Holiday season is fully underway so we’re sharing our essential travel apps you need to download for your next holiday! From accommodation to finance, these apps will help make your travel experience hassle-free, will help you to get to know your chosen destination and might even reveal some hidden gems that weren’t originally on your itinerary.
Best Packing App – Packr
Packr is the app that devises your packing list for you! Tell the app where you are off to, the duration of your trip, what sort of activities you will be doing, what form of transportation you’ll be using and what kind of accommodation you will be staying in and it will give you a tailored list of everything you could possibly need! There is even an option for multiple destinations in case you are going to different climates. If you constantly forgot things on your holidays, this app is for you. It does all the thinking for you so you can travel stress-free, knowing you’ve got everything you need.
Best Accommodation App – Love Home Swap
Love Home Swap is the modern day way for you to recreate the Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet Home Swap in ‘The Holiday’! Love Home Swap is the app that allows you to swap homes with a complete strange! Simply take a few fancy snaps of your place to upload then start browsing your dream locations. There is additionally the option of a points swap which can be used whenever and wherever suits you! Love Home Swap is a great way to save money on accommodation as well as experiencing a holiday in a whole new way.
Best Pet-Friendly App – BringFido
If you have a furry friend in the family that you cannot bear to leave behind when you take a trip away, you must download BringFido. This app features pet-friendly accommodation worldwide so you don’t have to book a dog sitter or worse, book a kennel! Together with hotels, BringFido lists pet-friendly restaurants, activities and events so you can book an action-packed schedule for you and your pet!
Best Wifi-Free App – Pocket
If you’re more of an article reader than a bookworm, download Pocket. This app allows you to save your favourite online articles so you can read them offline at any time! Whether you’re on a 12-hour flight, a beach in Barbados or an underground train this app will keep your saved articles so you can access them with no wifi or 4G. Pocket is an excellent way to save all your unread articles to catch up on whilst aboard at no cost. Hey, why not download some Hip & Healthy articles to read on your next flight?!
Best Language App – Memrise
Memrise helps you to break language barriers when visiting foreign countries. This app is easy to use and offers a range of different teaching methods for all types of learners. The ‘explore’ section the camera recognises common objects and gives you the translation in your chosen language which would come in very handy when trying to communicate with people of a different language. The app offers different levels so whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, Memrise will help you improve your foreign languages.
Best Restaurant App – Foursquare
Foursquare is a simple-to-use city guide app. We’ve all had that ‘small fish in a big pond’ feeling in a new place where we have absolutely no idea where to dine. Foursquare is the handy app that will give you tried and trusted restaurant suggestions near to you. Whether you want a quick coffee or a lavish Italian feast, the app will filter your preferences to find a restaurant that will suit you. As well as restaurant recommendations, Foursquare also has a ‘things to do’ and ‘nightlife’ section to give some inspiration on experiences and activities in new places!
Best Budget App – Monzo
Monzo is the app that manages your spending for you and is essential when travelling as it scraps foreign transaction fees! Once you download the Monzo app you can apply for your (bright pink!) Monzo card. The card can be used to make online and in-store transactions, contactless payment and £200 cash withdrawal in any country at no cost at all. It is so easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent, which is another reason to use Monzo. The app gives you a very easy-to-understand infographic of how much you’ve spent and categorises what you have been spending your money on which is super useful. If you travel often this card is a total must-have and the best part is it is completely free!
Best Wellness App – MindBody
Mindbody allows you to discover fitness classes anywhere in the world. If you like to keep fit by doing classes whilst away this app is for you. Input your location and the time you would like and the app will give you a list of classes available. Along with fitness classes, Mindbody offers a wellness and beauty section where you can search for the service you require. Whether it’s a massage or a mani, the app will give you a list of places nearest to you. All bookings for fitness, wellness and beauty are simple to make solely through the app and are stored in the ‘my schedule’ section so you can keep track of your bookings. This app is perfect if you are in a new place and urgently need to get a pedi before heading to the beach or you need to de-stress with a yoga class after a late night!
Best Luxury Hotel App – Mr & Mrs Smith
If you are looking for slightly more swanky holiday accommodation, download one of our most-used travel apps, Mr & Mrs Smith! The idea of Mr & Mrs Smith is to help you find the world’s best boutique and luxury hotels through their website and more recently, their app! The app allows you to search for your dream destinations and view some of the most beautiful hotels they have to offer. You can trust that the hotels listed on Mr & Mrs Smith will offer complete luxury, from charming decor to impeccable customer service. Read our review of Monastero Santa Rosa which is one of our favourite hotels on Mr & Mrs Smith!
words by Isabelle Shury