Free apps that you'll actually use!
Summer is almost upon us and if you’re thinking of heading off to sunnier climes over the coming weeks and months, you should take the time to load up your smartphone. These apps will help you plan and make the most of your next holiday.
Skyscanner scans through millions of flights on all the major airlines to find the user the best travel deal possible. The app has a handy chart view feature that shows those who don’t have specific travel dates in mind the cheapest time to fly.
City-hoppers and those who are looking to book on the go should download Hotel Tonight. The app provides a booking service, offering the best deals to those looking for a room that same day. They have host hotels around the world and have rooms for all budgets.
If you’re flying out from Dublin Airport, it’s worth having this on your device. It provides live updates for both Terminal 1 and 2. It will tell you how long the security queues are, feed live flight updates and shop information too. Those looking to park in Dublin Airport can book their space through the app and tag their car to keep an eye on it while they’re away!
XE.com is a frequently visited site for those leaving the Eurozone. They have developed a free app which is just as simple to use as the desktop site. The currency calculator does just what you’d expect! It’s a useful app to have on a phone or tablet.
If you are travelling to a non-English speaking country, this app will become your best friend. It's very useful for translating day-to-day words. It's possible to hold the camera up to text on a sign or menu and Google will translate it for you in realtime.
TimeOut is an app that is jam packed with ideas for things to do in cities around the world. It's a beautifully presented directory that covers everything from attractions and events to bars and restaurants. It's also possible to purchase tickets for events through the app.
TripAdvisor is similarly useful for those looking for some restaurant recommendations.
If you're going on a long-haul flight or are met with a horrendous delay whilst on your travels, LoungeBuddy is the ideal companion. This app gives users pay-by-use access to more than 170 airport lounges worldwide. This will give you a non-plastic chair, some quiet time and maybe even a shower.
If you travel a lot or just want to have one centralised hub of information about your upcoming trip, TripIt is a must-have. Users forward the confirmation emails of flights and hotel booking to the app, or let the app have access to your email, and it will pull together an easy to follow itinerary. Best of all? It includes maps.
It may not be the most glam addition to your phone, but if you have to pee in a strange country, you'll be glad of it! This uses your GPS location to find the closest public bathroom to you. The app's database has some 200,000 toilets logged, so you're bound to find somewhere to go!
CityMapper - Android and iOS (Free)
CityMapper currently has around 40 cities logged on the app but provides a great level of detail to users looking to make their way round places such as New York, London, and Toronto. It covers a wide range of transport options including subway, bus, rail, ferry and Uber. It offers real time departure information and can help ensure you take the best route to your destination.