How to use travel apps to get the most of your trip

Have an appy holiday!

Embrace the digital age with these clever travel apps designed to help you get the most out of your trip

Best for booking

dnata Travel

You can plan and book your entire holiday from your phone or tablet thanks to this trusted app, which is a window to 180,000 hotels in more than 38,500 destinations and flights from 300 airlines. Use the interactive map to swot up on where hotels are situated before booking, search for nearby attractions and locate the nearest airports. Plus, you can share holiday ideas with friends and family at the touch of a button. Simply sign in to save your favourite hotels and recent searches so it’s easy to keep an eye on prices. Booking is fast and secure, and the price match guarantee has your back when it comes to getting a great deal.  

Best for frequent flyers

LoungeBuddy 

If the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal fills you with dread, let this savvy app come to the rescue by pointing you towards the nearest airport lounge. All you need to do is plug in your travel details to see which ones you have access to. If the answer is zero, don’t fret, as you can buy instant access to selected airport lounges around the world in a matter of seconds. It comes in especially handy if you need somewhere to work or freshen up while on the move. 

Best for getting around

Maps.me

You can switch off your mobile data and still find your way around a new city thanks to this popular navigation app, which is loaded with free, searchable offline maps, with GPS to guide you turn by turn. The maps are nicely detailed, giving directions to everything from points of interest to hotels, restaurants, hiking trails and more. It’s all kept bang up to date by daily contributions to the wiki style world map OpenStreetMap, giving rise to lots of off-the-beaten track suggestions worth discovering. What’s more, all the maps are optimised so it won’t drain your memory space.

Best for communication  

Drops

If you can’t speak the lingo, this handy app will have you saying merci beaucoup in no time. Use it to learn new vocabulary through fun, fast-paced games with simple mnemonic images. You can choose from 30 languages, including French, Mandarin, and Brazilian Portuguese. It’ll turn you into a hyperpolyglot before you know it. 

Best for money matters

XE Currency Exchange

It’s an oldie but a goodie. This free currency converter lets you calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates while on the move. Plus, if you want to be a geek about it, you can set up a rate alert that’ll prompt you via email when your currency pairing reaches your desired rate. 

Best for stargazing 

SkyView Lite

If, like us, you find yourself with just enough time to stop and stare at the starry night sky while on holiday, then this dreamy app is for you. The intuitive stargazing tech uses your camera to spot and identify celestial objects up above during the day or night. Just point your camera at the sky to see galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead. You don’t need Wi-Fi to use it and you can share your favourite snapshots on social media. It’s equally good for teaching your kids about the universe as it is for ramping up the romance on a couples’ break.