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Gap Year Guide | MW Top Travel Apps

Gap Year Guide | MW Top Travel Apps

11.10.2017 | Gap Year

Whether travelling alone or with others, it can offer so many new experiences and skills. It’s a great way to break out of your comfort zone, learn about different cultures and people, try new things, meet new people, and have once in a lifetime experiences. Although travelling is extremely fun the unpredictably can be a little stressful, and so having plans or support in place can help make the trip all the more enjoyable. Travel apps are a great way to make your trip that little bit easier so you can fully immerse yourself in the travelling experience.

App In the Air  ensures you’re never in danger of missing a flight; with real time flight updates, gate changes, airport navigation maps and tips to help make flying a breeze. You can even get updates when offline so there’s no danger of those pesky roaming charges if you’re using the app abroad. is one of the most well-known websites when it comes to booking accommodation, and with places ranging from hostels to 5 star hotels it is a must have app for any traveller no matter what their budget. The app allows you to search for the best deals on over 1 million hotels all around the world. There are also user reviews to help you choose the best option and see what people really think. Also once you’ve booked you receive instant confirmation, paperless check in and maps of the area.

XE Currency is one of the most popular currency exchange rate apps and is incredibly handy for any traveller. It gives conversion rates for every currency worldwide, so no matter where you’re travelling to you can use it; it also refreshes every minute and information can be stored offline so you can still use the app without an internet connection.

Citymapper is one of the best tools you can have to experience new places like a local. It can be used in major cities worldwide and allows you to plan a route using any mode of transport available. It also gives live updates, delays, closures and you can even save maps offline so you can still use it to get around without an internet connection.

Google Translate is incredibly useful when visiting a country where you don’t speak the language, and it makes it a lot easier to integrate with the locals and experience the culture. It allows you to translate words you speak or type into the app, and even lets you download specific languages for offline translation. Google Translate also features Word Lens which allows you to point your phone camera at a sign and watch it get translated right in front of your eyes.

Lonely Planet has some of the best and most in depth travel guides for places all around the world, and with the app you can get a condensed version on your phone. You can download the guide for the city you want and then determine the category of information you want, it has information about things to see, places to eat, places to drink, places to stay and more. Maps and descriptions can be stored offline, and there are even phrasebooks to help you when it comes to talking with the locals.

Google Trips is the ultimate travel planning app. It allows you to collate all the information about your trip in one place and even provides suggestions about what to add. It lets you have your entire itinerary in one place eliminating the need to have a number of different apps and printouts.

PackPoint ensures that you will never forget your phone charger or anything else when travelling. PackPoint helps you pack by giving you a specific list of things to pack when you input where you’re going, when you’re going and what you are doing. Once you have your list you can add or takeaway things, and then tick them off the list once they’re packed.

Sunscreen is the app for those who have gone travelling and found themselves red and burnt after falling foul of the sun. It detects the UV rating of your location and then sets a countdown leading to an alert telling you that you need your next coat of sunscreen; all the app needs is your skin type and lotion SPF.

TravelSafe allows you to have peace of mind when travelling, acting as a database of emergency service numbers for lots of countries all around the world. They also have embassy details, and it allows you to pin certain services to your home screen for things like one touch access to the police, ambulance, and fire services.