My 16GB iPhone is continually maxing out on storage space. This is in part due to the number of photos I want to keep to hand, but also comes down to the fact I’m a bit of an app addict.
There are so many great travel apps whether it’s finding travel buddies, transport, accommodation, the internet, or to work out whether someone is trying to rip you off. And I keep discovering new ones.
Here are 6 of my favourite travel apps which I have personally tested and love.
HerePin is a location based social app where you can find fellow travellers and locals, ask them questions, share your travel highlights and tips in real-time and arrange meet ups.
I downloaded HerePin, signing in with my Facebook profile (which didn’t share all my private information) in search of a genuine community of like-minded people ready to engage with and quickly discovered what visitors to New Zealand are seeing, asking about and looking for.
I was initially concerned it was a bit ‘Tinder for Travellers’, that no one would be using it, and that the tips and advice from the community would be a bit average, but I was grateful to discover that there is already a decent number of people using HerePin and actively conversing in and about the places I want advice on. Conversely, when I throw a travel question out to my Twitter followers it can go unanswered amongst a large, scattered audience which makes me feel as if I’m shouting into space.
I’ve really taken to posting and using the private messaging to converse with people both near and far and when I’m next travelling solo and staying in a hotel or AirBnB where it’s difficult to meet people, I will certainly use this to meet up with people in person.
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Yes when there’s torrential rain and you’re desperately trying to get somewhere on time only to be met with surge pricing you might want to fall out of love with Uber and going back to ringing a good old fashioned taxi company.
But in South East Asia I couldn’t believe how cheap and easy it was to get around in an Uber. The cars were clean and the drivers lovely. I would have had zero clue how to call a taxi or explain where I was to meet them. I’d also not know how much it was going to cost me and I’ve most certainly been ripped off as a tourist by taxi drivers before.
XE Currency allows you to convert every world currency and precious metals using up to date rates (storing the most recent so you can use it offline). If you’re aiming for a certain rate before buying you can set up an alert.
It took me a while to get to grips with the app but I find the rate advisor is particularly helpful for understanding a currency provider’s price compared to the market rate and how much they’re taking as a cut.
TripIt syncs with your emails and magically pulls in all your flight and accommodation details for a trip into one easy to follow itinerary. Regardless of the fragmented way you might have booked things, number of airlines flying with or accommodation providers.
You can also save travel documents such as your Passport, Drivers License and more in the app with PIN protection.
I was also surprised to find keeps a record of past trips – discovered when I didn’t use it for a few months when I was only travelling locally and haphazardly, but the information is still all there, long after the booking emails have been deleted.
iTip Calculator – to understand how much to tip (FREE, iOS)
Coming from New Zealand I’ve always struggled with how much to tip and where which is exasperated when you’re trying to split a bill between a large group who all want to pay with cash.
By just entering the bill amount, iTip tells you the correct tax amount and tip percentage, tip amounts and bill grand total AND divides it among a number of people to give individual tip and payment amounts.
Being so reliant on technology in this day and age, when you’re travelling finding free, secure Wi-Fi hotspots is vital to keep in touch with the world.
Wi-Fi Finder allows you to find both free and paid crowd-sourced hotspots on a map and compare them based on speed and privacy before you waste time trying to connect to them.
You can download the locations offline before you leave and then find them on the road.
Which of these travel apps do you have on your phone? What other apps make your life easier? Pin the image below to find this post again later!
This post was made possible by HerePin but I truly only recommend what I use and love.