Reviews, Travel

My Favourite Travel Apps of 2016

For those who know me, know that I am slightly ‘attached’ to my iPhone. They don’t call me iQueen for nothing ūüėČ Out of all the apps I’ve downloaded over the years, these stick out the most for me and are the ones I used mainly this year while traveling. I thought I’d share some of my favourite¬†apps with you as well as their pro’s and con’s, to use no matter where you are in the world:

1. Truecaller

Genre: fun tool

Price: Free. Upgrade to pro to remove ads.

Rated: 4/5

Tired of the same calls everyday from telemarketers trying to sell you something!?

Pro: This app literally shows you when spammers are calling, identifies spammers in your¬†area,¬†name of the company and be alerted with a¬†red Caller ID background when one of the most reported numbers calls you. You can even make calls from the app itself and block numbers. I know iPhone generally¬†will show you the location of where the call is coming from and Samsung will even show you the company name too, but I want to¬†know¬†if it’s spam. Can you say B.L.O.C.K and I.G.N.O.R.E!

Con: You have to manually update spam identification under Spam ID every now and then.

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2. Plane Finder Free

Genre: navigation and fun tools

Price: Free. Can upgrade at a fee to Plane Finder for full features .

Rated: 4.5/5

If you can imagine how much traffic is on the streets of the entire world, you can only but imagine¬†the amount of traffic that’s in the air! Well, this app is can show you¬†that!

Pro: You can search for¬†any flight number or click on any plane on the map and it will pick up the exact location, status and altitude of the plane in the air. Zoom out on the map and you won’t believe your eyes! Call me a nerd, but this app fascinates me ūüôā There’s also an added app for boats now too, called Ship Finder.

Con: You have to upgrade to the full version to gain access to remove ads, add Google Maps, playback past flights, set alerts, add filters, bookmark locations, aviation charts, see live departure and arrival boards and prefer nearby planes in list-form.

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3. AirBnB

Genre: Accommodation

Price: Free

Rated: 4.5/5

Pro:¬†I’m sure most of you have heard about AirBnB before, but if you haven’t, this app is great if you are looking for accommodation to suit your budget and lifestyle in any country, or if you would like to host accommodation and list your own space.

Simply type in where you are going and adjust the filters to suit your needs. You can stay in wagons, boat on land, beach houses, hostels, shared apartments or a house. This app also shows accommodation nearby to your location on a map and at what price per night, making it easier to find something quickly.

Con: Sometimes pics can be deceiving online. Always read the reviews before booking.

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4. Snapchat

Genre: Social Media

Price: Free

Rated: 3.5/5

I never really took this app seriously before. I thought it was crazy that people had the time and data to record every minute of their day…until I actually got to know the app personally. I love showing my friends and family where I am in the world, what I do sometimes on a daily basis and I find it a lot more personal than Facebook. People get to see your full personality. It’s like having your own short documentary ūüėČ

Pro:¬†It’s great for story-tellers, bloggers, marketing guru’s, behind the scenes in business, promotions, comedians, stalking your favorite celebrity or simply have fun with¬†the hilarious and creative¬†filters. Entertainment for days!¬†Videos only last 11 seconds making it quick to go through.

Con:¬†It eats through data and battery life. Ads pop up in between stories now. Also, there are people who take snapping to the next level and snap every minute of their day, luckily you can either delete them or just don’t bother watching their snaps.

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5. Snapseed

Genre: Photography

Price: Free

Rated: 4.5/5

Personally, the best app in editing photo’s besides Instagram.

Pro:¬†The functions and tools are endless and even has a healing brush to take out those zits, if need be! There are a reasonable amount of adjustable filters too. There are no ads, and you don’t have to buy an upgrade to unlock more features. It’s really a convenient app if you haven’t got a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom on it.

Con:¬†It takes some time to learn the full capabilities, like Photoshop, but once you know all the functions and how to use them, your photo’s can look really professional. It’s a bit more ‘higher grade’ than Instagram, as there’s so much you can do.

6. Hopper

Genre: Flights

Price: Free

Rated: 3.5/5

Pro:¬†For me it’s a great tool to help you book cheaper flights. Just type in your destination and it will bring up the prices of airfares in calendar-form from the cheapest to more expensive flights and even predict and notify you when a¬†flight¬†will go up or drop in price. Plan your trips well in advance and save moola baby!

Con:¬†Hopper works similarly to¬†SkyScanner, however it’s for flights only, no hotel bookings included.

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7. Dreamdays

Genre: Fun Tools

Price: Free. Upgrade to full version if necessary at a fee.

Pro: This is a basic random app for those who like countdowns to their planned trips or to a specific date! Great for remembering anniversary dates too, guys!

Con: Not available in some countries. Ads.

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8. Citymapper

Genre: Transport

Price: Free

Rated: 4.5/5

Pro:¬†It will show you which how long your destination will take to get there, the amount of calories burnt and¬†thankfully¬†tell you which train or tube station hop onto to and even how much it would cost if you had to grab an Uber. Helped me with the overwhelming feeling of getting lost in the madness and size of central London. Otherwise, there’s always my best friend, Google Maps or a useful app called Trainline UK for tube and rail info and prices.

Con: Can only be used in certain areas within the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, USA/Canada, Latin America.

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9. Dropbox

Genre: Office

Price: Free. Upgrade at a fee to Dropbox Pro for 1TB of storage space.

Rated: 3/5

There are many ‘cloud’ or storage apps nowadays, my personal favorite being Dropbox.¬†Sync files from any computer to your phone and save your photo’s to Dropbox for instant upload.

Pro:¬†I love the simplicity and amount of space it has on the basic account for files that are too large to email. It’s as easy as sending an email! Simply add a file or folder to your Dropbox to gain access to anytime. Click on the arrow next to the file name for options such as sharing with other dropbox users and making files available offline when the wi-fi is down so you can still have access to important files.

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10. Shazam

Genre: Music

Price: Free. Upgrade to Shazam Encore at a fee for no ads.

Rated: 4/5

Most of you would probably know or heard of this essential app… it now has more features.

Pro:¬†I’ve been in so many places where a tune comes on and I have no idea who’s singing or what the name of the song is called… well, simply Shazam it, and it will let you know exactly that and give you the option to be able to buy it on¬†iTunes. You can preview the song on Apple Music and add to Spotify playlists. View lyrics and YouTube videos and see which songs are ‘Shazamed’¬†the most or trending in any part of the world and share music¬†on social media platforms. Your ‘Shazamed’ songs will also remain listed under My Shazam so you don’t have to forget that song again! ūüôā

Con: Ads. As usual.

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I hope 2017 brings us even more and better travel apps! Let me know some of your favorite apps below in the comment section!

Happy downloading,

Nikita | The Lovist

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