8 of my favourite and most utilised travel apps - for iOS and Android. Download these free useful apps before your 2018 overseas adventure.
Are you someone that is constantly planning your next adventure? Or maybe you're nervous about travelling alone? Perhaps you're a travel newbie, excited and full of questions and about to embark on your first solo journey? Download Travello, the app where travellers connect, and join instantly with a community of like-minded, curious travellers from all over the world.
Ask questions to the community, locate WiFi hotspots and share images, but most importantly, Travello can be used to connect with travellers located near you. Input your upcoming travel plans into the app to access a list of people who will also be in the same city on the dates you have selected. You can choose to interact with these people if you wish by using the app's messaging feature.
Travel visas can be annoying and time-consuming to sort out. If you're applying for more than one visa at a time, the process can become quite tedious. Sherpa is an app that simplifies this process by providing up-to-date Visa and travel information and provides the user with a platform to apply for any visa, in any country, all within the one application.
Test out Sherpa
*Offers in-app purchases. (Visa costs)
GPSmycity presents over 6,500 self-guided walks in 1,000+ cities around the world. With multiple options available per city, the app allows you to browse, plus save articles and GPS-guided City Walks to your account. Your saved articles on GPSmycity are available offline; you do not need WiFi or a data plan to access them on the go.
*Offers in-app purchases.
Not all those who wander are lost, but some of them are.
I'm not the sort of traveller who waves a giant tourist flag by whipping out a folded A3 sized map. I seem to have a great sense of direction, managing to navigate myself and friends back from multiple locations overseas, with no clue at all where I am - However, there always comes a time where you need to know where you are and where you're going. Without Maps.me I'd probably still be wandering around Southeast Asia. (Not necessarily a bad thing.)
Maps.me allows you to discreetly navigate your way around a city without printing 'tourist' on your forehead with a giant stamp. You'll find this particularly handy in the Medina's of Morocco; where everyone's looking to help you out with directions - but for a price.
Just remember to download the corresponding city map before you leave a wifi zone, and thou shall not get lost!
Booking.com helps leisure and business travellers easily discover, book, and enjoy the world's best places to stay. I have used the Booking.com app to reserve all of my accommodation this year. The app is informative, convenient and user-friendly - featuring thousands of easy to book accommodation options and reviews.
Save reservations made through Booking.com to Apple Wallet on your iPhone for easy access upon check-in.
6. Google Translate
This one is self-explanatory. Apart from general translations, I cannot eat fish, and I think tofu is the essence of all evil; so I find this app particularly handy when ordering meals, especially when travelling throughout Asia.
Google translate will also convert images, enabling you to utilise your phone's camera to translate text in the environment around you.
7. Currency Converter Plus
Naturally, when you're overseas, converting your cash into the local currency is something you do at almost every point of purchase. If you are only travelling to one country, this is not a big issue, although, if you have a multi-destination journey in your sights, remembering multiple currency rates can become a bit confusing (especially by your 4th or 5th country). Currency Converter Plus is always in high use when I travel. Additionally, the app works offline, so no unnecessary roaming charges.
8. Adobe Photoshop Express
Handy for Bloggers.
I may be anti-Instagram filter, but I am not anti-photo editing. Tonal adjustments and colour correction have been the standard since day one of studying photography at university.
I give this app a good workout whether I am travelling or not. I find that this app saves me a bunch of time and is also very convenient if on the go when needing polished images for social media sharing. Lugging around a laptop everywhere for quick edits isn't the ideal.