10 Travel Apps that are Essential for Your Next Getaway

We love planning the holidays, be it a city break or beachside vacation but there are a few factors to keep in mind before boarding that plane. Relishing in the excitement for your next adventure, be well prepared with at least one (if not all) of these excellent travel apps.

Planning ahead is essential to make the most of it, that also makes all the difference between that last-minute panic on route to the airport of your chosen destination and a completely stress-free and relaxing experience.

These traveller’s apps are a must, from back-up storage to offline maps, it is important you get on board with this list of the best apps on the market.

1. Google Maps

Paper maps are inconvenient and oversized, and can often be heavy, therefore a smartphone map is easily the number one to download. Offline and simple to use, the free Google app also lets you star or save locations and gives you routes to wherever you may need to go, whether it’s by foot or via car. No more forgetting where your hotel is!

2. Google Translate

English may be spoken globally, but not all street signs and information will be in our mother tongue. Entering a new city that uses a different language can be a breeze thanks to this Google app. Though it’s not always 100% accurate when it comes to grammar and meaning, it does give the gist of a sentence to save and basic terminology.

3. Duolingo

If you want to brush up on your Italian, Spanish or Finnish before heading away, this language app is amazing for teaching you what you’ll need to know. Completely free to download, there are different levels and even fun little games to test your skills. Perfect if you’re in the mood for impressing that good-looking bartender.

4. XE Currency Converter

This app definitely one that many travellers forget about, when visiting a non-Euro country. We are blessed that the majority of European countries use our currency, but if you make your way to any of the other continents you will want this incredibly useful app on your phone. It will ensure you know how much you’re spending (or splurging) to keep your finances in check.

5. PackPoint

A nifty app to install, PackPoint will ease you into the preparations of your holiday. It will analyze the weather for the duration of your stay and suggest which clothes to bring with, that you then only need to tick off once added into your bag. Perfect for both long and shorts trips, it also lets you choose which activities you plan on and determines which items to accommodate.

6. E-reader

Hopping from trains to planes and buses, travelling can oftentimes take a toll with a whole lot of sitting around and watching time pass by. Exhausting as it can be, we can best relax reading or watching movies, but honestly there are only so many movies you can watch in one sitting. E-books are absolute life savers and there are now a handful to choose from.

Choose the Kindle, iBooks or Google Play Books, with which you can let your imagination do all the work as you sit back and spend time reading a good book.

Audio books are also a great way to pass the time and give your eyes a rest.

7. Storage Space

We have all had that frustrating moment when the notification that you’ve run out of space pops up, and we’re forced to delete photos or files mid-trip. Therefore storage apps are saviours including Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud. Ensure you have at least one of these apps installed, all of which are free.

Another nifty trick is to upload your photos to a private album on Facebook as you go, or alternatively send yourself the photos via Whatsapp.

8. TravelWise

Safety should always be key wherever you may be travelling to. In Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade have created an app which is complete free to download and provides current information about the safe and not-so-safe countries to visit.

Very easy to use, it gives you plenty of useful information about health, local laws, customs and where to find your nearest embassy – should you ever need to find one.