11 Apps You Absolutely Need Before You Step Foot on a Plane
We're pretty lucky these days. We've got everything we need in form of a little electronic rectangle that never leaves our side. And for good reason.
Our phones have fast become a very reliable travel buddy. Gone are the days when you left them at home (I surprisingly did the first time I travelled overseas). These days, we've got everything from maps, tips, booking tools and schedulers at the palm of our hands. We've just got to know the right apps to download.
And with an oversaturated app store, it's easy to miss apps that can be incredibly useful. So here are the best ftravel apps on the market at the moment.
Nothing irks me more than people who use the Apple 'maps' app that comes with iPhones. Seriously guys, do yourself a favour and upgrade to Google Maps. Do it now. Don't worry, I'll wait... The absolute game changer with Google Maps is you can download a city map and use it while you're completely offline – that's no reception, no data, no wifi, no nothing! Often the little blue dot even works. These days Google Maps even offers public transport route options. Ah, Google, is there anything you can't do?
Surely you've heard of Skyscanner! Skyscanner is a search engine for flights from just about every airline out there and offers you flights in order of lowest to highest price. It's like your own personal travel agent, without the commission. You can even search for flights everywhere to see what destination's in your price range.
XE offers live currency exchange rates. It's the most accurate you'll find currency exchange rates and helps you understand when you're getting a good deal when exchanging money. You'll never get the going rate, but the bank or exchange hub that's closest is your best option.
Currency Converter Plus
Have you ever been overseas where the money exchange is virtually impossible to convert in your head? I sure as hell am really really really really REALLY bad at calculating from one currency back to Australia dollars in my head, so I need some techno help. This app has been an absolute godsend. Currency Converter Plus looks just like the app that comes with your iPhone. It works offline and is crazy simple to use.
Free iSO | not available on Android (boo-urns!)
Hotels are great, but AirBnb gives you a local's perspective. And I'm all about living like a local where possible. Most often you have to communicate with your host and that's often done through the app. So it's handy to have pre-downloaded so you're not left in the dark when you're collecting your bags in Oslo airport and need to contact your host to give them the heads up you've arrived.
If you love coffee as much as I do, then you'll know how hard it is to find a good one while travelling. Bean Hunter is the answer to your coffee filled travel dreams. Bean Hunter allows users to rate and review coffee from cafes all around the world. Some cities have less active users than others, but it's a good start to a neverending search for a decent cuppa.
World Clock (in your 'Clock' app)
Time-zones are a bitch to work out. Save yourself the headache and add your home and destination cities into your World Clock section in your Clock app. There's no need to download an app for this, the Clock app that comes with your iPhone works perfectly.
Ps. Sorry to those with Androids, I've actually never used an Android and am not really familiar with what apps come with the phone. But I'm assuming it's pretty similar to Apple.