Travel In Style

TOP 5: Travel Apps for iPhone

Put your iPhone addiction to effective use with five apps to enhance, organise, and/or simplify your next trip.

HOTEL TONIGHT
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What does it do?

Everyday, Hotel Tonight releases hundreds of heavily discounted same-day room rates in cities all over the world. Simply select your current location, scroll through photos and essential information relating to your chosen hotel, then tap-tap-tap to book.

Why should I get it?

Whether you’re stranded in a foreign city without a place to stay or looking for a last-minute staycation, Hotel Tonight offers hip and stylish accommodation options to suit most budgets. Unlike so many apps, the design is intuitive and clunk-free, making it easy to make a quick decision when time is tight. Also, the range of locations is pretty impressive, covering everywhere from Las Vegas to London.

TRIPIT
View in the App Store

What does it do?

TripIt functions like your personal travel PA. Simply forward your hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurant reservations to them via email, and they’ll consolidate the information into a clear and simple itinerary that you can view within the app.

Why should I get it?

Desperately searching your Gmail inbox for a flight confirmation number is not really the most zen way to start a holiday; nor is frantically attempting to locate the address of your hotel in a cab, minus a Wifi connection. TripIt helps you to keep track of all the essential details without the hassle and inconvenience of printing or (god forbid) writing them all out.

iTRANSLATE
View in the App Store

What does it do?

This award-winning app translates between sixty languages in a matter of seconds. The Text-To-Speech function allows you to select different dialects, male or female voices, and even speed of speech. AND there’s a genius ‘Romanisation’ feature that transforms non-Latin languages like Hindi or Japanese into readable Latin characters. May you never be ‘Lost in Translation’ again. (Sorry, that was awful).

Why should I get it?

Because no one wants to be that wildly-gesticulating English-speaking tourist whose solution for a language barrier is to simply repeat the same sentence, but LOUDER.

POCKET EARTH
View in the App Store

What does it do?

In a nutshell: Provides interactive worldwide maps that are accessible even when your data roaming and WiFi are switched off. Simply select the cities, regions, or even entire countries you want to download while you’re online, and Pocket Earth will save them for you to use when you’re not.

Why should I get it?

There are lots of apps that do the same sort of thing, but few come with the Pocket Earth’s myriad added features, which include (online) routing that can be saved for offline use, turn by turn directions, GPS, and access to tens of thousands of Wikitravel articles to access on the go.

SKYPE WIFI
View in the App Store

What does it do?

Let’s assume that you’re probably already familiar with the basic premise of Skype: Download the programme to your laptop (for free) and use it to make video calls with fellow Skype users around the world (for free). So far, so good.

For travellers, Skype’s WiFi app makes staying in touch even easier. Use prepaid credit on your Skype account to access a cheap WiFi connection at over one million hotspots around the world. Then use said WiFi to engage in your usual Internet-based activities, unimpeded by location or network connection.

Why should I get it?

Do you like paying exorbitant data charges to read emails and load Instagram? Do you take pleasure in knowing that every Google search is costing you the price of a slice of New York pizza? Do you enjoy the niggling feeling of anxiety that comes from being completely offline?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then Skype WiFi is probably for you.