Travel Apps: Five of the best for getting the most out of your trip

Apps are big news for the modern day traveller – whether that includes long ranging trips or quick, strictly business sojourns. The digital age has made travelling almost too accessible and the handheld insight that an app provides is invaluable when decoding the difference between tourist spots and local hangouts. Unfortunately it isn’t always too easy to sort the helpful tech from the gimmicky either – which is why we’ve done the hard work for you!

Read on to discover our top 5 picks for getting the most out of your trip with the least effort.

1. Bonjournal

Available on iPhone & iPad
Price: Free

Bonjournal is the digital answer to a scrapbook – with usability being as little effort as writing a text. Boasting a privacy lock for personal moments, intuitive journal maps and the option for PDF sharing, the handheld editing software allows you to curate your photos, stories and moments on the go. Since the best bit of travelling is arguably the magpie-like collection of new information and experiences, it’s refreshing to see an app that makes this process simple and encourages real-time sharing.

2. Citymapper

Available on iPhone, iPad & Android
Price: Free

Citymapper is now a household name for the smartphone-savvy. Compatible with the urban jungles of 29 global cities, this app takes things further than Google Maps giving users multiple routes for walking, hopping on the bus or subway around their city and provides live updates of any delays to transport. The interface is easy to use and the app has a definite sense of humour, humorously suggesting ‘jetpack, 1min’ as a viable method of travel and offering rain-safe routes. The market is saturated with ‘Satnav’ apps, but Citymapper stands out by understanding city-dweller’s needs.

3. Gogobot

Available on iPhone, iPad & Android
Price: Free

Gogobot is new to the market. Basically doing the hard work for you, it plans and suggests where to stay, play and eat in a new city. The app combines expert knowledge (aided by other users) and environmental factors (literally, will it be raining?) to provide a list of tailored experiences and suggestions. This intelligent approach allows users to get the most from their travelling experience, also offering a social aspect through the opportunity to connect with other Gogobot users for advice.

4. Packing Pro

Available on iPhone & iPad
Price: $2.99

Packing Pro takes the stress out of packing, compiling a personalised list of everything needed. After inputting journey details – destination, duration and travelling companions – Packing Pro produces a concise inventory to aid the pre-flight struggle. The resulting list is split into essentials, clothes and gadgets, making it easier to admit that maybe no, you don’t need that 4th pair of shoes! This app draws on the array of #vacationessentials articles, Pinterest posts and blog entries and turns the overload of information into a tailored, smart service for the busy traveller.

5. Tripr

Available on iPhone, iPad & Android
Price: Free

Tripr allows travellers to socialise and exchange advice about their trip – months before ever meeting or visiting. Built around the allure of meeting locals or fellow travellers whilst abroad, Tripr uses Facebook to speed up the connection and eliminate chance from the equation. By inputting their destination and vacation dates, travellers can socialise online with ‘matches’, either exchanging tips or agreeing to physically meet at their combined destination. Not all users are globetrotting adventurers, there is the function to chat with locals and glean information about everything from restaurant recommendations to off-the-beaten-path explorations.

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