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7 most helpful travel apps you need before any trip

Travelling is what makes life worth living. You get away from home, the people, the job, the realities and anything else that annoys you to take some much needed ‘you’ time, to relax, recharge and get a taste of another life.

But, all too often, so many of us pack up and leave without the necessary preparations (not just simple credit cards and travel insurance) to make our trips more worthwhile. And with smartphones being such a part of life these days, it makes sense that a lot of what makes travel around the world easier these days is what we download onto our phones before we go, let alone the trip itself.

1. Booking flights – momondo

Founded in 2006 by a bunch of Danish boffins who united themselves around a mission to open the world, momondo has been operating since, offering flights and itinerary to the most intrepid travellers from Australia to Denmark and everything in-between. Their itineraries and overall options from hotels to domestic travel when hitting-up Australia’s most popular oceanside city for example, is second-to-none.

2. Packing like a pro –PackPoint

A lifesaver for those of us who struggle to know what to cram into our tiny and cheap airline approved carry-on duffel bag. With PackPoint, you just enter your destination, date of travel and length of stay, along with some activities you’re likely to be participating in, and it’ll generate a bespoke list of stuff you should pack!

3. Getting around – Citymapper

This handy app is now available for over 30 cities across the world and is the easiest app for navigating these major destinations. No longer will you have to stare blankly at complicated tube maps or chance your luck at jumping on the first random bus you see. Citymapper shows you how to get from A to B hassle-free – you can easily find the cheapest and most convenient bus, rail or pedestrian routes, it’ll update you on delays, and it has offline maps and Uber connectivity.

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4. Communicate with locals

Immersing yourself in a completely different country is an amazing experience, but language barriers can be a major obstacle. Get around like a local with the Google Translate app – not only can you type to translate over 100 languages, but its camera mode also allows you to instantly translate a sign or menu simply by holding your phone up to it!

5. Keeping connected – Wiffinity

There’s nothing worse than getting to a foreign city having forgotten to download a map and needing Wi-Fi so you can get directions to find your hostel. Enter Wiffinity, a free app that helps you locate free Wi-Fi hot-spots all around the world – without needing to be connected to the internet. It has so many helpful uses, from checking restaurants on the fly, to avoiding horrid international roaming fees, to being able to order an Uber when you’re stuck in a dodgy neighbourhood.

6. Documenting the adventure – PolarSteps

In this crazy millennial world that we live in, documenting and sharing your journey is more important than ever. We’ve all got our favourite Instagram filter and Twitter hashtags, but it does start to get a little impersonal. This new innovative app tracks your route (ideal for backpackers and road trippers) and allows friends and family to follow it by populating a travel log out of your photographs. Plus, at the end of it all, you can turn it into travel book of your photos, stats and routes to have as a keepsake.

7. Post-holiday admin – Splittr

Splittr is perfect for those travellers who would rather shampoo with hot sauce than tackle an Excel spreadsheet to work out who paid for what. You can add expenses as you go, punching in who paid for what, and the app divides it all up at the end. It even emails you and your friends a PDF report with how much is owed, so you don’t have to ruin your post-holiday positivity by acting like a debt collector.

Thinking about a holiday? Try using book your next trip to New York City! The momondo travel hub is a bold and colourful travel universe that inspires to meet the world eye-to-eye, offering its users and eventually those who board planes to all corners of the globe, something more useful than ever before. Take for example their summary of hot offers in Adelaidefor all domestic and international visitors, to just name one destination of many.

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