Budgeting apps are some of the most useful ones out there, but Splittr is unique in that it is designed solely for travelling. It’s easy to lose track of your expenses when you’re travelling, what with dinners out, bottles of water, admission fees and all the other little costs that add up, but Splittr makes it much easier to know what you’re spending and stay within your budget.
Multiple currencies are supported without you having to convert them yourself, and you can quickly add expenses as you go (as well as note who paid) while the app does the rest, so it’s great for group trips and keeping detailed notes of who owes money to someone and how much.
Plus, you can create reports and export them as an excel document or PDF.
Similar to Yelp or Tripadvisor, Zomato ranks local restaurants and provides user reviews and search functions. You can look for places nearby, search by dish or cuisine, or organise restaurants by popularity or rating. It also weights ratings with ‘trusted’ reviewers getting a heavier weighting to try and keep things accurate.
Zomato is big in countries like South Africa and New Zealand where Yelp hasn’t really taken off. If Yelp isn’t yielding good results, try looking on Zomato – you might be pleasantly surprised.
3. Google Translate
Ok, this one is an obvious choice, we know. Google Translate allows you to translate over 100 languages. Of course there’s always typing or speaking to the app but a particularly handy feature is the ability to take a photo of a sign, menu, or any text and have it translated into your language.
It isn’t always 100% accurate, as is the case with most translating apps, but it will help you get by and hopefully stop you from ordering a strange and unappetising local delicacy without realising!
Again, an app that you should definitely already have on your phone but one that is still invaluable when travelling. There are countries and cities where it hasn’t taken off yet of course, but it’s readily available in a lot of places and you’ll find Uber comes in handy when you’re visiting most major cities.
And that’s not just in Europe and North America; even within Africa, Asia and South America many major cities make use of Uber and it can be far easier to navigate than local taxi offerings when you don’t speak the language and aren’t sure of etiquette or safety.
The Dayuse app is there to help you find day rooms at hotels. Why? If you’re taking an evening flight or are transiting through a city, you can often spend a day awkwardly stranded with nowhere to keep your luggage or have a shower before your flight after a day walking around the city.
Day rooms can often be cheaper than overnight rooms and they provide a useful base to drop off luggage, check up on your emails, use the hotel gym or spa, have a nap or simply freshen up before hitting the road again.