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13 great travel apps for your next adventure

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Our mobile phones go with us everywhere. (It’s in the name). After all, how else are we supposed to navigate, plan, spend, and capture those sweet, sweet travel memories?

So if you’re planning your next trip, here are some great travel apps to download for free.

1. Freely - Get excellent travel insurance and safety at a touch

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In an unpredictable world, travel insurance can help give certainty to your holiday. Why not make it easy and on the go by running it all through an app like Freely? This flexible travel insurance option allows you to tailor your coverage while abroad in simple terms. 

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2. Mamakoo, FindMeGlutenFree, and HappyCow - Meal recommendations for everyone

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Avoid those awkward dinner debates – opt for a meal app! Mamakoo’s creator travelled the world for custom restaurant recommendations, while specific diet apps like HappyCow (vegan) and Find Me Gluten Free help take some guesswork out of safe eateries.

3. Hopper - Great savings for your travel budget

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Creating a travel budget ain’t easy, so here’s where comparing all your options for flights, hotels, car hires, and more comes in handy. Apps like Hopper look for deals for you, adding crucial money-savings to your trip planning. Less spent on accommodation means more for souvenirs!

4. The Points Guy (TPG) - Supercharge your frequent flyer points

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Another money-saving tip is to maximise your frequent flyer points. Apps like The Points Guy (TPG) track your points and suggest great ways to use them, including charting your progress towards saving goals.

5. Roadtrippers - Map out your road trip route

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Driving across the country? Apps like Roadtrippers have got you sorted. Pin your destinations across the map and find the best route to get there – it’ll even throw in a suggestion or two, whether it’s historic sites, a cheeky pub, or your next favourite hotel.

6. PackPnt - De-stress the luggage packing process

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Packing your bags is more art than science, so having an app in your pocket, such as PackPnt, can help sort the chaos, itemise your must-haves, and effectively use limited luggage capacities. Don’t forget your toothbrush!

7. Timeshifter - Get rid of jet lag and adjust to different timezones

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Your body’s internal clock sometimes feels like the last thing to arrive. Timeshifter helps you adapt and beat jet lag by leaning into your natural circadian rhythm. Kid you not: it’s astronaut approved.

8. FlightAware - Track your flight in real-time

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We want to lose track of time – not the plane. But thankfully, flight tracker apps like FlightAware let you watch your ride take off, soar, and land anywhere in the globe. It’ll even clue you into delays or gate changes so you can make your layovers count.

9. Xe - Convert your currency

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Unless you can rattle conversion rates off the top of your head, it’s probably best to get an AI to do it for you. XE’s currency converter app lets you check rates live and (when the time is right for you) send money overseas.

10. Google Translate - Learn the local language

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Until we develop telepathy, Google Translate can be the next best thing for breaking down communication barriers. Scan text and translate in real-time to read a menu, dictate your order and show it to the waiter, then learn how to say “thank you” when the meal comes. Applications are endless!

11. TripAdvisor - Find things to do at your destination

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Planning your itinerary? Browse apps like TripAdvisor for some bonafide travel inspiration – as voted by locals! You can get price estimates, customised recommendations, and even save your favourites to come back to later.

12. TripWhistle - Call for emergency assistance wherever you are

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Safety first! Female and solo travellers especially will benefit from apps like iOS’s TripWhistle, which lets you call for help even if you don’t know who to call. Share your location with the authorities and friends, and phone the correct emergency number directly through the app. Compatible with your Apple iPhone, iPad, or smartwatch.

13. Uber, Didi, and Ola - Rideshare like a pro

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Rideshare apps like Uber, Didi, and Ola can cut through some of the transport uncertainty, especially if you’re in major metropolitan cities. Just be sure to follow common sense safety.

Bonus! Apps to help you cope on the long flight

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Whether aerophobic or just bored, these apps can help you while away those long hours in the sky. 

  • Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Stan. Your favourite streaming app can be a lifesaver in the tedium of air travel. Download your favourite movies and shows ahead of time, so you don’t need to rely on dodgy plane WiFi.
  • Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Sometimes all you want to do is plug in headphones and vibe. Stock up on downloads from your favourite music app – maybe make a playlist or ten. 
  • Kindle. Books take up precious space in your luggage. Download some titles that intrigue you on Kindle instead and have a cheeky read. 
  • Calm and Headspace. Look, travel can be stressful. Plan self-care into your itinerary with the help of meditation and mental well-being apps that can help bring you down to earth.

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Evlin DuBose
Evlin DuBose
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Senior Money Writer

Evlin, RG146 Generic Knowledge certified and a UTS Communications graduate, is a leading voice in finance news. As Mozo's go-to writer for RBA and interest rates, her work regularly features in Google's Top Stories and major publications like News.com.au.