Transform Your Travels with These 20 Apps

From booking your trip to returning home, here’s our round-up of 20 great travel apps you’ll need.

Let’s be honest here. We don’t need more apps on our home screens, we simply need the right ones. The question here remains, which travel apps should you keep and why? We’d like to take this list beyond the everyday names you hear.

Here’s our round-up of 20 great apps that will transform your travel experience from pre- to post-trip!

Before travelling

Screenshots of PackPoint to create packing lists
Image credit: PackPoint
  1. PackPoint – Utilities
    Create a weather-specific, personalised packing list according to your destination, travel dates and other factors.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  2. SeatGuru – Transport
    Pick your best seat on the plane, get real-time flight status alerts and find low airfares. Because there’s a seat best suited for us on each plane.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  3. AwardWallet – Utilities / Finance
    For all your frequent flyer miles, Fraser World points, credit card rewards – simply organise them with AwardWallet.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  4. TripIt – Utilities
    Most trips involve multiple confirmation emails and a mess to dig through while you’re in the queue. TripIt organises all your confirmations and itineraries in a one beautiful dashboard, all while enabling your plans to be shareable on your social networks. Keep your family and friends informed, so they may locate and help you if needed.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  5. Google Maps – Transport
    Google Maps is widely-regarded as one of the best navigation apps around. Did you also know that you can save offline maps for the city you’ll be visiting and save places you’d like to visit? All so you can map your way without connection!
    Free for iOS and Android.

During the trip

Screenshots of Circa time zone app
Image credit: Circa
  1. CircaTime
    Jetsetting is fun, if kept in order. For all of us who have been travelling so much, we’ve forgotten what time it is – resolve any timezone confusions you may have with Circa.
    $3.99 for iOS
     
  2. bSafe Safety
    Whether you are travelling solo or in a group, safety should never be a compromise. This intelligently designed location app allows you to set a security network with your family and friends – giving them Live GPS tracking access and auto-reminders on your location and more. So you never need to walk alone again.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  3. LoungeBuddyTransit
    Caught in long layovers and delays? Relax over a cup of tea or a hot shower at airport lounges worldwide with LoungeBuddy. The app consolidates your elite memberships and credit cards to see which lounges you have access to, and which you can get into at a flat fee so your delay is stress-free.
    Free for iOS only.
     
  4. AccuWeather Utilities
    True to the minute and how it really feels, AccuWeather is the one no-nonsense weather app you can rely on. Never get caught out in a sudden shift in temperature again!
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  5. XE CurrencyFinance
    Get Live exchange rates at your fingertips so you stay up-to-date with the value of your purchases (even when you’re off without connection). What’s more, you can monitor up to 10 currencies for free!
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  6. WiFi MapConnectivity
    Access hotspots around the world as shared by fellow users, so you have WiFi connection (almost) wherever you go! As a rule of thumb, do take caution when accessing public Wi-Fi networks.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  7. SaferVPN Connectivity
    To help you with the above, stay securely connected and browse privately with SaferVPN.
    Membership of $5.49 – $8.99/month on iOS, free on Android.
Screenshots of Sitata for travel safety
Image credit: Sitata Travel Safe
  1. Sitata Travel Safe Safety
    Stay informed and ready in any case of emergencies by checking Sitata before stepping out. Consider this as your alert app, Sitata updates users on real-time events that may disrupt travel, and advises on what you may do to in these given situations.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  2. Rome2RioTransit
    Route planning can be a little more complicated than you’d like when travelling globally. With live route information from over 5,000 companies in over 160 countries, plan your next ride out right here.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  3. ExpensifyUtilities/ Finance
    Automate expense management on the go. Snap to scan your receipts, and Expensify imports your spend details over directly. You may also categorise, tag and group expenses into a report! The key is to keep your business trips tracked with ease.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  4. Medical IDHealth  
    Currently on both iOS and Android, you may now create and store your own medical ID in your smartphone. Even if it’s simply to state any pre-existing allergies and/or emergency contact, this remains a useful app to keep handy.
    Comes built-in with most iOS and Android phones.
     
  5. Parkopedia Transport
    Bid parking frustrations farewell. Parkopedia gives you access to over 60 million parking spaces in over 8,000 cities worldwide, so you find your next parking space in a click.
    Free for iOS and Android.

After your trip

Screenshots of Binural app to soothe jet lag
Image credit: Binaural
  1. Binaural Health
    Alleviate jet lag and soothe your sleep clock with the help of binaural beats.
    Free for iOS only.
     
  2. FLIO Transit
    Never get lost in an airport again (well, in up to 3,000 airports worldwide). Access F&B deals, public WiFi, real-time arrival and departure data, and more – without fumbling around multiple apps.
    Free for iOS and Android.
     
  3. Hype TypePhotography/ Videography
    Revisit, edit and hype up your favourite travel moments with automatic, designed motion typography! Export your new creation onto Instagram directly so you can share Insta-stories unlike theirs. Curate your best #FraserMoments with us.
    Free for iOS only.

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