10 Travel Apps to Download - 2022 Edition

When it comes to packing for a trip, many of us will have our smartphones near the top of the list. Not only do they allow us to keep in contact with friends and family, but you can also load them with useful travel apps to help get the most out of your holiday.

To help you get started, we've put together a top 10 list of the essential holiday apps that will make travel hassle-free.

What are the best free travel apps?

1. HEHA! Holiday Extras

Best travel app for booking and organising your holiday extras

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A brilliant app for the planning and preparation stages of your holiday. With one search HEHA! will compare all the best travel extras, like airport parking, airport hotels, lounges and transfers. It'll cleverly tailor these towards your trip based upon your flight, destination and other travel details.

Enjoy exclusive app discounts, receive notifications if any products fall in price, create a shortlist to compare items of interest, browse helpful, related travel content and even check the weather forecast for your destination. HEHA! is like having your very own personal trip advisor, travel expert and holiday assistant rolled into one!


Price: Free

2. Flightradar24

Best flight tracking app

Keep an eye on the sky and stay one step ahead of the crowds. With the Flightradar24 app you'll be able to keep an eye on delays, cancellations, gate changes and diversions, so you're always aware of what's going on.


Price: Free

3. Airbnb

Best travel app for booking accommodation and experiences

If you're looking for holiday accommodation then Airbnb could be just the app for you. Find a home away from home with over 6 million choices across 191 countries. You can can tailor your search by price, neighbourhood and nearby amenities to ensure you find the best choices regardless of your taste and requirements. Save your favourite rental homes for future holidays and find new experiences to enjoy while you're away.


Price: Free

4. Google Maps

Best navigation app and itinerary planner

The days of the fold-out map are well and truly over! With the Google Maps app, you can search for directions to and from anywhere in the world, and you can even tailor them to different transportation methods. If you're not sure about your internet connection while you're abroad you can download maps ahead of time for the areas you are travelling to access offline.

You can also create your own 'saved lists', where you can pin your favourite attractions, accommodation, restaurants and bars, and view them all on a custom map. They're a straightforward, visual way to organise all your must-visit places and can be easily shared with friends or kept private.


Price: Free

5. Skyscanner

Best travel app for finding cheap flights

Search and compare the cheapest flights with the Skyscanner app. If you already know your travel dates, you'll be able to find the best deals with ease - filter by price, flight duration, number of stops, greener flights and more. If your dates are more flexible, take advantage of the colour-coded calendars and graphs to pinpoint the best time to travel for maximum savings. Make sure to use the 'Top Offers' section to browse awesome deals from budget airlines and Price Alerts for when prices change. You can also use this holiday app to compare hotels and car hire.


Price: Free

6. PackPoint

Best travel app for fuss-free packing

We could all use a little help packing our suitcases, and PackPoint can provide exactly that. Answer a few simple questions about your trip and PackPoint will create a customisable packing list for you, including recommendations based on weather forecasts, activities and whether or not you'll have access to laundry facilities. It's easy to cross things off as they're packed or add more as you go along. The standard version of the Packpoint app is free but does include ads and in-app purchases. You can upgrade to the premium version for £2.49 on the Play Store or £2.99 on the App Store to remove these.


Price: Free - £2.99

7. Tripadvisor

Best travel planning app for recommendations and reviews

Not sure where to go first? Or if that restaurant is worth a visit? Tripadvisor will give you the answer to these questions and more. Save all the details of the places you're interested in, check out reviews and find out all the important information such as opening times and prices. The Tripadvisor app will even show you local attractions on a map so you can find last-minute gems.


Price: Free

8. XE Currency Converter

Best travel app for currency conversion

Transfer rates playing on your mind? With XE Currency Converter you can keep on top of the changing rates, including the option to track up to 20 currencies with alerts and notifications.

You can also use it to check prices. It can sometimes be tricky to work out if you're getting a good deal when you're working in an unfamiliar currency, but XE will help you convert that into something more familiar on the spot. There's a free version of the App with adverts and in app purchases, or you can upgrade to the pro version for £1.18 on the Play Store and £1.99 on the App Store.


Price: Free - £1.99

9. Google Translate

Best translation app (text, speech and images)

Concerned you might come up against a language barrier while you're abroad? Although the Google Translate app isn't quite the same as learning a second language, it can definitely help in a pinch. One of the most useful features is the instant camera translation - just point your camera at a sign, or menu and the app will translate it for you in 38 different languages.


Price: Free

10. CheapOair Apps

Best travel app for flight info and updates

CheapOair lets you know when to buy cheap flights. Simply keep an eye on a flight and get a notification when the price drops!

CheapOair is like having your own super-fast, all-knowing travel agent that analyzes flights daily from over 500 airlines, and lets you know the best time to book on the go.


Price: Free


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