9 great apps for travellers

  • Make sure you have a hassle-free holiday with these 9 apps
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Take the headaches out of holidays with these 9 apps – discover highly-rated local hotspots, make travel a breeze and stay in touch with your loved ones back home.

And if you don't have data roaming on your phone, don't worry – just make sure you disable mobile data on your phone and only use free wifi in hotels and cafés.

1. Research the area with TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is one of the biggest peer-review sites for hotels, restaurants, and every kind of tourist attraction under the sun. If you're new to an area, just pop it into TripAdvisor – it'll give you a complete list of what's worth checking out.

Anyone can submit a review if they have a TripAdvisor account – but they're not fact checked, either. In fact, many hotels and bars have complained about what they see as unfair TripAdvisor reviews – so take whatever you're reading with a pinch of salt.

Download TripAdvisor for free on Android  or iOS 

2. Get offline GPS with Navfree

Navfree is a free GPS system that lets you download a map of an area – saving you on mobile data. GPS systems in phones don't actually use your data. Data is only used when an app that uses GPS (like Google Maps) has to download a map to show you where you are.

So, Navfree enables users to navigate without having to use 3G or 4G – perfect if you're trying to save on data or you're holidaying somewhere without any signal.

Download Navfree for free on Android  or iOS

3. Stay in a home with Airbnb

Airbnb has changed the way people book holiday accommodation. The idea is simple – letting people rent out rooms in their home on a short-term basis to tourists.

As a visitor, this means you can choose to stay in someone's home rather than a hotel. It’s all peer reviewed, so guests can leave feedback on where they stayed.

Download the Airbnb app for free on Android  and iOS

4. Check your departure time with FlightStats

While there's a lot of flight tracking apps out there, most end up giving you too much information – no fun to navigate when you're in the taxi on the way to the airport. But FlightStats keeps it simple – you can search by flight number or airport, making the whole thing a lot easier.

It's available for free on Android  or iOS 

5. Plan your travel with CityMapper

Whether it's the Paris Metro or New York's F-train, CityMapper really comes into its own on public transport, including detailed maps of each city's public transport system. It also includes live updates in a lot of cities, meaning you can easily get where you're going – even if there's an unexpected delay.

While it does have offline maps, CityMapper also uses mobile data for route planning – so turn that 4G off if you don't have data roaming.

CityMapper is available for free on Android or iOS 

6. Check costs with Post Office's Travel Essentials

Is that personalised sombrero a bargain? Time to find out. The Post Office Travel Essentials app will tell you exactly how much an item is worth in pounds. But watch out – because you are using your mobile data to check that information.

You can also use it to order some extra currency if you're running low. The Post Office Travel Essentials app is available for free on Android  and iOS 

7. Stay in touch with loved ones using WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a messaging service that lets you send and receive messages over wifi or mobile data. Even if you're a regular user, get your friends and family on – it's easy to keep in touch and share holiday snaps. And if you disable 4G and only use WhatsApp on wifi, you can keep in touch without worrying about roaming charges.

It's free and can be downloaded for Android, iOS and loads of other devices – visit the WhatsApp download page for more info.

8. Translate that buffet menu with Google Translate

Chances are, you might have already used Google Translate. It's a handy service that translates bits of text or whole websites, depending on what you need.

But you may not know that you can download language packs onto your phone – meaning that you can translate without wifi or roaming data. That means hassle-free translation, and no roaming charge headaches. Google Translate is available for free on Android and iOS

9. Find the nearest cash point with the Post Office Travel app

There’s nothing worse than not being able to find a cash point – except for not being able to find one when you’re in an unfamiliar town abroad. The Post Office Travel app can point you towards your nearest cash point when you’re on holiday.

Post Office Travel is also the official app for Travel Money Card. You can top-up, check your balance, view your recent transactions and track your spending on the go– meaning no awkward haggling at the gift shop.

Post Office Travel is available for free on Android and iPhone.


Travel money online

Jetting off soon?

We've got a number of ways to sort your travel money out so there's one less thing to worry about.

Pick it up from a branch, have it delivered to your home or go cash-free all the way with a Travel Money Card.

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