TRAVEL is one of life’s great pleasures however when things go wrong, the stress can bring out the worst in even the most Zen of travellers.
The good news is, there are a host of travel apps to use for planning, booking, packing, learning a new language or negotiating your way around a foreign country to help make the trip more seamless and stress-free.
Here are our picks:
For those who like to wing it or for when you need a hotel room at the last minute, this is a reliable app that delivers on good last-minute deals.
Hotel Tonight partners with 15,000 properties in over 35 countries across the Americas, Europe and Australia to offer up to 50 per cent discounts on empty rooms for various budgets so you can book one in seconds, or well in advance in some destinations.
They offer a loyalty program, plus the company has a 24/7-customer service team to reach out to if something goes wrong with your booking.
Hailed as one of the best transport apps around, Citymapper has saved our jet-lagged, tired selves from a meltdown on more than one occasion.
Not only does this travel app tell you how to make your journey in the 39 urban areas it covers across the globe, but also how much it is going to cost and factors in any disruptions en route.
You simply tell the app where you want to go and it will suggest a route and method of transport whether it is a bus, train, bike or Uber.
For international travel, this is an absolute must for those who are not multilingual.
This user-friendly app has several features tailor-made for travellers like its camera function, which can scan photos of signs or menus and convert the images into translated text, and the conversation mode, which allows you to speak directly into the microphone for instant translated conversations in 32 different languages.
This life-saving free app organises your reservations and travel plans in one central place and allows you to check your flight, rental car and hotel bookings and dinner reservations even when you’re offline.
Better yet, the app imports the information from Gmail and Inbox and organises them automatically, saving you a whole lot of pre-trip stress.
Google Trips also gives tips for places to eat and drink and attractions based on what is close by, your interests and availability and can map out an entire day for you.
This genius app takes the stress out of packing and ensures you won’t be left without an essential item when you arrive at your destination.
Whether you’re going on an adrenalin-pumping adventure, a work trip or an island holiday with the family, just tell the app where you are going and for how long, and it will automatically come up with a suggested packing list. As you pack your bag, tick off each item so you can ensure you have everything you need.