New travel apps are among the hottest tech developments around right now and whether you’re taking a holiday close to home in the UK, or visiting from abroad, GoTimeshare has rounded up some of the most useful apps you will definitely want to download!
From Journey Pro with its countrywide maps and London Underground updates to WiFi Finder to help keep you connected, here are the ones to earmark.
No need to download 10 different apps to your iPhone, because Journey Pro includes info on transport options across the country, from London to rural areas.
It is particularly good for navigating the London Underground, providing up-to-the-minute journey options, with a status centre showing the service status of each line. It’ll even tell you which carriage to get on! This app also provides maps and journey planning across the entire national rail system, as well as allowing searches by bus route, and it will give you the quickest option postcode-to-postcode. Once you’ve used it, you’ll wonder what you did without it.
If you’re new to the UK, it can take a while to get used to the cross country routes and train companies but help is at hand! The National Rail app is an excellent route planner for touring UK by rail,with timings and live updates.
London black cabs are notoriously expensive and if you get stuck in rush hour or slow moving traffic due to roadworks, the fare will rack up in front of your eyes. Why not avoid the expensive Black Cabs and book a minicab instead? You can’t hail a minicab from the street but enter Kabbee , a cracking app that gives you an instant quote from 60 competing minicab firms in London, along with user reviews and ratings. You can then pick your choice (save as a favourite for later) and choose to pay by cash, credit card or via their prepaid account facility.
Find the nearest Wifi hotspot?
Nothing’s more annoying than travelling and needing WiFi but not having access to it! Given the prohibitive (often shocking) costs of using your mobile phone abroad if you’re a UK visitor, this free Wifi-Finder app is a must have for your smartphone. Just search the areas you’re planning to visit and you can bookmark each free wi-fi spot and visit them when you arrive to catch up on your emails, etc. With over 10,000 locations listed, you should be able to find at least one.
The only downside of this app is that you have to connect to an internet connection in order to find a connection, so check out the locations in advance.
Want to find the nearest ATM machine or petrol station? AroundMe is an extremely useful app that helps identifies your GPS position and will help you discover the nearest bank, bar, petrol station station, hospital, hotel, movie theatre, restaurant, supermarket, theatre and taxi.
You’re in London for 5 days, so which day is the one to spend inside museums and which day(s) are best for outdoor activities? The Met Office’s forecasts can be a hit and miss affair but then there’s nothing harder to accurately predict than the British weather! Nevertheless their official weather app is still a handy thing to have so you don’t get caught out in a downpour…
How does it work? The Met Office app provides updated forecasts, 5 day forecasts plus weather maps and satellite images. So you can then decide whether you’ll be visiting the museum or having that picnic in the park.
TripAdvisor Offline City Guides
We couldn’t finish this list without including TripAdvisor’s brilliant City Apps! Each free app contains a wealth of information, including detailed, interactive maps, which you can select to show different things, such as restaurants or tourist attractions. There are also self-guided city tours, which provide practical and cultural information, meaning you can see the sights without forking out for a guided tour. You can search for places or activities within a particular budget.
But there’s more…! Best of all, you can use the app offline, avoiding hefty roaming charges. Brilliant.