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Off on your travels? As well as stocking up on those suitcase essentials, make sure your phone is loaded with these handy travel apps! Here are our picks for top apps for travelling. Just don’t forget your charger…


The first on our ‘top apps for travelling’ list is Skype. Missing the voice of your partner, parent or pet? Touch base with them for less! Skype lets you make free video calls to other Skype users across the globe – you can even make cheap international calls to let loved ones know you’re ok.

Trip Advisor

Whether you’re giving passionate praise or venting your frustration, share your opinion with millions of other travellers. Restaurants and tourist attractions can’t hide from people’s real views, so get the true story behind your destination. It’s a very important app for travelling in our opinion!

Google Translate

No time to learn a new language but desperate to find the nearest beach? Google Translate decodes text and speech in real time, helping confused backpackers feel more at home. Just (politely) point it at your target and all should become clear. We all know the Welsh language can be a bit tricky, so if you’re staying at one of our hostels in Wales like YHA Cardiff Central, this app can be particularly handy.


Backpacking shouldn’t feel lonely and Travamigos allows you to connect with like-minded adventurers who are planning their trip. Connect with backpackers, share tips and meet exciting new people.


Severe case of wanderlust but conscious of your bank balance? Find the cheapest flights and book instantly with this award-winning app. Skyscanner compares millions of airlines across the globe, so you can tick off your bucket list quicker.

Packing Pro

Say goodbye to the last-minute rush – it’s the last thing you need before your adventure. This classic app lets you organise your list of essentials into categories, giving you peace of mind as you tick them off. It even gives handy suggestions.

XE Currency

Getting ripped off is not so XE, so stay savvy and check how much you’re really paying. This app gives you up to date exchange rates, so get it out whenever you’re feeling frugal – you can save up for the experiences that matter.


Searching for your perfect travel buddy? Connect with like-minded people from around the world and plan an adventure together or meet solo travellers during your trip. This fab social app lets you share photos, reviews and mutual wanderlust.


Hold the UK countryside in the palm of your hand. This walking app combines the detailed directions of traditional guide books with the accuracy of GPS and it’s clear why its on our ‘top apps for travelling’ list. Follow your progress and add to a hub of information, without the fear of getting lost.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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