Sun burn, jet lag, or missed flights, these apps have got you covered
App years are like dog years, pretty darn quick. Following our 15 Awesome Free Apps For Your Gap Year, the app world has become the proud parents to a greater number of even more helpful and, almost cyber-net scary, advanced apps. Here are some of the best travel apps of 2014 to add to a home screen near you.
Tourist Eye is a great app if the thought of spontaneaity brings on a minor panic attack. There’s no shame in it people, when you’re in a different country a leap of faith can be the difference between the best meals you’ve ever had or an evening of self-pity on the toilet. With the Tourist Eye app all you have to do is type in your current destination, or one that you plan on visiting and you’ll instantly be given an easy-to-read guide on things to do, where to eat and what to see. The options that you click on will then come up with a map showing you where things are located, and show tips/reviews from previous travellers. Then you simply add things to your itinerary which can be downloaded to your phone so you can access it offline. Perfect.
Jet Lag Genie
It’s your first day in a country across the other side of the globe, you have a map and a list of things to do and see...yet you can’t muster the energy to do any of it. Jet lag is one of the down sides about travel: you walk around like a zombie, only half enjoying every new experience because all you can think about is your bed. But, now there’s even an app for Jet lag! The Jet Lag Geniue allows travellers to type in their travel dates, the destination they're heading to, their usual sleeping times, and with all that info it will set a personalised alarm to ease you into the a new sleeping routine
Think of Pinterest but for backpackers only, and no stock photos! Trover is a photo gallery full of user-uploaded images taken by travellers all over the world. Similar to Tourist Eye, all you need to do is type in the country you’re visiting and if you spot somewhere you like then click on the image, see where it was taken and press the heart button to save it. It’s also great to communicate for other travellers as you can comment on the photo to ask about the area and how to get there from your location. The members are usually very friendly and helpful. It’s a great app for budding photographers as well as they can ask the owner of an amazing photo tips on how the photo was achieved as well as advice on equipment.
Sunscreen is an app which really makes you wonder if the human brain has gone out of fashion. Nothing quite drags your holiday down like being the lobster of the group. Not only are your mates constantly laughing at you, but any movement at all is no longer an option. But fear not! There is now an app to remind you to reapply your sun lotion. Simply type in your skin type, the SPF factor of the lotion you’re using, and then it will alert you when you need to re-apply.
This is a handy one for the unorganised traveller. Part of the thrill of travel is winging it and just seeing where the road takes you, but this can be a pain when you didn’t realise a big event was happening and every hotel, hostel and B&B is fully booked. This is when the Hotel Tonight app comes in handy. Type in your location and it will find nearby hotels with vacancies at low prices as they try to fill up a few more rooms for the night.
Now this is an odd one and you’ll have to be pretty brave to test it out. This one is to do with the dreaded ‘data roaming’, a taboo phrase amongst the backpacking community. Onavo not only allows you to understand more about data roaming but also lets you see which apps are costing you your mortgage via data hoarding. Supposedly this app somehow reduces the amount of data-use required by apps on your mobile which then reduces the data roaming charges.
It’s like having a personal assistant in your phone. World Mate is an awesome app which allows you to forward all your various confirmation emails, such as flights, hotels, hire cars, etc, so you can have all your info in one place. The app will then sync all this info into a travel calendar and give you real-time flight alerts for delays, check in times, gate assignments or cancellations. Furthermore, your trusty World Mate won’t leave you to despair in duty-free if your flight is cancelled; it will comfort you by showing you alternative flights you can book to help get you on your way. You can also check the weather forecast, use the currency converter, add travel notifications, and if you’re really forgetful, you can add a widget of your flight information to your home screen.
If you’ve decided to backpack across Europe with only a tent for shelter then the Pitch Up app will come in handy. The Pitch Up app allows you to find any campsites in your area, see the price, and book there and then. Just type in you location, date, number of people, then find which one you like and enter your card details. Easy! You can even see if there are any vacant yurts, pods or cabins in the area. This is also useful for caravan users if you’re having a particularly posh gap-yaah.