Travel Apps I can’t live without

Travel Apps I can't live without

You can’t do anything these days without there being an app that can help you. And unlike when they first became popular, most of them are now free. In the past I used to hoard as many apps as my storage could fit on my phone, but this year I scrapped them all and started over, keeping only the ones I use on a regular basis.

I thought it would be nice to share a few of my all-time favourite travel related apps:

 

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Tripcase

free download available on Apple & Android

 

A trip management tool to keep all your itineraries in one place. Simply forward any hotel/flight confirmations to the Tripcase email address and they automatically upload all the details into the app for you. There is an option to manually input information as well, I use this option for any road trips or local days out.

One of my favourite features is the ability to share trips with other users. I have my dad registered as receiving alerts for all trips – again tripcase updates his app automatically when I upload anything into mine. This way I know that there is someone other than me that has access to where I am in the world – if anything was to happen I know I can just get in touch with him and he’ll have all the details to hand.

 

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Citymapper

free download available on Apple & Android

 

When I was in London for the WTM last year I was all over the place in the City, luckily when I arrived one of my best friends made me download Citymapper to help me find the best routes – using any mode of transport available. I found this award winning app much easier to use than any other map product.

The information is real time, the app design is simple and you can even request it to notify you when you need to change stops. Only thing with this one, is you need to have your location services switched on for it to work.

 

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Skyscanner

free download available on Apple, Android & Windows phones

 

Maybe not one that’s as useful, but as a wanderluster it’s one I use all the time. (I can’t help it). The minute I’m thinking of going somewhere I can tap it straight in and find the cheapest flight options. Hotels and car hire are a new part they’ve introduced (not available on Windows yet). We’ve used the car hire a fair bit recently, saved us loads of money on rentals in Abu Dhabi and again in Stockholm.

Their ‘everywhere’ feature is also pretty cool. If you’re on a budget but in the mood for a getaway, this search finds the cheapest flights from your nearest airport, perfect for that last minute getaway.

 

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Touchnote

free download available on Apple & Android – Postcards from £2.99
(can go as low as 99p if you pre-order credit)

 

My favourite app discovery. I saw a TV advert on Touchnote many moons ago and thought it’d be nice to send my mum and dad a photo-postcard the next time we went away. I knew they’d love receiving a card with one of our own holiday snaps on it, and this one wouldn’t cost me an arm and leg in postage – as all cards are printed and sent locally.

 

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Parents loved it so much, I now send them one from every place we go to, whether we’re away for a day or a week, locally or internationally. I pre-load my credits onto the app so when I’m away all I have to do is upload the photos, add in text, choose an address from my address book and click send.  It’s quick, easy and for the smile it puts on my mum and dads face, worth every single penny.

 

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Wunderlist

free download available on Apple & Android

 

I love lists. I’ve found most bloggers do. I can’t do without writing one and this app is my go to for them. But the main reason I fell in love with Wunderlist over all the other apps out there, is because you can invite fellow wunderlist-ers to share your lists with you.

For example – Mo and I will share shopping lists, so if he’s out and he can pick up a few things, he’ll tick them off and it automatically updates on mine. Genius. Comes in handy with things like packing, stuff to do before we go away, etc. The reminders come in handy too, you can set date and time popups not just for individual items but also for full lists. What more do you need??

 

 

Those are just a few of my favourites, there are a few more apps recommended to me which I’m having a play with at the moment – But I’ll have to get back to you when I’ve figured out whether they’re any good or not!

 

What travel apps do you use? Can you recommend any others??

Author: Sus

Head Chick at Jet Set Chick
Keen interest in art and design, discovering new cultures and learning from my experiences. Oh and cats. I love anything to do with cats.

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  • mark

    Great post, thanks for all the tips! Just wanted to drop by and mention that I’ve recently used the Postsnap app for sending postcards – I used to use Touchnote but was having problems and I found that Postsnap had more features and was a lot better value. I’d also recommend Uber and Airbnb as other apps!

    • Sus

      Totally forgot about Uber! will have to do another post 🙂 And thanks for the tips, I’ve used Airbnb on desktop but never tried the app (didn’t even click that they’d have one?!?) and I’ll be giving postsnap a try for sure, thanks Mark

  • I LOVE Citymapper and Wunderlist! I will have to check out the others, especially TouchNote 🙂

    • Sus

      I really couldn’t function without wunderlist!! (although I think I add more to the list then I tick off)

  • Amy

    I love city mapper and skunk scanner, I’ve never tried the others though so I’ll definitely check them out! Xx

    • Sus

      Hope you find them useful 🙂

  • Helpful tips – definitely going to download Tripcase! Not strictly a travel app but I always find Google Maps v helpful when I’m away as it can find your location when you’re offline.

    • Sus

      Might not be a travel one, but I’d say google maps pretty important! I honestly don’t know how we coped without it, I didn’t realise it can find your location when you’re offline though? that’s super handy

  • Oh I really don’t use any travel apps:)

    • Sus

      I think the only apps I ever download these days are travel ones lol!