Best Travel Apps – May 2014

Heading off on holiday or business trips? Then let APH.com’s guide to the best travel apps make your journey even more enjoyable and straightforward. Here’s our May 2014 collection of new, essential and classic travel apps your smartphone can’t live without.

We’ll bring you more throughout the year – along with specials such as our upcoming feature on the best holiday health apps available.

Don’t forget to read our feature on holiday mobile phone bill shock – to ensure your apps are helpful while travelling and don’t end up leaving a large hole in your bank account while you’re away.

AirBnB

airbnb

AirBnB

What is it: Helps you find the world’s cheapest and most interesting accommodation
How does it work: If you’re travelling on a budget then AirBnB could be just for you. Swerve the expense of big-money hotel chains and drill-down to the find the locals’ perspective on your destination city  – with rooms and houses that are rented out by residents in 192 countries. Choose from budget bed and breakfast-style accommodation to luxury berths on houseboats and everything between, this app has something for everyone. Pick your destination, adjust a selection of filters to personalise your requirements and price range – then simply press go. We searched Paris and were offered a private room on a Seine-based houseboat, a bed on the Champs Elysees and a night in an apartment overlooking the Arc de Triomphe among others – with prices from £60 – £121 a night. For those on a budget, we were also offered private rooms in centrally located flats from as little as £15 per night. All properties come with photos and a direct contact to the host – who is verified by the app’s owners for your safety. You can even become a host yourself – just download the app for details.
Who’s it for: A must-have app for just about anyone who loves travel, but those travelling on a budget will love it with a passion.
How much: Free
Get it here: AirBnB available on iOS and Android

AirHelp

AirHelp

AirHelp

What is it: App that helps you get compensation if your flight’s delayed
How does it work: EU regulations allow claims of up to £490 if your flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked. However, getting your money can be a complicated process, which is where this app steps up to extract the cash from chaos. Simply start a five-step claim by entering your flight information (number, date etc) and the app will tell you how much you’re owed. AirHelp then handles all the form filling and makes the claim for you. They will take 25% of your compensation if the claim succeeds – leaving the rest for you. There are no fees if the claim fails.
Who’s it for: Anyone who has been delayed while travelling by air.
How much: Free
Get it here: Get AirHelp for Android and iOS devices here

Hailo

Hailo

Hailo

What is it: App to automatically hail you a taxi
How does it work: The chances are you’ll need a taxi while you’re on holiday or travelling for business, which is where Hailo makes a great piece of smartphone ammo for the savvy traveller. The app uses GPS meaning cabs can automatically find you – even if you haven’t got a clue where you are. Simply tap the ‘Pick Me Up’ button and your taxi will be on the way. All cab firms are verified, so it’s a great safety app for just about anyone. It will also store your card numbers allowing you to automatically pay the bill as you leave the cab – with a receipt forwarded afterwards – so there’s no need to worry about lack of cash. Sadly, it’s limited to just 13 cities at present… use it in the following locations: London, Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Montréal, Tokyo, Osaka.
Who’s it for: All travellers.
How much: Free
Get it here: Get Hailo for Android and iOS devices here

Foodspotting

Foodspotting

Foodspotting

What is it: App that helps you track down the food you really – really want
How does it work: Got a craving for a curry in the middle of Rome? Swerve the pizzerias and search out the tongue-sizzler you simply can’t do without. Type in the name of the dish you’re looking for and you’ll be served a list of the best restaurants in town for your chosen delicacy.  You can also recommend dishes and see what other ‘foodspotters’, friends and experts are eating.
Who’s it for: Travellers who know what they want to eat.
How much: Free
Get it here: Get Foodspotting for Android and iOS devices here

Globetipping

GlobeTipping

GlobeTipping

What is it: An app that take the mystery out of tipping
How does it work: Tipping has always been a dark art while travelling. Getting used to foreign currency and customs can end up with you adding huge amounts of unplanned expenditure to your trip – or receiving poor service for unwittingly dispensing inadequate gratuities. Download this Globetipping app and you’ll soon be saving plenty of cash and not finding suspicious-looking objects in your salad. Get the lowdown on tipping in 200+ countries, combined with an easy-to-use calculator for working out those all-important percentages.
Who’s it for: Travellers that tip
How much: £0.60p
Get it here: Get Globetipper for iOS devices here

Jetsetter

Jetsetter

Jetsetter

What is it: The app that offers last-minute deals at luxury locations
How does it work: Travelling on a budget doesn’t mean you need to settle for cut-price accommodation or facilities. Hang with the jet set at five-star hotels, ski resorts and luxury spas – but with the added smugness of knowing you’re paying up to 60% less than your pampered pals. Jetsetter collects all the best last-minute deals on a wide variety of prestige trips, accommodation and services. Search by category, or check out the latest flash sales.
Who’s it for: Travellers with plenty of style and slightly less cash
How much: £free
Get it here: Get Jetsetter for iOS here

SignEasy

EasySign

EasySign

What is it: The app for business travellers who need to sign documents
How does it work: There are few things in this so-called digital world that are more frustrating than receiving a document via email – only to be told you need to sign and return it. We’re not sure about you, but rather than downloading it, printing it, signing it, scanning it and finally mailing it back – we’d rather spend the several ensuing hours sitting in the hotel bar drinking expensive cocktails with slightly risqué names. The SignEasy app is the answer to our prayers. The easy-to-use app allows you to digitally sign documents from the comfort of your hotel room (or bar) and return right back to where they came from in mere seconds… right, make mine a Savoy Corpse Reviver, please barman.
Who’s it for: Busy business travellers
How much: £free
Get it here: Get SignEasy for and Android and iOS here (it’s also available for BlackBerry)

Wi-Fi Finder

Wi-Fi Finder

Wi-Fi Finder

What is it: The clue is in the name for this one.
How does it work: A must-have app for anyone who wants to stay connected while abroad. The app shows you all the closest free and paid wireless connections – and how to get to them. The app is linked to 650,000 location in some 144 countries.
Who’s it for: Travellers with a smartphone
How much: £free
Get it here: Get Wi-Fi finder for and Android and iOS here

Like a Local

Like a Local

Like a Local

What is it: A guide to cities written by real people who actually live in them
How does it work: Most city guides are written by verbose travel writers who’ve paid just one visit to the city in question and based their entire verdict on how they were treated by a single waiter and hotel receptionist. Like a Local, however, claims to be written by hundreds of residents who are native to the cities they review. The reviews send smart travellers to sites that aren’t the traditional tourist hot spots, but to venues that offer far greater insight and value. There are recommendations for bars, restaurants and hotels, too. Another great feature is that you can browse the guide offline – saving a large bucket of cash on data charges.  The app is free, but you pay £1.20 for each individual guide.
Who’s it for: All travellers looking to get the best from their trip
How much: £free – but £1.20 in-app purchases apply to individual guides
Get it here: Get Like a Local for iOS here

Postagram

Postagram

Postagram

What is it: Send a real-life postcard from your phone
How does it work: Digital is great, but it can be a little impersonal. That’s why this app is so great. Simply let Postagram take your photos and turn them into beautiful postcards that get printed, posted and delivered through the letterbox by a postman – just like the old days. Seriously, though, who can honestly say their heart doesn’t flutter with excitement when they receive a real-life letter that can be held and even stuck on the fridge? No? Just us on that one, then…
Who’s it for: Travellers with a little romance left in them
How much: £free – but £1.20 in-app purchases apply to individual guides
Get it here: Get Postagram for iOS and Android here

That’s all for May, check back next month for more must-have travel apps. 

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