The Best Travel Apps

As someone who travels frequently and plans many holidays and business trips for others, there are a few travel apps that I find indispensable.

Here are some of the best travel apps available that will equip you with the travel information you need at a click of a button.

Kayak

When you need to search for flight options quickly, especially when on the go, Kayak is a great app to use. Filter by price, number of stops, class of travel, flying time or overall travel time to find the best option.

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While it also enables you to book through the website, I would recommend contacting your travel advisor to take care of your booking to make sure you receive the best service and price.

Tripit PRO

This is probably my favourite travel app of all the ones listed here. Forward all your email confirmations to Tripit and they will all be collated and grouped under various itineraries enabling you to access all your essential travel information in one place.

A subscription to TripIt Pro will give you added benefits such as emailing or texting to inform you if your flight is on time or delayed, which gate you are travelling from, and if you miss your flight or connection, it will give you the best alternative routes and times.

SeatGuru

Have you ever suffered through a cramped eight-hour economy flight? Or selected an exit row seat only to find the exit door takes over half your legroom?

The free SeatGuru app offers over 700 colour-coded seat maps backed by more than 50,000+ reviews from flyers so that you’ll know which seats to book and which to avoid. This is a must use app when you travel in any class, as not even all first class seats are made equal.

XE Currency

One of the challenges of travelling across a number of countries is shifting between currencies. XE Currency converts your home currency into local currency at a click of a button so that you do not have to rely on mental arithmetic (or guess work!).

The app allows you to get a grip on the local currency quickly, saving you time and no doubt, money. An invaluable tool wherever you travel for business or pleasure.

Weatherpro

No matter how much planning you do ahead of your trip, one thing you can never predict is the weather. By installing a weather app – we like WeatherPro or Met Office – you can keep on top of whatever the weather has in store.

Tipulator

Tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario. A modest rounding up of the bill may be fine in some places and insufficient in others. Tipping may be expected in some places and considered an insult in others.

While Tipulator can’t tell you the customs, it can help you easily calculate based on the tip amount you select and also help you split the bill with friends.

ExpressVPN

If you’re visiting a country where your favourite websites have been blocked, or you have a spare few hours and you want to catch up on a TV show that’s only available when you’re in your home country, then ExpressVPN will be the app for you.

Don’t ask me to explain the technical side, but it essentially allows you to connect to the internet as if you were in your own (or any other country) so you can browse or watch what you want. Perfect for watching NetFlix!

Instagram

Half the fun of being on holiday is posting pictures of you having a fabulous time. Make everyone back home jealous by posting regular pictures of the beach, a sunset or a cocktail to your Instagram account. You can view my account here.

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