Lonely Planet Writer

Exploring the world with your smartphone - 9 extremely useful apps for the savvy traveller

We live in a digital age where we explore the world with our smartphones. So it makes sense that instead of parting with cash to buy language dictionaries and tourist guide books, we would rather download a selection of helpful apps and save space in our suitcases before we go away on holiday. And here are a selection of travel apps that will make life easier and take the stress out of all that planning and preparation.

1. GoEuro


Trying to make travel arrangements at the very last minute can be  difficult and stressful. GoEuro lets you compare flight, bus and train prices through a single search option. The app has over 46,000 routes mapped out and partners include National Express, Eurostar and EasyJet.

2. VizEat


Sure, eating out is fun but if you are looking for a more authentic dining experience during your travels, VizEat offers travellers in-home dining with a local host. The app covers 60 countries worldwide.

3. Hailo


Hailo allows you to book a taxi by letting you set a pick-up location and select a car of your choice. You can even get a quote estimation for how much your ride is going to cost.

4. Google Translate

Google Translate.
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Let’s face it, packing your suitcase full of dictionaries just isn’t the ideal travel scenario. Thankfully, Google Translate is pretty helpful and can translate 90 languages through text and audio features.

5. WiFi Map

WiFi Map.
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Those picturesque Instagram posts can prove quite costly if you are incurring data roaming charges. With WiFi map, you will be able to identify free hotspots in 95 countries and save £££s in the process.

6. TripIt


Whether you are backing up your travel itinerary online or you have printed your confirmation emails, it’s always handy to have a digital back-up which you can access quickly. TripIt allows you to forward your travel confirmation emails to the app, so all your travel plans are aggregated into a handy daily itinerary.

7. Time Out

Time Out.
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Want to know more about the local events taking place during your visit? TimeOut is great for on-the-go travellers to discover the best events and places to go on your trip.

8. BlaBlaCar


Bla Bla Car app is definitely worth trying – if you don’t mind sharing a ride with strangers. The idea is that you save £££s on your journey by looking for people who are driving from your area to the place you need to go. You can choose to travel with people you like, based on their profile information on the app – such as musical tastes, age and whether they allow smokers or pets in their car.

9. Navmii


This traffic app provides offline voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, local search and points of interest – so you don’t get caught out with a hefty roaming bill. Navmii has had more than 24 million downloads.

(Press Association)