These 5 travel apps are the best way to make the most of a long weekend trip on a short schedule.
You know those cringe-y, over-shared viral videos and social media graphics criticising us for our overuse of smartphones? Lines like: “look up from the screen and look at the world” are constantly chastising us for our addiction to technology – and at times making us feel kind of guilty.
To hell with those. It’s not likely the perennial glue sticking our eyes to our screens will peel off any time soon; so why not embrace our love of technology? Rather than looking up from the screen to see the world, why not use it to do just that?
Technology means that we can now travel beyond wherever the guidebook tells us. Rather than pouring for hours through brochures and marking maps, all the information fits into our pockets and the palms of our hands.
And with long-weekend trips now so much more accessible and convenient, our schedules are getting shorter and our need for tech-travel higher.
There are so many gimmicky-type travel apps out there that are really only good for clogging up your phone and leaving you without space for all your fabulous photos. But these five? They’re one you’ll actually use.
If you only download a handful of travel apps to your smartphone for your next short trip, make it these ones.
On my last long weekend trip to Budapest, finding the closest main attraction or hidden warehouse bar was as easy as taking my iPhone out of my pocket. GPS My City is an app with built-in walking tours that you can use both on and offline. From antiquing tours to history; architecture to nightclubs; guaranteed there’s a your for you in any one of the 470-plus cities available for download.
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Forget the guidebooks: you want opinions and advice from people who’ve actually been there, done that. I’ve been a huge fan of the Tripadvisor website for years, but being able to use it in an app is even better! You can search for hotels, restaurants and attractions, read personal reviews, ask questions, and get up-to-date information on opening times, directions and other titbits you’d otherwise have to scour the web and brochures for.
For many smartphone owners, being Wi-Fi-less is akin to going back into the Dark Ages. You want to be connected at all times, no matter where you are. That’s where Wi-Fi finder comes in; it’s an app that guides you to the nearest free Wi-Fi spots wherever you may be.
The best part? You don’t actually need Wi-Fi to use it. Just download the offline map before leaving home, and use it when you arrive.
As a bit of a social media addict, it’s only natural that I include an app of the same vein in here. Sure, everyone’s got Instagram (and all the extra follower-monitoring, photo-editing and frame-making apps that come with it), but it’s still totally underrated as an app for travel.
Without going to popular Instagram destination extremes, the photo-sharing app is a great way to discover beautiful views, great coffee, and tasty foods wherever you may be. Just use the inbuilt geo-tagging to find photos taken near your location. Plus, of course, it’s also a great tool to share your fabulous photos with friends, family (and fans!) at home.
Most phones come with a weather app built in / but if yours doesn’t then it’s really strange that you haven’t already downloaded one. The Weather Channel app comes with pretty spot-on forecasts and aesthetically pleasing photos in the background. What better way to wake up in the morning and see that this it’s minus 10 degrees Celsius outside?
What’s your favourite app for travelling? Let me know in the comments below!