Travel Hack 101: 10 Must-Have Travel Apps

The rapid growth of tech-savvy travellers has revealed that apps are good for more than just Candy Crush. Now there are a plethora of mobile apps to help you plan trips, find flights and hotels as well as to navigate the airport.

Travel technology now helps make a rushed and stressful trip, a more organised restful, worry-free vacation — especially if you’re travelling to a place for the first time. Here is a selection of apps Travelstart Nigeria recommends using when making sure your next trip goes off without a hitch.

1. Flapp

Travelstart official flight-booking app Flapp is a great tool for travellers looking for the perfect deal on domestic and international flights. It works magically by comparing prices across millions of flights and hundreds of airlines. From there, customers can book flights and check prices directly from the app. Once you’ve input your info,  snapping up the flight you want takes only moments. You can also book flexible tickets and travel insurance in a few seconds. Cost: Free
Phone Compatibility: iPhones, Androids.

2. Packpoint

Now is time to kiss indecision goodbye!  This glorious app automatically generates a bespoke packing list for your trip: all you have to do is enter the destination, date of travel and length of stay along with some details about the activities you are planning.That’s all!  If any instances, the app has misjudged your desire to have a different outfit for every evening, it is easiest to tweak the list once it has been generated. Cost: free
Phone Compatibility: Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberrys.Packpoint-Travelstart-Travelapp

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3. Flighttrack Pro

FlightTrack Pro covers more than 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines. It has incredible features that can allow you manage your international flights with a real-time update using the zoomable maps. You can now get flight delays and cancellations at your fingertips. This wonderful app also has push flight alerts, Tripit, terminal maps and weather delays.Cost: free
Phone Compatibility: iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberrys.

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4. Airport Wifi Passwords app

Killing time before your flight can be a serious drag, but travelling just got a lot less boring thanks to this airport Wifi map.Therefore, if you are planning to travel soon or you are always searching for airport wifi, there is a map for it. On the map, you will be able to search over 200 airports wifi names, passwords and also get the best spots with the best signal. For those who say it is useless because you need to have internet access to find the Wifi passwords in the first place, the app also has a  downloadable offline version as well, so that you can download it before travelling. Click on the map above to try it out. Cost: Free
Phone Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry.

 

5. Uber

Avoid hailing expensive cabs on the street during your vacation. Uber app which connects you instantly to drivers around you is available in at least 82 countries – and no matter where you are in the world, you can simply use the same app you would use at home with no modification needed. You can choose to pay by cash, credit card or via their prepaid account facility. Check here whether or not Uber is available in your city, or a city you’re travelling to. Uber’s features cover everything you’d want in a taxi cab app. If you haven’t already, do check it out … you’ll be impressed. Cost: Free
Phone Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry.

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6. Skype

Stay connected to your loved ones for free while travelling to anywhere in the world. Share stunning pictures and videos that will make everyone at home insanely jealous. This app allows you bring family and friends together on a free group video call and share online text messages.Cost: Free
Phone Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry.

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7. Rebtel

What else can dampen that memorable holiday than arriving back with an exorbitant bill from your Internet service provider? With Rebtel, you can make cheap calls around the world without the internet or faff around with phone cards. Call rates are as low as $2 per month. This app makes your communication easier, cheaper and simpler. Cost: free
Phone Compatibility: iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberrys.

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8. Oanda Currency Calculator

If you’re like most of us and can’t figure out what the 266, 879  is in US dollars at the drop of a hat, use the currency exchange app, Oanda, to figure it out. With its easy interface that gives you access to daily filtered rates for more than 190 currencies which are used by corporations, tax authorities, auditing firms and financial institutions. So if you want to buy that outfit in dollars but not sure you can afford it, convert it into naira using this currency calculator. Cost: free
Phone Compatibility: iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberrys.

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9. Google translate

Don’t speak French? Spanish? Afrikaans? Or even Arabic? Enter Google Translate. Simply point your phone’s camera at the text or person’s voice and..Boom!…Instant translation. Google translate finds words and translates them for you. The app supports more than 90 languages and can translate 37 languages via photo, 32 via voice in “conversation mode”, and 27 via real-time video. And you don’t need a data connection to use this app once you download it on your phone.Cost: free
Phone Compatibility: iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberrys.

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10. Foodspotting

Here comes the right app for food lovers. With Foodspotting you can find which restaurant has the dishes you crave the most or you’re hoping to try out. The photos, at least, are worth the trial! You can also learn from what your friends, experts and food spotters love to eat and share. Cost: free
Phone Compatibility: iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberrys.

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11. Mint

If you are worried about spending too much while you are on vacation, download Mint! The app allows you to set a daily budget and then tracks your spending toward that. It is absolutely safe and secure; creates colourful pie charts to help visualise your spending. Cost: free
Phone Compatibility: iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberrys.

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That is it! Travel is now simpler, smarter and easier. Do you have any other apps that we did not include, please share with us in the comment below?

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