When planning to travel, there are a myriad of Apps available to help make your life easier. But which ones do we use? What are our must have travel apps? Today we share them with you.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list – be sure to let us know of any that we haven’t included – if we try it and love it, we’ll update our list and give you credit (and a free link to your blog!)

We’ve broken this list into different categories – travelling is made up of so many different areas, these Apps just can’t be lumped into a single category.

Must Have Travel Apps – Planning

GoogleMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: Free

You would have to worry a bit if Google wasn’t on the top of this list! By far the most popular App we use to plan is Google – with a wealth of information at your fingertips, from travel reviews to hints and tips, it is definitely THE go to App.

Having said that, I’ve noticed lately that some don’t really understand the best way to search on Google. I know that sounds really strange, but it’s true. People can completely over complicate their Google searches, looking for the perfect combination of words to search! Keep it simple… ASK A QUESTION!

Looking to travel cheaply from Paris to London? Then ask exactly that: “What is the cheapest way to travel from Paris to London?” Google is a smart machine… it knows how to answer your questions!

WorldmateMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

Without WorldMate, I’d be in a total and utter mess (and on the few occasions I forgot to use it, I was!).

WorldMate is a planning tracker – tracking everything from hotel and flight bookings and everything in between.

What I truly love about WorldMate is the ability to email them my booking confirmations and have them automatically update it all – it makes life super easy! For example, when I make a flight booking, when I receive the confirmation email from the airline, I simply forward that to trips@worldmate.com and within about 60 seconds I get a confirmation back telling me that my update has gone through – SIMPLE.

No more searching for bookings in your emails, simply add it to WorldMate and everything you need is at your fingertips!

Must Have Travel AppsDrop Box

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

I just love Drop Box – everything on my PC syncs to Drop Box, just to ensure that everything is safe at all times. I’d hate to be in the middle of a trip, only to find that my PC has crashed and I’ve lost all of my photos or work!

We love that you can set it up so you simply plug your phone in and it automatically syncs. Plus, you can sync folders onto your laptop so you can use your files as you would any others.

Must Have Travel AppsEvernote

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

I’ve not long discovered Evernote, and I love it for storing files. It’s similar to DropBox, but it has one extra feature that I love – Scannable (next App we mention).

Evernote is like an online filing cabinet – I break my files up into individual sections (or notebooks) and then store documents within! Very handy for accessing important documents whilst away.

Must Have Travel AppsScannable

Platform/s: iPhone
Price: FREE

A wonderful App (sadly for iPhone only) that is super useful. Use the App to scan documents – the app looks for the documents, turns them into a document (as opposed to just a photo of a document) and then gives you the option to save them to your photos, or save them to Evernote.

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Must Have Travel Apps – Accommodation

AirBnBMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Our go to app for booking accommodation. AirBnB can save you an absolute fortune on accommodation, and generally gives you a much higher quality place for less money.

We love that AirBnB allows us to book a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment (as opposed to a hotel room), plus we usually get a full size kitchen which means less eating out and the ability to cook meals at home (to save money!)

Looking to make some extra cash? Why not list your spare room or whole home on AirBnB? Become a host and make extra money from something you already have! Plus you’ll meet new people from all over the world!

Click HERE to receive a $26 Discount Coupon for your next AirBnB stay!

Booking.comMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Booking.com would be our 2nd most used Accommodation App. Booking.com allows us to look at hotels, apartments, hostels and more.

Plus, stay 5 times and become a Booking Genius, which gives you extra benefits!

 

FlipKeyMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Another awesome app, similar to AirBnB, FlipKey was created by Trip Advisor so you know it’s pretty good! Flip Key helps book accommodation, staying in people’s homes, at discounted prices.

To date we haven’t booked through them, but that’s only because other apps have been more appropriate at the time. But FlipKey still works really well and delivers fantastic results with a very easy to use app.

Hotels.comMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Another fantastic hotel booking site. Hotels.com usually offers very good prices, plus they have a reward program! Stay 10 nights, get 1 free! Who doesn’t like a free night’s accommodation?

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Must Have Travel Apps – Flights

SkyscannerMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Our go to app for flight bookings – Skyscanner is where we start nearly every time. It’s not the cheapest all the time, but it’s certainly one to include as it regularly returns results that are far better than other sites.

Skyscanner is super simple to use and very responsive – it includes all airlines (including budget ones that some other apps don’t include!), which makes it ideal for the budget traveller.

SkiplaggedMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Skiplagged is a pro-consumer travel website that aims to make it easier to experience the world. Skiplagged can save you up to 80% on flights by exposing hidden flight combinations!

When booking flights it is quite often cheaper to book 2 x one way flights independently, instead of booking a flight with a connection. Skiplagged knows this and helps you find those connections!

AirAsiaMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

If you are spending any time in SE Asia then AirAsia will be hard to beat for flight costs between cities, and the Air Asia App is a great addition.

Register with Air Asia and you can check-in and use the app for your boarding passes!

MomondoMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Momondo is a relatively new comer in our list of Apps, but on many occassions Momondo has surprised us by returning exceptionally low flight costs. Their app is fantastic to use with huge flexibility on dates, times etc. Their daily cost graph is a fantastic addition as well!

Expert FlyerMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online
Price: FREE

Expert Flyer, whilst not a traditional App as such, is still worth a mention. We regularly get awesome seats on our flights – seats with extra legroom etc. And to do this we use Expert Flyer.

In their own words Expert Flyer gives you the best information so you can buy your tickets anywhere, online or off. With (their) new Seat Alerts® feature, you can be notified when the exact seat you want becomes available!

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Must Have Travel Apps – Things to Do

Trip AdvisorMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Surely you’ve seen the ad – “Barcelona or Trip Advisor Barcelona” – well, I’m a sucker and yes I do exactly that when we are researching a new destination (to be fair, I did that before I saw the ads!)

Trip Advisor is a travel website company that includes interactive travel forums with millions of reviews of possibly every destination you could imagine!!

When researching a new destination their “things to do” section is a must use, as are their articles like “one day in Barcelona”.

Around MeMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

On the go and need a supermarket, or a petrol station? Around Me is the App for you. Simply select what you are looking for and Around Me will go to work.

Results are displayed in list form or in map form – simply select the destination you want and it connects with other apps to give you directions! Cool right!

GrouponMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

We’ve loved using Groupon whilst on our travels! I’m a huge bargain hunter and love it when companies literally throw deals at you to help you save money!

We’ve used Groupon on a number of occasions (see our Dubai Camel Safari) and saved a fortune. BUT, word of warning. Always go to the supplier’s website and double check the actual cost of the item you are considering purchasing. Quite often, the RRP you see on Groupon doesn’t quite match the actual RRP on the supplier’s site, which means the discount might not be quite as good as you think!

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Must Have Travel Apps – Photos/Video

InstagramMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Whether I’m posting on Instagram or not, I love the look that the Instagram filters give my pics!!! But hey, if you’re going to use it, post them on Instagram and share them with friends, fans and random followers!

MagistoMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

Magisto is a cool app that helps you instantly create really cool videos, complete with a soundtrack.  Unfortunately I haven’t used this app as much as I’d like to, but it really does a fantastic job, without the headache of learning how to do it.

Simply add your images and video, select a theme and music, and like magic your video is ready. Share them online or through the Magisto App itself!

Camera+Must Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

If you are looking for a complete Camera App that can do nearly everything you can dream of, Camera+ is brilliant. It offers an array of features that I’ve not seen before and I use it regularly to edit my photos before sharing.

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Must Have Travel Apps – Day to day

XE – Currency ConversionMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: Free

There are so many currency conversion apps available, however XE has been my go to conversion app for years. You can save up to 10 different currencies (which is really useful if going to multiple countries) and it is super simple to use.

Calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates with this free currency converter!

Google TranslateMust Have Travel Apps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Oh the fun we’ve had with Google Translate!!! Sitting in a hotel room in France, trying to learn some french phrases for when we go out exploring the next day – only to find that our french accents are so bad that we are saying things with a completely different meaning!!!

Apart from the joys of learning a new language, Google Translate has been brilliant for navigating foreign countries and the lack of knowledge on our part when it comes to explaining what we are after. Whether it is looking up the phrase to say ourselves, or simply speaking our question (in English) into the app, and having it speak the translation to our new friend, Google Translate has helped us out on many occassions!

And that is not all… walking around a supermarket, trying to figure out what things are? Use your Google Translate App’s Camera setting – simply hold the phone up to the item and Google Translate instantly translates the words into your chosen language. I’ve even seen our kids read books in another language, simply by holding the app up and looking at the translation!

I do preface all of this by saying that the translation isn’t always perfect, but it’s better than not knowing at all!

Must Have Travel AppsTrail Wallet

Platform/s: iPhone
Price: FREE trial – Upgrade available

Sadly, we are not “well off” – we have a budget, and we have to stick to it in order to keep travelling full time! So, to do that, we track all of our expenses, and we do this through Trail Wallet!

Trail Wallet is a nifty little app that is super easy to use – it literally takes no more than 30 seconds to enter an expense and your on your way. In fact, we’ve now assigned this job to our 11 year old!

Trail Wallet allows you to have a play for up to 25 transactions, and then you do have to pay for it. BUT, it is worth it!

You can have multiple trips, in multiple currencies on the go – it really is a great little app that we use everyday!

Must Have Travel AppsWiFi Finder

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

Why pay for WiFi when you can get it for free? For the most part our Mar ’16 trip through Europe was done without buying data sim cards! How did we do that, simply by using WiFi wherever we could find it.

This cool little app not only helps you find WiFi hotspots, but if others before you have entered the password (eg. at Coffee Shops), it gives that to you as well! Bonus!

Until unlimited wifi is readily available, we all just have to do our best to get by… this might just be the next best thing!

Untitled-6 copyRick Steves – Audio Europe

Platform/s:  iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Pay for individual guides

Whilst tripping around Europe throughout March ’16, we found ourselves constantly paying money out for Audio Guides. The kid’s loved them, and so did we, as we all learned so much about our destinations. Who wants to walk around and just look at things when you can have your own personal tour guide?

BUT, the cost of Audio Tours can add up. So after doing that a few times we discovered Rick Steves Audio Guides – brilliant! Download the one you want, plug in your headphones and off you go.

You will need to have one device per person, so we simply loaded the same app on our iPhones and iPads and off we went.

Must Have Travel AppsPolar Steps

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE – Upgrade available

I have only just discovered Polar Steps, and I’m loving it. Whilst not something I would describe as essential, it is a cool little app that helps you create a little map and journal of your adventures. It tracks your movements and shows where you’ve been, allows you to upload photos and even provides space for you to give a description of what you’ve been up to.

Like I said, not essential, but a really cool way to share your trip or hold on to your favourite memories!

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Must Have Travel Apps – Keeping in touch

Must Have Travel AppsSkype

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

If you haven’t tried Skype where have you been? LOL

We use Skype a lot – we always have! But, our usage has changed a bit lately – today Facebook Messenger video calls seem to work equally as well as Skype however where Skype has really helped us out is for making and receiving calls whilst overseas.

At home in Australia we are on a mobile phone plan – it’s not cheap to get out of, and besides, we’ve both had our numbers for years and want to hold onto them. So, to resolve the problem of having huge bills if we answer our phones overseas or simply not answer our calls at all, we arranged a Skype number. Quick and easy to do, we then just diverted our mobiles to the number and wherever we are, if someone tries to call us, our Skype App starts ringing. Be that on our laptops or mobiles, we can easily answer the call and we only pay the cost of the diversion from our mobile to our Australian Skype number!

Making calls is also super cheap – when you head off overseas, sometimes you just have to call home, but at $2, $3, or $4 a minute, who can afford it! With Skype you can pay as little as $0.02/minute which saves everyone a financial headache!

Must Have Travel AppsFacebook

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

What can I say? If you are travelling, Facebook is an awesome way to keep in touch with friends and family! With Facebook around, the distance between our friends and family doesn’t seem nearly as great as it actually is.

Definitely the easiest way to keep in touch!

Must Have Travel AppsFacebook Messenger

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Facebook Messenger has been another favourite of ours, particularly for phone calls and video calls. Hook yourself up to WiFi and off you go, a free easy way to chat to, and see, your loved ones! It certainly helps eleviate homesickness!

Must Have Travel AppsWhatsApp

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Not one I’ve really used much at home in Australia, but overseas it seems to be the App of choice for many! A great way to get in touch with people. To be honest, I don’t personally see this app as a necessity at all, however with so many others using it as their preferred method of contact, it’s worth having to help you get in touch!

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Must Have Travel Apps – Getting around

Must Have Travel AppsHERE

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

I have raved about HERE time and time again – it is one of my all time favourite travel Apps and we use it EVERY SINGLE DAY!

HERE is a map program, which can be used completely offline! For those on the move this aspect alone makes the App a compulsory part of your arsenal.

HERE allows you to store your favourite locations and destinations in “Collections”, which is really handy! We’ve set up one Collection per city! Simply open the collection, click on your desired destination and HERE will give you directions, whether by foot, car or public transport!

HERE has been brilliant both whilst on the road and while walking around new cities as a Tourist!

Looking for a local bank, petrol station or something else – simply type it into HERE and it will present you with a list of options.

All without using any Data!!!

Hint – Just make sure you download your destination maps prior to leaving, and every now and then HERE needs to hook into wifi for a split second when you arrive at a new city, which is super easy on Airport Free Wifi!

Must Have Travel AppsUber

Platform/s: Online, iPhone & Android
Price: FREE

Depending where you are, Taxi’s can cost a fortune, but time and time again I’m hearing reports of Uber costs being about 50% of local taxi’s.

Uber is a nifty little app that helps local drivers, use their own cars to get you from place to place, at a reduced cost. The app notifies the local driver that you need someone, and allows you to track and pay your driver through the app.

Not yet something I’ve used a lot, but certainly one to keep!

So, what do you think – did you find some new Apps to try out? We really would love to hear your thoughts! Do you have an app or two that you love, that we haven’t listed? Please share it!! We don’t claim to be experts, and we always love to learn new things, so share below and we’ll add your suggestion to a new page – if you have a blog of your own, we’ll even link to it!

Let us know!!!

 

Until next time

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