Appy travels! Digital tools for savvy travelers

November 9, 2015

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Whether you’re backpacking in Thailand, luxuriating at a five-star resort in the Caribbean or renting a self-catering cottage in the south of France, there’s a whole host of digital tools designed to make your travel experience as simple and enjoyable as possible. From planning to packing, flights to food, hotels to hostels… there’s an app for that!

For planning and itinerary


Tripit collates your travel details and documents to create a master itinerary – access it on your smartphone, sync with your calendar, and share with fellow travellers. The monthly-billed pro version grants access to extra features like flight alerts.


Over 10 million business travellers rely on WorldMate to help them stay organised on the go. Forward your confirmation emails and booking details to the app, and it’ll generate a custom itinerary with everything you need to manage, plan and organize your trip.

For packing


This packing app is great for frequent travellers, as it allows you to create and save lists to use over and over again. The multiple users feature makes it family friendly – easily maintaining separate packing lists for a single trip.


Enter your destination, date of travel, length of stay and type of trip and PackPoint will build you a custom packing list. Share your list with fellow travellers so they’ll know what to pack too!

For flights and accommodation


This multi-award winning flight app searches and compares millions of flights and hotels from hundreds of providers, to help you get the very best price.


Whether you’re looking for a bed for the night or a luxury apartment to lease for a month, Airbnb probably has something right for you. With over 600,000 listings across more than 34,000 cities, this app makes finding a holiday rental simple.


There are some great deals to be found on Agoda – this app lists thousands of hotels and hostels around the world. Comprehensive filters tailor results to suit all tastes and budgets.

For eating and drinking


Instead of reviewing restaurants themselves, Foodspotting allows users to rate and recommend particular dishes and see what others are recommending in turn.  Browse photos of nearby dishes and see what looks good – easy!


A more elegant solution to that scrappy post-it note you’ve been scribbling on. Whether it’s a new place you want to try, or a great one you want to remember – Matchbook saves and maps your list of restaurant recommendations. 

For adventuring


For the digital adventurer – Peakfinder knows more than 250,000 peaks worldwide and functions completely offline. Engage the app, hold up your phone, and explore!


Mobile Maplets is a community-driven app offering a comprehensive database of local maps – from tube maps, bus maps, bike maps and campus maps, to quirky creations outlining great bookshops and cafes. 

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