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Travel ‘appy: the 7 best travel apps

February 2, 2017
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Whether you’re trekking through a lush rainforest or packing up a picnic and heading to your nearest beach for the day, there is a wealth of apps out there to help you make the most of your break.

From simplifying the packing process to discovering hidden local treasures, clever apps are revolutionising the way we travel. Here are our seven favourites out of the best of the bunch.

Packing Pro

Keep pre-holiday stress to a minimum with this simple tool that compiles a packing list for you and your family. Tell Packing Pro where you’re going and who is travelling with you (along with several other custom options should you choose to specify further) to create a comprehensive list of everything you might need for your trip, which can then be sorted by each member of your travel party. You’ll never forget your toothbrush again! (£2.99 for iOS)

Waze

Ideal for long summer drives and holiday road trips, Waze is a navigation app that crowdsources traffic and road conditions, allowing you to tap into the travel experiences of local drivers to get a real-time picture of your route. It’s a handy way to avoid traffic jams, find the cheapest petrol stations, steer clear of road works, and spend more of your trip sightseeing instead of staring at taillights. (Free for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone)

AroundMe

Ditch the paper travel guide and use AroundMe, a highly personalised location-based app that helps you discover local points of interest, dining and lodging amenities, and other useful services nearby. Detecting your location and guiding you via its innovative in-built navigation, this tool cuts out the confusion and gets you to your destination as fast as possible, whether it be a breath-taking landmark or the nearest cashpoint. (Free for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone)

Clever apps are revolutionising the way we travel

Stitcher

A good variety of entertainment is an absolute must for long journeys and idle pool days. Mix things up with the never-ending stream of radio programmes and podcasts available on Stitcher. With a selection of over 20,000 stations, podcasts, and shows at your fingertips, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit. (Free for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire)

TravelSafe Pro

An app we hope you never need to use, TravelSafe Pro gives you access to crucial emergency numbers, from the nearest British Embassy to the local mountain rescue team, so wherever you are in the world you can rest assured you are only a few clicks away from help. An additional bonus is that the app also works offline, ensuring you have access to vital information whenever a crisis strikes. (£0.99 for Android)

Skyscanner

An established favourite, Skyscanner is perhaps the world’s most powerful flight-search app, making it easy to arrange flights on the go. Displaying results from more than a thousand airlines and travel companies, Skyscanner allows you to quickly sort through millions of flights to compare the best options. If your plans are flexible, you can toggle to either side of your dates, or conduct searches across entire months and even the whole year to find the best deals. Extensive filtering features plus the ability to search from multiple airports make Skyscanner ideal for sorting out spontaneous travel plans and taking advantage of the latest deals. (Free for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry)

Maverick Pro

If a week of beach lounging and cocktail sipping doesn’t live up to your thrill-seeking holiday ways, then look no further! This off-road, offline GPS navigator includes multiple global and regional maps, a compass and features that measure your speed, display changes in altitude and record your tracks to help you hike, bike or boat your way to holiday happiness. Perfect for adrenaline seekers and explorers. (£5.95 for Android)

Jack O'RiordanView all posts

Jack is the editor of The Leisure Lounge. Expert in the art of writing things and putting them online. Loves travelling, especially anywhere in southeast Asia. Hates mushrooms.