The best holiday apps at your fingertips

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There are around 2.8 million apps available for download, according to Statista, ranging from games, tutorials and editing software. Thankfully, there a lot of apps that can be used when travelling or going on holiday.

Here are some of our top picks to help you on your next trip away!

Google Maps

One of Google’s main services, Google Maps, has more than one billion users worldwide as reported at a recent conference by CEO Sundar Pichai. When you’re in a new but unfamiliar destination wanting to find directions from your accommodation to a nearby tourist hotspot, Google Maps is the perfect app.

However, if you’re strapped for data or without internet access, accessing Google Maps isn’t possible – until now. Google are now giving its users the chance to find and save an area for offline use at a later time.

You can also create custom maps pinpointing all of the places that matter to you. These can be shared with friends and family who can edit and add places, too. And again, these areas can be downloaded for offline use.

If you do want to use the full Google Maps app, it’s always handy to pick up a local SIM card when visiting a new place to avoid extra costs and high roaming charges.


Ride-share app Uber operates in 616 worldwide, transporting passengers to nearby destinations for a fraction of the price of taxis. Uber allows its users to plug in their location, choose a destination they’d like to travel to and the app will let you know how much the journey will cost and whether there is a car available to take you.

Not sure whether Uber is available in your country? Check out the full list here.


In Australia alone, one in three people subscribe to Netflix, according to Roy Morgan research. All users can enjoy the latest television series, movies and Netflix original showcases. When travelling, long haul flights and lengthy stopovers are often boring. However, Netflix have now created an offline mode, allowing its users to use the service without needing internet or Wi-Fi.

Simply download your choices beforehand using Wi-Fi to enjoy this perk.

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When travelling to a new holiday destination, whether Spain or Fiji, the weather is always liable to change. Don’t get caught out in a sudden downpour without an umbrella, instead, download the AccuWeather app to find out exactly what the weather is up to at that exact moment.

The app gives minute by minute updates on upcoming weather conditions, wind speeds, humidity and sunrise and sunset times – perfect for planning!

Smart Traveller

The Smart Traveller app allows users to understand exactly what to expect from their destination of choice. From which vaccinations are required to updates on recent events that may impact travel plans, Smart Traveller is the Government app consisting of nothing but useful information. It also lets you know where the nearest Australian embassy is located and has a thorough checklist for ultimate organisation.

A local SIM card and data plan will allow you to enjoy the Smart Traveller app benefits.

Trip Advisor

No matter where you are in the world, reviews are a great way to make decisions on what to do, where to stay and where to eat. Thankfully, TripAdvisor has more than 350 million reviews spanning everything from top ten things to do in Auckland to best Asian restaurants in Rome.

Enjoyed a place yourself? Add your own review! The app is free to use with the chance to download maps and reviews to your phone to avoid high roaming charges.

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When travelling with a group of friends, splitting and sharing bills and keeping up with IOUs can be a tedious task. Splitwise is the app that keeps track of all owings, IOUs and expenses, ensuring that everyone gets paid back. All members of the group can log in, check balances and add new expenses – notifications are even sent when payments are due!


Our very own app Tripwise, that allows to purchase travel insurance, access your policy details and is filled with great travel tips, language guides and more.


TID is an Australian online travel insurance company.


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