5 Incredible Must Have Apps for Travel

With the rise of smartphone and tablet usage in recent years, there has also unsurprisingly been a huge rise in app downloads too. Tim Cook announced back in October 2013 that Apple’s App Store boasts more than 1,000,000 apps in their catalogue – take this as you will. For some people, they would be more than happy to see such a huge number as they have so many apps to play with. For others (mainly developers), this number will be very worrying because they will be asking themselves ‘How are people even going to find my app?’

Even though app stores offer app categories and user ratings amongst other filters, new research suggests that there are a vast amount of apps that have been titled ‘zombies’ which have next-to-no downloads.

Apps can be used for all sorts of experiences with many people using the phrase ‘there’s an app for that’ when someone is after something specific. This is no different when it comes to travel. Traveling is of course very rewarding but it can be stressful at times.

With this in mind, I have complied a short list of the best must have apps to download before starting your travel.

  1. Wi-Fi Finder – Free

When your 3G signal isn’t enough for your on the go web surfing activities, use the free Wi-Fi finder to help you locate free or paid Wi-Fi services close to your location.

Staying connected to your friends and family while you are away has never been easier.

Not only can you filter your search by hotel, café and restaurant for example, the app will also give you directions once you have chosen your preferred Wi-Fi spot.

Honourable mention: WiFiFastConnect Hotspot Locator


2.    Packing Pro – £1.99

Many of us would have to agree that packing for a holiday is the activity we least look forward. No matter how many times we check out bags, we always forget something.

With this handy app, forgetting certain items may be a thing of the past.

Take advantage of their huge master catalogue which will provide you hints on what to take depending on temperature, destination etc.

Honourable mention: Visual Travel Checklist


3.   Pin Drop – Free

Pin Drop’s simplicity allows you to track the places you love, all on an interactive map. Not only can you plan where you will go next, you can also share your experiences with your friends.

Never again will you forget where that fantastic little café was in the middle of Paris.

Tracking the places you have been is very simple, but you can also view the very best places complied from Pin Drop’s very own self labelled ‘experts’.

Honourable mention: TripAdvisor Offline City Guides


4.    Word Lens – Free with in-app purchases

Travelling to a foreign country that doesn’t speak your native language can be quite daunting, especially when you travel alone.

With the help of Word Lens, you will be able to instantly translate words on the fly. Traversing through the centre of Rome has never been easier.

The only downside is that it’s not 100% accurate, and can only translate clearly printed text (e.g. signs and menus).

Honourable mention: iHandy Translator Pro

5.     WeatherPro – £1.99

Wrongly predicting the weather can easily ruin a day out as you may be ill-prepared for it.

WeatherPro enables you to check the weather whenever you like from the convenience on your smartphone or tablet, showing you dynamic short-term forecasts allowing you to be prepared for almost anything.

The app is very easy to use and very informative, much more than its competitors.

Honourable mention: Weather+


With these apps downloaded and ready for use, your travelling experience just got a whole lot easier. Gone are the days where you forget your sunglasses, gone are the days where you can’t find a great Wi-Fi spot anywhere.

Let us know your thoughts on these apps, and also let us know your experience with any similar apps you have used for travel.

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