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Ten essential travel apps

The smartphone is fast becoming the most popular travel companion with a number of essential travel apps to help you to discover a whole new world.

Travel apps are becoming increasingly popular with modern travellers and it is easy to see why. They alleviate the stresses of travel.

There was a time when exploring a new country could be daunting, deciphering the local language challenging and converting cash on the go tricky. However these things are now largely a thing of the past if your phone is loaded with these essential travel apps.


LiveShareTravel’s essential travel apps

XE Currency - 10 essential travel appsXE Currency

Keep track of how much money you’re spending with XE Currency converter.  No matter where you are in the world, this app allows you to easily convert every world currency. XE Currency also stores all of the latest currency exchange data, so even if you are unable to connect to the internet you can still convert local prices to your home currency quickly and easily.

Definitely one of the most essential travel apps for any smart traveller.

Free on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry



When it comes to booking flights Skyscanner is second to none for helping you find the cheapest at a time and airport that suits you, making the Skyscanner app an essential addition to your phone.

This handy app allows you to search over 1,000 airlines across the world to find your flight at the price you’re looking for. Unsure of where you want to go? Enter your departure airport and choose your next destination using the interactive map. Skyscanner lets you compare dates, departure and destination airports to find the lowest priced flights for your next trip.

Free on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry


Packing Pro - 10 essential travel appsPacking Pro

If the thought of packing for a long trip is daunting then Packing Pro is one of the essential travel apps for you.

This smart app provides expert assistance. It creates comprehensive packing lists based on the number of adults, children and days. It even takes into consideration your destination, temperature and clothes washing preferences. If something is missing from its list, you can select your own items from its extensive catalog of options to ensure you never leave anything at home again.

£1.99/$2.99 on iPhone


Sunscreen - 10 essential travel appsSunscreen

Sunscreen is one of the summer’s essential travel apps, ensuring you stay protected from the sun.

The app contains an interactive UV map, a skin type chart and sun safety tips. The best feature is an interactive sunscreen timer. Using the UV levels of your location, the app determines which SPF you should be using and recommends how much time you can enjoy in the sun before having to reapply your lotion.

Free on iPhone


TripIt - 10 essential travel appsTripit

Forward your travel booking confirmation emails to Tripit and it will store all your details of your travel itinerary, sending you notifications of your upcoming travels – ideal for multi-stop trips. Go ‘pro’ with Tripit and for a $49 a year this clever app will also alert you to any late changes to your flight’s gate number.

Free on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone



FlightBoard - 10 essential travel appsFlightBoard

If you find yourself catching a last-minute drink or bite to eat at a restaurant that’s more than a stumble to an airport departures board, you’ll want to download FlightBoard. This app not only stops you missing your flight by giving you live details on departure gate, boarding time and any delays, but saves your legs too.

Free on iPhone and Android


Stay - 10 essential travel appsStay

Stay is frequently being named as one of this years most essential travel apps.

The app lets you create your own personal travel guide. Stay’s real reviews and local expert recommendations will help you find the best hotels, restaurants and local attractions to add to your personal guide.  The app even allows you to avoid expensive data roaming charges by downloading complete city guides to your smartphone. You can also connect with friends and share your travel experiences on Stay.

Free on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone


iStone - 10 essential travel appsiStone Travel Translation

When faced with a language barrier, travelling can be difficult.  iStone is the essential travel app to help you overcome this issue.

It contains over 300 audible phrases. You can choose from over 20 different categories including greetings, seeking help and asking for directions. The app allows you to translate between 12 different languages which makes it perfect for travellers and language learners alike. You can also record your own phrases so you never get lost in translation again.

Free on iPhone


Help Call travel app

Help Call

Anyone know the emergency telephone number in Greece?  What about Barbados? This app will connect you to the emergency services no matter where you are in the world. Help Call has just four buttons: police, fire, ambulance, and friend for that all important call. You can even set a number to dial when you shake the phone in the event you can’t press the button yourself

£1.99, $2.99 on iPhone


Postagram - 10 essential travel appsPostagram

With so many picturesque settings to choose from, finding the right postcard can be a long and arduous task. But not anymore. Now you can send postcards directly from your smartphone with the Postagram app. It takes less than two minutes to create your postcard. Simply capture a perfect photo and write a message to your loved ones. Postagram will take care of the rest.

Free on iPhone and Android


LiveShareTravel's writer Lisa is passionate about travel and nothing excites her more than exploring new countries. She loves reading, warm summer days and eating Marmite (which she always packs in her suitcase). Lisa is currently making plans to travel the world.

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One Response to Ten essential travel apps

  1. This is a great list of travel apps. Packing pro is definitely one that I am going to get. With 2 kids it can be hard to know what to pack for them sometimes. Anything that I can use to help de-stress my vacations is a bonus. Another app that I use to book my travels is cha-ching bookings. They have complete packages that help ease some of my vacation stress.

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