iWander: 7 of the best travel apps (that you’ll actually use)

There’s plenty of smartphone apps dedicated to travel – and we’ve all used one at some point – so what are the best out there at the moment?

From booking services and route planners, to video streaming services and translation apps, there’s simply no shortage of apps to assist even the most tech-averse travellers.

Here’s 7 of the best:

Skyscanner

SkyscannerSkyscanner helps you with everything from cheap tickets and destination planning to travel hacks, hotel recommendations and advice.

There’s no easier way to view flight details, ticket prices or hotel booking information.

The app will give you a thorough breakdown of travel information and provide you with recommendations of ‘weekend breaks’, ‘cheapest deals’, ‘long trips’ and much more besides.

If you’re not entirely sure of where you want to visit next, don’t worry. Skyscanner gives you the option to search every destination for the cheapest deals in the date range specified, simply by typing in ‘everywhere’.

A staple app for every traveller.


Citymapper 

CitymapperYou’re visiting a city you’ve never been to, and you’re probably quite lost.

Don’t worry, jump on Citymapper to plan your route.

Originally launched in London – with the intention of ‘saving Londoners from London’ – Citymapper has now expanded to cover more than 30 cities, including Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco.

Essentially, at its pulsating heart the app is a planning service which integrates a range of data from just about all urban modes of transport, from ferry journeys and walking, to cycling and driving, with a specific emphasis on public transport (buses, underground services and city bikes).

It also displays journey times, prices and even gives you a breakdown of the carriage most convenient for a speedy exit when on the underground.

You can download the free mobile app or use the service on a desktop website.

Google Maps

GoogleMaps

Google’s map services offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views, street view, real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car or public transportation.

Insanely accurate and easy to use, Google’s map service also offers verbal directions – allowing you to continue listening to your Spotify playlists without having to constantly take your phone out of your pocket to look at a map for directions.

Expedia

Expedia

Similar to Skyscanner, Expedia.com is an integrated booking service and can be used to book airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and various attractions and services via the internet or telephone agents.

It’s the perfect app if you want access to all the data and information you need in one place – you book your flight, reserve a hotel room, rent a car and book places on trips and register for attractions.

Google Translate 

Google TranslateGoogle Translate is a free multilingual machine translation service developed by Google, to translate text from one language into another.

Simply hover your phone’s camera over a small section of text (most useful when you’re attempting to read a menu) and align it with the text bar on your screen to find out what those complicated symbols and phrases mean.


Airbnb

AirbnbAirbnb is a marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodation around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

With a choice of more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point.

With 200,000,000+ guests, in 65,000+ cities across 191+ countries, there simply is no shortage of places to lay your head.


Netflix

Netflix

Thank god for video streaming!

We’ve all been sat in a departure lounge and been notified that our flight has been delayed by three hours – but never has it been more palatable than following the advent of Netflix.

For those who have been living in a cave for the past few years, Netflix is a streaming service that allows you to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries and more on thousands of Internet-connected devices.

Good news – there’s no commercials.

Perfect, right?

You can even download many of Netflix’s best shows so you can watch them when you’re off the grid and don’t have access to data or wi-fi (perfect when you’re on a flight).

 

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