Unless you’ve been living under a stone for the last few years, you’ve probably used an app for something or other at least once in your life. There’s one for almost everything you can think of, so with the summer holiday season well and truly upon us, we’ve been discussing our favourite travel apps here at Front Page.
Whether you’re jetting off to a far-flung paradise or sticking around to explore the many gems on offer right here in the UK, there are a wealth of useful, informative, or just plain fun apps out there to make your holiday experience run smoothly. Here are a few of our favourites:
Great for: Getting around
My personal favourite, Citymapper is a deep treasure trove of travel information for a variety of global cities, including Paris, Berlin, San Francisco and Tokyo. Choose your start and end points, and you’ll be presented with every possible transport option to get you there, from walking routes, to public transport combinations and even jetpack (spoiler alert – that one’s always 0 minutes). You can save searches to use offline, and tube maps are also available, but I’ve found it a bit difficult to use without an Internet connection and usually take screenshots or write down my routes just for safekeeping. That said, I’m a bit of a klutz, so you may have more luck.
Navigate your way through London’s underground network with ease, with live departures, the status of each line and the option to set up alerts for those lines you’re particularly reliant on.
Download offline maps to use in almost any city in the world, so that when the inevitable conundrum of Wi-Fi vs data roaming charges rears its head you can find your way around free of charge.
Great for: International travellers
If you’re travelling to a country where you don’t speak the language, this app is a must. Not only can you translate back and forth between a huge variety of languages, there’s even a scanning feature that translates words on a page right in front of your eyes. Not always entirely accurate, but it’ll definitely help you out.
Enjoy the best exchange rates and transfer currency onto a MasterCard for easy payments no matter where in the world you are. Keep track of your finances via the app, which can also lock your card should you happen to drop it in the ocean as you dance somewhat drunkenly to Michael Jackson at a beach party. It happened to a friend, ok?
Great for: Hidden gems
For many, Lonely Planet are the go-to people for travel guides for pretty much everywhere in the world, so if you’re looking for a simple, comprehensive guidebook that you don’t have to lug around in your bum-bag, this app is perfect. Packed with local gems as well as the bigger tourist spots, you can search by activity or by map. Only drawback? A limited choice of cities (for the moment anyway), so check that your destination is actually on there before you bypass the bookstore.
Great for: Adventure holidays
As recommended by our resident adrenaline junkie, Clare, this app is perfect if you’ve got your sights set on the slopes for your next holiday. Track your speeds, any air time you manage to clock up, see how many calories you’ve burned, how far you’ve managed to travel and map your ski or snowboard runs, so you can see where you’ve been throughout the day. Connect with other users in your area and see how your activity compares to theirs, but try not to get too competitive – it’s meant to be a holiday, after all!
Great for: Staycations
Showing live departures and allowing you to purchase train tickets, this is a great app to have if you regularly travel by rail—perfect for those impromptu weekends away or a lengthier break exploring the beauty of the British Isles.
Did we miss out an app that you just can’t live without when you go away? Tweet us @frontpageagency and add your favourite to our list.
‘Appy holidays! (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist).