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Top 10 free travel apps for 2015

Published January 23rd, 2015

Forget bulky guidebooks and looking like a tourist with street maps, your smartphone has all the tools you need for travel. While GoogleMaps and weather apps are a given, and you’ve probably got your fave social media apps and messenger services set up to keep in touch while you’re away, here’s our top 10 free travel apps for 2015 to keep your trip stress-free.

 

 

1. Uber

Apple named Uber one of its best apps of 2014, and the on-demand alternative taxi service is now available in over 50 countries around the world. When you can’t be stuffed with public transport or car hire, simply request a ride and you’ll be connected to a private driver in minutes.

Available for: iPhone & Android

 

2. Converter Plus

From measurements to currency conversions, this free app is an all-in-one conversion tool whether you’re seeking to change dollars to dirhams or calculating gallons for gas. The customisable tool also has a tip calculator and a sales calculator for savvy shoppers.

Available for: iPhone, Android & Windows

 

3. TripIt

An oldie but a goodie, TripIt is your ultimate travel organiser. Send all your confirmation emails (like flights, accommodation and tour reservations) to TripIt, which will then create a detailed daily itinerary for each trip synced to your calendar, complete with directions, maps and weather.

Available for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry & Windows

 

4. GateGuru

GateGuru (part of TripAdvisor) is your go-to for airport info and real-time flight status. The travel app customises airport info based on your TripIt itinerary and provides flight updates to your phone as well as airport maps and even ratings and reviews for airport food around the world!

Available for: iPhone, Android & Windows

 

5. Onavo Extend

If you’re travelling overseas, make sure you install Onavo Extend before you go. This free app compresses your data automatically to ensure you don’t exceed your mobile data plan, saving you money and helping you stay in control of your data usage.

Available for: iPhone & Android

 

 

6. Hyperlapse from Instagram

Another of Apple’s fave apps of 2014 (and runner-up for App of the Year), Hyperlapse allows users to create time-lapse videos using Instagram’s inbuilt stabilisation, kicking your holiday footage up a notch and making your travel moments into professional mementos to share.

Available for: iPhone

 

7. HotelTonight

This super-fast hotel booking app streamlines the hunt with handpicked properties at the best rates – simply chose your city, your budget or style (Basic, Hip or Luxe), and you’re in with a room for the night, or up to seven days in advance, and in over 500 destinations in the US and Europe.

Available for: iPhone, Android & Windows

 

8. Airbnb

If hotel stays are not your bag, the popular peer-to-peer Airbnb app opens the door to one-of-a-kind accommodation options (think treehouses, tepees and Airstream trailers) with 600,000 listings in over 34,000 cities worldwide. Rent a room straight from your phone.

Available for: iPhone & Android

 

9. Wi-Fi Finder

Avoid hanging out at fast-food outlets for the free wi-fi and hook yourself up with this handy app that locates free and paid wi-fi hotspots at more than 650,000 locations in 44 countries. It works offline using your phone’s GPS to give you directions to your closest connection.

Available for: iPhone & Android

 

10. Word Lens

You’ll need to buy the language packs separately (choose from English to Russian, German, Italian, French, Portuguese or Spanish) and then the super-smart Word Lens app uses your phone’s video camera to instantly translate printed words on signs, maps and menus.

Available for iPhone & Android

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.