits every once in a while”.
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Rachel, hippie-inheels.com

 

Conclusions

Do you have a travel app that you can’t live without? Don’t keep it to yourself, add it in the comments section or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook!

(App details and prices correct at time of publication)