In the 21st century, the world has become a smaller place and many people now travel a lot, getting to see places that those who came before us could only dream of. But to really get the most out of it, it is a good idea to utilize some 21st century technology and download the best travel apps for smart phones such as the Android or iPhone. This list consists of some of the top rated apps that are available on both, and will make travelling that much easier and more enjoyable.
XE Currency – This free currency converter gives live information and also has a built in calculator so you can quickly and easily work out how much you are spending when in a different country. It can be used virtually anywhere and does not even need to be online.
HotelTonight – HotelTonight is a great way to make huge savings on hotels if you don’t mind booking at the last minute. Each day at midday, three of the best deals around comes up often with savings of up to 70%. This free app covers America, Canada and parts of the UK with more areas to follow as time goes on.
Skyscanner – This free app allows you to compare prices of flights to ensure you get the best possible deal. Just tell the app your destination and departure dates, and Skyscanner will do the rest.
Urbanspoon – Urbanspoon is a good way to find bars and restaurants in the London area. You decide what search criteria you want, e.g. price range, rating or type of establishment, it then scans your area and delivers the information to you free of charge.
Yelp – Yelp is a great app that can tell you the best place to go in a given area. From cafes to garages, this free app will give reviews of countless establishments, so you can make an informed choice on any number of services, wherever you are in the world.
Hailo – Another London based app that helps you find a cab in the city fast. It tells you where the nearest cab is, gives you the phone number and tells you how long it will take to arrive, what’s more, this free app allows you to add your credit card details to make paying a whole lot more convenient.
PetrolPrices Pro – This app is great if you are driving in a foreign land as it tells you where the best deals on petrol are in a given area. It costs £2.99 to download but will save a packet so is worth having for any driving excursion abroad.
London Bus Checker – If you are a tourist in London (or a resident for that matter) and need to use the bus service, this app will come in very handy. For a fee of £1.99, you can track any London bus at any given time.
Triposo – With access to over 8,000 destinations, this free app is a must. It gains information on any destination you want from wikitravel and openstreetmap, has a built in currency converter and a very useful phrase book.