Best Iphone and Android Apps for Travellers

Technology has become a significant component of travelling these days, and smart phones (iPhone and Android) are increasingly becoming more and more productive as far as planning and executive trips is concerned. From booking discounted flights and hotels to renting cars and finding places to eat, your smart phone can provide you all the necessary information. There’s a handful of applications designed for making travel experiences easier, however, the ones mentioned below are absolutely worth a spot on your app menu:


Not sure where to eat when on your holiday? Tell Alfred the robot some of your favourite restaurants back home and he will recommend a few local options according to your preferences based on the information you provide. You can also ask for recommendations on tourist activities in a particular area. The app makes use of artificial intelligence for understanding people’s preferences and coming up with options that would match their requirements.


GateGuru has often been bracketed among the top 5 apps ever created as it provides real-time flight status information as well as push notifications for essential flight information. Moreover, it provides structure airport amenity database as well, which is something you cannot find in any other app for your smart phone. This database includes a list of airport shops, food stalls and other services. The app has practically revolutionised travelling experience for business as well as leisure travellers.


When you are really unsure where to eat when on a holiday, simply shake your iPhone or Android phone. The Urbanspoon app will then do some math and come up with a restaurant nearby. Using the different features of the app, you can browse a list of restaurants, make reservations, expand the dineline by checking in. hen finding restaurants, you can narrow down the search by filtering prices, localities and cuisines. The app also provides reviews for restaurants from fellow eaters, newspapers and bloggers.

TripIt — Travel planner

TripIt has to be the most convenient app for travellers. It is essentially your personal secretary who can take care of confirmation emails from airlines and hotels and generate digital itinerates based on those emails; all without having you to do anything. It is a truly magical app!

You can conveniently share your travel plans with family and friends directly. The app also has an advanced version called TripIt Pro, which is particularly useful for frequent flyers as it helps save potential airfare and keeps them updated with status alerts.

XE currency exchange

If you are planning to hit more than one country during your travel, it is best to keep a currency exchange app handy. Not all moneychangers provide the fairest calculations. Keeping a currency exchange app on your phone is a clever way to quickly check out the currency rates, and subsequently do business with the exchange company that provides the best rates. You simply have to shake your phone and refresh over 30,000 currency charts. XE currency exchange is a completely free app for both IOS and Android. You can set your default currency and make it memorise the most recent rates, which allows you to access the app even when you don’t have Internet access. It has been featured as the top currency exchange app by BBC and The Travel Channel.

Author: Brendan van Son

Brendan van Son, the Editor-in-Chief at Vagabundo Magazine, is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He is currently exploring West Africa while working on the "It's My Life 365" project. Brendan's work has been featured across the world in both press and on a variety of online productions.

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Best Iphone and Android Apps for Travellers