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February 22, 2017 Apps No Comments Email Email

Smartphones are arguably the cleverest thing to pack for a trip. They’re an all-in-one translator, tip calculator, travel agent, food guide, bank, camera and map, but like a sleek carry-on bag, there’s no point filling them with useless apps that will never be used and that take up valuable storage space.

To help Australians prepare for their next trip, has compiled the best travel apps that will see travellers through from the start to the end of their journey.

1. Booking flights – Cheapflights (obviously) Trawling thousands of travel sites to find a cheap flight is enough to drive you round the bend. The Cheapflights app does exactly what it says on the tin – it helps you find cheap flights around the world. And it does it simply. Enter where you want to go, the dates you want to leave and you can search hundreds of flights from airlines and travel companies all over the world, and then easily compare them to find the cheapest options and book from the app. You’ll no longer have to mutter, “I need a holiday from booking this holiday.”

2. Packing like a pro – PackPoint A lifesaver for those of us who struggle to know what to cram into our tiny and cheap airline approved carry-on duffel bag. With PackPoint, you just enter your destination, date of travel and length of stay, along with some activities you’re likely to be participating in, and it’ll generate a bespoke list of stuff you should pack!

3. Getting around – Citymapper This handy app is now available for over 30 cities across the world and is the easiest app for navigating these major destinations. No longer will you have to stare blankly at complicated tube maps or chance your luck at jumping on the first random bus you see. Citymapper shows you how to get from A to B hassle-free – you can easily find the cheapest and most convenient bus, rail or pedestrian routes, it’ll update you on delays, and it has offline maps and Uber connectivity.

4. Communicate with locals – Google Translate Immersing yourself in a completely different country is an amazing experience, but language barriers can be a major obstacle. Get around like a local with the Google Translate app – not only can you type to translate over 100 languages, but its camera mode also allows you to instantly translate a sign or menu simply by holding your phone up to it!

5. Keeping connected – Wiffinity There’s nothing worse than getting to a foreign city having forgotten to download a map and needing Wi-Fi so you can get directions to find your hostel. Enter Wiffinity, a free app that helps you locate free Wi-Fi hotspots all around the world – without needing to be connected to the internet. It has so many helpful uses, from checking restaurants on the fly, to avoiding horrid international roaming fees, to being able to order an Uber when you’re stuck in a dodgy neighbourhood.

6. Documenting the adventure – PolarSteps In this crazy millennial world that we live in, documenting and sharing your journey is more important than ever. We’ve all got our favourite Instagram filter and Twitter hashtags, but it does start to get a little impersonal. This new innovative app tracks your route (ideal for backpackers and road trippers) and allows friends and family to follow it by populating a travel log out of your photographs. Plus, at the end of it all, you can turn it into travel book of your photos, stats and routes to have as a keepsake.

7. Post-holiday admin – Splittr Splittr is perfect for those travellers who would rather shampoo with hot sauce than tackle an Excel spreadsheet to work out who paid for what. You can add expenses as you go, punching in who paid for what, and the app divides it all up at the end. It even emails you and your friends a PDF report with how much is owed, so you don’t have to ruin your post-holiday positivity by acting like a debt collector.

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