Tourism

8 must have travel apps

Technology is changing the way we travel.

From automated receptionists to facial recognition scans, it ranges from the clever to the creepy.

In light of this, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and look at the smaller advances in technology that are helping travel and travellers.

We’re talking about apps.

Those wonderful little icons on your phone that can get you from A to B without opening your wallet, and deliver burgers in a matter of minutes.

So what are the latest apps shaking up the travel industry?

Well, there’s quite a few actually.

Thanks to a new listicle of travel apps, we’ve found the ones you need to download ASAP.

Gas Buddy

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This app helps you find the cheapest petrol in your area.

Using GPS location tagging, Gas Buddy searches by address or postcode and orders the findings by the lowest-price station, as well as using filters like food, bathrooms, and popular choices.

Perfect for: Road trips

Download it here.

Waze

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This app helps you wave goodbye to gridlock traffic.

Waze has real-time traffic and road information, providing users with alerts about construction, speed bumps, accidents and other hazards.

It can also estimate arrival times and last but not least, allows you to choose from a variety of voices to guide your trip.

Perfect for: Driving in an unfamiliar city

Download it here.

Citymapper

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This is the ultimate transit app

Citymapper offers real-time departures, transit maps, line status and real-time disruption alerts as well as Uber integration. It also includes bike routing and live bike share info.

It’s everything you need — and may not even realize you need — to manage your life in the city.

Perfect for: Getting public transport in a new city

Download it here.

PackPoint

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Never forget to pack your toothbrush again.

PackPoint is an intelligent packing app and packing list builder for serious travelers. PackPoint will tell you what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip.

Punch in the city you’re traveling to, the departure date, and the number of nights you’ll be staying there.

Perfect for: Getting rid of the feeling you’ve forgotten something

Download it here.

TripAdvisor

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Everything you need while travelling, in one app.

TripAdvisor uses your location to send you personalised hotel, restaurant, attraction and holiday rental recommendations as well as remember the places you visited via our Travel Timeline feature.

These locations are collected even if the app is in the background.

Perfect for: Well, just about everything

Download it here.

Roomer

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The app to save you from life’s uplanned events.

Roomer is the place where people can book hotel rooms at incredible discounts from other people who had to cancel their trips.

If you’re stuck with a hotel reservation that you can’t use, you can sell it on Roomer instead of losing all your money to cancellation fees and nonrefundable booking rates.

On the flip side, if you’re looking for a great deal on a hotel room, book one of our exclusive listings and save up to 80% on your next vacation.

Perfect for: Last-minute hotel reservations

Download it here.

TripIt

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TripIt from Concur instantly organises all your travel plans in one place. Users can forward travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt will create a master itinerary for each of your trips.

Perfect for: Organising all your travel plans in one place

Download it here.

Hopper

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Hopper predicts the future of airfare & hotel prices. Watch your next flight & hotel stay in the app and get a notification as soon as the prices drop to their lowest point.

Users save on average $50 per flight by following the bunny’s advice. Know if you should book now or wait for a better price using the price prediction feature.

Perfect for: Knowing when to fly and buy

Download it here.

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