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10 of the Best Travel Apps

We all know that technology plays a huge part in our daily lives to the point that if someone were to take away our beloved smartphones for just a day, well let’s face it, our world would crumble! The internet is always at our fingertips, making everything that little bit easier to access.

We all know that technology plays a huge part in our daily lives to the point that if someone were to take away our beloved smartphones for just a day, well let’s face it, our world would crumble! The internet is always at our fingertips, making everything that little bit easier to access.

Whether you’re travelling in Ireland or overseas, there are tonnes of incredible apps available that are specifically tailored to make your journey a little easier. From planning the trip to the journey itself, here are some of the best travel apps out there that you’ll just love! 

 

1) Google Goggles

Available on: Android

Price: FREE!

 Google Goggles Travel Information App 

Once again Google brings us something seriously cool! The world in general has gotten more curious than ever before, with information on literally everything being just a click away. The next time you’re travelling, why not put on your Google Googles to learn more about your surroundings? Open the app, point your camera lens at where you want to know more about, and your Google Goggles will give you all you need to know! Obviously this is dependable on the popularity and famousness of the object or place in question, but generally speaking this is a seriously cool app for exploring new cities and tourist destinations. All important-looking buildings should be accounted for with the app’s clever recognition mechanisms. You can also check out anything from wine labels to newspaper adverts!  

2) JetLag Genie

Available on: iOS

Price: €2.99

 JetLag Genie Travel App 

No matter how much we try, it’s pretty much impossible to arrive to your travel destination fresh faced… Or is it? JetLag Genie is an app that prepares you in advance of your travels, guides you through your journey, and successfully delivers a fresh-eyed and bushy tailed you at the end of the trip – simply amazing! 

3) PackingPro

Available on: iOS

Price: €2.99 

 Packing Pro Travel App 

Admittedly, I really enjoy packing and everything that goes with it. I’m one of those people who loves creating lists, categorising lists, ticking off lists… The list goes on!

Whether you’re a lover or a hater of the packing frenzy, the PackingPro app is designed to put your mind at ease when you’re preparing to head off on your next trip. Heading to Paris? Tell the app! Going for 5 days? Tell the app! Travelling with your husband? Tell the app! The PackingPro app cleverly takes what you input into consideration and complies a list of suggestions based on that. The app divides your packing list into the obvious essentials (let’s face it, nearly everyone forgets their passport at some stage in their travelling life!), clothing, accessories, and gadgets. You can even create a list for your other half or the kids. 

4) WeatherPro

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: €2.99

 Weather Pro App for Travel 

The most accurate weather app around! Jeans versus shorts, shoes versus sandals, umbrella versus sunglasses… This app is your 6th sense for figuring out what to bring on your travels. 

5) City Guides and Offline Maps (by Stay.com)

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: FREE

 City Guides and Offline Maps 

When it comes to visiting sites and popular destinations, often there are so many that it’s difficult to remember them all once you’ve reached your destination! Introducing the fantastic Pin Drop! Forget about traditional guidebooks that weigh a tonne and take up all of your hand luggage space- just download this simple app to start planning your trip at ease. The app accounts for 150 cities worldwide, giving you inspiration as to where you should visit on arrival. Create an itinerary of your top picks and the great news it – offline maps are available with free GPS. Meaning that no connection is needed, and no humongous roaming charges! 

6) TripAdvisor 

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: FREE

 TripAdvisor Travel App 

TripAdvisor is one of the most well-known review sites where travellers can gain insights into everything from restaurants to accommodation to tourist attractions. We are one of the many who would recommend TripAdvisor as a fantastic travel app. Discover the best of the best on this easy to use app. Know what to expect from the various tourist locations. Make fantastic dining choices in cities you’ve never stepped a foot into before. Planning your journey couldn’t be easier! 

7) SkyScanner

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: FREE

 SkyScanner Travel App 

This is again another well-known site, but for those of you who have never used it – prepare yourself for the best value flights available! Enter where you want to go, where from, and when; SkyScanner does all the work and compiles a list of all of your options. You can even set up alerts for when there’s an increase or decrease on your desired flight choice. Such clever travelling! 

8) Expensify

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: FREE

 Expensify Corporate and Business Travel App 

Travelling on business? Hate the hassle of keeping track of your business expenses? Expensify is a clever app which takes the misery out of calculating expenses. Here you can log your bills, car mileage and receipts easily. You can even import your expenses from your bank account. A must-try for all of our corporate guests! And it’s free! 

9) Wi-Fi Finder

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: FREE

 Wi-Fi Finder App for Travel 

Gaining access to Wi-Fi while on your travels is always a top priority. Coming home to a big juicy phone bill is an absolute nightmare. With the Wi-Fi Finder app, you can search and save the locations of the various paid and free Wi-Fi points in the area you’re travelling too, so that you can download their locations for offline use when you get there. Simple, but oh-so-effective; and much better than racking up your data roaming charges. 

10) Viber

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: FREE

 Viber App for Travel 

I’m sure that the vast amount of smartphone or tablet users have Viber already, but for those of you who don’t, and who love staying in touch with home while you’re away, get this little gem of an app. Find a Wi-Fi connection on your travels (see the Wi-Fi Finder app above) and using Viber you will be able to make free calls to anyone else with the app. The app also allows you to send text messages, images, and videos for free. Staying in touch with your loved ones couldn't be easier!
 

  

We’re sure you’ll agree that these are some of the most useful apps around that are designed to assist your travelling. Try some for yourself on your next trip to experience complete ease of mind on your travels. Have you used another travel app that you’d highly recommend? We would love to hear about it! Thanks for reading, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Camden Court Hotel in the near future! 

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Rebekah Lavelle's photo Digital Marketing Specialist

March 04, 2015

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