The Best Free Travel Apps
Prefer public transport to car hire? The Moovit app works in nearly 600 cities worldwide, finding the best bus, train or subway routes for your journey as well as providing live arrival and departure times. It even lets you know which stop to get off at, so you won’t accidentally end up on the opposite side of the city.Whichever metropolis you decide to explore, it’s always handy to have a guidebook in your bag. You don’t need to cart around a weighty tome though: just your phone will suffice with one of TripAdvisor’s city guides installed. From New York to Budapest, there’s a different app for each city. Every download includes information on local restaurants and attractions, self-guided tours, how to create a GPS-based travel journal and of course, thousands of user reviews.A guide can’t tell you everything though – which is where Wikitude comes in. This augmented reality app uses image recognition to help you explore the globe through your phone’s built-in camera. Just point it at the building or landmark you want to identify and Wikitude will oblige.
Spending your days outdoors: exploring city streets, trekking mountains or simply relaxing on sun-bleached sands? When you’re preoccupied by new sights, sounds and smells, it’s easy to forget about the UV rays that are beating down on you. Take away those sunburn worries with the Sunscreen Reminder Pro. It allows you to schedule reminders every two, three, four, five or six hours, giving you a nudge when it’s time to reapply your sun protection.If you miss your reminder and need to visit a chemist for some after-sun (or a bar for a slightly stronger prescription), use Google Translate to make sure you’re asking for the right thing. Boasting over 90 translatable languages, this valuable software helps you converse naturally and translates using your voice, camera, keyboard or handwriting. Even better, it doesn’t need an internet connection so can be easily deployed on the move.