You may have noticed our team goes out of its way to make travel easy and fun. You could even say we take the ‘lug’ out of luggage…okay, okay, we never said we were experts in comedy gags...
We love sharing ideas on the things that make our travels a bit more special – we’re on the look out for that mode of transport that gets us to our destination faster than you can say ‘Jurni’. But until that happens, it’s all about tooling-up with some of the amazing travel apps the world of technology has to offer.
Here’s what’s top of our apps chart. Download and get travelling - we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Skip the hotel and book an apartment. Airbnb gives you the option to get your own place, or stay with a host, and is often central to the action at the fraction of the cost of a hotel. You’ll get a real taste of what it is like to live in the place, plus great tips from your hosts on where to hang out.
Free, iOS and Android, airbnb.co.uk
A favourite amongst the travel bloggers out there, not only will you get a place to rest your weary feet but hostels are a great way to meet like-minded travellers. The app features 33,000+ properties in over 170 countries, including maps, pictures and reviews of the hostels.
Free, iOS and Android, hostelworld.com
We all want to find the cheapest flights, hotels, and hire cars which is why we love a comparison app. There are lots of awesome apps out there – Kayak, Hipmunk - all searching thousands of providers to get you the best deal. What we love about Skyscanner is that if you are not set on destination you can easily weigh up the costs of a few options using this app.
Free, iOS, Android, and Windows, skyscanner.net
We like to think of tripit as our own personal PA. Seamlessly linking with your email, you can collate all of your travel information in one place - flights, hotels, car rentals, excursions and much more. The interface lays out everything in an easy-to-use itinerary style, so you always know what is coming up.
Free, iOS, Android, and Windows, tripit.com
None of us want to waste time shopping for the things we forgot on holiday. With Packing Pro all the hard work of list making disappears. Just put in where you are going and for how long, and your packing list is calculated for you. Plus is a handy checklist to make sure you bring back everything with you.
£2.29, iOS, quinnscape.com
ALL MAPPED OUT
You may have heard of Google Maps. Apparently it is quite well known... But did you know that you can use Google Maps offline? Just download and save the areas you want - great if you are in an area with limited internet or you want to save data roaming charges. Plus the latest update allows you to search out places along your walking or cycling route.
Free, iOS and Android, google.co.uk/maps
Covering the major destination cities of the world, Citymapper offers amazing detail to plan your journeys across cities; covering walking, cycling, underground, bus and even taxi with costs and times, and will even take into account any disruptions.
Free, iOS and Android, citymapper.com
TAKE THE WEATHER WITH YOU
Forgo taking your own personal weather forecaster on holiday with you, and simply opt for this app. WeatherPro gives you an accurate and detailed forecast of the weather you can expect at your destination. So, come rain or shine, you’ll be prepared.
£2.29 on iOS and £2.49 Android, plus they do a free version with fewer features, weatherpro.eu
Learn from people in the know on where to go for absolutely everything. Unpaid reviews are pretty awesome at sorting the best out from the rest. This guide app has some pretty great features like discovering cool things to do in any locations, which you can filter by your interests be it history, nature or food.
Free, iOS, Android, and Windows, tripadvisor.co.uk
We love this app for making the most of city breaks. Covering bars, restaurants, attractions, events and so much more, it can tell you what is happening in your city destination. So if you want to catch a concert or hit the theatre you’ll be in the know. We promise, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.
Free, iOS and Android, timeout.com
SHOW US THE MONEY
How much is that Belgian chocolate fountain in the window? Convert every world currency with up-to-date exchange rates. This app also works offline, saving the last updated rates - handy for when you are doing some last minute souvenir shopping or haggling in markets.
Free, iOS, Android, and Windows, xe.com
The Converted by Ideon
For an all singing and dancing app, we bring you ‘The Converted’ – which sounds more like the name for a cult TV series than an app to us. Not only will this app convert exchange rates, but it will also convert temperature, weights, clothing sizes…and more. No need to hear more, we’re converted!
£4.49, iOS, ideon.co/theconverted
TALK THE TALK
Grasp the basics of the local language, or perhaps refresh the French that’s knocking about somewhere in your head. Duolingo makes a game out of learning, and before you know it you’ll be whizzing your way through the levels and winning over the locals.
Free, iOS, Android, and Windows, duolingo.co.uk
What did I just order off the menu? Does that sign say ladies or gents? Avoid language faux-pas by holding your camera up to text and the app will instantly translate for you. Google Translate has some amazing functionality, including being able to translate 52 languages offline.
Free, iOS and Android, translate.google.co.uk
SHARE YOUR TRAVELS
Instagram is great, but we do like a bit of old school with a modern twist. Using the Touchnote app you can send a postcard from your own travel photos. It couldn’t be simpler. Pick one of your photos, type in an address, and they’ll print and mail the postcard for you.
Free app, postcard costs from £2.99, iOS and Android, touchnote.com
Jurni is a new concept of a carry-on suitcase designed for the next generation of young connected travellers. With a quick access pop-out pod, a seat to rest on, in-line wheels to glide-along and flexible storage solutions.