7 Of The Best Travel Apps I Can’t Live Without

I’m a bit of a gypsy, in my youth I was a backpacker but these days with the advent of modern technology I guess I would be considered more of a flashpacker. Dare I say it, one no longer needs an expensive travel agent, with the right apps and an internet connection one is pretty much sorted.

Here are my Top 7 Travel Apps that I simply cannot live without.

1. cafe WiFi

As a digital Nomad, we all know the importance of Wifi and the value of FREE Wifi. This Cafe WiFi App literally saved my life whilst travelling in Australia by keeping my already shoestring budget to a minimum.

Why I love it?

  • Conveniently see which cafes located closest to you have wifi
  • Can log in using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google
  • Share and discover the best coffee shops for good coffee/drinks, fast internet, and getting things done.
  • Attribute venues with “power outlets”, “seating types”, “restrooms”, “smoking”, and more! Floor-by-floor specification.
  • See which coffee shops and coworking spaces have the best Wi-Fi speeds, coffee/tea/drinks, and environment.
  • Check-in with Foursquare/Swarm!
  • Works worldwide, and helps you share information with others who are or who may be visiting that area in the future.
  • Easy to find maps with directions

2. Uber

Photo by: Uber Photo by: Uber

This global taxi company can be ordered through a simple click on your phone. Download the Uber app now and get your first ride for FREE on me!

Why do I love it?

  • No cash changes hands,
  • You can see a photo and name of the driver
  • You receive an ETA (estimated time of arrival) of when the cab is arriving
  • You can see the license plate, make and model of vehicle so you don’t get confused by another cab
  • There’s also a phone number in case you need to contact the driver
  • It’s FREE to download
  • You get emailed a receipt after your ride
  • It’s a GLOBAL company, so never get stranded no matter where in the world you are
  • Earn FREE rides by referring friends – why wouldn’t I?

3. Zomato

Photo by: Zomato Photo by: Zomato

Another Global app for the foodies, Zomato is a great app to use when abroad and you’re unsure of the lay of the land.

Why do I love it?

  • It’s FREE to download
  • You can view a restaurant’s menu before eating there
  • You can view restaurant’s opening and closing times
  • You can see real photos of food taken by patrons and not some airbrushed professional shots
  • Real time reviews by actual people and not food critics
  • You can also see the price range of the meals
  • You can see where it’s located
  • For those who are really OCD about reservations, you can click to call directly from within the app to make a booking! Neat!

4. XE currency Converter

For obvious reasons, I think we ALL should HAVE and LOVE the XE Currency Converter app.

Why? Ever been on a shopping spree in a foreign country, where everything seems on sale for 99c ? Except the Dollar store in the USA is more like the R 16.00 in South Africa (depending on inflation). Enough said!

Why I love it?

  • This app is a necessity for taking the guesswork out of currency exchange.
  • Oh and it’s FREE to download

5. Tripit – Itinerary Planner

Photo by: TripIt Photo by: TripIt

This app made my life so much easier. If you’re planning your trip yourself, from plane tickets to bus schedules to hotel reservations, you’ll find many separate email confirmations being sent to you. Sometimes in a busy inbox, these emails can be ‘lost’ leading to hours of frustration in finding them again.

Well search no more, Tripit is here to organize all your travel plans and sync to your calendar.

Why I love it?

  • FREE to download
  • Easy to use, can integrate with Outlook and Gmail to auto import confirmations from there to create a master itinerary
  • You can access your itinerary form anywhere in the world
  • You can access itinerary even when offline
  • You can share your itinerary with other people

6. Google Maps

Photo by: Google Maps Photo by: Google Maps

If you are not in possession of a Tom-Tom or some such other fancy GPS gadget, simply get Google Maps downloaded on your phone. I used this many times when exploring Sydney by foot and I did not get lost once!

Why I love it?

  • FREE to download
  • Compatible with Android and iOs
  • Shows routes by foot, car or public transport
  • Gives exact bus or train lines to take
  • Shows estimated time to walk or drive to destination
  • Real-time GPS navigation including traffic updates
  • Offline maps to search, get directions and use navigation without an internet connection
  • Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, shops, museums and more
  • Indoor maps to quickly find your way inside big places like airports, malls and stadiums
  • Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
  • Transit schedules and maps for over 15,000 cities
  • Detailed business information on over 100 million places

7. AirBnb

Photo by: AirBnb Photo by: AirBnb

AirBnb is a great app for when you want to stay in the heart of a city without feeling ripped off by exorbitant hotel rates. Get R 500.00 off your first stay by signing up with my invite code!

Why I love it?

  • Unique listings in over 34, 000 cities and 192 countries
  • Accommodation to suit every budget
  • Home-away-from home feel
  • Check your itinerary, communicate with your host, and locate your listing on the go
  • Book a listing using the same secure payment platform as Airbnb.com
  • Android and iOs compatible
  • Easy user interface
  • Earn credits off your next stay by simply introducing friends to this FAB app

Which Travel Apps Can You Not Live Without?


With over 15 years of International and Domestic experience in the Hospitality Industry, this thirty-something year old global gypsy, travel junkie & foodie, has taken a decidedly different step in the digital direction as a Twitvangelist/Social Media Addict & iPhonographer in the making. She happily shares her stories, photos, videos and reviews of all the places and faces she’s met along the way.

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