The way technology has developed over the last few years’ means that we now no longer have to rely on the likes of maps and travel books to enjoy our holidays. Rather our smartphones have become a one-stop shop for all our travel requirements and there are plenty of travel apps available on the market that are designed specifically to help us get the best out of our travels.
When we looked at compiling a shortlist of some essential travel apps there were plenty of strong contenders. Whether you are looking for the best places to eat, most interesting sights to see or simply want help learning useful bits of a foreign language, all these apps have one thing in common and that is they solve a problem you often aren’t even aware of! It is common on holidays that you inevitably realise something would be useful but it is too late to get it, so here is our list of essential travel apps for your benefit.
We are beginning with what may seem a controversial choice but WhatsApp is the ideal messaging service for people who don’t want to rack up an insane phone bill while on holiday. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection or even if you decide to pay for daily 3G when you’re away. You don’t even need to have credit on your phone and it can come in as a lifesaver (maybe even literally) in a lot of situations.
Here is an app that helps you avoid the hassle and often-troublesome affair of packing your bag for your holiday. All you have to do is tell the app how long you are going on holiday for and even who with and it will offer you a suggestion of what items and clothing you might need, how to divide the essentials and will even create different lists for all your family members.
As we mentioned in the introduction knowing your way around the area you are visiting is the best way to get the most out of your time and save you from getting lost and any excessive transport costs. We know it can be costly to use internet abroad but Google Maps offers you an offline map feature that allows the user to download several maps and also note points of interest so you can get to the with a GPS-enabled map that doesn’t require a connection! This is an ideal way to not only save money from not having to buy often expensive maps but also have good accuracy and understanding of where you are.
TravelSafe Pro This app is a list of all the essential emergency service numbers you are likely to need from just about every country you can think of. Throw in embassy details and other contact information that you might require in the event of an accident or lose of a passport and you can rest assured that if something did go wrong, that you could jump straight into action.