Travelling to uncharted territory is thrilling as it is daunting. But it’s 2018, and travel with a smartphone is a whole lot easier. Mapping out your holiday from start to finish is a breeze. Be it restaurant recommendations, bagging cheap flights or creating a Pinterest board, the possibilities are endless. So with that, we’ve asked some of our most trusted influencers to dish out their best travel apps, to keep your stress at a minimum.
Booking A Trip
Nowadays, Mobile apps play an important role in booking your flights and accommodation. With a travel app, it only takes a few steps to research accommodation, check flights, and make a booking. These apps can also help you get last-minute deals, keep track of your rewards points, and, in some cases, allow you to check into your room using your mobile device. Here, the approved list of the best apps for booking a trip (all are free and for both iPhone and Android).
Mellisa Giroux, A Broken BackPack
Melissa Giroux is a Canadian travel blogger who has been abroad for over 4 years. Melissa would rather invest money in flights and experiences than in a castle, she is currently based in Southeast Asia.
Amar Hussian, Gap Year Escape
Amar is a veteran 7 continent world traveller, published travel writer, author and entrepreneur. He has been seen in the likes of TIME, BBC, Entrepreneur, Lonely Planet and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. Amar has a keen interest in photography, history, writing, philanthropy and most importantly, travel. He wonders how you can know your place in the world if you’ve not seen it?
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Rachel Medlock, Wayfaring Rachel
Marissa Anwar, Darling Escapes
Based in NYC/Toronto, Marissa spends her time as the Director at Darling Escapes (one of the largest female communities on Instagram), and a VP, Growth and Innovation in the emerging tech space.
It has everything you need, great hotel deals on the types of hotels you like, increased discounts based on use, a really cool new feature called daily drop where I can book an additional 30% on hotels in my favourite cities. All that, and it’s really really to use. I’ve used this travel app after I’ve landed in a new place, (yes, that last minute), but you can book up to 100 days in advance.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, smartphone apps can be a great way to help you navigate your new surroundings, and sometimes in the quickest route possible. These apps from our trusted travel influencers can also ensure you won’t miss a monument, a key tourist attraction, a great meal in a local restaurant or even your time of departure.
Dannielle, While I’m Young
Dannielle is a UK based travel blogger at While I’m Young, where she shares travel inspiration and her candid opinions of luxury hotels and mouthwatering food and cocktails around the globe. She’s lived in Edinburgh, NYC and Dubai and is no stranger to more intrepid adventures, having visited over 40 countries so far. She blogs to encourage other young women to live their best lives.
Lucy Ruthnum, Absolutely Lucy
Absolutely Lucy is the adventure travel blog for the 20-something who has spent far too long stuck in the office daydreaming about exotic escapes. Four years ago, Lucy set out on a year-long backpacking trip and now she has travelled 30+ countries solo. She’s all about making travel accessible and affordable for everyone. Whether it’s a weekend city break, a summer holiday or a gap year, she’s all about bringing adventure into every day.
Maya Steininger, Travel with the Smile
Vicki Garside, Make Time To See The World
Vicki is the lawyer turned content creator and the all-around boss lady at MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld – a site dedicated to showing you that you don’t need to quit your job to travel. Through detailed destination guides and incredible imagery her site will inspire you to explore the planet; and with her helpful travel tips about where to save and where to splurge, she makes sure you have the best travel experiences in whatever vacation time you have.
Kimberly Davies, Walkaboot Travels
Kimberly Erin Davies is a Canadian travel blogger who focuses on adventurous and remote destinations, active travel, and luxury stays. Her blog Walkaboot Travel is for travellers who are sourcing out adventurous activities while choosing to remain luxury in lifestyle. From scuba diving to mountain climbing, to surfing, Kimberly is open to anything active. She believes that after a day of adventuring, there is nothing better than having a delicious meal and crawling into a comfortable bed. Her blog showcases the idea that adventure travel is not just for budget travellers, but is available to those who wish to live a more comfortable lifestyle as well.
Alice Teacake, Teacake Travels
Alice Teacake is a British solo female adventurer encouraging women to face their fears, push their boundaries and reach their full potential through solo female travel.
Lloyd & Yaya, Hand Luggage Only
We are Lloyd & Yaya and we run a blog called, Hand Luggage Only which features all our trips, resources for new destinations and helpful tips on exploring the world.
Bruno Barroso, Greeky Explorer
Bruno is the founder and sole editor of Geeky Explorer. Through its detailed itineraries, insider travel tips, and destination guides and with an honest and down-to-earth approach, he’s hoping everyone can travel cheaper, smarter and more often.
Jessica Buck, Journeys with Jessica
Jessica is an award-nominated, UK based travel blogger who works lives and breathes travel. Focusing on UK, EU and US city breaks and short weekend stay, her blog is filled with destination guides, hotel and restaurant reviews and detailed itineraries from her multiple inter-railing trips. Having visited 25 countries by the age of 25, Jessica lives life in the fast lane and has no intention of letting the travel bug leave her system anytime soon!
There are a lot of tasks involved in planning a holiday, whether you’re just starting to search for a new destination or getting ready to pack and catch your flight, you want to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Fortunately, with the prevalence of smartphones, there are now a number of apps available that can help you in every step of the way.
Megan Jerrard, Mapping Megan
Annika Ziehen, The Midnight Blue Elephant
Annika Ziehen considers herself a German/New York/South Africa hybrid and currently calls the world her home. She is a travel writer, shark lover, and owner of the Midnight Blue Elephant. On her blog, she writes about solo travel, adventures underwater, destination guides and personal musings about travelling the world. She has recently published her first book “Solo Trip” which is available in German and in English.
Shannon O’Donnell, A Little Adrift
Shannon O’Donnell is a responsible tourism advocate and named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work helping travellers use grassroots tourism as a force for good. She founded both A Little Adrift and Grassroots Volunteering, which is the world’s largest database of social enterprises empowering travellers to connect to causes and communities in the places they travel.
Becky Moore, GlobalGrasshopper
Becky Moore from Global Grasshopper. Global Grasshopper is an award-winning blog and resource for independent travellers which aims to unravel the secrets of the world’s most unique, under-the-radar and beautiful places.
Inma Gregorio, A World to Travel
Mar is an ex-Googler and strategy consultant turned luxury travel blogger, digital marketing consultant and online entrepreneur. As an ultra-frequent traveller and long-term expat, she has lived in eight countries, visited over 100 and worked in more than 30. You can find her in one of the least visited countries in the world or enjoying the finest things in life. She shares her travels on www.OnceinaLifetimeJourney.com and www.SingaporenBeyond.com.
Chloe Gunning, Wanderlust Chloe
Wanderlust Chloe is a top UK travel blog for lovers of adventure, food, luxury and more. From volcano boarding in Guatemala and paragliding in Brazil to wine tasting in Argentina and swimming in Hawaii’s beautiful waterfalls, Chloe loves inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.
So you’re ready to explore the new city, but you have absolutely no idea where to start. This is where your trusty smartphone comes in. There are all sorts of different apps, some use your device’s GPS technology to help you find awesome spots around town, others give you tips, reviews, and recommendations from real people who’ve already been there. Check out some of the most popular apps for finding new places that can help you make the most of your holiday.
Victoria Brewood, Pommie Travels
Victoria is the author of Pommie Travels, and Top 10 UK travel blog offering solo travel tips, destination advice and travel hacks to help you travel in style, on a budget. Originally from Manchester, she now resides in New York City and has visited over 40 countries, including Madagascar, Iceland and Japan, to name just a few.
Michele Frolla, The Intrepid Guide
Michele from The Intrepid Guide is a language and travel blogger and author. Michele shares her passion for bringing language and travel together through with her destinations guides, language learning tools, travel phrase cheat sheets, and more! Follow her on social media as she shares fascinating and little-known linguistic and cultural facts. Check out her Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, too!
Abigail King, Inside The Travel Lab
Abigail King publishes the award-winning Inside the Travel Lab, a blog that focuses on luxury travel with a different perspective: through the eyes of a writer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Lonely Planet describes it as one of the best blogs in the world, while National gGeographicTraveller
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Cheryl Howard, Cheryl Howard
Over 44,000 people follow my round the world travels and expat adventures at home in Berlin. My wanderlust has taken me 38 countries, stretching across four continents. Upon falling in love with Europe, I left Canada, quitting my job, selling everything I own, and moving to Berlin. When I’m not jetting off on a weekend getaway, I work as an Agile Coach by day and travel blogger by night.
Lia Garcia, Practical Wanderlust
Now it’s your turn. What is your favourite travel app from the list above? Why not have a quick peek at the Infographic below to refresh your memory. If you want to get updated news about technology and gadgets you can find it on Tech Blog UK.
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